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In this Oct. 8, 2014 photo, a man walks to work on Wall Street, near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks are opening higher Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 after several big companies reported results that pleased investors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Stocks rally; S&P 500 has its best day of 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market marched higher Tuesday, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 index its best day of the year. Investors rallied behind an encouraging report on the Chinese economy as well as strong quarterly results from Apple and other big companies. The market continues on its recovery from last week’s swoon and has now erased much …

Mortgage firm accused of abuses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One of the nation’s largest servicers of home loans may have denied struggling borrowers the chance to fix loan problems and avoid foreclosures, New York’s financial regulator has alleged. An investigation by the state’s Department of Financial Services found that Ocwen Financial Corp. inappropriately backdated foreclosure warnings and letters that rejected mortgage loan …

Feds hope new rules spur home borrowing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week. With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country’s still-recovering housing market. Both banks and borrowers stand to benefit from the new rules unveiled Tuesday by six federal agencies. While banks will …

I don't know anything about Scheinman, but Suher appears to care about nothing but his bottom line. Not much of a rallying...(full comment)

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Thanks Marleyman, I will be starting up my own web page soon which will have my own brand of oak chips from...(full comment)

A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

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
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Jamie Kent is leaving his hometown, Northampton, for Nashville.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jamie Kent is leaving his hometown, Northampton, for Nashville. Purchase photo reprints »

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left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming,  Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton,  Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst  and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming, Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton, Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story. Purchase photo reprints »

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Roger Barstow, top, and John Gwozdzik, who work for Handyman Hank, install a weather vane in the image of a hawk atop a gazebo that houses the Russell Society bell Tuesday at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. The construction of the gazebo was started last fall for the academy's 350th anniversary. The hawk symbolizes the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. Dozens of contractors have volunteered their time to work on the project. After some finishing work and painting, the gazebo will be complete and a dedication ceremony will planned, according to Timothy Neyhart, the town's building commissioner.

    JERREY ROBERTS Roger Barstow, top, and John Gwozdzik, who work for Handyman Hank, install a weather vane in the image of a hawk atop a gazebo that houses the Russell Society bell Tuesday at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. The construction of the gazebo was started last fall for the academy's 350th anniversary. The hawk symbolizes the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. Dozens of contractors have volunteered their time to work on the project. After some finishing work and painting, the gazebo will be complete and a dedication ceremony will planned, according to Timothy Neyhart, the town's building commissioner. Purchase photo reprints »

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New Goodwin Memorial Library Director Patrick Borezo scans books at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley Tuesday.  Borezo, of Orange, has worked at the library for five years before being tapped as the library's  director.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA New Goodwin Memorial Library Director Patrick Borezo scans books at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley Tuesday. Borezo, of Orange, has worked at the library for five years before being tapped as the library's director. Purchase photo reprints »

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Governor Deval Patrick, left, takes a tour of a construction site near the Kendrick Park as developers Dave Williams, center, and Kyle Wilson, right, explains the development in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Governor Deval Patrick, left, takes a tour of a construction site near the Kendrick Park as developers Dave Williams, center, and Kyle Wilson, right, explains the development in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads. Purchase photo reprints »

State gets $132M in heating assistance

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is getting almost $132 million in federal assistance to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grants through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday. More than $3 billion is being …

Stocks tumble again in wild ride on Wall St.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK — Fear drove Wall Street to one of its most dramatic, dizzying days in years on Wednesday. Investors fled stocks and poured into bonds as worries about a global economic slowdown intensified. The Dow Jones industrial …

EPA OKs weed killer for engineered crops

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans. The EPA said Wednesday that it will allow the use of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the …

CNN cuts end ‘Crossfire,’ Mitchell’s show

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s “Crossfire” and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s nightly show on HLN are both being canceled as a result of budget cuts at CNN Worldwide. Velez-Mitchell’s program, which aired for six years at 7 p.m. Eastern on …

Conn. casinos see revenues fall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Indian-run casinos are reporting declines in slot machine betting and revenue in September. Mohegan Sun said Wednesday slot machine bets totaled $569.6 million, down from $621.5 million in September 2013. The share of wagers known as revenue was $46.5 million, down from nearly …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $60; 61-75 lbs., $60 to $75; 76-95 lbs., $50 to $75; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $410; start calves, none; feeders, $110 to $175; veal, $126 to $132; …

Fed may delay rate hike

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that’s spooked investors across the world. The economic slump could spill into the United …

Converse sues over knockoffs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Nike’s Converse brand is suing 31 companies, saying they are selling knockoff versions of its Chuck Taylor shoes. Converse is suing Skechers USA, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., FILA, Ed Hardy, K-Mart Corp. and Ralph Lauren Corp., …

Drop in energy stocks foils market rebound

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years. The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, …