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FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows a sign for Wall Street outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. World stock markets remained on the back foot Monday, July 21, 2014, as tensions grew between Russia and the West over the downing of an airliner in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Political turmoil takes toll on stocks

Monday, July 21, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market started the week with a slight loss on Monday as investors weighed a mixed batch of corporate earnings against mounting political turmoil. European leaders are considering tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing of separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airways passenger plane in Ukraine last week. The European Union’s foreign ministers will … 0

NJ casino closings painful for many

Monday, July 21, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Yomary Blanco cleans rooms at Trump Plaza, one of three Atlantic City casinos that could shut down by September. Her husband works the buffet at the Showboat, which is scheduled to close on Aug. 31. With two young daughters, a mortgage, no savings and no obvious plan B, the … 0

Ex-CEO wants Market Basket protesters rehired

Monday, July 21, 2014

TEWKSBURY — The fired longtime chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain is urging the family-owned company to reinstate workers who were fired for protests demanding his return. Arthur T. Demoulas’s statement Monday night was his first since he was fired last month by a board controlled by his rival cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas. Eight supervisory employees were fired over the weekend … 0

Another question to ask... why didn't the representative of MassDOT say anything about the "camp train" when he made his presentation to...(full comment)

Wishing that train would leave the station

"Should our society continue to view death as a failure and, thus, distinctly un-American?" I would like to know in which "society"...(full comment)

The Dignity Project: Mount Holyoke President, medical ethicist, Lynn Pasquerella: A challenge to idea that death is un-American

Anybody that doesn't believe in gun ownership, feel free to put a sign up in front of their home stating that. I'm...(full comment)

What the Second Amendment intended
  • 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 »

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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 »

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Runners wind down from their Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club 5K run Tuesday at Northampton Community Gardens.

    JERREY ROBERTS Runners wind down from their Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club 5K run Tuesday at Northampton Community Gardens. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dennis Sullivan, left, and his brother Neil Sullivan, right, have a chat as Neil Sullivan grills during the Blackberry Lane block party in Northampton Saturday, July 12, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Dennis Sullivan, left, and his brother Neil Sullivan, right, have a chat as Neil Sullivan grills during the Blackberry Lane block party in Northampton Saturday, July 12, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Demolition of the Honda dealer ship on King Street.

    CAROL LOLLIS Demolition of the Honda dealer ship on King Street. Purchase photo reprints »

Making News: Local promotions, awards, hires, free legal clinic

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Leadership announced at Comfort Inn Hadley HADLEY — Pioneer Valley Hotel Group announced that Britney Archambault-Jackson has been appointed general manager of the Comfort Inn Hadley hotel. Archambault-Jackson will direct all areas of the hotel’s operations, including guest … 0

Natural gas boom’s future may be in China

Saturday, July 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (MCT) — China is expected to double its demand for natural gas in the next five years, making it an irresistible market for Western companies attempting to export America’s energy bonanza and to exploit China’s own vast reserves. Chinese cities are choking in smog, and its government … 1

Log Cabin breaks ground on new wedding venue

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Holyoke — The Log Cabin, a long-running outdoor wedding venue with panoramic mountain views from its Mount Tom location, has begun work on an addition. The business is expanding its outdoor facilities on the uppermost clearing above its … 0

Failure is always an option, but learn from the mistakes

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I laugh whenever I hear that famous phrase, “failure is not an option.” It shows not only enormous ignorance of the real world and the human brain, but also enormous hubris. Let’s get real. Failure is always an … 0

Stocks stabilize, but end week with decline

Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks stabilized on Friday and ended with a small gain, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the market’s biggest weekly drop since April. Investors became more cautious this week as corporate earnings for the … 0

Stocks fall on European banking worries

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell Thursday as worries about the soundness of a European bank spooked U.S. investors, prompting them to sell off stocks and snap up less risky assets like gold and governments bonds. Fears emerged overnight … 0

Mohegan Sun, Boston strike deal

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON — Mayor Martin Walsh and Mohegan Sun announced a deal Thursday that would provide the city with at least $300 million in investments over 15 years if the casino company wins a state gambling license. The American Indian tribe-owned company proposes a $1.3 billion resort casino at … 0

Regional auction in Whately lists livestock prices

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $10 to $23; 61-75 lbs., $30 to $65; 76-95 lbs., $34 to $78; 96-105 lbs., $74 to $76; 106 lbs. & up, $75; farm calves, $100 to $325; start calves, none; feeders, none; veal, $120; … 0

Minneapolis ballpark now lets fans buy beer by ounce

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — In a first for Major League Baseball stadiums, Target Field has rolled out self-serve beer machines that let fans decide exactly how big — or small — a brew they want. The first station, with two dispensing machines on the third-base side along the main concourse, … 0

US, China agree to improve economic ties

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BEIJING — The United States and China vowed Wednesday to improve their economic and security cooperation, saying they wouldn’t let persistent differences over maritime claims, cyberhacking and currency hamper a relationship critical to global peace and prosperity. Opening … 0