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Different strains of pot are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, Friday Dec. 27, 2013. Medicine Man was among the first batch of Denver businesses which received their licenses allowing them to legally sell recreational marijuana  on Friday. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Colleges in legal bind over allowing student use of medical marijuana

Friday, August 22, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When it comes to medical marijuana, Massachusetts colleges are left to choose between the right of the patient and compliance with federal law. Educational institutions are fearful that sanctioning medical marijuana use on campus could jeopardize federal funding — which includes financial aid for students. “Although Massachusetts law permits the use of medical marijuana, federal laws prohibit the … 0

Three hurdles to success

Friday, August 22, 2014

Assume you reach three notrump on the bidding shown and West leads the seven of spades. East covers dummy’s ten with the queen, and the question is how to proceed from here. Clearly, your best move at this point is to duck East’s queen. If you won the trick, you would subject yourself … 0

Coming Up

Friday, August 22, 2014

BELCHERTOWN SENIOR CENTER “BUNCH OF LOSERS” — The group is free and meets every Monday at 12:30 p.m. Participants weigh in, share nutritional tips, recipes and support. ZENDOODLE — Thursday mornings, 10 to 11:30 a.m. New members welcome. MIXED MEDIA ART CLASS — Aug. 26, 5:30 p.m.; a “Sip (H2O) and Paint Party.” No fine art or drawing skills required. The fee is … 0

Basic card-reading

Friday, August 15, 2014

Most declarers find it difficult to look 10 or more tricks ahead — even though in some deals it is relatively easy to do. For example, take this case where South got to six notrump and West led … 0

Coming Up

Friday, August 15, 2014

HADLEY SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER To sign up for programs, outreach or information, call 586-4023 or email coa@hadleyma.org. EXERCISE — Osteoporosis Exercise, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m., Tai Chi practice Mondays at 9:15 a.m.; Yoga Stretch, Wednesdays at 9:15am TOWN NURSE — Office hours, Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to … 0

Naming the Baby

Friday, August 15, 2014

KIRIAKOPOULOS — Nora Cecelia and Elizabeth Rita, twin daughters of Annie Scagel and Alex Kiriakopoulos of Northampton, were born June 24 at Baystate Medical Center, Springfield. The maternal grandparents are Ann B. Scagel of Northampton and the late Edwin Scagel. The paternal grandmother is Elizabeth A. Curtin of … 0

Area police news

Friday, August 15, 2014

Amherst ∎ A woman contacted police at 12:55 a.m. Friday after she left her residence at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., unlocked for a brief time and returned home to find the door locked with a dead bolt. Police were unable to find any signs of forced entry, … 0

Northampton council makes a dozen longtime private streets public

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If it looks like a public street and feels like a public street, it’s a public street. That’s what the City Council decreed Thursday when it officially made a dozen private streets public, the first significant wave of some 35 streets that the Board of Public … 0

Merchants offer advice to customers taking advantage of Massachusetts tax-free weekend

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As merchants brace themselves for crowds this tax-free weekend, some advise their customers to decide on their purchases the day before to avoid some of the hassle. “Try to picture 32 bodies” in this store, remarked Ken Adams, … 0

MAP Who goes first at a four-way stop? Busy Northampton intersection may be safer, but some drivers remain hesitant

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Driving on Prospect Street near his home across from Childs Park had always been a nerve-racking experience for Reed Schimmelfing, who said he had to be on alert for anxious drivers “shooting out” from side streets … 3

Rules of the road at multiway stop signs

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — So what exactly are the rules of the road at multiway stop signs? The general rule is to take turns, although the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles driver’s manual provides this additional guidance: ∎ The first motorist at the intersection has the right of way and … 0

State halts permits for Northampton, Brookline medical marijuana dispensaries after background check reveals possible falsified resume

Thursday, August 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Plans for the only medical marijuana dispensary in Hampshire County are halted as state officials get to the bottom of whether the company’s executive director lied about his educational credentials. Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday the … 1

Headliners: Setting Millay to music at Mocha Maya’s; Frank and Vinny at the Iron Horse in Northampton

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Setting Millay to music Never hampshiremuch of a poetry reader, singer/songwriter Liz Queler shelved the book of verse by Edna St. Vincent Millay her mother-in-law had given her for her birthday a few years back and forgot about … 0