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Northampton Policemen Steven Digiammo, left, and Paul Marguet practice shooting in the dark Friday inside a portable trailer parked at the Northampton State Police barracks on North King Street.

A shot in the dark as officers train

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON The city’s police force spent three days this week taking part in specialized firearms training with Blue Line Corp. of Sudbury. The program was held at the Massachusetts State Police barracks on North King Street in Northampton and focused on live firearms training in the dark as well as situational “shoot or don’t shoot” scenarios. More than 50 officers …

Defendant Emmanuel Bile Jr. testifies that alleged victim in UMass gang rape was conscious and willing when they had sex

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — On the witness stand Thursday, a Pittsfield man accused of participating in the gang rape of an 18-year-old University of Massachusetts Amherst student in 2012 told jurors the woman was conscious and a willing participant. “I looked in her eyes, she saw it was me,” Emmanuel T. Bile Jr., 21, testified. …

Electric rate shock even worse than expected for some

Thursday, March 26, 2015

This has been a hard winter for many, not only because of historically cold temperatures, but also because they’ve seen electric bills shoot through the roof. The heart of the problem is the generation rate, or supply rate, that represents local utilities’ pass-through cost for the power they distribute to customers. That rate, based on six-month contracts for their purchased power, rose effective …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” …

Headliners: ‘Dancing in Wild Places’ with Andrea Olsen; Red Molly at the Parlor Room

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An ode to seaweed One of the oldest life forms on the planet, seaweed is an essential part of ecosystem sustainability as a well as a source of food, medicine and fertilizer. It’s also quite beautiful in its …

Headliners come out on top in Northampton Adult Spelling Bee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Daguerreotype, a long-abandoned photography technique, was the word that propelled the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s team, “The Headliners,” to its fourth victory at the Northampton Adult Spelling Bee. The team, made up of Gazette staffers Ellie Cook, …

Six senators, including Elizabeth Warren, urge VA to cover stateside Agent Orange exposure

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Six U.S. senators, including Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat representing Massachusetts, have sent a letter imploring the federal government to allow pilots and crews who flew Agent Orange-contaminated plans on stateside missions to qualify for benefits. The letter could …

First Churches of Northampton loses partners in the pew Vivian Eastman and Edna Michalowski

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For decades, Vivian Eastman and Edna Michalowski sat together in the same wooden pew at First Churches, about halfway back toward the left of the historic building’s ornate sanctuary. Eastman never drove, so Michalowski usually picked …

Jury hears account of horrifying night

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The college student could not manage to spell her full name before breaking down in tears after she took the witness stand Wednesday in a rape trial resulting from what was an abominable night — no matter whose account you believe — in a UMass dorm …

Wednesday’s college recaps: Mount Holyoke lacrosse tops Emerson, 9-6

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Catherine Ryan powered the Mount Holyoke lacrosse team to a 9-6 win over Emerson on Wednesday night in Boston. Ryan had five goals and one assist for the Lyons (4-3). Julia Bell added two more goals, while Charlotte Wagner and Katherine Guinee each added one. Wheaton 17, Smith …

Area police news

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amherst ∎ Anthony Calabro, 27, of Leominster, was arrested at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday on North Pleasant Street on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Easthampton ∎ Christopher O’Leary, 31, of Eastern Avenue in Northampton, was taken to the hospital at 2:06 a.m. Saturday after his pickup truck …

Paying homage: Robert Floyd gallery presents 14th annual ‘Women in History Month’ photo contest and exhibit

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every March, in honor of Women’s History Month, the Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center hosts a photo contest and exhibit that pays homage to women and their achievements. The 14th annual “Women in History Month Photo …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Deerhoof to kick up its heels at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dull music is everywhere, so when you’re zapped by sounds that are truly alive, you don’t forget it. One of the most alive bands I know is Deerhoof, and it’s finally coming back to town to play Pearl …