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Northampton defense attorney David Hoose leaves a news conference Tuesday, July 14, 2015 outside the Federal courthouse in Springfield, Mass. after a detention hearing for his client Alexander Ciccolo. The son of a Boston police officer, Ciccolo was accused of plotting ISIS-inspired attacks on domestic targets. (Dave Roback/The Republican via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Alexander Ciccolo, accused in alleged terror plot, denies charges in federal court

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A 23-year-old Adams man pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in federal court to weapons and assault charges in connection with an alleged plot to commit acts of terror on behalf of the Islamic State group. Alexander Ciccolo, also known as Ali al Amriki, is charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and …

GCC nursing program finds new home in Florence

Friday, July 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is moving its licensed practical nursing program to a Cooley Dickinson-rented space in Florence, minutes from the hospital’s Northampton campus. The LPN program has been in something of a transient state, housed in GCC’s downtown Greenfield satellite for a semester since losing space in the Veterans Administration hospital in Leeds. GCC President Bob Pura said the program has …

Clinical and Support Options workers picket at Northampton, Greenfield offices

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — Union employees of mental health care provider Clinical and Support Options began a three-day strike Wednesday, staging a picket and rallies while management and some union employees continue to staff the agency’s services. Last-minute mediation between the union and the nonprofit agency’s administration was unsuccessful Tuesday night, continuing an impasse that has persisted since contract negotiations began in October. Of the …

James Ainsworth pleads guilty in crash that killed Edward and Brittany McGrath; sentencing continued to August

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family members and loved ones of Brittany and Edward McGrath sobbed in Hampshire Superior Court on Tuesday as they described the “brilliant” father and daughter, and how they cannot keep from imagining the pair’s final moments …

The late Arthur Neipp, who worked as painter and color consultant at Smith College, leaves $115,000 to Greenfield Community College

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The late Arthur E. Neipp, although never able to attend college, ensured that his three children and seven grandchildren were able to do so. And now, with a $115,000 bequest to the GCC Foundation he has …

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program awards certificates to 29 graduates

Friday, June 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The 29 members of the Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program class of 2015 graduated Friday afternoon. The ceremony was held on the main campus for the 23rd graduating class of the 10-month program, which prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Graduates are now eligible …

Holyoke-based union representing laborers cites impact of job creation by proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. could represent pay dirt for unionized construction workers around western Massachusetts, say two representatives for the Holyoke-based union local representing laborers. Even though the estimated 3,000 …

On the road with a funeral home inspector

Saturday, June 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Alan Van Tassel knocks on the door of the McCarthy Funeral Home in Greenfield to inspect one of the town’s four funeral homes one sunny morning in May. Owner John Davis answers and is surprised to …

Turners Falls man faces charge of assaulting police officer after traffic stop in Deerfield

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces charges after he allegedly punched a Deerfield officer who pulled him over for driving without a license Tuesday morning. Juan Martinez-Ramos, 27, was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Greenfield District Court with the help of a Spanish interpreter and pleaded innocent to …

Slovenian professor visits UMass to advocate for creation of World Bee Day

Monday, June 15, 2015

AMHERST — As pollinators across the world — particularly the honey bee — are succumbing to diseases and colony collapses, the government of one bee-loving country is trying to create a day to celebrate their worldwide importance. Janko Božič, a professor of animal behavior and beekeeping at Ljubljana …

Opponents of pipeline and process used by DPU dominate hearing in Greenfield

Friday, June 12, 2015

People who spoke at a three-hour state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday night sounded off about the agency’s process itself, in addition to the Northeast Energy Direct project proposed by the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., which would …

Public has opportunities to participate in review of Tennessee Gas Pipeline

Friday, June 12, 2015

As Thursday night’s state Department of Public Utilities hearing in Greenfield demonstrated, there are a variety of ways people can make their voices heard over the planned Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. The DPU review of a long-term supply agreement between the developer of the Northeast Energy Direct project …

Biologist Boyd Kynard an expert on behavior and ecology of shortnose sturgeon in Connecticut River

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Boyd Kynard is an internationally respected scientist, researcher and innovator whose passion is to understand fish behavior, and apply that knowledge to improving the viability of migratory fish species. His target is sturgeon, more specifically here in New …