HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, Massachusetts.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

A Russian woman facing possible deportation has taken sanctuary at the Unitarian Universalist church in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Sonja Farak, left, stands during her arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, Mass., Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

The state's highest court on Thursday ordered the dismissal of more than 11,000 convictions linked to disgraced former state drug lab chemist Sonja Farak.

One of Sonya Clark's previous flag unraveling performances.
Taylor Dabney / Courtesy of Sonya Clark

A performance artist at Amherst College on Thursday uses the threads of a confederate flag to draw attention to the United States' history of racism.

At town hall in Amherst, Mass., elections officials says the unofficial result is that a measure to change how the town is governed was approved Tuesday by voters
John Phelan / Creative Commons / commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Faolin42

The majority of residents in Amherst, Massachusetts, voted Tuesday to to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

A Pioneer Valley Transit Authority bus makes a stop at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
File Photo / The Republican

Representatives of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority are traveling to Boston on Wednesday to make the case for providing enough funding to avoid proposed service cuts.

Khalif Neville performs with Branford Marsalis at an event honoring Charles Neville.
Julian Parker-Burns / Laudable Productions

Pianist Khalif Neville is heir to one of the most prominent musical families to come out of New Orleans. Khalif is the son of Charles Neville, of the legendary Neville Brothers, who have been performing together since the late 1970s.

At town hall in Amherst, Mass., elections officials says the unofficial result is that a measure to change how the town is governed was approved Tuesday by voters
John Phelan / Creative Commons / commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Faolin42

Residents of Amherst, Massachusetts, will soon vote on whether to put an end to their centuries-old Town Meeting and adopt a new form of government.

The debate hasn’t always been friendly in this most liberal of New England towns.

Massachusetts state Rep. Peter Kocot of Northampton, who died in February, filed the House bill that would authorize the automatic voter registration program.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Supporters of automatic voter registration in Massachusetts said the proposal still has traction despite the recent death of a leading advocate. 

Delivering the meningitis vaccine at UMass.
Don Treeger / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, held a meningitis vaccination clinic Thursday as a student remained hospitalized for the bacterial infection.

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor, Associate Professor of History at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Courtesy Smith College

In early February, students at Princeton University protested when a professor used the N-word in a class about hate speech. He ended up canceling the course. It’s hardly the first time this epithet has sparked a debate over racial sensitivity and freedom of speech, including last semester at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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