Topic: University of Massachusetts Amherst

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  • Feds warn colleges: handle sexual assault reports properly

    Feds warn colleges: handle sexual assault reports properly

    The Obama administration has taken a tougher stance after federal officials saw problems at a number of schools. But some say the administration is taking things too far.

  • EPA tells coal-fired plants to reduce pollution. Some may just shut down.

    EPA tells coal-fired plants to reduce pollution. Some may just shut down.

    The details of new EPA regulations, released Thursday, mandate reductions in power-plant emissions. 'Old, decrepit plants' without pollution controls may be just too costly to retrofit and be shut down by their owners, say analysts.

  • Whitey Bulger caught: why he topped FBI most-wanted list

    Whitey Bulger caught: why he topped FBI most-wanted list

    Who is Whitey Bulger, and why does Wednesday's arrest of this aging crime boss matter so much to the FBI?

  • Whitey Bulger, ruthless Boston mob boss, caught by FBI in California

    Whitey Bulger, ruthless Boston mob boss, caught by FBI in California

    Whitey Bulger: After an international manhunt, the FBI finally caught the 81-year-old Bulger at an apartment in Santa Monica along with longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig on Wednesday.

  • The Monitor's View Does prayer exist, in Washington's eyes?

    Despite a big leap in the use of prayer for health among Americans, the government has decided not to study it as a complement or alternative to medicine.

  • NCAA Tournament: Boston University loads its slingshot for Goliath Kansas

    NCAA Tournament: Boston University loads its slingshot for Goliath Kansas

    Boston University, 16th seed and victor of the America East conference championship, faces the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks in an opening round West Regional NCAA tournament basketball game tonight at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (6:50 p.m. Eastern time, TBS).

  • Opinion Are brothels and bikinis signs of progress for Arab women?

    No. So why has the Western media used them as a gauge of social freedoms? Sexual exploitation isn't sexual liberation. Women in the emerging democratic movements in the Middle East stand between the twin dangers of Islamist and secular fundamentalism. They deserve better.

  • In Pictures Real-life wonder women

    American race car driver Danica Patrick shows off her trophy after winning the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, Japan, in 2008. She became the first female winner in IndyCar history.

  • Financial aid: One of six tools to graduate debt-free

    Financial aid: One of six tools to graduate debt-free

    Financial aid dwindling. Rising tuition. College debt over $20,000. Financing a college education can be as hard as paying off a McMansion on an adjustable-rate mortgage. So why is Zac Bissonnette smiling? The senior art-history major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is set to graduate debt-free. "The great thing about graduating debt-free is that you have tremendous flexibility in terms of your postgraduation plans," says Mr. Bissonnette, author of "Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships or Mooching Off My Parents." "You don't have to rush out and take the highest-paying job to make your sacrifices to the almighty church of Sallie Mae." Here are six ways you, too, can trim or eliminate college debt:

  • Toxic toy recalls: an opening for US 'green' toys

    Toxic toy recalls: an opening for US 'green' toys

    Because of recalls of toxic toys in recent years, small US firms are pushing nontoxic, organic toys for Christmas.