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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 …

Area police news

Monday, January 19, 2015

Amherst ■ Joshua Kubiak, 32, of Amherst, was arrested at 7:47 p.m. Friday at Amherst Brewing Co., 10 University Drive, on a warrant after officers were called for a disturbance. Belchertown ■ James S. Voorhies, 47, of 38 Hawley St., Northampton, was arrested at 1:03 p.m. Friday on …

Amherst would use block grants for Jean Elder House renovations, repairing Shumway Street, social services

Monday, January 19, 2015

AMHERST — Renovating two units of affordable housing at the Jean Elder House and providing a portion of the money needed to rebuild Shumway Street, along with money for five social service agencies, are being recommended for funding through the Community Development Block Grant program. The CDBG Advisory …

Weekend high schools/prep schools: Northampton tops Taconic

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Aidan Hirsch paced four players in double figures for the Northampton boys basketball team in a 72-59 home victory over Taconic Saturday. Hirsch scored a game-high 19 points for the Blue Devils (4-8). Michael Castillo and Elijah Davis each had 13, while Andrew Grygorcewicz added 10. Girls basketball …

Late offensive boards lift UMass over Rams

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — With 59 seconds left in UMass’ 60-56 win over Rhode Island, Maxie Esho bulled his way to the basket to track down the rebound of Trey Davis’ missed 3-point try to earn UMass a fresh shot …

Veteran chefs design very different menus at two new restaurants in Amherst

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — In Amherst center, the chef at a new restaurant focused on northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine is encouraging patrons to pair their food with a glass of wine. In North Amherst, the chef at a new …

Zach Coleman sparks UMass past URI, 60-56; plays down the stretch pulled out win

Sunday, January 18, 2015

AMHERST — At halftime Zach Coleman wasn’t expecting to be a hero. He wasn’t really even expecting to play much in the second half. Coleman, UMass’ backup power forward, had played just two minutes in the first half …

Speaker Whitney Battle-Baptiste cites #ReclaimMLK hashtag at community breakfast honoring Rev. King scholarship recipients

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AMHERST — “I’m going to make a bold statement,” Whitney Battle-Baptiste said, leaning into the microphone. “If Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today, he would have a Twitter account.” Battle-Baptiste, guest speaker at Saturday’s Dr. Martin Luther …

Amherst river serves up rare natural beauty of an ‘ice circle’ — said quite rare in Northeast

Friday, January 16, 2015

AMHERST — Susan Stanley of Amherst said she nearly cried when she happened upon a rare natural phenomenon — a perfect circle of ice slowly spinning in the current of the Mill River. It’s called an ice circle, …

Friday’s high school basketball: Smith Academy girls knock off Commerce

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Smith Academy girls basketball team hit its free throws down the stretch to pull away from Commerce, 32-25, in the second annual Smith Academy Classic Friday night. Jenn Adamites made two free throws, while Katie Yagodzinski went 5 for 7 from the line as the pair helped …

UMass pulls away late, ices New Hampshire for 6-4 win

Saturday, January 17, 2015

AMHERST — At some point the brown faux suede thing on Shane Walsh’s head Friday probably looked like a tri-cornered hat, the traditional headwear of the original minutemen from Massachusetts. But what sat atop Walsh’s sweaty hair looked like something that had resided under a pile of knickers …