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In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, people pass the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Stocks are opening mostly lower Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, as traders look over some disappointing corporate results. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Stocks move up mostly, but IBM holds Dow back

Monday, October 20, 2014

NEW YORK — The U.S. stock market moved quietly higher Monday as investors decided to step back into a market that was rattled by white-knuckle turbulence last week. It was a rare move upward for a market that, for the most part, has been moving lower for the past month. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 17.26 points, or …

GM ignition compensation approved for 29 deaths

Monday, October 20, 2014

The leader of the GM Ignition Compensation Fund has approved settlements for surviving families in 29 fatal accidents involving defective ignition switches. As of Friday, Kenneth Feinberg, who is directing the assessment of all claims, had received 184 death claims. Another 27 people have received compensation payments for serious injuries. That is out of 1,333 claims. General Motors hired Feinberg, but no company …

US urges car owners to get air bags fixed

Monday, October 20, 2014

DETROIT — A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal fragments to fly out when the bags are deployed in crashes. …

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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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 »

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Students gather for the rally against racial graffiti at the Student Union building in the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Students gather for the rally against racial graffiti at the Student Union building in the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst Thursday afternoon, Oct. 16, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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Brett Rowley, 37, of Hampton Ponds, plays a guitar on Main Street in the downtown Northampton Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Brett Rowley, 37, of Hampton Ponds, plays a guitar on Main Street in the downtown Northampton Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

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 …

Flight attendants call for tougher screening

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One day after the Obama administration said it was developing new Ebola screening procedures for airports, a flight attendants union said existing measures do not go far enough to protect passengers and crew. In a statement issued Tuesday, the Association of Flight Attendants said its 60,000 members on …

Wal-Mart plans one-stop health coverage shopping

Monday, October 6, 2014

NEW YORK — Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance. The world’s largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and …

MAP Is Western Mass a tattoo mecca? Two new tattoo shops in Northampton and Easthampton drawing customers from near and far

Monday, October 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Local community leaders like to talk about the things that draw visitors to the Pioneer Valley — art, culture, events, outdoor opportunities. Another attraction bringing people to Hampshire County is the quest for high quality tattoos, …

Court orders new trial in $1.2M trolley crash suit

Monday, October 6, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A state appeals court panel on Monday set aside a $1.2 million jury award and ordered a new trial in a lawsuit filed by a passenger on a trolley that crashed moments after its driver sent a text message to his girlfriend. Colleen Fyffe, of …