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Westfield State University alumnus John Walsh offers to create $100,000 scholarship fund if Evan Dobelle drops lawsuit

Friday, April 11, 2014

WESTFIELD (AP) — A Westfield State University alumnus has offered to create a $100,000 student scholarship fund if ex-president Evan Dobelle drops his lawsuit against the school. John Walsh, owner of skin care company Elizabeth Grady Co., said Dobelle will accept the offer “if he has the best interests of students at heart.” Walsh said at Thursday’s trustees meeting that he wanted to start a scholarship fund last year, but … 0

Lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle advances

Thursday, April 10, 2014

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal magistrate judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle against several people to move forward. The Republican reports that in a decision filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the judge allowed the suit against three school trustees and the state’s Higher Education commissioner to move forward, but released a law firm and … 0

State Supreme Judicial Court denies Bryan Johnston’s appeal for a new trial in slaying of UMass student David Sullivan in 2004

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

AMHERST — Bryan Johnston was not suffering from mental illness when he put six bullets into his friend and University of Massachusetts student David Sullivan in 2004, according to the state Supreme Judicial Court. The state’s highest court denied Johnston’s appeal for a new trial in a 14-page decision released Tuesday. Johnston claimed he was insane when he shot Sullivan to death on … 0

Higher education commissioner freezes $197,000 for Westfield State after President Evan Dobelle fails to provide report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — State Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland froze $197,000 in funding for Westfield State University late Friday after its president missed a deadline to explain travel spending criticized by its outside auditor and the state inspector general. Freeland also announced he’s recommending withholding another $2 million … 0

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Friday, October 4, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending. The Springfield Republican reported that Dobelle’s lawyer Ross … 0

Primary election Tuesday for special election to fill former state senator Knapik’s seat

Friday, October 4, 2013

With primary elections on the horizon Tuesday, the four candidates for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District senator are campaigning hard to be their party’s candidate in the Nov. 5 special election to fill the seat. Democratic voters will … 1

Westfield State president seeks extension for report

Thursday, October 3, 2013

WESTFIELD (AP) — Westfield State University President Evan Dobelle is asking state education officials for more time to provide detailed explanations of his travel expenses amid an inquiry about his spending while on school business. The Republican reports Dobelle’s lawyer Ross Garber asked state Higher Education Commissioner Richard … 0

Westfield State University faculty, students want answers from president Evan S. Dobelle

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

WESTFIELD — Westfield State University’s faculty union wants to see President Evan S. Dobelle’s explanations about his spending habits before taking a vote on whether to back the embattled president, whose use of public money has come under … 0

Gas taxes to abortion: Monday's debate between Democratic state senate candidates Bartley, Tautznik

Monday, September 30, 2013

EASTHAMPTON — At a debate at the city’s new high school Monday, the two Democratic candidates hoping to win the Oct. 8 primary for 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District agreed that it is time a Democrat occupy the … 0

Kevs Foundation in Southampton donates defibrillator to Northampton High School

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — Sudden cardiac arrest, a condition that occurs during intense physical activity such as team sports, kills 5,000 people each year between the ages of 14 and 34, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. But sudden death can be averted if the right equipment is … 0

Candidates for state Senate plan campaign events in Easthampton, Holyoke

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Two of the four candidates for the 2nd Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat have announced campaign kick-off events as they gear up for the primaries Oct. 8. Easthampton Mayor Michael A. Tautznik is holding an open house … 0

Churches plan peace vigils; National Prioritities Project estimates cost of military action in Syrian

Friday, September 6, 2013

NORTHAMPTON — While lawmakers consider whether to use military force in retaliation against Syria’s alleged use of nerve gas on its citizens, the National Priorities Project has calculated such action may cost hundreds of millions or billions of dollars. Meanwhile, events are planned throughout the Pioneer Valley to … 0

Four local politicians to compete in primaries for state Senate seat vacated by Michael Knapik

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Four candidates will face off in primaries on Oct. 8 to fill the state Senate seat Michael R. Knapik left in the August, with the winners advancing to the November special election. Easthampton Mayor Michael A. Tautznik and … 0