A Massachusetts law known as Section 35 was meant to help family members force their loved ones into treatment. But as the opioid epidemic worsens, some people are pursuing their own civil commitment.
A state law passed in July allowed Tapestry Health Systems to bypass city council opposition.
Fourteen years after editing the best-selling women-authored essay collection The Bitch in the House, Northampton’s Cathi Hanauer oversees a sequel that she says is less angry, more accepting.
A civil lawsuit adds to the fallout for Holyoke after two reports in 2015 alleged excessive force against emotionally disabled students at the Peck School.
A new report looks at the amount of money each state spends on its highways compared with the road conditions and congestion. But critics say the formula used was flawed.
Residents are holding house parties to learn what refugees are likely to need from the community.
A few dozen Tiddlywinks players, most of whom have been playing since the 1960s, hope to attract younger “winkers” with an exhibit of games, history and the official Tiddlywinks food — Pumpkin bread.
Amherst, Massachusetts, writer Cammie McGovern wants young people to think differently about their peers with disabilities.
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Ben Greenwood’s very last word, “Natures,” won a 50-point bonus to win Division 3 of the North American Scrabble Championship in Indiana.
An estimated 20 to 40 percent of veterans say traditional PTSD treatments don’t work for them. But as veterans organizations offer more alternative methods, some worry the science behind them can be flimsy.
The news organization ProPublica has just released national data from 2014 on the number of doctors who take gifts or payments from pharmaceutical companies. While Massachusetts has one of the lowest rates overall, two Western Massachusetts hospitals show the highest percentage of doctors taking payments in the state.
Franklin County launches first “Family Drug Court” in the state to help parents with addiction get help before they lose custody of their children.
All six vying for the 3rd Hampshire District seat in Western Massachusetts are progressive Democrats. Where they differ is in background and experience.
Supporters of both Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders say it’s been challenging to maintain the unity they professed earlier in the season. This is especially true in Western Massachusetts, which voted heavily for the underdog.
A suburban housewife who spends a long day with her children, thinking back on a passionate love affair and musing on life’s alternate paths.
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