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Luca Brashear, of Amherst Regional, does a forward 2.5 somersault during the Western Massachusetts diving championships Friday at Springfield College.

Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear wins WMass diving championship

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Amherst Regional’s Luca Brashear was the 31st diver to step on the 1-meter board at the Western Massachusetts Championships on Friday. While he waited, the nerves kicked in as he prepared for his inward dive at Springfield College’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. Thirty divers later, Brashear faced the nerves and unleashed his first dive of the day that was worth a score of 20.5. It was the first of 11 that added up to 441.25 and a sectional championship title for the sophomore. “I was pretty nervous,” Brashear said. “Coming in I didn’t know if I would win or have an awful day. Diving …

Friday’s high school basketball: Hampshire girls avenge overtime loss to Granby, win 65-40

Friday, February 12, 2016

A strong third quarter helped the Hampshire Regional girls basketball team avenge an overtime loss to Granby. The Raiders outscored the Rams 20-6 after the break to take command en route to a 65-40 victory Friday in Westhampton. Chelsea Moussette had 15 points and 10 assists for the Raiders. Katy O’Connor scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Hampshire (15-2, 3-1 Central). …

Friday’s colleges: UMass opens women’s lacrosse season with 16-5 rout of Holy Cross

Friday, February 12, 2016

The UMass women’s lacrosse team opened its season with a 16-5 win over Holy Cross, Friday at Garber Field. UMass led 2-1 when five straight goals, including back-to-back tallies by Nicole Troost, put the game out of reach. Troost finished with five goals, while Hannah Murphy had four and Holly Turner three. Erika Eipp had four assists. Sam Walters (three saves) and Aileen …

Native of Ghana who has covered Africa as journalist will speak at UMass

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, a BBC and NPR journalist who has extensively covered West Africa, will speak with John Higginson, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on New England Public Radio at an event at the Commonwealth Honors College. The free event will occur …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Amherst • Police took a report of two teenagers carrying a door while walking along Route 9 near the Hadley town line at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday. The youths were not found and police said no one reported a door theft. Easthampton • Jason E. Tingley, 39, of Holyoke, …

Mellon Foundation gives Hampshire College $1.2 million grant to make its library more relevant in digital age

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Hampshire College has received a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to transform its Harold F. Johnson Library, but not through a renovation. Instead, the money will be used to hire recent Hampshire …

‘Egregious violations’ of safety cited as College Pizza food license suspended for a year; surveillance video shows nearly naked man preparing sandwich

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — A 2014 incident in which surveillance video shows a nearly naked man preparing a sandwich for a customer at College Pizza, and other alleged unsanitary behavior by the same employee, prompted a yearlong suspension of the …

Town and UMass Amherst officials begin preparing to encourage repeat of relative calm on Blarney Blowout day

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Less than a month before the first Saturday in March — traditionally a time for pre-St. Patrick’s Day revelry by students known as the Blarney Blowout — town of Amherst and University of Massachusetts officials are aiming for a repeat of last year’s relative calm. “From …

Keeping Tabs on the Arts

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Watercolor landscapes “New England Landscapes,” an exhibit by Ashfield painter Walter Cudnohufsky, will be on view through April 30 in the second-floor waiting-area gallery at 22 Atwood Drive in Northampton. Cudnohufsky paints seasonal, New England landscapes, in watercolor. …

Natural patterns: Art inspired by particle physics on view in UMass exhibit

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Art is not the antithesis of science — at least not the way artist Alicia Hunsicker does it. Hunsicker, 47, uses natural fractals, patterns that repeat over and over again on all scales, from tiny particles all the …

Before ‘The Revenant’: Amherst writer explored life of mountaineer Hugh Glass in 1990 book

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Among the famous names from the days of exploration and Indian wars in the Old West — Lewis and Clark, Kit Carson, Buffalo Bill Cody, George Custer, Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull — Hugh Glass isn’t all that …

Jury convicts Patrick Durocher of raping UMass Amherst student on lawn outside Campus Center in 2013

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — Sharp exhales and cries broke the silence of the courtroom Friday afternoon as a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student was found guilty of raping and assaulting a female classmate on the lawn outside the Campus …

Amherst has contests for Select Board and School Committee, and 20 candidates seek seats on charter commission

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — While the town election ballot next month will feature stiff competition for nine charter commission seats, voters will also decide three-way races for a pair of three-year seats on both the Select Board and School Committee. The deadline was 5 p.m. Tuesday for submitting the signatures …