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The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. European stock markets were down Friday, July 25, 2014 while Asian markets took cheer from U.S. unemployment claims falling to an eight-year low. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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 Amazon and the credit card processor Visa — both said that the second half of the year was looking more troubled than originally expected. The cautious outlook from two companies so heavily exposed to consumer spending spooked investors, causing the stock market to fall at the open and remain lower throughout the day. “Visa put a lot of caution into the market this morning,” said Quincy Krosby, … 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 a conference call about the company’s quarterly results, “a joke gone bad.” The comment struck … 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. A workers’ revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty shelves, angry … 0

It is not humane to kill an animal in any way, and kosher and halal ritual slaughter, while I agree is cruel,...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Thank you, Jasmine, for your important letter re S. 2232 which would help prevent cruelty to some farmed animals. Stan Rosenberg is...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Why not put them in Amherst or Northampton which are much more progressive communities than Chicopee? As progressives we should start by...(full comment)

Immigrant children deserve safe harbor
  • 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.

    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 »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning. photo by J. Anthony Roberts Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Runners wind down from their Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club 5K run Tuesday at Northampton Community Gardens.

    JERREY ROBERTS Runners wind down from their Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club 5K run Tuesday at Northampton Community Gardens. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Dennis Sullivan, left, and his brother Neil Sullivan, right, have a chat as Neil Sullivan grills during the Blackberry Lane block party in Northampton Saturday, July 12, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Dennis Sullivan, left, and his brother Neil Sullivan, right, have a chat as Neil Sullivan grills during the Blackberry Lane block party in Northampton Saturday, July 12, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

Political turmoil takes toll on stocks

Monday, July 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil. European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its … 0

NJ casino closings painful for many

Monday, July 21, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Yomary Blanco cleans rooms at Trump Plaza, one of three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down by September. Her husband works the buffet at the Showboat, which is scheduled to close on Aug. … 0

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled … 0

New Amherst restaurants make downtown melting pot of tastes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

AMHERST — On the walls of a new downtown restaurant, artwork represents the alphabet and numbers written in Thai and displays feature miniature tuk-tuks common to the streets of the Asian country. “We get everything from Thailand so … 0

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, July 20, 2014

For the week ending July 11, 2014 Amherst Philippe A. Meyer, Syma Meyer, to Ewana Castanas Greene, William S. Greene, Jr., 36 Ridgecrest Road, Amherst, $365,000. Larissa Schwartz, Murray M. Schwartz, to Larissa Schwartz, 21 Hartman Road, Amherst, $100. Judith Piotrkowski, Thomas L. Dumm, Thomas L. Dumm Revocable … 0

When ‘middle man’ is a badge of honor For 40-plus years, Squash Inc. delivers food around the Valley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — By recognizing Squash Inc., a food distributor in the Pioneer Valley since 1973, as a Local Hero this summer, CISA also recognized the importance of what Squash co-owner Eric Stocker calls “the dreaded middle man” in … 0

B2B ID: Nina Smolyar

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NAME, TITLE: Nina Smolyar, director of operations, Pioneer Valley Local First, Northampton serving Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. WEBSITE: www.pvlocalfirst.org AGE: 34 WHAT YOU DO: I work with the board of directors, members and allies of Pioneer Valley … 0

Area Business Briefs

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Curran a certified financial planner Northampton — Karen D. Curran, financial consultant at Thomson Financial Management, received her certified financial planner designation. The honor is awarded to people who have met the experience and ethical requirements of the … 0

RJ Reynolds vows to fight Fla. jury’s $23.6B damages award

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MIAMI — The nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. … 0

US stocks rebound on strong earnings

Friday, July 18, 2014

Investors jumped on a wave of strong corporate financial results Friday, propelling stocks higher for the third time in five days. The gains wiped out much of the market’s losses from the day before, when the downing of … 0