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Foxwoods agrees to operate proposed New Bedford casino

Friday, March 6, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Connecticut-based Foxwoods Resort Casino has agreed to operate a casino proposed for the waterfront in New Bedford. KG Urban Enterprises spokesman Andrew Paven said in a statement Thursday that the New York-based development firm is “thrilled” about the deal. He says no one knows the New England market better than the Mashantucket Pequots, the tribe that owns the Foxwoods casino in Connecticut. KG Urban is among a …

MGM plans March 24 groundbreaking on $800 million Springfield casino

Thursday, March 5, 2015

BOSTON — MGM outlined its construction schedule for an $800 million resort casino in Springfield on Thursday, starting with a March 24 groundbreaking. At a rare Springfield meeting for the state Gaming Commission, officials for the Las Vegas-based casino company said they expect basic site preparation activities will follow soon after the formal groundbreaking. That includes demolition of existing buildings, upgrades to utility …

Ringling Bros. plans to end elephant acts

Thursday, March 5, 2015

POLK CITY, Fla. — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the “Greatest Show on Earth” will go on without elephants. Animal rights groups took credit for generating the public concern that forced the company to announce its pachyderm retirement plan on Thursday. But Ringling Bros.’ owners described it as the …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Crocker Farm School librarian Susan McQuaid and paraprofessional Cedric Gonnet read to each other during a "Read Across America Day" presentation in the school cafeteria on Wednesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Crocker Farm School librarian Susan McQuaid and paraprofessional Cedric Gonnet read to each other during a "Read Across America Day" presentation in the school cafeteria on Wednesday.

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Easthampton Police Chief Bruce McMahon said after a series of 20 conversations over a cellphone, police managed to safely  disarm a man with a gun who had threatened to kill himself and anyone who entered. He was taken away by ambulance.

    CAROL LOLLIS Easthampton Police Chief Bruce McMahon said after a series of 20 conversations over a cellphone, police managed to safely disarm a man with a gun who had threatened to kill himself and anyone who entered. He was taken away by ambulance. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium.

    JERREY ROBERTS Lucas Harrington, top, and Ethan Bakuli work on the set of Amherst Regional High School's production of "Hairspray" Sunday at the school. The show opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the ARHS auditorium. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months.

    KEVIN GUTTING A2Z Science and Learning Store founders Jack and Priscilla Finn, at right, have sold the Northampton business to two former employees, Andre and Devon Boulay, pictured here with their son, Pierce, 18 months. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    JERREY ROBERTS Sean Nyhan, from left, Matthew Grallert and Brian Gilman make an igloo Sunday on the lawn of the Hampshire County Courthouse. They were among a group of people from Berkshire Trail Elementary School in Cummington. Gilman, who is a fourth grade teacher at the school, said that each year the children make an igloo, but this year they wanted to dedicate it to Donna Jordan, a paraprofessional at the school who is battling cancer, and to her son, Joshua, who died of the disease. Gilman said he hopes it will be used by WRSI 93.9 The River host Monte Belmonte, during his ninth Cancer Connection Campout, an annual fundraiser that begins Wednesday on the courthouse lawn. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval.

    KEVIN GUTTING Williston Northampton School grounds manager Joe Zewinski clears a season's worth of snow from the track at Galbraith Field in Easthampton on Monday. Zewinski says the process takes more than one day and involves several steps to move the snow from the infield to outside the track oval. Purchase photo reprints »

US stocks edge up, stay close to record levels

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market closed slightly higher on Thursday as gains for utilities and financial stocks were largely offset by losses in energy and materials companies. Kroger jumped after reporting better-than-expected earnings that were boosted in …

Company lines up shippers for NE natural gas pipeline

Thursday, March 5, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Texas-based energy company that wants to build a natural gas pipeline through southern New Hampshire into Massachusetts announced Thursday that it has lined up utilities and other entities to transport the gas. Kinder Morgan said its subsidiary, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, now has …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $80; Growers: $100 to $450; Started: $130; Veal: none; Feeders: $73 to $121; Heifers: $98; Steers: $98 to $112; Bulls: none; Canners: $30 to $101; Cutters: $103 …

Tribes, Conn. lawmakers discuss possible new casinos

Thursday, March 5, 2015

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The two tribes that own Connecticut’s casino resorts are holding discussions with lawmakers about opening new casinos near state boundaries with Massachusetts and New York to keep gamblers from going to the neighboring states, company executives said Thursday. Leaders of the Mohegan Tribe and …

Can Etsy stay folksy while making shareholders money?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

NEW YORK — If craft seller Etsy goes public later this year it will be a test of how well the company can balance an explicit social mission with shareholder expectations for making money. Founded in 2005, Brooklyn-based …

Big banks pass latest round of ‘stress tests’

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — All of the nation’s 31 largest banks are adequately fortified to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Results of the Fed’s annual “stress tests” show that as …

Stocks lose ground again

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks sank Wednesday, pulling indexes further below record highs hit earlier in the week. The drop was modest but broad: nine of the 10 sectors in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost ground. …

House OKs bill to spur Amtrak’s NE service

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a rare burst of bipartisanship, the House moved Wednesday to boost Amtrak’s popular service between Boston and Washington while giving states a greater say in the local routes they help subsidize. The bill, approved by …

Harold Tramazzo, owner of Hangar Pub and Grill, takes over operations at Amherst Brewing Co.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — The owner of the Hangar Pub and Grill is taking over all operations at the nearby Amherst Brewing Co., including food preparation, customer service and beer brewing. Hangar owner Harold Tramazzo said Wednesday that he intends to keep Amherst Brewing moving forward as changes are made …

Former employees André and Devon Boulay take ownership of downtown icon A2Z Science & Learning

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Florence resident André Boulay remembers trips to Northampton when he was around 7 from his Blandford home — they invariably involved stops at a place he adored, A2Z Science & Learning Store in Thornes Marketplace. Extra …