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Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s Supermarket

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said banks are always dealing with some level of fraudulent activity, but things have quieted down substantially. “There’s …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to comply with a state law designed to ease the tide of foreclosures in Massachusetts. Coakley …

Slide in energy sector drags US stocks lower

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings. A slide in the price of oil dragged down energy stocks. Eight of the 10 industry groups in the …

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

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A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug
  • CAROL LOLLIS
110 Logtown Rd in Amherst.

    CAROL LOLLIS 110 Logtown Rd in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Jamie Kent is leaving his hometown, Northampton, for Nashville.

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

  • 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.

    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 »

  • 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.

    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 »

  • 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.

    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 »

US urges car owners to get air bags fixed

Monday, October 20, 2014

DETROIT — A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags …

N.E. raking in millions from the leaf peepers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

JAFFREY, N.H. — On Mount Monadnock, hikers file up the 3,165-foot peak in lockstep, protected from drizzling rain by a luminous golden canopy of leaves. They’re not just gazing at foliage — they’re looking at cold, hard cash. …

Stocks rise sharply, ending dramatic week

Friday, October 17, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market had another turbulent session Friday, capping off one of the more eventful weeks on Wall Street in years. The Dow Jones industrial average soared more than 250 points following strong earnings from …

After early slide, stocks finish mostly higher

Thursday, October 16, 2014

After several days surfing Wall Street’s gut-wrenching swells and troughs, investors got a smoother ride on Thursday. Well, mostly. The stock market took an early plunge but recovered nearly all of the ground it lost as the day …

Federal Reserve chairwoman tours Boston-area job center

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CHELSEA — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who has been using her first year in the role to draw attention to employment issues, visited a local career center on Thursday to hear from residents about the challenges of …

Falling oil prices cause global economic shock

Thursday, October 16, 2014

NEW YORK — A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest …

Revere, Suffolk Downs workers sue over casino

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The city of Revere and a union representing Suffolk Downs workers have sued the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which awarded a coveted Boston-area casino license to rival Wynn Resorts in nearby Everett. The lawsuit Thursday says the commission gave Wynn an unfair advantage in its decision …

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 …