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Ford’s aluminum F-150 to cost more for repairs

Friday, July 31, 2015

By Jerry Hirsch Los Angeles Times (TNS) Ford’s revolutionary aluminum-body F-150 pickup truck does well in most crash tests but is significantly more expensive to repair, according to an analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That means buyers of the truck, the first to use the lighter-weight metal extensively, probably will pay more in out-of-pocket expenses after a crash and might ultimately have higher insurance premiums, the insurance …

Stocks little changed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks ended the day mostly flat on Thursday, recovering from broad losses earlier in the day. Investors continue to focus on corporate earnings, and Thursday’s batch brought mostly disappointing results from Procter & Gamble, Facebook and others. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 5.41 points, less than 0.1 percent, to …

Texas oilman, climber Dick Bass dies at 85

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dick Bass, a poetry-spouting Texas oilman who was the first climber to scale the highest peak on each of the seven continents and for a time was the oldest to top Mount Everest, has died. He was 85. Bass died Sunday at his home in Dallas. He had pulmonary fibrosis, according to a statement from Snowbird, the Utah ski resort he started in …

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  • KEVIN GUTTING
Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes.

    KEVIN GUTTING Holly Perry, left, and Jim Seltzer of Easthampton take their dogs, Holmes, a five-month-old blue pointer mix standing at the bow, and Luddy, right, a seven-month-old terrier mix, on a cruise around Elwell Island in the Connecticut River at Northampton on Wednesday. It was the first time aboard a kayak for the pups, who were fitted out with their own personal flotation devices. It was a successful maiden voyage and they seemed to take to the crafts - save for a few concerned vocalizations heard from Holmes. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Anastasia Ordonez and Stefan Antonowicz and their boys Gideon, left, 6, and Audric, 4, are accompanied by their calm 11-year-old rat terrier Basho as they enjoy a burrito lunch in the shade of one of the Amherst Common maples on Tuesday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Ryland August,6, watches a Circus Smirkus act during the afternoon show at the fairgrounds Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center.

    JERREY ROBERTS Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series.

    JERREY ROBERTS Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series. Purchase photo reprints »

Plunge in China drags global markets lower

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW YORK — The worst drop in China’s stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday. The tough day follows declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell …

Fiat Chrysler faces massive recall in government deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

DETROIT — Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and older Jeeps off the road under a deal with safety regulators to settle claims that the automaker mishandled nearly two dozen recalls. The National Highway Traffic …

Offshore wind farm work begins

Monday, July 27, 2015

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of …

Pride gas station planned for former Aqua Vitae site; Hadley firefighters using neighboring vacant home for training

Monday, July 27, 2015

HADLEY — Within the next 45 days, Pride Stores will submit a plan to build a Super Pride Gas Station on the site of the former Aqua Vitae restaurant and some neighboring properties, according to Pride founder Bob Bolduc. Until then, however, Hadley’s fire department will use one …

Goggins Real Estate relocates to former Bank of America branch site

Sunday, July 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly two years after the Bank of America closed its branch on 79 King St., Goggins Real Estate relocated its headquarters to the one-acre site last week. The real estate offices were previously located at 8 Main St. in Florence. “We were happy tenants in our …

Renovations to Zoe’s took longer than expected, owner says

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HADLEY — Zoe’s Fish House owner James Sands confirmed Friday that the restaurant is unlikely to reopen in Hadley, where it had been located since 2010. “Up until three weeks ago, I was planning on reopening when the project is finally completed,” Sands wrote in an email to …

Anthem bids $48B for Cigna

Friday, July 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation’s largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients. In just three weeks, starting with Aetna’s $35 …

US stocks sink; S&P posts loss

Friday, July 24, 2015

The U.S. stock market capped a four-day losing streak with its biggest drop of the week. Disappointing quarterly results and outlooks from several companies pulled the major stock indexes sharply lower on Friday. New signs pointing to a …

Transportation chief: 5 airlines probed for price-gouging

Friday, July 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Friday the government has opened a price-gouging investigation involving five airlines that allegedly raised airfares in the Northeast after a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia in May disrupted rail service. The …

Pioneer Valley business briefs: Big Y donates to Bethlehem House, new leaders at Freedom Credit Union, and more

Friday, July 24, 2015

Big Y Foods donates to Bethlehem House EASTHAMPTON — Bethlehem House was presented with a check for $3,000 raised through the Big Y Foods – 34th Annual Paul and Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing. Bethlehem House, Inc. …