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Emily Dickinson documentary falls short of Kickstarter goal

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — The future of plans to create a documentary on the life of Emily Dickinson is uncertain after the film’s production company failed to meet its fundraising goal on Kickstarter Friday. The producers of “A Quiet Passion,” the Dickinson biopic that was shot in Amherst this summer, are aiming to create a second film, a documentary that will further explore her life and influence. Hurricane Films recently launched a …

UMass’ Downey eligible to play as court case progresses

Friday, August 28, 2015

AMHERST — UMass sophomore linebacker Da’Sean Downey will be allowed to participate in Minuteman team activities as the court case against him progresses. Downey, who will be arraigned Oct. 21 on assault charges stemming from an altercation earlier this year, is limited by a ankle injury suffered earlier in camp. But according to UMass coach Mark Whipple, Downey, who was suspended for spring …

Friday’s colleges: Golden goal sinks Minutemen in opener

Friday, August 28, 2015

Austin Buxton scored on a rebound with 46 seconds left in the first overtime as Utah Valley defeated UMass 1-0 Friday afternoon at Rudd Field in the Minutemen’s season opener. UMass keeper Bardia Asefnia made four saves, including a point-blank attempt that caromed out to Buxton on the right side for the winning tally. The Minutemen’s defense blocked a number of shots throughout …

Area police news

Monday, August 24, 2015

Amherst ∎ Scott M. Glick, 27, of Nashua, New Hampshire, was arrested at 9:28 p.m. Sunday on East Pleasant Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and making a right turn on red where prohibited, police said. ∎ Police took a report at …

Amherst Police investigating two more break-ins to downtown businesses as summer crime spree continues

Monday, August 24, 2015

AMHERST — A spate of break-ins to businesses throughout downtown Amherst this summer is continuing, with two more reported late last week that are being investigated by police. The latest incidents occurred at M&M Links Jewelry and Accessories, 236 North Pleasant St., where management reported at 10:45 a.m. …

UMass freshman RB Sekai Lindsay making a bid to get on the plane

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Early in UMass football training camp, coach Mark Whipple said the goal for players, especially those trying to establish themselves, should be to earn a spot on the plane to Colorado. So far Sekai Lindsay looks like a good candidate to fly the friendly skies. Saturday’s …

Sunday’s women’s soccer: UMass, UNH tie

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sophomore Cassidy Babin made three saves in her first start of the season as the UMass women’s soccer team forced a 0-0 double-overtime draw at New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon. The Minutewomen moved to 0-1-1 on the season, while the Wildcats are 0-0-2. New Hampshire put the Minutewomen …

New app designed to make move-in easier for UMass students

Sunday, August 23, 2015

AMHERST — Moving into the dorms at the University of Massachusetts Amherst? There’s an app for that. This week UMass unveiled a free digital application for Apple’s phone and tablet operating system and Android devices called “Living at UMass.” Eventually it will provide students with assistance in a …

Massachusetts ends surgery requirement for legally changing gender on birth certificates

Sunday, August 23, 2015

At one time, whenever trans-individuals applied to change their gender on their birth certificates, they were required to hand over a document containing proof that they underwent surgery. That document can now be tossed out in Massachusetts, according to the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders of New …

Former QB A.J. Doyle catching on as a tight end

Saturday, August 22, 2015

AMHERST — A.J. Doyle was 9 the last time he played a position other than quarterback. But staying at quarterback this year would have either meant leaving UMass or watching from the sideline for another year as Blake …

New program in Amherst fills gaps for homeless meals

Saturday, August 22, 2015

AMHERST — When winter weather forces municipal buildings and public schools to close, and on many state and federal holidays, homeless individuals and low-income residents are adversely affected by having no opportunity to get a free midday meal in Amherst. Amherst Community Connections, an organization founded by resident …

UMass women’s soccer overmatched in season opening loss to Syracuse

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The UMass women’s soccer team didn’t open its 2015 campaign the way it hoped. In the first game played by any Minuteman or Minutewoman team in the 2015-16 school year, UMass was in a hole early and never …

UMass opponent Notre Dame defense seeks answers against up-tempo opponents

Friday, August 21, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame is hoping to pick up the pace on defense this season. The Fighting Irish got off to a quick start last season in defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s first season at Notre Dame, keeping opponents off balance by switching personnel. The Irish gave …