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  1. Obituary Elizabeth Farnsworth was an artist and scientist about plants in New EnglandRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jan 8 |

    Dr. Farnsworth was a senior research ecologist at the New England Wildflower Society and a consultant to the US National Park Service, Forest Service, and Environmental Protection Agency. Science and art, often considered divergent pursuits, "join hands to inform us all about the ecological and aesthetic value of plants," Elizabeth Farnsworth once wrote.


  2. Workplace bullying remains in the shadowsRead the original story

    Friday Dec 29 |

    As workplaces of every imaginable kind are rocked in the national reckoning over abuses of sex and power, some say another, related issue waits in the shadows. Experts say it can be more common and as damaging to its victims as sexual harassment, but with no clear definition in the law or widespread social recognition, it remains largely out of the public eye.


  3. Women's marchers and immigration attorneys take actionRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2017 |

    This time one year ago, dejection, anger, and fear were the prevailing emotions for the two out of every three Massachusetts voters who saw their choice for president lose to Donald Trump. The fury was particularly intense in the state's bluest communities, from Cambridge and Somerville to Amherst and Provincetown, where nine out of every 10 voters had opposed Trump.


  4. Amherst man arrested for drunken driving after crashing Maserati in BostonRead the original story

    Dec 16, 2017 |

    A 21-year-old man was arrested early Saturday morning for drunken driving after he crashed a 2013 Maserati coupe in the area of Memorial Drive and the Massachusetts Avenue bridge, leaving two passengers with minor injuries, according to State Police. Cifu Wu of Amherst allegedly lost control of the car, causing it to crash, according to State Police Lieutenant Tom Ryan.


  5. Sympathy and support for Stanley Rosenberg in his hometown of AmherstRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 4, 2017 |

    As Stanley C. Rosenberg announced he would temporarily step down as president of the state Senate amid allegations that his husband had sexually assaulted four men, voters in his hometown here came to his defense, saying he should not be punished for his spouse's misconduct. "If it were him being accused, it would be different, but it's against his husband," said Steve Chojnacki, 61, who works at a liquor store.


  6. 96-year-old Navy veteran of Pearl Harbor attack to receive honorary degree from UMass AmherstRead the original story

    Dec 4, 2017 |

    A 96-year-old Navy veteran and Amherst native who survived the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor will receive an honorary degree this week from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in recognition of his service. Leonard Gardner, 96, of Amherst, will receive the degree from UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy in a ceremony at the university's Old Chapel Thursday.


  7. More than 6,000 drug cases to be dismissed after misconduct by chemist and former prosecutorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 30, 2017 |

    On Thursday, Massachusetts district attorneys said they would dismiss more than 6,000 drug convictions due to misconduct by a former drug lab chemist and two former state prosecutors. This marks the second time this year that thousands of drug charges were wiped away due to official misconduct.


  8. New England news in briefRead the original story

    Nov 28, 2017 |

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst said Tuesday there is an outbreak of meningitis on campus after two students were diagnosed with meningococcal disease in October and November. One student, who lives on campus, tested positive for bacterial meningitis Nov. 12, and another was diagnosed in October with a strain of meningococcal illness not covered by the vaccine students must have to attend the school.


  9. New England news in briefRead the original story

    Nov 14, 2017 |

    A bill that supporters say will protect birth control coverage for women is one step closer to becoming law in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed the bill, which includes a provision requiring health insurers to continue offering coverage - without co-payments - for prescription contraceptives regardless of changes in federal policy or any future repeal of the Affordable Care Act.


  10. UMass Amherst honored for Old Chapel renovationRead the original story

    Nov 9, 2017 |

    Renovation of the Old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has been honored by the state with a 2017 Historic Preservation Award, officials announced Thursday. The 19th century building, which stands in the heart of the campus, reopened in February after a $21 million renovation.


  11. Keith Bedford/Globe Staff L.L. Bean plans to give stodgy image the bootRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 2, 2017 |

    In its 105 years in business, L.L. Bean has become synonymous with several things: quality, durable outdoor gear, its famous catalog, and its particularly New England sensibility. But it has failed to distinguish itself from the other outdoor brands it competes against, Steve Smith, the company's president and chief executive, said Thursday.


  12. Cases touched by former drug lab analyst could be tossed outRead the original story

    Oct 31, 2017 |

    In a hearing Tuesday at the state Supreme Judicial Court, prosecutors revealed plans to dismiss many of the thousands of cases tainted by a forensic chemist at the Amherst drug lab and subsequent misconduct by two state prosecutors. More than 6,000 cases are under review by each of the eleven district attorney's offices in Massachusetts, prosecutors said.


  13. Lane Turner/Globe Staff Nestor RamosAt UMass Amherst, a buffet fit for a campus kingRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 24, 2017 |

    Each tender, elegant curl of local lettuce was pristine, fit for a glamour shot in a high-end food magazine. And, indeed, there was a professional photographer behind the buffet, snapping pictures of the perfectly manicured bowls of New England Cobb salad for yet another glowing write-up somewhere, piled with crisp, thick shards of bacon, hunks of dense, rich blue cheese, and strands of moist white chicken.


  14. At UMass, research bears fruitRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2017 |

    Cold Spring Orchard, anchored by a picturesque red barn on a verdant central Massachusetts hillside, looks like a classic New England u-pick operation and farmstand - and it is. But the University of Massachusetts Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center - its full name - is also a facility where researchers are hard at work addressing sustainability, pest management, and climate change, in the name of growing the best possible fruit.


  15. For activists, abolishing Columbus Day means stopping the celebration of genocideRead the original story

    Oct 9, 2017 |

    For supporters of changing the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day, the move isn't about rewriting history, it's about stopping the celebration of genocide. "Nobody should be celebrating Columbus," said Mahtowin Munro, lead organizer for Indigenous Peoples' Day Massachusetts.


  16. Tito Jackson and Setti Warren to address youth march on CommonRead the original story

    Oct 7, 2017 |

    Newton Mayor Setti Warren and Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson will be among the speakers addressing a march for youth at Boston Common on Saturday afternoon, according to its organizers. Organized by a non-profit of the same name, the Youth Action March is scheduled for noon at Carty Parade Ground on the common with a march around the perimeter of the common at 1:15 p.m..


  17. Two arrested in string of UMass backpack theftsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 29, 2017 |

    Police have arrested two people they allege were responsible for a series of backpack thefts at the University of Massachusetts. Police tell The Daily Hampshire Gazette that since Sept.


  18. Court petition asks for dismissal of all cases touched by former drug lab chemistRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 20, 2017 |

    A new petition before the highest court in Massachusetts seeks full dismissal of thousands of drug convictions touched by a state chemist who stole from evidence at the Amherst drug lab. The petition was filed Wednesday morning before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court by two women convicted of drug possession based at least in part on evidence handled by Sonja Farak, the former chemist who was arrested for stealing from drug samples to support her addiction.


  19. Harvard, Williams near top of US News rankingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 13, 2017 |

    Several New England schools again were near the top of the charts in US News & World Report's annual college rankings. Harvard University was second in the national universities category, behind only Princeton University, which has been in first placefor seven years.


  20. Chinese immersion charter school, again seeking expansion, remains dogged by criticsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 3, 2017 |

    A small Hadley charter school that produces consistently high student test scores and is ranked by the state as a top-tier school remains dogged by criticisms that could thwart its ongoing effort to expand. The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School's new expansion application, announced last month, is the latest salvo in a nearly decade-long drive to build out a full K-12 school to comply with a $1.5 million federal grant awarded in 2008, according to school administrators.


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