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Palestinians carry the body of Huthaifa Suleiman, 18, during his funeral in the Bal'a village near the west bank city of Tulkarem, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. The Palestinian youth was killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Monday as fears spread of a further escalation in violence that has already killed several Israeli civilians and wounded scores of Palestinian protesters over the past days. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

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 describes itself as the only “bi-national” organization within Israel working on the Israel-Palestine conflict, 200 former soldiers have turned away from violent … 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. Flanders, 59, was among dozens of patients from around the region who traveled to the … 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. The driver was ultimately arrested on multiple charges, including reckless endangerment of children and conspiracy … 0

Armed Forces Appreciation Day at Look Park on Saturday

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A daylong event Saturday intended to pay tribute to area veterans and their families is expected to draw hundreds of people from throughout the state. The Veterans Council of Northampton hopes to lure people to its Armed Forces Family Appreciation Day at Look Park with the … 0

Rosenberg pipes up about gas, pipeline

Monday, May 11, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A proposed agreement between Berkshire Gas and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. should be the subject of a public hearing, in Western Massachusetts, by the state’s Department of Public Utilities, according to a letter sent to the agency by Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Monday. … 0

Faces gets new lease

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Beloved downtown merchant Faces will remain open. Colebrook Realty Services Inc. has announced the store was sold to Chris Andrew Inc., which plans to keep the landmark retailer open for business. Chris Andrew Inc. is controlled by Camile and Tiffany Hannoush and Chris and Amy Pariseau. … 0

Healey says she’s committed to battling opioid crisis

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says her office is committed to turning the state’s opioid crisis around. “I think it’s important that we call this what it is. It is a disease. This is a public health crisis,” said Healey at a fundraiser for Tapestry Health, … 0

Rep. McGovern wants debate on policy in Iraq

Thursday, April 2, 2015

When Congress returns from its break April 13, U.S. Rep. James McGovern aims to force a discussion about U.S. military escalation in Iraq in the fight against ISIS. In fact, he believes members of Congress are shirking their … 0

Human services workers rally in Northampton after soured negotiations

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A breakdown in contract negotiations sent more than 100 human service workers from Clinical & Support Options into the street to protest outside the agency’s headquarters Wednesday morning. The agency provides services to thousands of people … 0

Patrick Donnelly appointed seventh poet laureate in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Patrick Donnelly once studied classical singing and acting, with an eye to becoming an opera singer. Although those plans did not work out, he also had a deep interest in writing that he subsequently developed — … 0

State officials get earful about Open Meeting Law

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — An Open Meeting Law presentation at an annual conference for local civic leaders Saturday turned into a venting session about how many of them felt the law gets in the way of their work. John A. Payne, chairman of the Shelburne Select Board, said he believed … 0

Rosenberg vows work on welfare overhaul

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The welfare system in Massachusetts was once a model for the nation after reforms in the 1990s, but now ranks among the worst in the country at putting people back to work. State Senate President Stanley … 1

Testimony begins in trial of former Mass. teacher accused of child rape

Thursday, February 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A former middle school science teacher from Southampton admitted to his wife and police that he sexually molested a girl for approximately five years, but his lawyer contends that James L. Parks is not guilty of … 0