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March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Looks like the "Blarney Blowout" lived up to its name. Four police officers were slightly injured and more than 70 people were reported arrested on Saturday after a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration in Amherst, Mass. The "Blarney Blowout" turned into, well, a blowout. The air was filled with snowballs and flying beer cans as mobs of college-age partiers descended on apartment complexes near the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst. In a Saturday statement , the university took pains to denounce the "unsanctioned" Blarney Blowout, which school officials warned could result in suspension or expulsion from the university.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By David Ng
A nearly 40-year-old cold case involving the theft of a valuable work of art from Amherst College has been reopened in the hopes of locating the Dutch Golden Age painting.  The FBI is working with Amherst's Mead Art Museum to locate a work stolen in 1975 from the museum in Massachusetts. The canvas, which dates from the 17th or 18th century, was one of three paintings torn from their frames during a break-in. Mead Art Museum officials announced this month that they are working with the Boston division of the FBI and the FBI's Art Crime Team to try to solve the case.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The missing work is Jan Baptist Lambrechts' "Interior With Figures Smoking and Drinking.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2010 | By Paula L. Woods
Whether they're true or not, myths and legends that surround poets help us to see their work in a comprehensible context. Say the names Keats, Poe or Plath, for instance, and images of consumption, drug addiction and mental illness may come to mind, just as the image of 19th century poet Emily Dickinson as an eccentric recluse has persisted largely based on her poetry and a few scraps of biographical information. Slim pickings for a biographical novel, yet the attraction of Dickinson's poetry for Jerome Charyn inspired him to attempt to put flesh on those mythical bones in his novel "The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1991 | JAN HERMAN
The back-fence gossips can't figure her out. She dresses in white year after year, regardless of the season, and never leaves her father's house. Sometimes, just to catch a glimpse of her, the neighbors come to the door bearing gifts, but she disappears to the second floor to avoid them. She is no timid recluse, though.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1994 | MACK REED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thousand Oaks ranked as the second safest large city in the United States and Simi Valley was third safest during the first half of 1994, according to figures released today by the FBI. For years, the two Ventura County cities have battled for bragging rights as the safest city in the nation with a population of more than 100,000. But for the first six months of 1994 they were both bested by an old rival, Amherst Town, N.Y. From January through June, that Buffalo suburb reported 12.
SPORTS
February 25, 1996 | From Times Wire Services
If any team was going to beat No. 1-ranked Massachusetts this season, it figured to be George Washington. The Colonials, with an 86-76 victory Saturday, made it four consecutive victories over the Minutemen, the last unbeaten team in Division I this season. George Washington, 18-5 overall and 11-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference, has also won its last four games against Top 10 teams and two in a row on Massachusetts' home court, the Mullins Center, where no other visitor has won more than once.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2000 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Laguna Playhouse will launch its 80th season in September with Julie Harris playing poet Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst," directed by Charles Nelson Reilly, who also directed her in the original Broadway production in 1976. It also will give all six plays in 2000-01 a longer ride, expanding the run of each show from 31 to 39 performances.
SPORTS
March 9, 1997 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's too young, he's too emotional, he's never coached in this league, he makes way too much money, he's ruthless, he's insincere and he cheats. What else do they say? Oh yeah, he's a Rick Pitino clone--reprehensible as John Calipari is supposed to be, he isn't even entitled to his own identity.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 14, 1992 | RAY LOYND, Ray Loynd writes regularly about theater for Calendar.
She was the quintessential golden girl--the princess high in the tower. When her knight swept her into the Jazz Age and the Roaring '20s, the flapper came of age and a legend was born. Then the dream shattered, and it all crashed to the floor like a platter of trays, ending with madness in a North Carolina sanitarium. The story is told in "Zelda: The Last Flapper," starring Kathleen Garrett in a one-woman show at the Tiffany Theatre on the Sunset Strip.
HEALTH
November 26, 2007 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
Take too much fun from the fun bank at Thanksgiving? With more holiday revelry coming up, we have three little words: alcohol-free wine. The notion of tinkering with perfectly good vino makes true wine lovers blanch, but alcohol-free wine has some advantages over its boozy cousin, including far fewer calories: about 15 to 25 calories for a 4-ounce glass, compared with about 90 for a glass of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon.
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