HAMPSHIRE COUNTY

Coverage of Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

Hampshire College philosophy professor Christoph Cox.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

It's been nearly two months since Hampshire College's president announced the school was searching for a long-term "strategic partner" to help the school as it faced enrollment declines and financial pressures. 

A sign in front of St. Anne Church in Chicopee, Massachusetts, announcing the day of prayer.
Alden Bourne / NEPR

Some Catholics in western Massachusetts heeded the call of their bishop Monday and headed to church to pray for victims of clergy abuse and their families.

A couple of weeks before her planned surgery in July 2018, Mariel Addis scanned her company’s new short-term disability policy. Addis, a 53-year-old transgender woman, expected to be out of work for three to four weeks following male-to-female gender reassignment surgery. The Florence, Massachusetts, resident assumed her disability insurance would kick in after seven days of sick leave, as it would for other surgeries.

Then her eyes landed on a list of exclusions. Addis’ procedure was considered elective and would not be covered.

Anthony Gulluni is the district attorney for Hampden County, Mass.
File photo / The Republican

This week, Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni established a clergy abuse hotline. He says the move comes after the Springfield Diocese recently published the number of reports of clergy sexual abuse, which the D.A. says doesn't match what has been sent to his office. 

The now-closed St. Mary's Church in Northampton, Massachusetts. Richard Koske says he was sexually assaulted by a priest in the rectory, at center.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Updated at 3:11 p.m.

The Springfield, Massachusetts, Catholic Diocese has a new protocol for notifying district attorneys of clergy sexual abuse complaints. The change comes after a copy of a report could not be found at a DA's office.

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