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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 31, 2013, file photo, a worker levels the coal on a freight train in Taiyuan in northern China's Shanxi province. Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases.  (AP Photo/File) CHINA OUT

China, US, India push world carbon emissions up last year

Sunday, September 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Spurred chiefly by China, the United States and India, the world spewed far more carbon pollution into the air last year than ever before, scientists announced Sunday as world leaders gather to discuss how to reduce heat-trapping gases. The world pumped an estimated 39.8 billion tons (36.1 billion metric tons) of carbon dioxide into the air last year …

Stocks hit record highs on growing economy

Friday, September 19, 2014

NEW YORK — More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high. The gains came a day after the Fed made clear that it’s in no hurry to raise a key bank lending rate, easing a major concern …

Analyst: Mohegan Sun faces peril

Friday, September 19, 2014

BOSTON — Mohegan Sun faces financial peril after losing out to Wynn Resorts in its bid to open a casino in the Boston-area, a Moody’s Investor Service analysis warns. In a note to investors Wednesday, analyst Keith Foley said the loss “heightens our concerns” about the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority’s ability to refinance its debt at an interest rate and terms equal to …

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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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
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Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park

    CAROL LOLLIS Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate,  talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner,  runs the Woodbine fire wood processor  at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate, talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner, runs the Woodbine fire wood processor at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street.

    KEVIN GUTTING Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street. Purchase photo reprints »

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Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Maureen Shea rehearses earlier this week with members of the Dance Generators. Purchase photo reprints »

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Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania.

    KEVIN GUTTING Members of Jessica Ann Pripstein's family listen to testimony in the murder trial of Ryan D. Welch in Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Tuesday. From left are brother-in-law, Marc Davies, sister, Lenore Davies and parents, Stephen and Rochelle Pripstein, all of Pennsylvania. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lia Honda on King Street  in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS Lia Honda on King Street in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

Supermarkets campaign against expanded bottle bill

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Supermarket chains are launching a television ad campaign to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts’ bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages. The 60-second ad argues that the change would mean higher prices on juice, …

Court: Tesla can sell direct

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — The state’s highest court has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its upscale electric cars directly to consumers. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from …

Vt. utility goes to 100% renewable power sources

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, …

Advocates: State tax unfair

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BOSTON — Advocates for changing Massachusetts’ personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor’s, in a …

New owners gear up to enliven Curves in Northampton

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the years, Hatfield resident Rose Mary Mok has been a member of several gyms affiliated with the international Curves chain. Now she is co-owner of one. Mok teamed up with three veteran staff members from …

B2B ID: Kendall Knapik

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NAME: Kendall Knapik TITLE: Owner, Northampton Jewelers Inc. ADDRESS: 104 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060 WEBSITE: www.northamptonjewelersinc.com AGE: 25 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: June 2014 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: My area of expertise …

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gleason Johndrow named to Top 100 Northampton — Gleason Johndrow Landscaping, a Northampton-based snow removal and landscaping contractor, was named to industry publication “Snow Magazine’s” top 100 snow removal contractors nationwide. Tony Gleason and Dave Johndrow have been …

GM halts some Corvette sales due to quality issues

Friday, September 12, 2014

General Motors is temporarily stopping sales of some 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays to fix potential airbag and parking brake issues. Neither of the possible defects had prompted an official recall as of late Thursday night. GM has instructed Chevrolet dealers to halt deliver of 2,000 units of the …

Apple bungles iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders

Friday, September 12, 2014

It was a rough night for a lot of Apple fans. The new iPhones were supposed to be available for pre-order online at midnight, but once the clock struck 12 and customers around the U.S. refreshed their Web browsers, nothing happened. Many continued seeing Apple’s standard “We’ll be …

Market Basket chief reflects, looks ahead

Friday, September 12, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The Market Basket supermarket chain’s 71 stores have accomplished a remarkable turnaround thanks to employees who worked day and night to restock shelves left empty by a worker revolt, the company’s chief said. Arthur T. Demoulas is back in control after offering more than $1.5 billion …