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GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

Strawberry fields

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Greece’s bailout expires, country defaults on IMF payment

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to the International Monetary Fund, deepening fears over whether it will be able to remain in the eurozone. With …

Ore. pot growers look forward to new era

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

WILLIAMS, Ore. — On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet. Since voters last fall made the state the fourth to legalize …

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  • GREG SAULMON
Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative.

    GREG SAULMON Jack B. Pierson of Northampton, right, picks strawberries at Town Farm on Ventures Field Road with the help of Chili Palmer Finn, 4, of Springfield. Pierson, an assistant teacher at Northampton’s Farm Hands Preschool, was leading a small group of children in the activity Tuesday morning to harvest the berries for an afternoon snack. "We try to do a lot of connecting with foods and where they come from, and getting kids to think more about their food," Pierson said. The preschool is a program of the Belchertown-based Farm Education Collaborative. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing  Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton  last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday.

    CAROL LOLLIS James Ainsworth, the driver of an SUV that crashed into a motorcycle, killing Edward and Brittany McGrath on Route 5 in Easthampton last year, pleads guilty to charges in connection with that fatal crash in Hampshire Superior Court Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Swearing in of Jody Kasper  speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz.

    CAROL LOLLIS Swearing in of Jody Kasper speaks to the audience after being sworn in as police chief Tuesday evening. In the background, mayor David Narkewicz. Purchase photo reprints »

  • DAN LITTLE
Jake Bridgman, recently graduated from Northampton High School, works on his senior capstone film, "The Cards," at the NCTV station in Northampton.

    DAN LITTLE Jake Bridgman, recently graduated from Northampton High School, works on his senior capstone film, "The Cards," at the NCTV station in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Dewey Hathaway,8, jumps between cars on the new train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dewey Hathaway,8, jumps between cars on the new train play structure at Westhampton Elementary School. Purchase photo reprints »

  • GREG SAULMON
Justin A. King reacts in Hampshire Superior Court Monday as he is sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room.

    GREG SAULMON Justin A. King reacts in Hampshire Superior Court Monday as he is sentenced to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student in her dorm room. Purchase photo reprints »

Stocks plunge as hopes for Greek debt deal fade

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks retreated Wednesday, erasing all of the week’s earlier gains, as negotiations between Greece and its creditors seemed no closer to reaching a resolution. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 178 points, or 1 percent, …

State’s Plainville slots parlor opens for business

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PLAINVILLE — Massachusetts jumped into the casino game Wednesday as the state’s first slots parlor opened for business to a large and eager crowd of gamblers. Hundreds of special guests cheered as Plainridge Park Casino officials and state …

GOP gives Obama major win on trade

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party. The measure to strengthen Obama’s hand …

State’s first medical pot dispensary opens

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SALEM — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened Wednesday — by appointment only — nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the drug’s therapeutic use. Patients lined up outside the Alternative Therapies Group’s dispensary in Salem a day after state regulators signed off on its final …

New Bedford OKs $650M casino proposal

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW BEDFORD — A proposed $650 million Foxwoods-managed resort casino for New Bedford’s waterfront cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents overwhelmingly approved the proposal in a special election. The referendum passed Tuesday with 73 percent voting in favor of it and 27 percent against, according to …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $20 to $100; Growers: $100 to $570; Started: $100 to $125; Veal: $127.50 to $140; Feeders: $102 to $126; Heifers: $85 to $110; Steers: $90; Bulls: $100; Canners: $45 to $102; Cutters: $104 to $113; Utility: $115 to $118; …

European deal creates new US grocery giant

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and …

Exxon Mobil idles 3 platforms after spill cripples pipeline

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The shutdown of a pipeline that spilled up to 101,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast forced Exxon Mobil Corp. to halt operations at three offshore platforms because it couldn’t deliver oil to …

Stocks make slight gains

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks edged higher Tuesday as investors waited for a deal between Greece and its creditors. Greece faces defaulting on its debt without new loans, but appeared to be moving closer to an agreement to secure …

Senate moves trade bill toward enactment

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s long-pursued trade agenda took a giant step toward becoming law on Tuesday, and opponents grudgingly conceded they now must fight on less-favorable terrain. A key Senate vote greatly brightened Obama’s hopes for a …