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JERREY ROBERTS
Ben Glushien prepares for the opening of his new store Port MA, at 202 Main Street in Northampton Thursday.

New retail shop, Port MA, brings 'classic' clothes to Main Street, Northampton

Saturday, July 26, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Springfield native Benjamin Glushein, 36, achieved a long-held dream to own his own boutique when he opened Port MA at 202 Main St. July 13. He took a circuitous route to get here, but that makes reaching his goal all the sweeter. “Like an art process you plan for some things, as one thing happens it leads to … 0

Casinos no longer golden for Atlantic City

Sunday, July 27, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The fortune-tellers hawk their services along the boardwalk, offering to read palms, study tarot cards and gaze into crystal balls for $5. But for free, you can get most anyone along the seaside stretch to peer into the future, and it doesn’t look pretty. Since January, four of the city’s 11 casinos have closed, announced plans to close or … 0

Conn. seeks better freight rail line

Sunday, July 27, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut. Elected officials in Connecticut, backed by regional business owners and Genesee & Wyoming Inc., owner of New England … 0

"We have a moral obligation to assist Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in taking back their nations from drug gangs." Really? So...(full comment)

Clare Higgins: Nation must abandon ‘War on Drugs’

Sorry mis spoke, what was meant was the events ...(full comment)

Easthampton’s Popcorn Noir becomes The Platinum Pony with new mission but same spunky attitude

Where do we have needs in our society? Healthcare and education. What we need is to bring in millions of nurses from...(full comment)

Editorial: Immigrant children deserve safe harbor
  • CAROL LOLLIS
From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Amrita Rutter, 8, and her sister, Sita Rutter, 4, from Amherst, try on glasses. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Tyler Denison, 6, of South Hadley, left, and Nicolas Tobin, 8, right, play a water game during the South Hadley Falls Fest at Beachgrounds Park in South Hadley Saturday, July 26, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Trevor Chalmers of Easthampton works from a bundle of cedar shingles he pre-nailed for residing the back wall of the School House at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary in Easthampton on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning. photo by J. Anthony Roberts Purchase photo reprints »

Jet downing, lackluster earnings rattle stock market

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The downing of a passenger plane flying over Ukraine rattled U.S. financial markets Thursday, deepening a slide set off by a batch of disappointing company earnings and a weak home construction report. All three major stock indexes ended … 0

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs worldwide

Thursday, July 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its 39-year history Thursday, outlining plans to cut 18,000 jobs in a move that marked the CEO’s sharpest pivot yet away from his predecessor’s drive for the company to … 0

Fueled by geopolitical turmoil, oil rises past $103 a barrel

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The price of oil rose 2 percent Thursday on lower U.S. inventories and concerns that geopolitical tensions could disrupt global supplies. Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery rose $1.99 to close at $103.19 a barrel on the New … 0

Hastings marks century as family business

Thursday, July 17, 2014

AMHERST — Jackey Creedon lives in Hollister, Missouri, but after almost three decades as an employee at A.J. Hastings, she knew she had to return from the Midwest to celebrate the store’s 100th birthday. “I wasn’t going to … 1

Anti-casino campaign launched in Springfield

Thursday, July 17, 2014

BOSTON — Anti-casino activists on Wednesday set their sights on Springfield, which would be home to Massachusetts’ first licensed casino, as they attempt to win voter support for a November ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law. Organizers for “Repeal the Casino Deal” chose the city to … 0

Time Warner fuels major stock rebound

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Major stock indexes rebounded Wednesday, finishing higher for the third time in four days and lifting the Dow Jones industrial average to its second record close this month. Investors had lots of market-moving news to consider, including encouraging … 0

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $30 to $48; 61-75 lbs., $40 to $71; 76-95 lbs., $26 to $75; 96-105 lbs., $26 to $75; 106 lbs. & up, $70; farm calves, $100 to $275; start calves, $75 to $195; feeders, $56 … 0

NYC mayor’s plan for rail strike? He’s outta here

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NEW YORK — A screaming headline that reads “Good luck on that, I’m off to Italy.” A composite photo depicting his family in a gondola in Venice. Withering criticism from a former mayor. Despite the increasingly bad political … 0

Russia faces escalation of sanctions over Ukraine

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — Struggling to defuse the persistent crisis in Ukraine, both the U.S. and European Union imposed new economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, President Barack Obama declaring that Russian leaders must see that their actions supporting Ukrainian rebels … 0

US stocks mostly fall as earnings digested

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Federal Reserve’s latest take on the U.S. economy put many investors into sell mode Tuesday, sending stocks mostly lower after a brief upward turn early in the day. Fed Chair Janet Yellen, speaking before Congress, said the … 0