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Trader James Dresch, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 30, 2014.  European stocks were lower Wednesday July 30, 2014 ahead of U.S. economic data while cheery earnings from major Japanese companies such as Honda Motor Co. boosted Asian markets.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks flatten out as Fed delivers no surprises

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NEW YORK — A cheerful report on the U.S. economy, rising profits and no surprises from the Federal Reserve left the stock market nearly where it started on Wednesday. The news was nearly all good. The government said that the economy grew at a robust 4 percent annual rate this spring. Later in the day, the Federal Reserve did exactly … 0

Ex-IRS official at center of Congress’ probe called tea partiers ‘crazies’

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON — A former IRS official at the center of the agency’s tea party controversy referred to some right-wing Republicans as “crazies” and more in emails released Wednesday. A key GOP lawmaker says the remarks show that Lois Lerner was biased against conservative groups and targeted them for extra scrutiny. Lerner headed the … 0

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $15 to $41; 61-75 lbs., $38 to $63; 76-95 lbs., $30 to $75; 96-105 lbs., $60 to $75; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $325; start calves, $64 to $106; feeders, $76 to $150; veal, none; heifers, $125; steers, $91 to $96; bulls, $129; rep. heifers, none; … 0

Not true - I am making a great return on my FRAK investment and the direct investment AMLP which has as its...(full comment)

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

Well, it's nice to find a pol in this state that actually recognizes the breadth of the problem. I'm not happy with...(full comment)

Rosenberg issues nuanced statement on gas pipeline

In answer to your question Joseph Kushnick, Richard S, Ellis and Yaffa Gunner, no, the Jewish people are not "ENTITLED" to return...(full comment)

Columnist Vijay Prashad responds to readers' criticism of essay on Israel-Gaza violence
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Bundle of love
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Bundle of love James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to Noble Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

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Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses. Purchase photo reprints »

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Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Casinos no longer golden for Atlantic City

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The fortune-tellers hawk their services along the boardwalk, offering to read palms, study tarot cards and gaze into crystal balls for $5. But for free, you can get most anyone along the seaside stretch to peer into the future, and it doesn’t look pretty. … 0

Conn. seeks better freight rail line

Sunday, July 27, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut. Elected officials in … 0

Group eyes historic Colrain Brick Meeting House for office space, cafe

Saturday, July 26, 2014

COLRAIN — Hoping to spur the revitalization of the town’s village center, a group of residents wants to renovate the historic Brick Meeting House and do what Michael McCusker has done for the Odd Fellows/McCusker’s Market building in … 0

Making News: Promotions, awards for excellence, new hires and a new capital campaign

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Language Institute begins capital campaign Northampton — The International Language Institute is gearing up to celebrate its 30 years of operation with an event at the Garden House at Look Park on Aug. 3. The event will also … 0

B2B ID: Gabe Ripley, owner, Off the Map Tattoos, Easthampton

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NAME: Gabe Ripley TITLE: Owner, Off the Map Inc., 112 Cottage St., Easthampton WEBSITE: OfftheMapTattoo.com AGE: 39 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Essentially 1996, officially in 2000 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: More than 30 WHAT YOU DO: Off … 0

Incubator farms grow agricultural self-starters entrepreneurs

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ITHACA, N.Y. — A physicist from Armenia, a juice-maker from Bermuda and a Burmese sushi chef are crafting new careers in agriculture under a program that applies the business incubator model to farming. The Groundswell Center for Local … 0

Consumer worries drag stocks lower

Friday, July 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant … 0

CEO apologizes for ‘cowering’ comment

Friday, July 25, 2014

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney apologized Friday in a companywide message for telling analysts this week that he won’t retire after turning 65 next month because “the heart will still be beating, the employees will still be cowering.” McNerney’s message called the remark, made Wednesday at the end of … 0

Family feud sparks revolt at Market Basket supermarket chain

Friday, July 25, 2014

WEST BRIDGEWATER — It’s been called a David vs. Goliath story, a “Tale of Two Arthurs” and even the “ultimate Greek tragedy,” but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They’re grocery store owners. … 0

Greenfield plant plans $5M upgrade

Friday, July 25, 2014

GREENFIELD (AP) — A high-tech metalworking tool manufacturer in Greenfield has announced a nearly $5 million upgrade that is expected to bring 70 new jobs to the region. Kennametal Inc. plans to invest $3.4 million immediately on upgrades to the plant, equipment and machinery, as well as another … 0