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Marty Nathan: ‘Clean energy doesn’t come out of smokestack’

“I can hear my brother crying I can’t breathe, Now I’m in a struggle singing I can’t leave … ” — “I Can’t Breathe,”  The...

Changes in policing under way in other communities

While Springfield grapples with the fallout of a highly critical U.S. Department of Justice report, other police departments throughout the Valley are implementing changes...

A Guide to Local Cannabis Dispensaries

Amherst 1 Rise Holdings Inc. 169 Meadow St. Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone: 413-825-9770 Website:...

Despite setbacks due to pandemic, future bright for budding cannabis industry

Nearly two years after the first recreational marijuana sales began in Massachusetts, it’s safe to say the budding industry is contributing mightily to the...

Vision 2020: Not what we had in mind

I remember when I first got into journalism covering community planning meetings with quaint names like “Vision 2020,” about what this year would be...

Happenings in the Valley

The COVID-19 crisis and need to avoid crowds have canceled many planned events in the area, but alternatives are being arranged for online viewing, and...

How Northampton helped the women’s suffrage movement cross the finish line

On the evening of Oct. 29, 1915, a group of 500 women of the Equal Suffrage League, dressed in white, and wearing, across their chests,...

A Movement’s Moment: How Springfield is responding to a scathing DOJ report

Across Court Square in the city of Springfield the words, “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” are painted on Court Street in 20-foot-tall, bright yellow letters —...

Stagestruck: What I Did on My Summer Staycation

In the usual summer theater season, I’ll see dozens of plays and put hundreds of miles on the odometer. But in this most unusual...

Stagestruck: The Hills Are Live – UPDATE

August 13 update: Just as this piece was about to be filed last week, Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Group, the first-in-the-country theaters...

Joe Biden releases statement on whistleblower controversy: ‘clear-cut corruption’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden responds to reports that President Trump urged the president of Ukraine to investigate Hunter Biden's business dealings.

Trump reportedly doesn’t ‘want to help some’ GOP senators amid warnings...

Josh Holmes, a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), told Politico he thinks the Republican Party could win more Senate races...