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Elmer’s Store owner Nan Parati of Ashfield wins Franklin County entrepreneurship award

Friday, May 22, 2015

ASHFIELD — Nan Parati never expected to buy Elmer’s Store when she first came to town for a visit in 2005 from New Orleans — where she also never expected to live for more than 25 years after visiting immediately after college. And she certainly never expected to be presented the annual Haas Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Franklin County Community Development Corp. in a ceremony Thursday night. …

CVS buying drug distributor

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CVS Health will pay more than $10 billion for pharmaceutical distributor Omnicare in a deal primed to feed its fast-growing specialty drug business and tap a lucrative and growing market: care for the elderly. The acquisition announced Thursday will give one of the biggest U.S. pharmacy benefits managers national reach in dispensing prescription …

Stocks set new record on rebound in oil prices

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK — The stock market eked out another record close on Thursday as rising oil prices boosted energy stocks. Best Buy was among the biggest gainers after reporting earnings that exceeded the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Lumber Liquidators, a specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, plunged after its CEO abruptly quit the …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Adam Cranson, Alex Kelly and far right Derek Rood, all employees of Clearspan out of Michigan, building the new boat house for Northampton Community Rowing. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton.

    KEVIN GUTTING Eeli Sointu-Block, right, 3, of Northampton, along with Asher Wood, 2 1/2, of Northampton and Ruby Wilhelm-Klarich, left, 3, of Williamsburg take part in the annual Rob Belknap Cycle Rally at the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill on Wednesday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton.

    JERREY ROBERTS Kelly Palm, left, her son, Hunter, 12, and her mother, Jody O'Brien, talk about their visit to China Monday at the Palm's home in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Cassandra Miller moves into her apartment at Cottage Square in Easthampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Cassandra Miller moves into her apartment at Cottage Square in Easthampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Cecil Brace, from left, Matthew Brace, James Lee Thereault, and Kent Mitchell, dance along during a performance Wednesday by the Young@Heart Chorus at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Cecil Brace, from left, Matthew Brace, James Lee Thereault, and Kent Mitchell, dance along during a performance Wednesday by the Young@Heart Chorus at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dogs play at the community gardens dog park Tuesday in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Dogs play at the community gardens dog park Tuesday in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Activists rally as Shell parks Arctic rig in Seattle

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SEATTLE — An oil rig outfitted for exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean parked in Seattle’s harbor Thursday, marking a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change. Activists paddling out in kayaks to meet …

Boston, Tufts medical centers call off merger

Thursday, May 14, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center have announced that their merger talks have broken off. In a joint statement Wednesday, hospital leaders said integrating two large teaching hospitals would have been a “complex task” and it was “best for our medical centers to remain …

W.D. Cowls officials warn illegal activity could force curtailed access to land now open for public use

Thursday, May 14, 2015

AMHERST — W.D. Cowls Inc., the Amherst-based company that owns thousands of acres of forests throughout western Massachusetts, is warning against increased illegal activity that might prompt company officials to make some of its property off-limits to the …

Northampton falls to Annapolis, Maryland, in Outside magazine contest

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s the end of the road for the city’s bid to be Outside magazine’s “Best Town” 2015. Northampton fell to Annapolis, Maryland, in the magazine contest’s latest round of voting, which ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. …

Stocks drift on feeble retail sales numbers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weak U.S. retail sales data helped set the stage Wednesday for a listless day of trading on Wall Street. Coming off a two-day losing streak, the major stock indexes spent much of the day drifting between small gains …

Home care workers press for $15 an hour

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — Hundreds of home care workers delivered hand-signed letters to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Wednesday pressing for what they called a $15 an hour “living wage.” The workers rallied outside the Statehouse before handing the letters to Baker staff members in front of his third floor office. …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $50 to $90; Growers: $100 to $500; Started: none; Veal: none; Feeders: $107.50 to $152.50; Heifers: $110 to $131; Steers: $120; Bulls: $131; Canners: $50 to $104; Cutters: $106 to $113; Utility: $116 to $121; sows: $20 to $23; …

Honeybee colony losses drive up crop pollination prices

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Managed honeybee colonies suffered annual losses of 42 percent, with summer declines outstripping winter losses for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday. The declines are less steep than those seen when colony collapse disorder first was recognized in 2006, but remain troublesome, driving up …

Eurozone growth outstrips US despite Greek recession

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LONDON — The eurozone economy is growing faster than the U.S. and at its highest tick in nearly two years despite a disappointing slowdown in Germany and recession’s return in Greece. The economy of the 19 countries that …

Stocks fall amid bond volatility

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A spike in long-term interest rates rattled investors Tuesday, nudging major U.S. stock indexes lower for the second day in a row. The market nearly clawed back all the way from an early slump that dragged the Dow …