Letters to the Editor: Divestment victory at UMass? (April 28-May 4, 2016)
Apr25

Letters to the Editor: Divestment victory at UMass? (April 28-May 4, 2016)

So, that’s what victory looks like Divest UMass supporters are close to victory. [“Scene Here: #DivestTheRest,” April 21-27, 2016.] What kind of victory? Well, as you explained in last week’s issue, a $5 million divestment from “dirty-energy companies”. Meanwhile, Berkshire Gas has a pipeline running to the UMass central heating plant, which operates annually on $94 million according to its line item in the UMass...

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Scene Here: Afternoon Nighthawks
Apr25

Scene Here: Afternoon Nighthawks

A crisp smack of cold beer hits my palate; a dark, hearty rye. I’m engulfed by laughter and spirited conversation, lost in the dull roar, a wave washing over me. A sudden crash, a peaceful respite as it rolls back, redoubling its efforts at sweeping me away … but not for a little while longer. It’s 6 p.m. on a Thursday at the High Horse in Amherst. A few tables have filled up in the dining section, but most of the barstools are...

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Between the Lines: Is For-Profit Higher Ed Rigged?
Apr25

Between the Lines: Is For-Profit Higher Ed Rigged?

One of the benefits of living in Massachusetts is enjoying a swell of liberal pride when one of our politicians takes a stand for the people. It’s why we elected Liz Warren and Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank and Silvio O. Conte (yes, he was a Republican, but with a soft spot for the environment the size of the Silvio O. Conte Fish and Wildlife Refuge). Add to that list Attorney General Maura Healey and her efforts to crack down on...

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News of the Weird: The Internet’s Promise Fulfilled — For Men
Apr25

News of the Weird: The Internet’s Promise Fulfilled — For Men

Japan’s Tenga toy company appears to be first on the market with a virtual reality bodysuit (for use with the Oculus Rift “Sexy Beach Premium Resort” 3-D game) containing a genital stimulator and the sensation of “groping” breasts — sending “impulses all over the wearer’s body to make it feel like another human being is touching them,” according to one reviewer (who expressed dismay that the...

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Women in Comics: Profiles of Pioneer Valley artists breaking into the boy’s club
Apr25

Women in Comics: Profiles of Pioneer Valley artists breaking into the boy’s club

When Melissa Lewis-Gentry walks into a comic book store, it’s not to shop for her boyfriend or her dad. Still, she’s sometimes received that way, despite being the manager of a comic book store herself. Once regarded exclusively as the fodder of wide-eyed grade-school boys and the secret indulgences of young-at-heart escapists, comics were once widely derided by “responsible adults” as prurient rubbish. But the medium has undergone a...

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Guest Column: Gains for the LGBT Community Must Include Gay People of Color
Apr18

Guest Column: Gains for the LGBT Community Must Include Gay People of Color

By Louis F. Graham The LGBT community came out of 2015 feeling great for the many steps toward equality the nation had taken that year: the Supreme Court decision granting gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, the increasingly favorable national public opinion polling on same-sex relationships, the number of openly gay elected officials reaching 450 and even the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” years before these successes. As...

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