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  1. Study: Getting into UMass Amherst tougher for in-state applicantsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday May 29 | Boston Herald

    A new report suggests that gaining admission to the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst is more difficult for Massachusetts residents than it is for those who live outside the state. The Boston-based Pioneer Institute says the study released Tuesday challenges the widely accepted notion that out-of-state applicants are held to more rigorous academic standards than their Massachusetts counterparts.


  2. Immigrant living in church leaves sanctuary for surgeryRead the original story

    May 18, 2018 | Boston Herald

    A man living in a Massachusetts church as he tries to avoid deportation to his native Guatemala was forced to leave the sanctuary for the first time in months to have his appendix removed. After the emergency procedure, supporters of Lucio Perez escorted him back to First Congregational Church in Amherst on Thursday.


  3. Woman slashes throats of 2 people during attack on busRead the original story

    May 3, 2018 | Boston Herald

    Police say two people on a Massachusetts bus had their throats slashed during an "unprovoked attack" by a fellow passenger. Hadley police say a woman pulled a knife on the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus and began threatening passengers just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.


  4. Man changes plea to guilty in crash that killed bloggerRead the original story

    Apr 26, 2018 | Boston Herald

    A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to negligent motor vehicle homicide in a crash that killed a well-known Amherst blogger. An Eastern Hampshire District Court judge sentenced 19-year-old Ryan Fellion to two years in prison Thursday but suspended the sentence as long as Fellion follows conditions of his probation.


  5. Green Rush! State braces for crush of marijuana shop applicants todayRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 2, 2018 | Boston Herald

    POSSIBLE CHILLING EFFECT: Attorney General Jeff Sessions, left, is going after legalized marijuana, rescinding an Obama-era rule that kept federal prosecutors out of state systems. The Cannabis Control Commission is bracing for a "Green Rush" of applicants today vying to be among the first to open marijuana retail stores as Massachusetts becomes the new frontier for recreational pot on the East Coast.


  6. Massachusetts college investigates anti-Semitic incidentRead the original story

    Mar 23, 2018 | Boston Herald

    A Massachusetts college has launched a criminal investigation into what the school's administration calls "an act of blatant and deplorable anti-Semitism." Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash said in a message to the campus community that the act occurred in a residential area on Tuesday morning.


  7. Senate leadership fight full of intrigue, complicationsRead the original story

    Mar 10, 2018 | Boston Herald

    Amid new twists and turns in the wide open race to be the next leader of the Massachusetts Senate, lawmakers are struggling to stay focused on major legislation pending in the current session. Democratic Sen. John Keenan, of Quincy, is the latest member to signal his interest in becoming Senate president, one of the three most powerful positions on Beacon Hill along with governor and speaker of the House.


  8. Experts: Number of winter moths damaging trees declinesRead the original story

    Feb 26, 2018 | Boston Herald

    Heather Faubert, a research assistant at the University of Rhode Island, tells The Westerly Sun "very few" acres were defoliated by the invasive insect last year. University of Massachusetts Amherst professor Joseph Elkinton says the population has hit a record low in Massachusetts.


  9. Suspect in crash that lead to death of Amherst blogger ordered to turn over phone passcodeRead the original story

    Feb 15, 2018 | Boston Herald

    A judge has ordered a Massachusetts teenager charged in connection with a car crash that led to the death of a well-known Amherst blogger to provide his cellphone passcode to investigators. A judge Wednesday ruled in favor of a motion from the state seeking 19-year-old Ryan Fellion's phone passcode.


  10. Western Massachusetts transit agency considering fare hikesRead the original story

    Feb 7, 2018 | Boston Herald

    The public transit agency that serves much of western Massachusetts is considering fare hikes and service cuts as a way to address a possible $3.1 million budget shortfall. The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority says the shortfall is based on anticipated funding for regional transit agencies from the state, which is not keeping up with inflation, rising costs, and revenue loss from a ridership decline.


