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Northampton's first-base man John Ferrara (14) is picked off by Amherst's pitcher Johnathan Morrison (14) and tagged out by Amherst's short stop Jake Balderston (6) at the second base during the bottom of fourth inning of the Wednesday evening Mickey Mantle playoff baseball action at the Northampton High School in Northampton Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  Northampton fell to Amherst, 0-1.  The game was called off due to the inclement weather during the top of sixth inning.

Mickey Mantle baseball playoffs begin with 4 shutouts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pitching completely dominated the first round of the Mickey Mantle double-elimination tournament on Wednesday evening. The winning team shut out its opponent in all four games, including a pair of 1-0 contests. Amherst 1, Northampton 0 (5) — A pitchers’ duel between Amherst’s Jon Morrison and Hamp’s Hunter Salem was decided on Alex Cantor’s steal of home in the fifth … 0

'Lock your doors in Western Mass' International photographer surprised Valley is place where camera, memories are stolen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

After a decade reporting and photographing war, corruption and drug trades in some 50 countries, former foreign correspondent Dave Marcus never thought the Valley would be where he would have an expensive camera stolen. “I learned a couple of valuable lessons,” said Marcus. No. 1: Back up your photos, and 2: “Lock your … 0

Storm downs some trees, power lines

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A line of strong thunderstorms that rolled across western Massachusetts Wednesday night left in its wake several hundred homes without power and one Northampton house that had its chimney blown apart by lightning. Damage from the storm was limited mostly to a few downed trees and power lines, according to local police and … 0

Two arraigned on charges of misleading police and perjury in connection with alleged Westhampton assault in May

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Two people denied charges they misled authorities investigating an alleged attack against a Holyoke man in May. Raymond Zachary Paquette, 21, of Westhampton, pleaded not guilty two counts of misleading police after he allegedly lied during two interviews with state police in connection with the incident, … 0

Free of contaminants? $2M civil suit to decide whether environmental consultants erred when clearing King Street, Northampton, lot

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The question of whether environmental consultants erred when they declared a King Street property free from contaminants will head to trial before year’s end. In Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Carey set December as … 0

Watching the Honda dealership get demolished in ‘Hamp

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Watching the Honda dealership get demolished in ‘Hamp Demolishing the old Honda dealership on King St. The controversial railcrew housing on the tracks near Market St. Today my travels brought me down to Northampton and as I drove down King St on my way home, I swung into … 0

Local baseball: Hadley 11U Ripken moves into state final

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Hadley Cal Ripken 11-and-under team scored the tying run in the fourth and took the lead with a pair in the fifth to defeat Northbridge 5-3 in the state semifinals Monday evening in Uxbridge. Justin Masteralexis, Noah Scanlon-Dean and Nick Foster hit solo home runs for Hadley … 0

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dying is certainly not what it used to be. During my career as a medical ethicist, there has been a remarkable shift in the types of end-of-life cases I have been asked to consult on. Today, the most … 2

'No one knows where my money is' Pre-paid funeral funds at beleaguered Ryder's missing; State demonstrates lax oversight of pre-paid system

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On March 19, Pamela Rys and her sister sat down with former funeral director William W. Ryder at the now-closed Ryder Funeral Home in South Hadley and made funeral arrangements in advance for their elderly parents. … 0

'Robbing the Grave' Pre-need funeral contract fraud and mismanagement has been on state's radar for 10 years

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The challenge of making sure consumers get what they paid for in pre-need funeral contracts is not limited to the now-defunct Ryder Funeral Home. Nor is it a new concern. A former Boston funeral home director, Joseph V. O’Donnell, 55, was being held last week on … 0

Tibetan community grateful for U.S. Rep. McGovern’s bill for a more accessible Tibet

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — On the steps of City Hall Monday, dozens of Tibetans draped white scarves around the neck of U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern one by one in a show of gratitude and auspicious wishes for the politician … 1

Despite contamination concerns, former Northampton King Street car dealership lot eyed for development

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — City and state officials said Monday that contamination in the ground at a former Honda dealership on King Street is not thwarting efforts to redevelop the site. State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Catherine Skiba said Monday that the 171-187 King St. lot that was a … 0

Arrests and crimes reported in Amherst, Belchertown, Hadley, Easthampton and Northampton

Monday, July 21, 2014

Amherst ■ Newman M. Galati, 22, of 26 Queen Circle, South Hadley, was arrested Friday at 10:23 p.m. on West Street on charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second offense, reckless operation of a motor vehicle to endanger, failure to stay within … 0