Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Alan Raczka, left, of Easthampton, and JFK Middle School eighth-grader Evan Yurko of Holyoke challenge each other in a game of Scrabble in February 2018.
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A teenager from Holyoke, Massachusetts, has returned a champion from a national Scrabble tournament in Buffalo, New York.

Lucio Perez greets friends after arriving back at the First Church of Amherst, Mass., after a visit to the hospital on May 17, 2018.
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A Guatemalan man facing deportation took sanctuary at a western Massachusetts church. Now he's teaching Spanish there.

Brooke Hauser.
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A woman has been hired as top editor at The Daily Hampshire Gazette for the first time in the paper's more-than-230-year history.

Solomon Goldstein-Rose celebrates with supporters after his win in the Democratic primary in September 2016.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

When then-22 year-old Solomon Goldstein-Rose won in a crowded Democratic field in 2016, it appeared he was on his way to a long career in the Massachusetts legislature. 

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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A Massachusetts college is investigating after campus police were called to investigate a black student who was quietly eating her lunch in a common room. 

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is taking on Congressman Richard Neal in next year's Democratic primary. Here, Amatul-Wadud addresses supporters during a campaign event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Updated at 7:14 a.m. on July 21, 2018.

The underdog in a Democratic primary for a western Massachusetts congressional seat is accusing U.S. Representative Richard Neal of taking too much money from special interests.

The sign above a handicapped parking spot in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.
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In his Pelham, Massachusetts, home, Peter Acker tried to maneuver down his basement stairs. He's on crutches after injuring his knee this spring -- and hurting it again recently.

South Hadley, Massachusetts author Enid Sichel holds her book, "Death And Turtles."
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Our summer fiction series continues with a mystery called "Death and Turtles." It takes place during the Depression -- 1934 -- in England. 

Gordon Thorne at 33 Hawley, in Northampton, Massachusetts, the site of a future Northampton Community Arts Trust performance space. Thorne was one of the trust's founders.
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For many, his name is connected to Thorne's Marketplace in Northampton, Massachusetts, which he once owned, but Gordon Thorne was also a visual artist and a philanthropist. He died last week at the age of age of 77.

At a 2017 press conference, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz points out the prototype for the bike share program.
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A regional bike share system is set to launch this week. It'll eventually include 500 bikes across five western Massachusetts communities: Northampton, Springfield, South Hadley, Holyoke and Amherst – including UMass.