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Feds hope new rules spur home borrowing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week. With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country’s still-recovering housing market. Both banks and borrowers stand to benefit from the new rules unveiled Tuesday by six federal agencies. While banks will see relaxed guidelines for packaging and selling …

Advocates push to ban child labor on tobacco farms

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. The new efforts were jumpstarted by a Human Rights Watch report in May that said nearly three-quarters of …

Mortgage firm accused of abuses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One of the nation’s largest servicers of home loans may have denied struggling borrowers the chance to fix loan problems and avoid foreclosures, New York’s financial regulator has alleged. An investigation by the state’s Department of Financial Services found that Ocwen Financial Corp. inappropriately backdated foreclosure warnings and letters that rejected mortgage loan …

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

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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
  • 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.

    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 »

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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 »

LA Times sues Orange County Register for breach of contract

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Orange County Register, accusing the embattled newspaper of breach of contract and failure to pay more than $2 million in delivery fees. The Times said the Register has consistently been late on payments for …

Stocks slide on gloomy global economic picture

Monday, October 13, 2014

The stock market slumped on Monday, unable to shake off worries of a global economic slowdown and plunging oil prices. Airlines, energy and materials stocks were among the biggest decliners. Stocks are coming off their worst week in …

French economist wins Nobel for work on industry regulation

Monday, October 13, 2014

STOCKHOLM — Frenchman Jean Tirole won the Nobel prize for economics Monday for finding ways to encourage better products and competitive prices in industries dominated by a few companies. Tirole’s work is credited with helping shape the deregulation …

Fire-hit Chicago-area air traffic center gets back to full operation

Monday, October 13, 2014

AURORA, Ill. — A suburban Chicago air traffic center reopened early Monday, more than two weeks after damage from a deliberately set fire forced the cancellation of thousands of flights and disrupted travel nationwide, federal officials said. A full shift of air traffic controllers at the Chicago En …

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 …