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Weighing the cost of college: Have a plan, start saving early

NORTHAMPTON — A self-proclaimed “screw-up” when it comes to money, Pam Hannah, 44, of Northampton is determined to help her 5-year-old son avoid the mistakes she made taking on debt as a college student, which led to her filing for bankruptcy. She is considering going as far as telling him not to go to college. Amherst residents Barbara Findlen, 50, and her wife, Kristen Golden, 56, are taking a different approach for their children — one in college and another looking at starting in 2016. 0

Loans now, headaches later: Average college student borrows as much as $31,000

(This is the first of three parts) AMHERST — Britainy “Story” Young had to drop out of the University of Massachusetts in 2010 because she could not afford it. Now enrolled again, she expects to owe $86,000 when she graduates next May — and she has little hope of paying it off in full. Margaret Youngberg, now of Greenfield, left Oberlin College in Ohio with a physics degree and $23,000 in debt. She still has more than $13,000 left to pay. Young and Youngberg are 1

Man pleads not guilty to charges following high-speed I-91 chase, crash

NORTHAMPTON — The State Police trooper who pursued a southbound vehicle on Interstate 91 Friday night at speeds up to 130 mph described in court documents watching the vehicle go airborne on the Exit 21 off-ramp in Hatfield and rolling over several times before coming to a stop on its side. Trooper Theodore Tudryn wrote that as he got out of his cruiser and ran toward the heavily damaged car, “I could hear children inside the vehicle.” Tudryn stated in his criminal complaint against driver 0

3 County Fair judges defend comments after teen band’s sexism claims go viral

NORTHAMPTON — In their first interview since an Internet storm erupted over the use of the word “sultry” in a Three County Fair competition for local bands, two members of the three-member judging panel — including the one who wrote the controversial word — say they have been misunderstood and unjustly condemned. The judges were joined by fair general manager Bruce Shallcross in saying the situation has been distorted. “This has really gotten out of hand. I think it’s a big publicity stunt by the 0

Man accused of stealing Greenfield nurse’s wallet arraigned

NORTHAMPTON — A Springfield man who has been accused in a scheme involving stealing wallets left unattended at medical facilities was arraigned Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court on larceny and fraud charges. Kelvin Cogdell, 50, pleaded not guilty to receiving a stolen credit card, two counts of credit card larceny under $250, and two counts of larceny under $250 while a habitual offender and a common and notorious thief. Judge Daniel A. Ford set bail at $10,000 cash or $100,000 surety, the same amount that 0

Tickets for Dalai Lama’s address at UMass in October on sale starting Wednesday

AMHERST — Tickets will go on sale Wednesday for the Dalai Lama’s public address at the University of Massachusetts Amherst through the Mullins Center box office. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, will deliver a talk titled “A Force for Good” at the Mullins Center at 1 p.m. on Oct. 25. UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will make welcoming remarks before the talk, according to a statement from the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute. The institute invited the Dalai Lama to speak in 0

UMass Amherst computer scientists introduce new graphics software

AMHERST — Computer scientists from the University of Massachusetts led by Evangelos Kalogerakis have unveiled a new software modeling program that uses sophisticated geometric matching and machine learning to successfully mimic the human perception of style, giving users powerful new tools to compare the style similarity of three-dimensional objects. Kalogerakis and his collaborators presented their new algorithm at one of the world’s largest computer graphics conferences recently. As the researchers explain, humans can perceive stylistic similarity between objects that transcends structure and function. For example, 0

Medical pot dispensary proposed for Hadley

HADLEY — A medical marijuana dispensary may be coming to Hadley. The town’s Select Board voted 4-1 Wednesday to accept a letter of intent from Thomas Gallagher, director and president of Hampden Care Facility Inc. in Chicopee, to open a registered marijuana dispensary in Hadley. Gallagher’s letter, dated Aug. 2, said his business is locally owned and operated and laid out what he described as benefits to Hadley. Among them were full- and part-time jobs, increased tax revenue, charitable contributions and pursuits by the company, 0

Three County Fair fires up this weekend

NORTHAMPTON — Visitors at the Three County Fair this weekend can expect to enjoy old favorites such as the demolition derby and the exhibit hall with 15-foot sunflowers and giant pumpkins, as well as some additions — including Moto Maniacs, in which riders perform a high-wire act on motorcycles. The agricultural fair, now in its 198th year, will also include a variety of live music performances, carnival rides, and children’s shows. And, of course there will be animals — cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, 0

UMass issues traffic advisory ahead of student move-in days

AMHERST — They’re coming. University of Massachusetts Amherst students will move in to campus housing between Friday and Sunday. First-year students — 4,685 in all, according to the university — will arrive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday. Transfer students will move in on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 13,000 returning students will move in on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Traffic will be rerouted on and near campus during portions of Labor Day weekend. On Friday, vehicles 0