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Downtown Northampton 
JOSH KUCKENS

Editorial: When a crowd helps tell Northampton’s story

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A project early last May in Northampton sent 100 people scurrying around the city with cameras. What they captured, in a 48-hour hunt for images of city life, hasn’t had time to cure, so these photographs can’t be called historic. Give them time. The first entries culled from one thousand photos submitted to Historic Northampton’s “Midnight to Midnight” project offer … 0

Editorial: New UMass football coach Mark Whipple faces many challenges in his return

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mark Whipple begins his second era as the University of Massachusetts football coach Saturday afternoon just as he began the first in 1998 — leading a team for which there are low expectations because of recent poor play. To the surprise of many then, Whipple turned around a lackluster program by guiding the Minutemen to a 12-3 record and national championship. Sixteen years … 0

Editorial: Heavy hitters support later start for high schools

Friday, August 29, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics this week described an epidemic of “chronically sleep deprived and pathologically sleepy” adolescents and associated health problems. Mincing no words, the academy listed the consequences of teen sleep deprivation: higher rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic dysfunction, increased anxiety and mood disorders, overuse of caffeine and prescription stimulants, higher risk of car crashes caused by drowsiness, lower … 0

Wishing that train would leave the station

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It’s standard procedure for a train approaching a railroad crossing to sound its whistle to alert the people who might be happening by. Too bad Pan Am Railways didn’t give similar consideration to the Northampton residents who recently … 1

Northampton BID must win over critics

Friday, July 18, 2014

By the numbers, the “no” votes won the day in 2009 when downtown Northampton property owners considered launching a Business Improvement District. But that didn’t scuttle the BID, because reluctant property owners could simply opt out. Since then, guiding this effort to polish Northampton’s commercial center has been … 0

Editorial: Pope shows compassion, needs to show action

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pope Francis met for the first time last week with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy. He conducted a private Mass with six victims — two each from Ireland, Britain and Germany — at his Vatican … 0

Editorial: Amid Amherst conflict, proper goal is healing

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We read through reporter Scott Merzbach’s story about an unusual Monday meeting in Amherst noticing first the things people disagree about. Later, we searched his account of the Amherst Regional School Committee meeting for points of agreement. We … 0

Editorial: Bike-sharing proposal may be mismatch for region

Monday, July 14, 2014

In urban areas, bike-sharing programs reduce traffic and pollution. People interact without windshields between them. Hearts beat, muscles pump and cities seem scaled for human use. Increased bicycle use does the world a good, but we question whether the Pioneer Valley is suited to the kind of bike-sharing … 0

Editorial: Football goes halfway on risks of concussion

Friday, July 11, 2014

The country’s most popular spectator sport is also one of the most dangerous. Both the National Football League and the governing body for college sports moved ahead this week with plans to address a top danger: concussion. The … 0

Editorial: ‘It’s in the mail’ promise gains luster in Northampton

Thursday, July 10, 2014

You gotta hand it to Eric Suher. The Pioneer Valley entrepreneur has built an empire that ranges from Northampton’s Iron Horse Music Hall to the Holyoke Country club, from the Die Cut Card Company mill building to Mountain … 4

Tubing tragedy a reminder of any river’s dangers

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Family and friends of 24-year-old Molly Dowd of Brattleboro, Vermont, are in mourning after the young woman’s body was pulled from the Deerfield River Tuesday. Her death offers a tragic reminder of the dangers present in any body … 0

Editorial: Leading way forward for Valley’s critical nonprofits

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The new leader of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity was 13 when the national group formed a chapter here two decades ago. Megan McDonough of Colrain became an adult as this important nonprofit found its footing and base … 0

Editorial: Unanswered questions in Amherst school attack

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Even close readers of the news are likely puzzled by a reported setback — yes, another one — in race relations in the Amherst schools. There’s a reason for that confusion. And a remedy. Amherst school officials need to explain more fully what happened to a white student … 0