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Trader Tommy Kalikas, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index closer toward another record high. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks advance to put S&P 500 at record high

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market advanced for a fourth straight day Thursday, pushing the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to a record high. Investors were encouraged by news that the number of people seeking unemployment benefits remains at a multi-year low. Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year … 0

Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce honors Rotary Club, Stephanie O’Keeffe and Tony Maroulis

Thursday, August 21, 2014

AMHERST — A long-time community service organization and two people who contributed to strengthening the business community are being honored by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber announced Thursday that the annual A+ awards will be presented during a dinner at the Hadley Farms Meeting House Oct. 2 to the Rotary Cub of Amherst, former Select Board Chairwoman Stephanie O’Keeffe and … 0

World Eye Bookshop closing store in Florence on Saturday

Thursday, August 21, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After two years selling books on North Main Street in Florence, the World Eye Bookshop is closing Saturday, although its Greenfield store remains alive and well. Jessica Mullins, owner of Greenfield’s World Eye Bookshop, in operation for more than 45 years in that town’s downtown center, opened a second store in Florence in space near the thriving Cup and Top Cafe … 1

I've walked by that bookstore many many times. I thought it was only for children's books but this article doesn't say anything...(full comment)

World Eye Bookshop closing store in Florence on Saturday

Thank god for the development of the 24 hour live television so as to watch the police not practice brutality during an...(full comment)

‘Stop moving or we’ll shoot’ Rosa Clemente of Amherst describes her first night in Ferguson, Missouri

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Executed journalist James Foley remembered by former UMass colleagues for warmth. compassion
  • JERREY ROBERTS
The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

    KEVIN GUTTING Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner".

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner". Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD
South Hadley Assistant Principal Pat Lemieux, of Westfield, discusses plans for Freshman Orientation with seniors, Kenzy Bouchard, 17 (left), Danielle Miele, 17 (right), and other student leaders (not pictured) in the South Hadley High School library on Thursday afternoon, August 7th.

    JASON PICARD South Hadley Assistant Principal Pat Lemieux, of Westfield, discusses plans for Freshman Orientation with seniors, Kenzy Bouchard, 17 (left), Danielle Miele, 17 (right), and other student leaders (not pictured) in the South Hadley High School library on Thursday afternoon, August 7th. Purchase photo reprints »

Connecticut, Maine have slow economic growth; Mass. healthier

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the recession in 2009, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday. Quarterly gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013 was … 0

Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. … 0

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond … 1

NHTSA launches online search tool on auto recalls

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Car owners and buyers will be able to look up whether a vehicle has been recalled and fixed under a new federal program launched Wednesday. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed an online search tool where drivers can find out if a specific car has been … 0

Women small business owners still face struggle to get needed loans

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank. Carrie Charlick and Marcia Cubitt have $4 million in … 0

Lawmakers to re-examine inversion issue

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are expected to return from their August recess with proposals to close a loophole that allows companies like Pennsylvania’s Mylan Pharmaceuticals to avoid paying Uncle Sam by acquiring foreign competitors and reincorporating in countries with low or no corporate tax obligations. But some analysts, … 0

GE Life Sciences HQ planned for Marlborough

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MARLBOROUGH (AP) — GE Healthcare Life Sciences has announced that it plans to develop a new $21 million U.S. headquarters in Marlborough. The 160,000-square-foot facility announced Wednesday will bring 500 professional jobs to the state, including 220 new jobs. This facility will include state-of-the-art labs, customer application facilities, … 0

Migrant and seasonal farmworkers take advantage of Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DEERFIELD — Barrington Lewis has traveled from Jamaica to Deerfield for seven years to work and gather vegetables on Atlas Farm during harvest season. During the few months he works on Gideon Porth’s organic farm, Lewis, 50, visits … 0

Honda’s safe strategy paying off in record sales

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Honda is on track to hit record sales this year and makes no apologies for the conservative, retail sales-focused strategy that has kept mainstream vehicles like the Accord and CR-V popular. John Mendel, head of the American Honda Auto Division, said today he will protect Honda customers and … 0

Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock … 0