A controversial gravel pit in Leverett has been given the OK to expand by five acres. The ten year special permit granted to Richard Roberts contains numerous conditions. Neighbors of the Long Plain Road operation have complained the pit creates a nuisance and a hazard. The Zoning Board issued the permit in part to forestall a lawsuit filed by Roberts against the town.
Military planners are weighing the possibility of sending more troops to Iraq to provide additional security around Baghdad.
The beheading of James Foley was said to be in revenge for U.S. air strikes against the Iraqi insurgents.
The prosecutor's office will begin presenting evidence to a grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.
School officials in Amherst are hopeful this school year will see a reduced level of racial tensions.