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Stocks fall on Ukraine tensions

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market paused Friday, following four days of gains, after a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen left investors unsure about how the nation’s most important financial voice feels about raising interest rates in the coming months. A flare-up in tensions between Ukraine and Russia also weighed on the market after a Russian convoy entered the country, purportedly to bring aid supplies. It was a quiet day overall. Stocks moved between small gains and losses, then settled modestly lower in the last couple of hours. Trading was slow, as it has been all week, as the summer winds down and … 0

Yellen: Job market makes Fed hesitant to raise interest rates

Friday, August 22, 2014

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming — If anyone thought Janet Yellen might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech here Friday, the Federal Reserve chair had a message: The picture is still hazy. Though the unemployment rate has steadily dropped, Yellen suggested that other gauges of the job market have become … 0

NE governors say deal may come this weekend in supermarket feud

Friday, August 22, 2014

BOSTON — The governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire said Friday they were optimistic the long-running family dispute that has hobbled the Market Basket supermarket chain will be resolved, perhaps as soon as this weekend, with an agreement to sell it to its ousted CEO. In a statement issued late Friday, Massachusetts Gov. … 0

gary, that's highly unlikely. I've tutored immigrants who take English courses in Northampton, and they're wonderful people who happen to have had...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

Very proud of our community and of Mayor Narkewicz for taking this stand. Immigrants are far more likely to be the victims...(full comment)

Northampton Mayor Narkewicz will sign executive order prohibiting police from turning over illegal immigrants

I am frustrated as well... that we are, once again, resorting to outnumbering one another rather than listening to each sides' concerns...(full comment)

Editorial: Casino vote challenge: sticking to the facts
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Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th anniversary celebration at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen. The event Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. will celebrate arts, music and the Hilltowns.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Richard Richardson, right, talks about the 20th anniversary celebration at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen. The event Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. will celebrate arts, music and the Hilltowns. Purchase photo reprints »

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Adam Jaracz holds his market lamb Damian during competition at the 146th annual Cummington Fair on Friday.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Adam Jaracz holds his market lamb Damian during competition at the 146th annual Cummington Fair on Friday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.  The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Front side of the new South Hadley Library is seen Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. The library is moving from the old library on Bardwell Street, and expected to open sometimes in the week of Aug. 25. Purchase photo reprints »

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Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Catia Correia, the class of 2014 graduate from Amherst Regional High School, speaks during the WHMP's community forum "Ready, Writing & Racism" at Town Commons in Amherst Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke.

    JERREY ROBERTS Dr. Marty Nathan, second from right, cheers after Mayor David Narkewicz agreed to implement immigration reform during a meeting Thursday at The First Churches. Nathan also spoke during the meeting. Bliss Requa-Tratz, left, who is an organizer for Just Communities, asked the mayor for his support at the meeting. Also shown are Jaime Pizha, second from left, a church leader at Iglesia Quechua Bautista Nueva Vida, and Sharon Moulton, who also spoke. Purchase photo reprints »

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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 »

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 … 3

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

Deere to lay off 600 at four factories

Friday, August 15, 2014

Deere & Co., the world’s largest maker of farm equipment, said Friday it will lay off 600 workers at four Midwest agricultural-equipment factories, including two in Illinois, because of declining demand for its products. The plants are in Moline and East Moline; Ankeny, Iowa; and Coffeyville, Kansas, said … 0