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Stocks drop as China, oil weigh on markets

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW YORK — Worries about the outlook for growth in China and a slide in the price of oil pushed the stock market to its biggest loss in almost seven weeks Monday. Investors are nervous about China following a run of soft economic data that suggests growth in the world’s second-largest economy is slowing. The worries about China helped push down the price of oil. That in turn weighed on energy stocks. The stock market has struggled to gain traction this month as investors have weighed signs of an improving economy in the U.S. against evidence of slowing growth in both Europe and Asia. “We’ve …

Casino backers ramp up spending

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON — A casino-financed group seeking to defeat a November ballot question to repeal the state’s expanded gambling law is ramping up its campaign spending. The Coalition to Protect Massachusetts Jobs spent $702,000 from Sept. 1-15, according to the group’s most recent campaign finance filing. That’s up from the $577,000 it spent in the two months from its July formation to the end …

Critics spend heavily in bottle bill fight

Monday, September 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a proposed expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law have poured another $2.4 million into a campaign to defeat the November ballot question. The opponents, which includes supermarkets and the Washington-based American Beverage Association — had already spent $5.4 million to help pay for ads aimed at persuading voters to reject the proposal. The question would expand the …

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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!
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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about 10 houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg leaves a resident of Forest Glen Drive after going door-to-door to evacuate about 10 houses on the street which were downwind from a ruptured gas line at 85 Cahillane Terrace Monday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Stephen Pripstein, who is the father of Jessica Ann Pripstein, speaks Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse after Ryan D. Welch was found guilty of murdering Jessica. In the background is Lenore Davies, left, a sister, and Lynn Terenowicz, a friend.

    JERREY ROBERTS Stephen Pripstein, who is the father of Jessica Ann Pripstein, speaks Monday at Hampshire County Courthouse after Ryan D. Welch was found guilty of murdering Jessica. In the background is Lenore Davies, left, a sister, and Lynn Terenowicz, a friend. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday.

    KEVIN GUTTING Northampton Fire Capt. Matthew Lemberg, left, and Deputy Chief David Gagne look at a Mercedes SUV that backed into the Lathrop Community meetinghouse at 1 Shallowbrook Drive in Northampton about 4 p.m. Monday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park

    CAROL LOLLIS Lora Woodward starts the 25- mile ride at the Bikefest organized by the Northampton Cycling Club in Northampton Saturday morning in Look Park Purchase photo reprints »

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Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate,  talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner,  runs the Woodbine fire wood processor  at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning.

    CAROL LOLLIS Brian Herr, Republican US Senate candidate, talks with Patrick Davis, the director of sales and operations of CRD Metalworks, while Chris Duval, owner, runs the Woodbine fire wood processor at CRD Metal Works in Williamsburg Friday morning. Purchase photo reprints »

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Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street.

    KEVIN GUTTING Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Don Courtemanche visits the information booth on the town common at South Pleasant Street. Purchase photo reprints »

Scottish banks threaten to leave if independence OK’d

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GLASGOW, Scotland — Scotland’s leading banks warned Thursday that they would move their headquarters to England if Scots vote to leave the United Kingdom, intensifying doubts about the territory’s economic future and dealing a blow to the Scottish …

Stocks mixed as oil rises

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NEW YORK — A sluggish September continued for U.S. stocks as investors assessed the outlook for interest rates, the latest sanctions against Russia and volatile energy prices. Stocks ended the day mixed after gains for dividend-rich utilities stocks …

Rolling Green Apartments in Amherst sold to Boston developer for $30.25M, 41 units to be affordable housing

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

AMHERST — Rolling Green Apartments has a new owner who has pledged to keep at least 41 units for low-income families and make capital investments at the property. Boston developer Beacon Communities on Wednesday completed the purchase of the 422 Belchertown Road site for $30.25 million from EQR …

Apple rebounds, markets end higher

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks broke two days of losses on Wednesday as a jump in Apple shares helped push indexes higher. Apple rose 3.1 percent, its biggest gain since April, a day after announcing updated versions of …

Conn. wins $8.2M grant to upgrade freight rail

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Eastern Connecticut will receive an $8.2 million federal grant to upgrade freight rail that officials say will spur economic development and drive more traffic through the port of New London. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., called the grant announced on Tuesday a big win that …

Websites ‘slow down’ to protest FCC net neutrality plan

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — What do Netflix, arts and crafts site Etsy, inspirational news site Upworthy and adult content hubs all have in common? Today, they’re uniting against “Team Cable.” Calling themselves “Team Internet,” activist groups and popular websites including Netflix, Mozilla, reddit and KickStarter launched an action they’re calling …

Japan edges back to nuclear power

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TOKYO — Two nuclear reactors in Japan passed new safety standards Wednesday, for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima three and a half years ago. The move brings Japan closer to restarting domestic nuclear power generation after the government shut down all of its nuclear …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: 0 to 60 lbs., $43 to $47; 61-75 lbs., $30 to $78; 76-95 lbs., $40 to $80; 96-105 lbs., none; 106 lbs. & up, none; farm calves, $100 to $330; start calves, $95 to $125; feeders, $98 to $170; …

'It takes a village to stop a Retreat' Crowd of 75 celebrate withdrawal of Retreat housing project in Amherst Tuesday

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AMHERST — Philip Mathews warmed his bagpipes up with the tune “When the Battle’s Over” as some 75 jubilant people gathered on the Cushman Common Tuesday night to celebrate the news that a 175-unit student housing project called …

Apple slips, stocks fall

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell for a second straight day Tuesday as investors were left unimpressed by Apple’s latest batch of product announcements. Negative news out of Home Depot and McDonald’s also weighed on the market. The Dow …