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Protesters and supporters of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline gather outside the Greenfield Middle School before a state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday.

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER argued that the company’s contract with TGP was consistent with its portfolio standards, that it compares favorably with a range of alternatives, …

LaGuardia Airport set for big makeover

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — A year after comparing New York’s LaGuardia Airport to “some Third World Country,” Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate. “I wish everything …

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 more than 2 percent as a number of big companies reported disappointing earnings. Faced with …

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Margaret Randall, of Amherst, eats a soft-serve ice cream cone recently at Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland. She said she likes the drive-in because "they have very good ice cream, it's easy to get to and they have a place to sit."

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaret Randall, of Amherst, eats a soft-serve ice cream cone recently at Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland. She said she likes the drive-in because "they have very good ice cream, it's easy to get to and they have a place to sit." Purchase photo reprints »

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From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of  the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy. Purchase photo reprints »

EU opens antitrust case vs. US movie studios

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Thursday launched an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK, in a move that could profoundly shake up the highly lucrative pay-television market in Europe. …

Nikkei buys Financial Times for $1.3B

Thursday, July 23, 2015

LONDON — Japanese media company Nikkei Inc. is buying the Financial Times as part of an 844 million-pound ($1.3 billion) deal with Britain’s Pearson PLC. The deal announced Thursday is part of Nikkei’s strategy to boost its global …

Zoe’s Fish House, closed since November for renovations, to close for good

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HADLEY — Mired in debt, the owner of Zoe’s Fish House in Hadley will not reopen the restaurant, which closed in November for renovations, according to the property landlord. Jim Sands, who opened Zoe’s at the Hadley location …

Amherst League of Women Voters, Amherst Garden Club among honorees at Amherst Area Chamber dinner

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — A community organization that has promoted political responsibility for more than 75 years and another group that has spent a century helping to beautify the town’s landscape are among recipients of this year’s A+ awards from the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber Tuesday announced …

Chinese journalists scope out rural broadband

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

LEVERETT — Now that LeverettNet has been online for nearly four months — with 82 percent of the town’s 800 or so households reportedly connected — the town’s first-in-western-Massachusetts municipal broadband service caught the attention Wednesday of a …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $30 to $85; Growers: $100 to $530; Started: $127.50 to $235; Veal: $160; Feeders: $110 to $165; Heifers: $103 to $110; Steers: none; Bulls: none; Canners: $10 to $100; Cutters: $103 to $110; Utility: $115 to $122; Sows: $20 …

Minimum-wage raises gain ground

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University …

Microsoft pledges stand against ‘revenge porn’

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Microsoft wants to help victims of revenge porn regain control of their images and privacy. Revenge porn — when someone, usually a spurned ex, shares private and sexual images of another person online without that person’s consent — is on the rise, and Internet companies including Google and …

Tech slump pulls stocks downward

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

U.S. stocks notched their second decline in as many days Wednesday, pulled down by a technology stock slump headlined by Apple and Microsoft. Both companies delivered disappointing quarterly results or outlooks the night before, setting the stage for …

New Bedford casino drops out of running

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Developers of a planned Foxwoods casino for the New Bedford waterfront abruptly backed out of the competition for Massachusetts’ final resort casino license on Wednesday, citing an inability to secure financing for the projected $650 million project. KG Urban Enterprises partner Barry Gosin said in …