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Different strains of pot are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, Friday Dec. 27, 2013. Medicine Man was among the first batch of Denver businesses which received their licenses allowing them to legally sell recreational marijuana  on Friday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Colleges in legal bind over allowing student use of medical marijuana

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize federal funding — which includes financial aid for students. “Although Massachusetts law permits the use of medical marijuana, federal laws prohibit the … 0

Hampshire county residents shine at Gay Games

Friday, August 22, 2014

Kristen Elechko of took home the first gold medal awarded at last week’s Gay Games launching a successful run at the event for Hampshire County participants in Cleveland. This was the ninth edition of the quadrennial event that began in 1982 in San Francisco. The event has Western Massachusetts roots as its original … 0

Matt Vautour: Can UMass football exceed low expectations?

Friday, August 22, 2014

A week from now, everyone will have a better idea, who was right — the professional prognosticators, who’ve predicted another bad year for the UMass football team, or the Minutemen themselves, who believe they’re on the brink of a break out season. UMass opens against Boston College on Saturday at 3 p.m. at … 0

Town-owned car involved in Amherst crash on East Pleasant Street

Friday, August 22, 2014

AMHERST — An Amherst town car was involved in an accident on East Pleasant Street Thursday afternoon but was not damaged. No injuries were reported. A car driven by Ramzi Moushabeck, 18, of 105 Blackberry Lane, Amherst, struck the rear end of the town-owned car driven by Adam … 0

School Lunch Menus

Friday, August 22, 2014

Amherst-Pelham THURSDAY: Soft beef taco, corn, pineapple cup, green grapes, garden side salad, pinto beans FRIDAY: Cheese pizza, garden side salad, cantaloupe cup, broccoli, peach cup Belchertown WEDNESDAY: HS: Bean and cheese quesadillas, rice, black bean and corn salad, Caesar salad, cookie, fresh fruit or pasta bar with … 0

Coming Up

Friday, August 22, 2014

BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER “BUNCH OF LOSERS” — The group is free and meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Participants weigh in, share nutritional tips, recipes and support. ZENDOODLE — Thursday mornings, 10 to 11:30 a.m. New members welcome. MIXED MEDIA ART CLASS — Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.; a … 0

Movie Listings

Friday, August 22, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Check with theaters for show times; websites and phone numbers are given below. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org Blues Brothers (R) Boyhood (R) Cavalry (R) Land Ho! (R) Singing in … 0

Recent cooler, rainier weather in Valley creates problems for some crops

Friday, August 22, 2014

Area farmers are once again on the front lines of weather patterns that in recent weeks have brought cooler, rainier weather to the region. That’s translated into problems for some growers of potatoes and tomatoes as well as … 0

Thursday forum: Black alumni describe struggles, tensions, fears of going to school in Amherst

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST— Two recent African-American graduates of the Amherst regional school system were the stars of the WHMP community forum on race issues Thursday as they described struggles to connect with teachers who weren’t challenging them, dismay at tensions … 0

Coach Mark Whipple frustrated with final practice, but pleased with camp overall as UMass switches to game-week mode

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — Like most college football teams at this time of year, UMass was glad to see training camp come to a close. But coach Mark Whipple wasn’t happy with how the Minutemen ended it. “We weren’t ready … 0

Amherst Fire Department begins using new pumper Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst Fire Department will begin using a new pumper truck Saturday. The 2014 Emax Series pumper, which will be designated Engine One, will be housed at the central fire station and replaces a 1996 HME pumper truck. Annual Town Meeting in 2013 agreed to borrow … 0

'Our fear is he’s going to escalate' UMass police search for man who committed lewd acts on campus; may be connection with Sunderland incidents

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts police are warning students and staff about incidents Wednesday afternoon in which a man indecently exposed himself and committed lewd acts in front of two people. Deputy Police Chief Patrick Archbald said Thursday … 0

Local organizers encourage participation in People’s Climate March in New York City

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local organizers of the People’s Climate March in New York City are holding a meeting Monday seeking to spark interest in the Sept. 21 event. Susan Theberge, with the groups Climate Action NOW/350MA, said the main focus of the meeting will be on how social justice … 0