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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2007, file photo, the flags on the facade of the New York Stock Exchange provide a backdrop for a Wall Street street sign. Global stock markets were mostly lower Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, as jittery investors played it safe ahead of a potentially pivotal Federal Reserve meeting and the referendum on Scotland's independence on Thursday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Stocks rise as investors await news from Fed

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose Tuesday as investors waited to find out when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. Stocks flitted between gains and losses through most of morning, then turned broadly higher in the afternoon on an increase in health care and utility stocks. “The economy continues to improve in the U.S., and there’s still an …

Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts has won the competition for the lucrative Boston-area casino license, besting rival Mohegan Sun largely on the strength of its $1.6 billion project’s economic development potential. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted 3-to-1 Tuesday to award the license to the Las Vegas casino giant, which wants to turn a former chemical plant site on the Mystic River in Everett into …

Kinder Morgan files plans for gas pipeline running through Franklin County with federal regulators

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. made its proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project official Monday, with a “pre-filing” to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The 36-inch-diameter pipeline, which would include 167 miles in Pennsylvania and New York and another 177 miles between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, north of Lowell, would cross nine Franklin County towns …

Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

Now where is my fly swatter? Adios, little twit. ...(full comment)

John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
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Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators. Purchase photo reprints »

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Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania.

    KEVIN GUTTING Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lia Honda on King Street  in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Lia Honda on King Street in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds.

    KEVIN GUTTING There are efforts underway to raise money needed to restore and preserve the 1880s Hotel Bridge that spans the Mill River between Main and Water Streets in Leeds. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, left, and David Santilli of Integrated Technical Systems look out for traffic entering the E. John Gare III parking garage on Monday while the new pay system was being installed. Narkewicz dropped by to check on the progress of the installation and then tweeted a picture of the exit gate unit, in foreground. Santilli, who was working on the new entrance and exit units, said work is expected to continue Tuesday to change over the pay stations to the new system. Purchase photo reprints »

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Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift.

    JERREY ROBERTS Mike Philpott, top, from left, Aaron Oldenberg and Brian Anderson, all of Belchertown, install a sunshade during work on Jessica's Boundless Playground Sunday on State Street in Belchertown. Fran Garrow, bottom, runs the lift. Purchase photo reprints »

Advocates: State tax unfair

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BOSTON — Advocates for changing Massachusetts’ personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor’s, in a …

New owners gear up to enliven Curves in Northampton

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the years, Hatfield resident Rose Mary Mok has been a member of several gyms affiliated with the international Curves chain. Now she is co-owner of one. Mok teamed up with three veteran staff members from …

B2B ID: Kendall Knapik

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NAME: Kendall Knapik TITLE: Owner, Northampton Jewelers Inc. ADDRESS: 104 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060 WEBSITE: www.northamptonjewelersinc.com AGE: 25 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: June 2014 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: My area of expertise …

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gleason Johndrow named to Top 100 Northampton — Gleason Johndrow Landscaping, a Northampton-based snow removal and landscaping contractor, was named to industry publication “Snow Magazine’s” top 100 snow removal contractors nationwide. Tony Gleason and Dave Johndrow have been …

GM halts some Corvette sales due to quality issues

Friday, September 12, 2014

General Motors is temporarily stopping sales of some 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays to fix potential airbag and parking brake issues. Neither of the possible defects had prompted an official recall as of late Thursday night. GM has instructed Chevrolet dealers to halt deliver of 2,000 units of the …

Apple bungles iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders

Friday, September 12, 2014

It was a rough night for a lot of Apple fans. The new iPhones were supposed to be available for pre-order online at midnight, but once the clock struck 12 and customers around the U.S. refreshed their Web browsers, nothing happened. Many continued seeing Apple’s standard “We’ll be …

Market Basket chief reflects, looks ahead

Friday, September 12, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The Market Basket supermarket chain’s 71 stores have accomplished a remarkable turnaround thanks to employees who worked day and night to restock shelves left empty by a worker revolt, the company’s chief said. Arthur T. Demoulas is back in control after offering more than $1.5 billion …

Stocks fall on interest rate worries

Friday, September 12, 2014

NEW YORK — The prospect of rising interest rates sent the stock market to its first weekly loss since early August. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 11.91 points, or 0.6 percent, to end at 1,985.54 on …

Calif. cabbies cry foul over B.O. test

Friday, September 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Body odor is among 52 criteria that officials at San Diego International Airport use to judge taxi drivers. Cabbies say that smacks of prejudice and discrimination. For years, inspectors with the San Diego Regional …

Six names added to Eva Trager memorial honoring contributions to downtown Northampton

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Gary Golec touched the monument that now bears the name of his wife, Christina Cavallari, on the way back to his seat from accepting a plaque in her honor Friday evening. Cavallari, the longtime owner of …