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Bankers say data breach over that affected Easthampton, Southampton businesses, including Big E’s Supermarket

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Local bankers said this week that data breaches at some retailers in Easthampton and Southampton, including Big E’s Supermarket, appear to be over, thanks partly to businesses’ efforts to upgrade security. Easthampton Savings Bank President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik said banks are always dealing with some level of fraudulent activity, but things have quieted down substantially. “There’s …

Federal housing lawsuit dismissed

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Martha Coakley against the Federal Housing Finance Agency and mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying the court doesn’t have oversight of the matter. Coakley sued the agencies earlier this year for refusing to comply with a state law designed to ease the tide of foreclosures in Massachusetts. Coakley …

Slide in energy sector drags US stocks lower

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings. A slide in the price of oil dragged down energy stocks. Eight of the 10 industry groups in the …

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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

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug
  • CAROL LOLLIS
110 Logtown Rd in Amherst.

    CAROL LOLLIS 110 Logtown Rd in Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Jamie Kent is leaving his hometown, Northampton, for Nashville.

    JERREY ROBERTS Jamie Kent is leaving his hometown, Northampton, for Nashville. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming,  Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton,  Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst  and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story.

    CAROL LOLLIS left, Melissa McClung, of Hadley filming, Ari Hayes, of Amherst,Josh Wren, of Northampton, Finneas Scott,17, of Amherst and Liam Brogidan of Amherst doing sound, during the filming of Sports; an Inspirational story. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Roger Barstow, top, and John Gwozdzik, who work for Handyman Hank, install a weather vane in the image of a hawk atop a gazebo that houses the Russell Society bell Tuesday at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. The construction of the gazebo was started last fall for the academy's 350th anniversary. The hawk symbolizes the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. Dozens of contractors have volunteered their time to work on the project. After some finishing work and painting, the gazebo will be complete and a dedication ceremony will planned, according to Timothy Neyhart, the town's building commissioner.

    JERREY ROBERTS Roger Barstow, top, and John Gwozdzik, who work for Handyman Hank, install a weather vane in the image of a hawk atop a gazebo that houses the Russell Society bell Tuesday at Hopkins Academy in Hadley. The construction of the gazebo was started last fall for the academy's 350th anniversary. The hawk symbolizes the Hopkins Academy Golden Hawks. Dozens of contractors have volunteered their time to work on the project. After some finishing work and painting, the gazebo will be complete and a dedication ceremony will planned, according to Timothy Neyhart, the town's building commissioner. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
New Goodwin Memorial Library Director Patrick Borezo scans books at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley Tuesday.  Borezo, of Orange, has worked at the library for five years before being tapped as the library's  director.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA New Goodwin Memorial Library Director Patrick Borezo scans books at the Goodwin Memorial Library in Hadley Tuesday. Borezo, of Orange, has worked at the library for five years before being tapped as the library's director. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Governor Deval Patrick, left, takes a tour of a construction site near the Kendrick Park as developers Dave Williams, center, and Kyle Wilson, right, explains the development in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Governor Deval Patrick, left, takes a tour of a construction site near the Kendrick Park as developers Dave Williams, center, and Kyle Wilson, right, explains the development in Amherst Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

CNN cuts end ‘Crossfire,’ Mitchell’s show

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s “Crossfire” and Jane Velez-Mitchell’s nightly show on HLN are both being canceled as a result of budget cuts at CNN Worldwide. Velez-Mitchell’s program, which aired for six years at 7 p.m. Eastern on …

Conn. casinos see revenues fall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Indian-run casinos are reporting declines in slot machine betting and revenue in September. Mohegan Sun said Wednesday slot machine bets totaled $569.6 million, down from $621.5 million in September 2013. The share of wagers known as revenue was $46.5 million, down from nearly …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $60; 61-75 lbs., $60 to $75; 76-95 lbs., $50 to $75; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $410; start calves, none; feeders, $110 to $175; veal, $126 to $132; …

Fed may delay rate hike

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as the U.S. job market has finally strengthened, the Federal Reserve now confronts a new worry: A sputtering global economy that’s spooked investors across the world. The economic slump could spill into the United …

Converse sues over knockoffs

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Nike’s Converse brand is suing 31 companies, saying they are selling knockoff versions of its Chuck Taylor shoes. Converse is suing Skechers USA, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., FILA, Ed Hardy, K-Mart Corp. and Ralph Lauren Corp., …

Drop in energy stocks foils market rebound

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A slump in energy stocks stymied a rebound in U.S. indexes Tuesday as the price of oil plunged the most in two years. The decline in oil prices followed forecasts for weaker global demand this year and next, …

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 …