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Suit against Amherst College by former student accused of rape settled out of court

Saturday, January 24, 2015

AMHERST — An out-of-court settlement has ended a lawsuit against Amherst College by a former student who claimed his diploma and a post-graduate fellowship were unfairly denied while the school revisited allegations that he had raped another student, U.S. District Court records show. In the suit, the former student asked the court to force the college to give him his diploma and $2 million in damages. The terms of the …

‘Where’s winter? Well, here it is’: After Saturday’s snowfall, a major storm could hit Monday night

Saturday, January 24, 2015

While snowfall in Hampshire County is expected to taper off by 8 p.m. Saturday, the region may face another storm starting Monday night, said Bill Simpson of the National Weather Service in Taunton. Across the Pioneer Valley, Saturday’s accumulation is expected to total 4 to 6 inches. Though the precipitation let up in …

Winging it on Super Bowl Sunday: At local restaurants, fried poultry is the champ

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The holiday leftovers have finally been cleaned out of the fridge and now we have another day of celebratory eating upon us — Super Bowl Sunday. The sport that dominated TVs across the country on Thanksgiving Day will be the focus again, but a different poultry item takes over the spread as the …

Male peregrine falcon, star of UMass webcam atop campus library, dies days after rescue from snowbank

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — The male peregrine falcon found injured last week on Sunset Avenue has died. The 14-year-old bird, the star of a University of Massachusetts webcam on top of the campus library, had been recuperating at the Leverett …

Hampshire Mosque poised to reopen at former Adventure Outfitters building on Route 9 in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HADLEY — The town of Hadley may soon be the site of Hampshire County’s only mosque. Three weeks after the Hampshire Mosque had to leave the Carriage Shops in Amherst, which are under redevelopment, representatives of the organization came before the Hadley Planning Board and submitted a proposal …

Senate president Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst names leadership team, creates five special committees

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

BOSTON — State Sen. Karen Spilka was named Wednesday to chair the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee, a position that will give the Ashland Democrat significant influence in state budget negotiations with the House and Republican Gov. …

Mothers Out Front urges residents to consider ‘green energy’ options

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AMHERST — As a person concerned about the future health of the planet, Alisa Pearson was worried that renting her home in Pelham would make it impossible to be a good environmental steward by investing in energy-efficiency upgrades or installing solar panels. So when Pearson learned last year …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the notes with the words, “I love to sing.” Once warmed up, they sang …

A reluctant icon: A documentary by Northampton filmmaker Kate Geis illuminates the creative process of the very private dance master, Paul Taylor

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documentary filmmaker Kate Geis experienced a certain satisfying symmetry in her life while making her film “Paul Taylor: Creative Domain.” She had been a fan of Taylor and his company since she was introduced to his work as …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hampshire boys run away from Southwick

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Hampshire Regional boys basketball team had a 10-point halftime lead, but a huge third quarter resulted in a 70-43 road win over Southwick on Tuesday. The Raiders (8-3, 6-2 Bi-County) outscored the Rams (2-7, 2-5) 25-4 in the third quarter to break the game open. Conor Cronin …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Northampton girls swim past Amherst Regional to stay perfect

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maela Whitcomb was the only multiple-event winner as the Northampton girls swimming & diving team kept its perfect season going Tuesday afternoon by beating Amherst Regional 120-56 in Amherst. Whitcomb took first in both the 100 fly and …

Tuesday’s colleges: Forbasaw Nkamebo with game-winner overtime layup for Westfield State

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Junior center Forbasaw Nkamebo (Amherst) made a game-winner layup at the buzzer as the Westfield State women’s basketball team beat Worcester State, 67-65, in overtime at Nichols College in Dudley, Tuesday. Nkamebo finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Owls (12-4, 4-0 MASCAC). Salve Regina 66, …

Firefighters’ union in Amherst seeks added resources because of ‘dangerously low staffing problems’

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

AMHERST — Saying that public safety is being ignored in the town manager’s budget proposal for the year beginning July 1, the union representing Amherst firefighters has issued a statement calling on the community to advocate for the Fire Department to receive additional resources. “Obviously given the increase …