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Clean air advocates cheer as Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, speaks at a rally outside an Environmental Protection Agency hearing, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Atlanta. Utility and coal companies are expected to argue Tuesday against proposals from the Obama administration that would force a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2030 from 2005 levels. The EPA is holding three public hearings on the proposal in Atlanta, Denver and Washington. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Views vary widely on EPA’s clean-air rules

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DENVER — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with … 1

Food industry spends $9M lobbying vs. GMO labeling

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The food industry spent $9 million lobbying Congress to oppose laws requiring labeling for genetically modified products in the first quarter of this year, nearly matching its total spending for all of last year, a new report said. The Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group said big spenders included the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which spent $1.2 million, and the Coca-Cola Co., which spent $2.6 … 0

Stocks end slightly lower ahead of economic data

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market fell modestly on Tuesday as investors focused on a batch of big economic reports ahead. On Wednesday, the government releases its look at economic growth in the spring quarter and the Federal Reserve finishes a two-day meeting. The next day, a report on China’s manufacturing industry will … 0

One thing is sure: with a big fat infrastructure project like a tariffed pipeline, that electricity ratepayers will be subsidizing, the last...(full comment)

Gubernatorial candidate Berwick says no to Tennessee Gas Pipeline project

Electricity rates hit an all time high last month of over 14 cents/kilowatt. Expect your electric bill to double and then quadruple...(full comment)

Views vary widely on EPA’s clean-air rules

wow not nice mayor. there goes my support for the next time ...(full comment)

'I committed no fireable offense' Unclear why Easthampton mayor's assistant Susan Giza, who surpassed 50 candidates for job, let go after 6 months
  • 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.

    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 »

  • 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.

    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 »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
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 »

  • 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.

    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 »

  • 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 »

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

British firm Malvern Instruments buys MicroCal, saving 42 Northampton jobs

Friday, July 25, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — More than 40 city jobs that were expected to be lost have been saved after a British company bought MicroCal, a high-tech firm in the Northampton Industrial Park. Malvern Instruments Ltd. announced Friday that it had … 0

Amherst’s Mercantile gearing up to move to N. Pleasant St.

Friday, July 25, 2014

AMHERST — An eclectic gift store that has anchored the northern end of downtown Amherst’s retail scene for more than 40 years will be moving closer to town center — and away from an area that is at the beginning stages of significant redevelopment. The Mercantile, located in … 0

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Friday, July 25, 2014

For the week ending July 18, 2014 Amherst Richard T. Alperst Attorney-In-Fact, Barbara A. Alpert, Richard T. Alpert to Sara B. Ewell, William H. Ewell, 30 Blue Hills Road, Amherst, $268,500. James E. Eagan to Yulia El Khoury, 31 Bedford Court, Amherst, $173,000. Florence C. Ricciuti, Florence C. … 0

Obama wants limits on company mergers abroad

Thursday, July 24, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded “economic patriotism” from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. “I don’t … 0