Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

A coquillettidia perturbans mosquito, a species known to be capable of transmitting EEE to humans.
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For the first time ever in Hampshire and Hampden Counties, the state of Massachusetts is spraying to prevent the mosquito-borne illness known as EEE.

For most people, 9/11 brings indelible memories. Commentator Martha Ackmann remembers moving into a new house, her mother's birthday, and a train she wanted desperately to hear.
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September 11 was my late mother's birthday. When I called her that morning, I worried about whether to wish her a happy birthday or tell her about the towers. 

Bryon Hefner walked across Pemberton Square on September 10, 2019, after pleading guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to indecent assault and battery, assault and battery, and dissemination of a nude photograph.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Bryon Hefner, the husband of former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst and a key figure in a scandal that roiled the Massachusetts Senate, was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to three of the charges against him in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday.

Amherst College in Amherst, Mass.
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U.S. News and World Report has released its latest list of the best colleges in the country, and some western Massachusetts institutions came out at or near the top. 

Author and illustrator Mike Curato created the "Little Elliot" book series.
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A new "Sesame Street" book out this fall celebrates the show's theme song — and includes author and illustrator Mike Curato's collage inspired by the "Sunny Days" lyrics.