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Clean air advocates cheer as Mary Anne Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, speaks at a rally outside an Environmental Protection Agency hearing, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Atlanta. Utility and coal companies are expected to argue Tuesday against proposals from the Obama administration that would force a 30 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2030 from 2005 levels. The EPA is holding three public hearings on the proposal in Atlanta, Denver and Washington. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Views vary widely on EPA’s clean-air rules

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DENVER — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not far enough. The agency is holding hearings this week in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington on President Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030, with … 0

Food industry spends $9M lobbying vs. GMO labeling

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The food industry spent $9 million lobbying Congress to oppose laws requiring labeling for genetically modified products in the first quarter of this year, nearly matching its total spending for all of last year, a new report said. The Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group said big spenders included the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which spent $1.2 million, and the Coca-Cola Co., which spent $2.6 … 0

Stocks end slightly lower ahead of economic data

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NEW YORK — The stock market fell modestly on Tuesday as investors focused on a batch of big economic reports ahead. On Wednesday, the government releases its look at economic growth in the spring quarter and the Federal Reserve finishes a two-day meeting. The next day, a report on China’s manufacturing industry will … 0

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Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

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Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

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Vijay Prashad: Impunity for Israel’s bombardment of Gaza
  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks up flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday, July 28, 2014.  Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to the Nobel Hospital in Westfield.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA James Gryszan, of Northampton, picks up flowers for cancer patients at the Northampton Community Garden Monday, July 28, 2014. Gryszan said he grows about 12 kinds of flowers at the garden and usually brings the flowers to the Nobel Hospital in Westfield. Purchase photo reprints »

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Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Martin Espinola of Northampton stakes out a spot on Mount Sugarloaf in South Deerfield to photograph a storm sweeping over the Connecticut River Valley from the southwest Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Wendy Blow, of Westhampton picks Rasberries at her home off Kings High Way Friday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

When ‘middle man’ is a badge of honor For 40-plus years, Squash Inc. delivers food around the Valley

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — By recognizing Squash Inc., a food distributor in the Pioneer Valley since 1973, as a Local Hero this summer, CISA also recognized the importance of what Squash co-owner Eric Stocker calls “the dreaded middle man” in … 0

B2B ID: Nina Smolyar

Sunday, July 20, 2014

NAME, TITLE: Nina Smolyar, director of operations, Pioneer Valley Local First, Northampton serving Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. WEBSITE: www.pvlocalfirst.org AGE: 34 WHAT YOU DO: I work with the board of directors, members and allies of Pioneer Valley … 0

Area Business Briefs

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Curran a certified financial planner Northampton — Karen D. Curran, financial consultant at Thomson Financial Management, received her certified financial planner designation. The honor is awarded to people who have met the experience and ethical requirements of the … 0

RJ Reynolds vows to fight Fla. jury’s $23.6B damages award

Sunday, July 20, 2014

MIAMI — The nation’s No. 2 cigarette maker is vowing to fight a jury verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer. R.J. … 0

US stocks rebound on strong earnings

Friday, July 18, 2014

Investors jumped on a wave of strong corporate financial results Friday, propelling stocks higher for the third time in five days. The gains wiped out much of the market’s losses from the day before, when the downing of … 0

Americans more confident about finding better-paying jobs

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Gallup poll found that 35 percent of Americans think now is a good time to find a quality job - one with a higher wage. That may not seem like much, but the July reading is the highest since December 2007, the start of the Great Recession, … 0

UPS further expands early morning delivery service

Friday, July 18, 2014

UPS said it is further expanding early morning deliveries to boost its competitive position. The Atlanta-area-based shipping giant said it is adding hundreds more ZIP codes that can get deliveries by 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. UPS said it has offered “Early A.M.” service since 1994, expanded it … 0

Obama OKs East Coast oil search using sonic cannons

Friday, July 18, 2014

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. — Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine … 0

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