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A specialist works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. The U.S. stock market slid to start the week, following European markets lower. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US stocks head lower, after drops overseas

Monday, September 29, 2014

NEW YORK — Concerns over high stock prices and global politics continued to plague markets Monday as major stock indexes ended with slight losses in another day of choppy trading. Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, a major world financial center, added to the host of political concerns on investors’ minds. It could have been worse. The Dow Jones industrial average …

Safety agency looks anew at freak Toyota acceleration

Monday, September 29, 2014

DETROIT — A U.S. safety agency is looking into a car owner’s allegations that older Toyota Corollas can accelerate unexpectedly at low speeds and cause crashes, reviving a problem that appeared to be in the automaker’s past. The inquiry by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 1.69 million Corolla compact cars …

Cooley Dickinson Hospital, nurses agree on contract after 10 months of negotiations

Monday, September 29, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the association that represents its registered nurses reached a tentative agreement on a new contract Monday, canceling a picket planned Tuesday by nurses in front of the hospital. David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said Monday the two sides reached “agreements in principal” after a final negotiating session Friday “on the long-standing issues” of …

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Elizabeth Rockett Volkmann: Let yourself get bitten by the Northampton High soccer bug

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John Sheirer: Why we must stop the excesses of this liberal president!
  • KEVIN GUTTING
Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick.

    KEVIN GUTTING Scott Lively, second from right, takes his turn answering a question from moderator Jim Madigan, back to audience, during a debate among the five candidates for governor held at City Stage in Springfield on Monday. From left are Republican Charles Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley and independents Evan Falchuk, Lively and Jeff McCormick. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired,  says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit.

    CAROL LOLLIS Tim Luce, principal at Maple school in Easthampton who recently retired, says hello to students in Susan Syer's second grade class during a visit. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

    KEVIN GUTTING University of Massachusetts football team cheerleaders head down MinuteFan Way to lead the UMass Minuteman Marching Band into McGuirk Stadium for the homecoming match against Bowling Green on Saturday.

  • KEVIN GUTTING
A large mobile video screen set up just outside the south end of McGuirk Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst collapsed early in the second half of the homecoming game against Bowling Green on Saturday. The collapse appeared to be tied to a hydraulic lift failure as there was wet hydraulic fluid all around and under the trailer supporting the screen.

    KEVIN GUTTING A large mobile video screen set up just outside the south end of McGuirk Stadium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst collapsed early in the second half of the homecoming game against Bowling Green on Saturday. The collapse appeared to be tied to a hydraulic lift failure as there was wet hydraulic fluid all around and under the trailer supporting the screen.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
University of Massachusetts Minutemen running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) fumbles the ball as Bowling Green Falcons defensive back Dernard Turner (18) tackles him during the Saturday afternoon college football action at the McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.  University of Massachusetts fell to Bowling Green, 47-42.  The UMass played at the McGuirk Stadium first time since 2011.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA University of Massachusetts Minutemen running back Shadrach Abrokwah (22) fumbles the ball as Bowling Green Falcons defensive back Dernard Turner (18) tackles him during the Saturday afternoon college football action at the McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Mass., Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. University of Massachusetts fell to Bowling Green, 47-42. The UMass played at the McGuirk Stadium first time since 2011.

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Seth Nichols, of Northampton, picks trash up at an island in the Connecticut River near the Mitch's Marina in Hadley Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.  Nichols participated to a part of the 18th Annual Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup event.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Seth Nichols, of Northampton, picks trash up at an island in the Connecticut River near the Mitch's Marina in Hadley Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014. Nichols participated to a part of the 18th Annual Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup event. Purchase photo reprints »

Wynn, Mohegan Sun respond to casino regulators

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Wynn Resorts appears to have a strong advantage over Mohegan Sun in the fierce competition for the Boston-area casino license, even as the Las Vegas gambling giant pushes back against some requirements state regulators are seeking to impose if it is to win the license. The …

Supermarkets campaign against expanded bottle bill

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — Supermarket chains are launching a television ad campaign to try to persuade voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts’ bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages. The 60-second ad argues that the change would mean higher prices on juice, …

Court: Tesla can sell direct

Monday, September 15, 2014

BOSTON — The state’s highest court has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its upscale electric cars directly to consumers. The Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association had sought to prevent the direct sales, citing a state law designed to block car dealers from …

Vt. utility goes to 100% renewable power sources

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont’s largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, …

Advocates: State tax unfair

Sunday, September 14, 2014

BOSTON — Advocates for changing Massachusetts’ personal income tax may have new fuel for their campaign, as a new national study suggests a more progressive income tax that requires wealthier individuals to pay higher tax rates could help states deal with revenue problems. Standard & Poor’s, in a …

New owners gear up to enliven Curves in Northampton

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Over the years, Hatfield resident Rose Mary Mok has been a member of several gyms affiliated with the international Curves chain. Now she is co-owner of one. Mok teamed up with three veteran staff members from …

B2B ID: Kendall Knapik

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NAME: Kendall Knapik TITLE: Owner, Northampton Jewelers Inc. ADDRESS: 104 Main St., Northampton, MA 01060 WEBSITE: www.northamptonjewelersinc.com AGE: 25 WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: June 2014 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: One WHAT YOU DO: My area of expertise …

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gleason Johndrow named to Top 100 Northampton — Gleason Johndrow Landscaping, a Northampton-based snow removal and landscaping contractor, was named to industry publication “Snow Magazine’s” top 100 snow removal contractors nationwide. Tony Gleason and Dave Johndrow have been …

GM halts some Corvette sales due to quality issues

Friday, September 12, 2014

General Motors is temporarily stopping sales of some 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingrays to fix potential airbag and parking brake issues. Neither of the possible defects had prompted an official recall as of late Thursday night. GM has instructed Chevrolet dealers to halt deliver of 2,000 units of the …

Apple bungles iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders

Friday, September 12, 2014

It was a rough night for a lot of Apple fans. The new iPhones were supposed to be available for pre-order online at midnight, but once the clock struck 12 and customers around the U.S. refreshed their Web browsers, nothing happened. Many continued seeing Apple’s standard “We’ll be …