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Connecticut, Maine have slow economic growth; Mass. healthier

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Economic growth in New England has been slowest in Connecticut and Maine since the end of the recession in 2009, according to new federal statistics released Wednesday. Quarterly gross domestic product — the value of all goods and services — from 2005 to 2013 was released by the U.S. Commerce Department, which said the statistics will provide a “more complete picture of economic growth” in each state. … 0

Stocks advance for third day, despite Fed minutes

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In the bond market, prices fell and yields rose as investors prepared themselves for higher … 0

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation’s immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans’ election-year criticism of the president’s go-it-alone approach to immigration. Administration officials and advocates said the steps would go beyond the expected relief from deportations for some immigrants in the U.S. illegally that Obama signaled … 0

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Amherst schools leaders say they are determined to ease racial tensions this school year

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Sara Weinberger: A visit to family home the Holocaust took away
  • JERREY ROBERTS
The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday.

    JERREY ROBERTS The I-91 Exit 18 on-ramp in Northampton remains closed Wednesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Installing the arrow of the weathervane to the spire of the Westhampton Congregational United Church Tuesday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school.

    KEVIN GUTTING Carol Ross, Media and Climate Communications Specialist for Amhers, answers a call in her office at the middle school. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Dinah, Mack, seventh grade social study teacher, left, instructs Claire-Anne Williams, sixth to eighth grade instrumental music teacher, right, how to create a presentation for Williams' general music class during the JFK Technology Conference at the JFK Middle School in Florence Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner".

    KEVIN GUTTING Easthampton High School teacher Nancy Dunn, left, chats with some of her summer Health and Physical Education class students just before they began a project to install plantings of mountain laurel, gem rhododendron and spirea in an area of Daley Park formerly known as "smokers' corner". Purchase photo reprints »

  • JASON PICARD
South Hadley Assistant Principal Pat Lemieux, of Westfield, discusses plans for Freshman Orientation with seniors, Kenzy Bouchard, 17 (left), Danielle Miele, 17 (right), and other student leaders (not pictured) in the South Hadley High School library on Thursday afternoon, August 7th.

    JASON PICARD South Hadley Assistant Principal Pat Lemieux, of Westfield, discusses plans for Freshman Orientation with seniors, Kenzy Bouchard, 17 (left), Danielle Miele, 17 (right), and other student leaders (not pictured) in the South Hadley High School library on Thursday afternoon, August 7th. Purchase photo reprints »

Starbucks will test mobile stores on college campuses

Monday, August 18, 2014

Starbucks is kicking the tires of the food truck business, with plans for mobile Starbucks stores to hit three college campuses this fall. The trucks, run by longtime Starbucks partner and food services giant Aramark, will circulate around Arizona State University in the Phoenix area, the James Madison … 0

US stocks gain on corporate deal news

Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW YORK — Corporate deal news gave the US stock market a lift on Monday as a bidding contest erupted for a discount retailer. Stocks also climbed amid reports of diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire in the … 0

B2B ID: Nanci Newton, owner of The Healing ZONE Massage in Hadley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NAME: Nanci Newton, LMT TITLE: Owner of The Healing ZONE Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, 241 Russell St., Hadley WEBSITE: TheHealingZoneMassage.com AGE: 51 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: Co-founded The Healing ZONE in 2000 and continued on my own beginning … 0

Making News: Hires, renovations, honors for local businesses

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Burke Chevrolet adds to sales staff Northampton — Ryan Brewer of Granby has joined Burke Chevrolet as a sales associate. Brewer is a native of Chicopee and has worked in automotive sales for more than 20 years. Burke … 0

Florence Subway franchise owner Matthew Baca to open new restaurant in downtown Northampton

Sunday, August 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new Subway restaurant is planned for the 193 Main St. storefront downtown formerly occupied by Main Street Cleaners. Matthew Baca, who already owns the Subway at 91 Main St. in Florence, tentatively plans to open … 1

Premier FBI cybersquad office with global reach will add agents

Sunday, August 17, 2014

PITTSBURGH — The FBI’s premier cybersquad has focused attention on computer-based crime in recent months by helping prosecutors charge five Chinese army intelligence officials with stealing trade secrets from major companies and by snaring a Russian-led hacking ring that pilfered $100 million from bank accounts worldwide. Because of … 0

Actor Steve McQueen’s former Ferrari sells for $10M at Calif. auto show

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A vintage Ferrari once owned by Steve McQueen sold for more than $10 million at Monterey Car Week. The 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, chassis number 10621, engine number 10621, went to the highest bidder Saturday night at an RM Auctions event. The rare, restored GTB/4, known in the … 0

Response to survey shows overwhelmingly favorable response to possible bike-sharing program in Valley

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission received an overwhelmingly favorable response to its survey earlier this summer about the possibility of a bike-share program. During June and early July, the commission had a survey available on its website to … 0

Beef from 2 Whole Foods stores recalled

Friday, August 15, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Two Massachusetts Whole Foods Market stores are recalling 368 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday that the beef was sold in June at the Weymouth and Walnut … 0

J.C. Penney’s next hurdles big ones too

Friday, August 15, 2014

Analysts are weighing in on J.C. Penney’s improved second quarter results, and while liquidity concerns through 2015 have subsided and the company has achieved stability, concerns have shifted to the next phase for Penney. Standard & Poor’s analyst Tobias Crabtree said this morning that performance trends are positive, … 0