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Feds hope new rules spur home borrowing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week. With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country’s still-recovering housing market. Both banks and borrowers stand to benefit from the new rules unveiled Tuesday by six federal agencies. While banks will see relaxed guidelines for packaging and selling …

Advocates push to ban child labor on tobacco farms

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON — Two years after the Obama administration backed off a rule that would have banned children from dangerous agriculture jobs, public health advocates and lawmakers are trying anew to get kids off tobacco farms. The new efforts were jumpstarted by a Human Rights Watch report in May that said nearly three-quarters of …

Mortgage firm accused of abuses

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One of the nation’s largest servicers of home loans may have denied struggling borrowers the chance to fix loan problems and avoid foreclosures, New York’s financial regulator has alleged. An investigation by the state’s Department of Financial Services found that Ocwen Financial Corp. inappropriately backdated foreclosure warnings and letters that rejected mortgage loan …

I don't know anything about Scheinman, but Suher appears to care about nothing but his bottom line. Not much of a rallying...(full comment)

Civil lawsuit opens with testimony by opponents of Northampton Business Improvement District

Thanks Marleyman, I will be starting up my own web page soon which will have my own brand of oak chips from...(full comment)

A new Hampshire Life feature: Barhopping: A proper cocktail

Great invitation to community members. I now live in Florida and, so, cannot attend the games of my granchildren anymore. You made...(full comment)

Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug
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Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads.

    JERREY ROBERTS Michael Mauri, a licensed forester hired by the city of Northampton, talks about harvesting dead and dying red pine trees Monday on city water supply property near the corner of Chesterfield and Kennedy Roads. Purchase photo reprints »

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Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst.

    ERIC GOLDSCHEIDER Barbara Love speaks about racism Monday at the Unitarian Society of Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

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Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville,  a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future.

    CAROL LOLLIS Jonathan Roberge,17 of Haydenville, a culinary arts student at Smith Vocational, makes pancakes for a breakfast where legislators will talk about Smith Vocational and it needs in the future. Purchase photo reprints »

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Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014.  Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Joanne Levin, M.D., left, and Linda Riley, R.N., right, speak to the Gazette's reporter about the Cooley Dickinson Hospital's plan on possible Ebola patient at the hospital Friday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2014. Levin is the medical director of infection prevention program at the hospital. Purchase photo reprints »

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Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Don Chevalier, left, and Bob Lampron, employees at Childs Park in Northampton, put up snow fencing near Woodlawn Avenue on Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Dupty Chris Norris a disinfectant used to clean the ambulance and any hard contaminated surfaces.

    CAROL LOLLIS Dupty Chris Norris a disinfectant used to clean the ambulance and any hard contaminated surfaces. Purchase photo reprints »

Inside Microsoft chief’s blooper on women’s unequal pay

Friday, October 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Don’t ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you “superpowers” that will translate into employer trust and other “good karma” that will eventually come back around to your purse. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was …

US stocks see worst week since May 2012; tech sector hard-hit

Friday, October 10, 2014

Investors avoided another roller coaster day on Wall Street Friday. What they got instead was a steady, moderate decline that left the market with its worst weekly performance since May 2012. Technology shares were especially hard-hit. Semiconductor makers …

Flight attendants challenge FAA on passenger use of electronic devices

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flight attendants battled federal aviation officials in court Friday to keep airline passengers from using electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The Association of Flight Attendants asked a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to overturn a ruling the Federal Aviation Administration …

Insurance companies play key role in helping homeowners recover from storm

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When the bedroom ceiling came crashing down on Mark and Kelly Kicza as they slept in their Hendrick Street home early Wednesday morning, it’s a safe bet that homeowners insurance was the last thing on their minds. Once they realized they were not hurt in the …

Finance officials face threat of global economic distress

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — Though braced by a resurgent United States, the global economy is under threat from other regions — from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan — where growth is stalling and prospects remain dim. That’s …

US stocks have their best day of the year

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Wall Street had its best day of the year. The U.S. stock market surged on Wednesday, erasing a steep loss from the day before. Investors were reacting to minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest policy …

Brandeis to sell its NYC alumni club

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WALTHAM (AP) — Brandeis University is selling a multimillion dollar townhouse it owns in New York City that once belonged to the Vanderbilt family. President Frederick Lawrence said in an email to alumni that the home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a gift to the university from the …

Service without a smile: why U.S. airlines aren’t nice

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NEW YORK — Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall …

Bankruptcy forces ex-Major League Baseball pitcher Matt White to sell Swift River Stone quarry in Cummington

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Matt White once was known as “The Billionaire” when he was a Major League Baseball player — not a result of his pitching skills, but rather because the 50 acres he bought in Cummington contained tons …

The Overlook, a 120-bed nursing home in Leeds, will be sold to Athena Health Care Systems of Connecticut

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Overlook at Northampton nursing home in Leeds will be sold to a Connecticut company that operates similar facilities in three New England states including Massachusetts. It marks the second time in five years the property …