Here’s one person’s list of “29 Things You Need to Know About the Pioneer Valley Before You Move There.” We especially like #22: “Smith College Has the Best Garden in the Valley.”
But why limit the list to 29 items? What would you add to this list?
This gets points for beer and lesbians, but minus points for not talking about the plethora of coffee shops. I live in a comparably-sized college town that has approximately zero coffee shops that have good coffee, study space, and edible food. I want to go baaaaaaaaaaack.
Jailed for life for stealing a $159 jacket? 3,200 serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes November 17, 2013
A shocking new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has found that more than 3,200 people nationwide are serving life terms without parole for nonviolent offenses. Of those prisoners, 80 percent are behind bars for drug-related convictions. Sixty-five percent are African-American, 18 percent are white, and 16 percent are Latino — evidence of what the ACLU calls “extreme racial disparities.” The crimes that led to life sentences include stealing gas from a truck, shoplifting, possessing a crack pipe, facilitating a $10 sale of marijuana, and attempting to cash a stolen check. We speak with Jennifer Turner, human rights researcher and author of the new ACLU report, “A Living Death: Life Without Parole for Nonviolent Offenses.”