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In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, people pass the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks are opening mostly lower Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, as traders look over some disappointing corporate results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks move up mostly, but IBM holds Dow back

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market moved quietly higher Monday as investors decided to step back into a market that was rattled by white-knuckle turbulence last week. It was a rare move upward for a market that, for the most part, has been moving lower for the past month. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 17.26 points, or …

GM ignition compensation approved for 29 deaths

Monday, October 20, 2014

The leader of the GM Ignition Compensation Fund has approved settlements for surviving families in 29 fatal accidents involving defective ignition switches. As of Friday, Kenneth Feinberg, who is directing the assessment of all claims, had received 184 death claims. Another 27 people have received compensation payments for serious injuries. That is out of 1,333 claims. General Motors hired Feinberg, but no company …

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 can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. …

I don't know anything about Scheinman, but Suher appears to care about nothing but his bottom line. Not much of a rallying...(full comment)

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

Thanks Marleyman, I will be starting up my own web page soon which will have my own brand of oak chips from...(full comment)

A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug
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Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads. Purchase photo reprints »

  • ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER
Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville,  a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville, a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014.  Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014. Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS

Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dupty Chris Norris a disinfectant used to clean the ambulance and any hard contaminated surfaces.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dupty Chris Norris a disinfectant used to clean the ambulance and any hard contaminated surfaces. Purchase photo reprints »

Franklin County one of few places in Northeast where rice grows successfully

Monday, October 13, 2014

Rice, a crop that’s believed to have little historical precedent in Massachusetts, has been alive and well in Franklin County for decades, joining many other local crops from hops to barramundi. Sue Bridge, who created an edible permaculture …

Making News: Awards and new hires in the Valley

Monday, October 13, 2014

Theresa Hoang joins Florence Dental NORTHAMPTON — Dr. Theresa Hoang has joined the Florence Dental Care practice, 41 Main St., Florence. Hoang received her doctor of dental medicine degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New …

Back on the scene: Former owner of Northampton's C. McD’s Cafe, Caroline McDaniel to open ConVino wine bar in Thornes Marketplace

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — As a restaurant consultant in New York City during the 2000s, Caroline McDaniel watched dozens of wine bars open in the Big Apple. The Smith College graduate, who at the time frequently returned to Northampton for …

Finance ministers look to aid global recovery

Sunday, October 12, 2014

WASHINGTON — World financial leaders are pledging to act boldly and ambitiously to give a weak and uneven global recovery some momentum, but they have often fallen short in the past when trying to follow through on their …

B2B ID: Thomas Schieffer, Vital Herbalist, Northampton

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NAME: Thomas Schieffer TITLE: Clinical herbalist/zen shiatsu body worker, Vital Herbalist, 98 Main St., Northampton WEBSITE: vital-herbalist.com AGE: 38 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: July 2013 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: Vital Herbalist’s mission is …

Young Professionals of Amherst aims to engage people near beginning of their careers

Saturday, October 11, 2014

AMHERST — For people who are just beginning their professional careers, existing networking events help them make connections with the area’s business leaders. And while they are welcome at all Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce socials, including monthly After Five events, it’s not always possible for younger people …

Inside Microsoft chief’s blooper on women’s unequal pay

Friday, October 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Don’t ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you “superpowers” that will translate into employer trust and other “good karma” that will eventually come back around to your purse. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was …

US stocks see worst week since May 2012; tech sector hard-hit

Friday, October 10, 2014

Investors avoided another roller coaster day on Wall Street Friday. What they got instead was a steady, moderate decline that left the market with its worst weekly performance since May 2012. Technology shares were especially hard-hit. Semiconductor makers …

Flight attendants challenge FAA on passenger use of electronic devices

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flight attendants battled federal aviation officials in court Friday to keep airline passengers from using electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Association of Flight Attendants asked a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to overturn a ruling the Federal Aviation Administration …

Insurance companies play key role in helping homeowners recover from storm

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When the bedroom ceiling came crashing down on Mark and Kelly Kicza as they slept in their Hendrick Street home early Wednesday morning, it’s a safe bet that homeowners insurance was the last thing on their minds. Once they realized they were not hurt in the …