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Combatants for Peace

Working side by side, scores of Israeli and Palestinian veterans are not only talking together about how to dismantle the Israeli occupation of Palestine. They’re working on doing it, says Uri Ben Assa. As Combatants for Peace, which describes itself as the only “bi-national” organization within Israel working on the Israel-Palestine conflict, 200 former soldiers have turned away from violent confrontations to try to bring about what they see as the necessary the end of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. “We concentrate 0

UMass-Amherst rapist sentenced to 8 to 12 years

NORTHAMPTON — A Hampshire Superior Court judge sentenced Adam T. Liccardi to eight to 12 years in state prison followed by five years of probation for his role in the 2012 rape of a University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room. Liccardi, 21, of Pittsfield, was convicted Sept. 2 by a jury of two counts of aggravated rape and one count of rape. He was found not guilty of another count of aggravated rape. He was the third of four men to be 0

Ralph Nader to speak at Amherst College tonight

AMHERST — Consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader will be at Amherst College tonight to discuss third-party and outsider candidates and the role they could play in the 2016 election. Nader’s talk, which comes at the invitation of the nonpartisan student group Amherst Political Union, will be held at Stirn Auditorium in the Mead Art Museum from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Liam Fine, co-president of the Amherst Political Union, said Nader’s presentation will focus on the 2016 presidential election. “We also expect 0

Police arrest man who allegedly sold drugs to UMass student informant who OD’d

AMHERST — Nearly two years after the heroin overdose death of University of Massachusetts Amherst student Eric L. Sinacori, police have arrested the man who allegedly provided him the drugs. Jesse Carrillo, 27, of Derry, N.H., was indicted Monday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and distributing heroin, according to a statement issued by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. He was later arrested in New Hampshire, the district attorney’s office reported. Sinacori, a third-year kinesiology major from Whitehouse Station, N.J., was found dead Oct. 4, 2013, 0

Budding business: Region’s first medical marijuana dispensary opens in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON — Standing against his car with a white paper bag in his hand, Kenny Flanders of Pittsfield searches for the right words to describe what medical marijuana has done for him. “I got a life,” he said. Flanders, 59, was among dozens of patients from around the region who traveled to the New England Treatment Access medical marijuana dispensary at 118 Conz St. on Monday, the first day it opened for business. New England Treatment Access spokesman and consultant Norton Arbelaez, of Franklin, said 0

Preparing to pay

The last in a series. AMHERST — During a student-debt rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in April, one of the most powerful statements came from a student who could not attend the event. First-generation college student Aja Gaskins wrote in a statement read by one of her peers that she could barely afford to attend UMass, despite working three jobs. She would have delivered the message in person — but she was at work earning money to pay for tuition and fees. “I 0

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen receives medical attention for dehydration at end of UMass talk

AMHERST — Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen received precautionary medical attention immediately following her lecture at the University of Massachusetts Thursday night. Yellen appeared to end her speech abruptly after pausing and coughing a few times at the podium. “Chair Yellen felt dehydrated at the end of a long speech under bright lights,” a Federal Reserve spokesman said in a statement. “As a precaution, she was seen by EMT staff on-site at UMass Amherst. She felt fine afterward and has continued with her schedule Thursday 0

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