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A photo of a 1962 sit-in at the University of Chicago. The Bernie Sanders campaign said its candidate is the man speaking to the other activists, but some alumni, including Florence resident Randy Ross, believe that is Ross's ex-husband, the late Bruce Rappaport.

Flap over Sanders photo has regional twist

Friday, February 12, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — A local woman is asking that the Bernie Sanders campaign stop using a 1960s photo she claims was mistakenly captioned as being of Sanders that was actually of her ex-husband. Randy Ross, of Florence, who turned 71 on Friday, said she was married to Bruce Rappaport from 1964 to 1970. Rappaport and Sanders were both activists at the … 0

Baystate Noble officials continue investigating disinfectant lapse that put 293 colonoscopy patients at small risk for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C

Saturday, January 30, 2016

WESTFIELD — In the wake of a disinfection lapse that left 293 colonoscopy patients at a small risk for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, Baystate Health officials continue to piece together the puzzle of what went wrong and why it took so long for the error to come to light. The hospital … 0

Opioid drug fraud lands mom, daughter on probation

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHAMPTON — An Easthampton mother and daughter pleaded guilty Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court to more than 200 drug-related charges resulting from the daughter’s opioid addiction. Each woman was placed on probation. Theresa Coe, 49, was accused in April 2015 of writing phony prescriptions — more than 100 in a two-year period — … 0

Smith College protest over racism on campus supports actions at University of Missouri

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — About 200 Smith College students, Dean of the College Donna Lisker, and faculty and staff members joined in front of the Campus Center in the rain at noon Wednesday, calling attention to racism on campus and supporting similar actions at Ithaca College and University of Missouri. … 0

Rosenberg reflects on first year as Senate pres.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As an agency that can remove a child from parental custody, the Department of Children and Families may hold the most significant power in a state without the death penalty and its budget should not face … 0

UN cancer study gives bacon lovers indigestion: Shops like Pekarski’s not worried about effect on sales

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Despite the World Health Organization’s announcement Monday that processed meats such as sausage, ham and bacon increase the risk of colon and stomach cancer, Pioneer Valley residents didn’t see the news as a reason to cut … 0

Area mayors urge state to add rail options

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Just as they did more than two years ago, the mayors of Northampton, Greenfield and Holyoke are calling on state officials to help establish increased rail service for commuters in the Pioneer Valley. In a joint letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, Northampton Mayor … 0

Ronald’s return: McDonald’s worker turns in missing statue

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The super-sized mystery regarding the whereabouts of a rare Ronald McDonald statue that was taken from a Leverett home in August was solved Wednesday when a Hatfield family turned it in to Northampton Police. Detective Sgt. … 0

Combatants for Peace

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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 … 0

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

Monday, September 28, 2015

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. … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

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

Monday, September 21, 2015

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 … 0

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

Monday, September 21, 2015

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 … 0