  11. SJC to rule on ex-prosecutors' alleged misconduct in Farak casesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 31, 2018 | Boston Herald

    The state's highest court will consider whether "undisputed misconduct" perpetrated by two former assistant attorneys general involved in the Sonja Farak drug lab scandal should result in even more convictions being cast aside. If the Supreme Judicial Court sides with public defenders and civil rights attorneys, more cases potentially affected by Farak, the disgraced former chemist, would be tossed.


  12. Carr: Amherst hacks top state payroll, usual suspects low on listRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 17, 2018 | Boston Herald

    If you've been wondering why the hacks on Beacon Hill are whining that collecting $100 million a day in taxes isn't nearly enough, you have to check out the entire 2017 Massachusetts state payroll, posted in this column online. It's party time in state government.


  13. 'Truth machine' reveals Bay State's $7B payrollRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2018 | Boston Herald

    A cyclist rides past two high-rise residence halls at the UMass-Amherst campus on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Staff photo by Christopher Evans Pay raises negotiated by the Patrick administration drove up the state's payroll last year to nearly $7 billion, according to the state comptroller's office.


  14. Q&A: Stan Rosenberg probe roils LegislatureRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 9, 2017 | Boston Herald

    The unprecedented series of events that unfolded after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against the husband of Senate leader Stan Rosenberg has left many questions lingering, even as lawmakers tried to restore some sense of normalcy and refocus on legislative matters. Within days, Rosenberg had announced he was taking a leave from the post of Senate president and the Senate voted to launch an independent investigation.


  15. Jobs on 86th month upswing, but wages lagRead the original story

    Dec 8, 2017 | Boston Herald

    U.S. employers added more than 200,000 jobs last month, the 86th straight month of job growth, as the unemployment rate remained at its lowest in 17 years. "It is remarkable," said Robert Nakosteen, an economist with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and executive editor of economics journal MassBenchmarks.


  16. DAs to dump 7,500 more drug convictionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 30, 2017 | Boston Herald

    An estimated 7,500 drug convictions based on testing conducted by disgraced state chemist Sonja Farak will be dismissed, prosecutors said, acknowledging the widespread toll from the latest evidence scandal to rock the criminal justice system. District attorneys across the state told the Supreme Judicial Court yesterday they would dismiss cases that Farak signed off on while working as a chemist at the state's drug lab in Amherst, where she stole from drug samples and seized evidence for nearly a decade prior to her 2013 arrest.


  17. Carr: Do you have faith in Massachusetts? It's not very easy latelyRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 30, 2017 | Boston Herald

    So the Senate president, who hasn't had a real job since Jimmy Carter was president, decides at the age of 67 to get married to a guy who's 38 years younger than he is. A guy who wears a bow tie, looks and dresses like Pee Wee Herman, has no real career and likes to drink.


  18. UMass schedules mass meningitis vaccinations; CDC declares outbreakRead the original story

    Nov 28, 2017 | Boston Herald

    The University of Massachusetts has scheduled a mass meningitis vaccination program at its Amherst campus after federal health officials determined that two recent cases of the disease at the school should be considered an outbreak. UMass is recommending that all undergraduates as well as graduate students living in undergraduate housing get vaccinated at one of four clinics planned for the next week.


  19. UMass Amherst will give rare meningitis vaccine to 1,000 moreRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2017 | Boston Herald

    A sign on the UMass Amherst campus is seen on Tuesday, September 01, 2015. University of Massachusetts Amherst Staff photo by Christopher Evans A thousand UMass Amherst students are expected to get vaccinated for a rare meningitis strain that has stricken two students and threatens to spread across the campus.


  20. Two UMass Amherst students stricken with meningitisRead the original story

    Nov 14, 2017 | Boston Herald

    Students on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts are being warned to take precautions for the sake of their health in the wake of two classmates being stricken with meningitis in less than three weeks. Both students are hospitalized in stable condition, the first diagnosed with meningococcal disease on Oct. 24 and the second with bacterial meningitis this past weekend.


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