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Faces to open cafe at Main Street store

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The new owner of a popular downtown Northampton store says she plans to open a small cafe at the site. Owner Camile Hannoush says Faces will open a cafe on its top floor with a menu of salads, sandwiches, appetizers, desserts and specialty coffees and teas within the next few weeks. Hannoush, who bought Faces from former owner Peter Vogel in May, told The Republican she wants to …

’Spy car’ worries raised by new Allstate patent

Friday, August 28, 2015

By Becky Yerak Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — If, while driving, you were also chowing down food, yakking on your phone or getting distracted by Bella the Labrador retriever, would your insurance company know? A patent issued in August to Allstate mentions using sensors and cameras to record “potential sources of driver distraction within the vehicle (e.g. pets, phone usage, unsecured objects in …

Stocks rally again after Chinese market surges

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Investors were in a buying mood again on Thursday, driving U.S. stocks higher for the second straight day as they took advantage of this month’s heavy sell-off. The rally came a day after the stock market delivered its biggest gain in almost four years, ending a steep six-day slump that was triggered by …

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Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right.

    KEVIN GUTTING Pat Martin, left, Kevin Fontaine, Mike Childs and Jason Childs, all with Ezold General Contracting and Construction Management of Holyoke, pass each other on a pair of articulating boom lifts as they wrap up their day making improvements to the windows of Smith College's Stoddard Hall, at left, on Elm Street in Northampton Wednesday. St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church can be seen at right. Purchase photo reprints »

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Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies,  Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence.

    DAN LITTLE Outer Stylie band members Tom Schack, left, and Nate Martel perform music inspired by the movie Easy Rider during Transperformance 25- Look at the Movies, Wednesday afternoon at Pines Theater in Florence. Purchase photo reprints »

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Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday.

    CAROL LOLLIS Austin Koney, an employee of the fair Grounds cleans out one of the ticket booths in preparation for the Three County fair to start next Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones.

    PHOTO COURTESY OF 3VIDEOSISTERS In this screen capture from the 3videosister's contribution to Northampton Community Television's "Crowdsourced Cinema Project," Maura Ronan stars as Indiana Jones. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joslyn Thomas at her home in Holyoke.

    CAROL LOLLIS Joslyn Thomas at her home in Holyoke. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jim Weeks at his Northampton studio

    DAN LITTLE Jim Weeks at his Northampton studio

Stocks plummet, have worst day in 18 months

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market endured its worst performance in 18 months on Thursday, driven lower by another slump in Chinese shares and heavy selling by technical traders. The global rout started in China, where sharp …

Local governments far from Gulf Coast get millions in BP settlement money

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. — Clusters of landlocked municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for lost tourism dollars and other economic …

Proposed natural gas rate hikes cut by $13M

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Columbia Gas announced Thursday they have reached an agreement that cuts the natural gas company’s proposed rate hike of nearly $50 million by more than $13 million and prevents another distribution rate hike for three years. Without the agreement, Columbia …

Andy Yee and family to open restaurant at site of former Route 9 Diner

Thursday, August 20, 2015

HADLEY — A family that owns and operates several restaurants in the Pioneer Valley — including four in Amherst and South Hadley — intends to reopen the former Route 9 Diner as Johnny’s Roadside Diner this fall. Andy …

Stocks sink on renewed chance of rate increase

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks posted solid losses on Wednesday as investors got mixed signals from the Federal Reserve over the possibility of an interest rate hike in September. Energy stocks fell as the price of oil plummeted. The …

Ocean warming blamed for lobster population’s northward shift

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine — The lobster population has crashed to the lowest levels on record in southern New England while climbing to heights never before seen in the cold waters off Maine and other northern reaches — a geographic …

Northern Pass 2: More buried lines, fewer poles, less power

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

PITTSFIELD, N.H. — A revised proposal to carry hydropower from Canada through New Hampshire calls for more buried transmission lines, fewer power poles and less juice flowing to consumers. Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire, said Tuesday that the 192-mile Northern Pass would be buried …

Arctic drilling OK comes just before Obama’s visit

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s approval of drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean clashes with the message President Barack Obama will deliver when he visits Alaska to emphasize the dangers of climate change, some environmental groups say. …

Stocks fizzle as China slumps, Wal-Mart falls

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market shuffled to a slight loss in a lazy day of summer trading Tuesday. Wal-Mart’s shares slid after the retailer cut its profit forecast for the year, while renewed concerns over the …

Obama proposes methane cuts from oil, gas operators

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed rules to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production, the second major climate initiative by President Barack Obama this month. The proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency target for the first time oil wells, compressors and other equipment as part …