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  • More than 70 arrested as UMass party spirals out of control

    Police in riot gear worked to disperse thousands at a massive pre-St. Patrick's Day party near UMass Amherst. The annual event, a tradition before Spring Break, lead to violence, severe intoxication, sexual assaults, and property damage.

  • Nap time crucial to preschool memory formation

    Nap time can make or break a young child's – and a family's – afternoon. Now a new study suggests that nap time plays a crucial role in preschool development, learning, and memory formation.

  • Julie Harris, winner of five Tony Awards for best actress, dies

    Julie Harris had a long and luminous career on Broadway and in Hollywood. Julie Harris won six Tony Awards during a theater career that spanned almost 60 years.

  • Schindler's list verification letter sells for $122,000

    Schlindler's list began with a letter Oskar Schindler signed that paved the way for the rescue of more than 1,000 Jewish factory workers. The letter was sold at auction Wednesday for $122,000.

  • U.S. News college rankings: not the only way to judge schools

    The U.S. News & World Report annual ranking of colleges is out. But there are other rankings available, giving prospective students and their families information that may be more useful.

  • A literary road trip through New England

    Take a trip through historic New England and visit the homesteads of famous literary figures. 

  • Gallery Republicans in the 2012 presidential race

    Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, gets ready to march in the Fourth of July parade in Amherst, N.H., on July 4.

  • Did a chemical engineer reduce big city crime?

    Green Economics Did a chemical engineer reduce big city crime?

    John Sinfelt, who recently passed away, developed a way to produce unleaded gasoline. There may be a connection between exposure to leaded gasoline during childhood and the likelihood to commit a crime.

  • Ideas for a better world in 2011

    Ideas for a better world in 2011

    In many ways, 2010 is a year you may want to relegate to the filing cabinet quickly. It began with a massive earthquake in Haiti and wound down with North Korea once again being an enfant terrible – bizarrely trying to conduct diplomacy through brinkmanship. In between came Toyota recalls and egg scares, pat downs at airports and unyielding unemployment numbers, too little money in the Irish treasury and too many bedbugs in American sheets. Oil gushed from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico for three months, mocking the best intentions of man and technology to stop it, while ash from a volcano in Iceland darkened Europe temporarily as much as its balance sheets. Yet not all was gloomy. The winter Olympics in Canada and the World Cup in South Africa dazzled with their displays of athletic prowess and national pride, becoming hearths around which the world gathered. In Switzerland, the world's largest atom smasher hurled two protons into each other at unfathomable speeds. Then came the year's most poignant moment – the heroic and improbable rescue of 33 miners from the clutches of the Chilean earth. There were many transitions, too – the return of the Republicans in Washington and the Tories in Britain, the scaling back of one war (Iraq) and the escalation of another (Afghanistan), the fall of some powers (Greece) and rise of others (China, Germany, Lady Gaga). To get the new year off to the right start, we decided to ask various thinkers for one idea each to make the world a better place in 2011. We plumbed poets and political figures, physicists and financiers, theologians and novelists. Some of the ideas are provocative, others quixotic. Some you will agree with, others you won't. But in the modest quest to stir a discussion – from academic salons to living rooms to government corridors – we offer these 25 ideas.

  • Lake-effect snow response could have been better: NY Thruway

    Lake-effect snow response could have been better: NY Thruway

    Lake-effect snow: Executive Director Michael Fleischer said the agency should have closed nearly two dozen non-toll entrance ramps to Interstate 90 much sooner after jackknifed tractor-trailers blocked traffic just east of Buffalo.