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  1. Your View: Pioneer Institute - UMass needs in-state focus for enrollmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Jul 7 |

    On the one hand, the University of Massachusetts has many achievements of which to be proud. Under the leadership of Meehan and his predecessors over a quarter century, the average grade point average of entering UMass Amherst freshmen shot up from around 2.9 to 3.8. In just the last five years, the flagship Amherst campus rose more than 20 spots in US News & World Report rankings.


  2. 2015-16 Standard-Times Courage AwardRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 25, 2016 |

    Athletes are always pushing their personal limits, physically, mentally, emotionally, and for many it takes a fair amount of courage just to step on the field and face your fears of failure. But for some athletes, courage means the ability to rise above trauma, to overcome challenges above and beyond the average to excel.


  3. 2015-16 Standard-Times Courage Award Winner: Dartmouth's Ben SzteligaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 25, 2016 |

    Athletes are always pushing their personal limits, physically, mentally, emotionally, and for many it takes a fair amount of courage just to step on the field and face your fears of failure. But for some athletes, courage means the ability to rise above trauma, to overcome challenges above and beyond the average to excel.


  4. UMass lab steps up tick testing effortsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 22, 2016 |

    A University of Massachusetts laboratory that tests ticks that people find on themselves or their pets for diseases that could possibly be passed on is stepping up its efforts as tick season kicks into high gear. The Laboratory of Medical Zoology in Amherst is partnering with about two dozen towns in the state to offer discounted tick testing that lab director Steve Rich said can help treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.


  5. State launches affordable college planRead the original story w/Photo

    May 9, 2016 |

    LOWELL – The cost of a four-year degree could soon get much more affordable for certain students who transfer from a Massachusetts community college to a state university. “This is really all about giving kids and their families options that can make the cost of higher education dramatically less expensive,” said Gov. Charlie Baker, who spoke Thursday at Middlesex Community College's Lowell campus.


  6. Support builds for raising tobacco purchasing age to 21 in MassachusettsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 7, 2016 |

    Massachusetts could soon become the third state in the country to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. “Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death,” said Marc Hymovitz, government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.


  7. UMass awards 5,500 bachelor's degrees at commencementRead the original story w/Photo

    May 6, 2016 |

    The University of Massachusetts awarded about 5,500 bachelor's degrees during commencement ceremonies on its main campus in Amherst. The former UMass student left the school early to pursue his career as an Internet entrepreneur, but came back to receive an honorary doctorate.


  8. Report: Chemist who worked on drug cases was usually highRead the original story w/Photo

    May 4, 2016 |

    Investigators say a former chemist who tested drugs for Massachusetts police departments was high almost every day she went to work for eight years, potentially putting thousands of criminal convictions in jeopardy. Sonja Farak, who worked for an Amherst lab that tested drug samples for police, was high on methamphetamines, ketamine, cocaine, LSD and other drugs during most of her time there, even when she testified in court, according to a state investigative report released Tuesday.


  9. New Bedford School Committee members consider opt out on PARCC/MCASRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 4, 2016 |

    Two School Committee members are planning to file a resolution that would specify a student's right to not take the high stakes standardized tests. "The state really needs to slow down on this," said member Chris Cotter.


  10. National View: PeaceVoice - If God responded to Donald Trump ...Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 22, 2016 |

    I have been troubled for some time knowing you don't feel a need to ask me for forgiveness when you've done something wrong. And now, with your strong remarks to one of my staff, Pope Francis, I felt even more urgency to write.


  11. Millennial View: Catherine Rampell - Bernie Sanders' statistical shenanigansRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2016 |

    Good news! I read through all the presidential candidates' economic plans so you don't have to. I even came up with a handy rule of thumb to help you quickly assess everyone's ideas.


  12. Music teacher inspired students and facultyRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 4, 2016 |

    Since 1985, Minty Farrissey has been going from teaching piano lessons to students at the high school to instructing general music to much younger students at the Chace Street School. She does that everyday during the school week, starting at Somerset Berkley Regional High School in the morning and then driving over to the elementary school where she teaches students in kindergarten through grade five.


  13. Nestle confirms labor abuse among its Thai seafood suppliersRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 23, 2015 |

    " Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestle SA's supply chains. The unusual disclosure comes from Geneva-based Nestle SA itself, which in an act of self-policing planned to announce the conclusions of its yearlong internal investigation on Monday.


  14. Business Newsmaker: Partners Insurance Group welcomes new BrokerRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 21, 2015 |

    Partners Insurance Group , LLC recently welcomed Bernard J. McDonald V as a Licensed Broker and Producer. Better known as “BJ,” McDonald is responsible for developing new business and creating quality customer relationships.


  15. UMass president to visit Dartmouth campus MondayRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 6, 2015 |

    UMass President Marty Meehan will kick off his inaugural week by becoming the first UMass president to visit all five UMass campuses in a single day, according to a news release. The Dartmouth campus will be his first stop where he will meet with Chancellor Divina Grossman.


  16. His first game an exciting experienceRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2015 |

    Zachary Setters went to his first New England Patriots football game last week and it was probably even more exciting than most first-time Patriots games are for people. The Somerset resident not only had seats in Gillette Stadium for the game against the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins last Thursday night, but also was taken down on the field during halftime for the ceremony honoring retired Patriots linebacker and defensive end Willie McGinest for being inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.


  17. New England foliage season delayed, but still spectacularRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 14, 2015 |

    New England residents and visitors to the six-state region hoping to catch a glimpse of its celebrated fall foliage may have been a little disappointed so far in seeing more green than blazing orange, scarlet and gold. But experts say there's no need to fret - this year's foliage season was delayed slightly because of weather conditions and is likely to end up being just as spectacular.


  18. Odessa C. Farnham, 81Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 30, 2015 |

    Odessa C. Farnham , 81, passed away surrounded by family on Friday, September 11, 2015, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Odessa comes from a long line of native Cape Codders, she was born in Hyannis, MA on July 22, 1934 and grew up in Chatham, MA, the daughter of Victor and E. Constance Chase.


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