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The New York Stock Exchange is shown, Monday, July 15, 2013 in New York. European stock markets were down Friday, July 25, 2014 while Asian markets took cheer from U.S. unemployment claims falling to an eight-year low. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Consumer worries drag stocks lower

Friday, July 25, 2014

NEW YORK — Investors got some bad news about the American shopper on Friday, driving down stocks and sending the Dow Jones industrial average to a loss for the week. Two major U.S. companies — the retail giant Amazon and the credit card processor Visa — both said that the second half of the year was looking more troubled than originally expected. The cautious outlook from two companies so heavily exposed to consumer spending spooked investors, causing the stock market to fall at the open and remain lower throughout the day. “Visa put a lot of caution into the market this morning,” said Quincy Krosby, … 0

CEO apologizes for ‘cowering’ comment

Friday, July 25, 2014

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney apologized Friday in a companywide message for telling analysts this week that he won’t retire after turning 65 next month because “the heart will still be beating, the employees will still be cowering.” McNerney’s message called the remark, made Wednesday at the end of a conference call about the company’s quarterly results, “a joke gone bad.” The comment struck … 0

Family feud sparks revolt at Market Basket supermarket chain

Friday, July 25, 2014

WEST BRIDGEWATER — It’s been called a David vs. Goliath story, a “Tale of Two Arthurs” and even the “ultimate Greek tragedy,” but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They’re grocery store owners. A workers’ revolt at the Market Basket supermarket chain has led to empty shelves, angry … 0

It is not humane to kill an animal in any way, and kosher and halal ritual slaughter, while I agree is cruel,...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Thank you, Jasmine, for your important letter re S. 2232 which would help prevent cruelty to some farmed animals. Stan Rosenberg is...(full comment)

Jasmine Caruk: Looking for action from Rosenberg on animal bill

Why not put them in Amherst or Northampton which are much more progressive communities than Chicopee? As progressives we should start by...(full comment)

Immigrant children deserve safe harbor
  • 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.

    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 »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pam and Jeff Rys, of Ludlow, feed their bull terriers Annie, top, and Molly frozen yogurt Wednesday on Main Street in Northampton. Jeff said that not only do the dogs get a treat from them while on outings, but also from others that offer them. "They're big moochers," he said. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Wayne Standley, of Greenfield, sits on a bench in front of the city hall in Northampton during a demonstration against Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, Friday, July 18. Purchase photo reprints »

  • UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    UMass Lorden Field 6/7/14. Hopkins pitcher No.15 Andrew Omer, steps off the rubber to launch a 2 seam fastball to the plate in the top of the 2nd inning. photo by J. Anthony Roberts Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
Runners wind down from their Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club 5K run Tuesday at Northampton Community Gardens.

    JERREY ROBERTS Runners wind down from their Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club 5K run Tuesday at Northampton Community Gardens. Purchase photo reprints »

  • YOSHITAKA HAMADA
Dennis Sullivan, left, and his brother Neil Sullivan, right, have a chat as Neil Sullivan grills during the Blackberry Lane block party in Northampton Saturday, July 12, 2014.

    YOSHITAKA HAMADA Dennis Sullivan, left, and his brother Neil Sullivan, right, have a chat as Neil Sullivan grills during the Blackberry Lane block party in Northampton Saturday, July 12, 2014. Purchase photo reprints »

AREA PROPERTY DEED TRANSFERS

Sunday, July 13, 2014

For the week ending July 4, 2014 Amherst Carl A. Ditkoff, Jennifer Ditkoff, to Lisa A. Solowiej, Paul M Collins, Jr., 14 Overlook Drive, Amherst, $373,000. Thomas R. Knight, Jr., Thomas R. Knight, to Ayumi Parsons, Reid A. Parsons, Jenks St Extension, 34 Jenks St., Amherst, $272,000. Beverly … 0

State will end prohibition on wine shipments to consumers Jan. 1

Saturday, July 12, 2014

BOSTON — Whether it’s pinot noir, merlot, chardonnay or cabernet sauvignon, wine lovers in Massachusetts will soon be able to have some of their favorite bottles shipped straight from the vineyards to their homes. A provision in the new state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries … 0

B2B ID: Jimmy Tarr, Owner/chef, The Bistro Bus, Northampton

Saturday, July 12, 2014

NAME: Jimmy Tarr TITLE: Owner/chef, The Bistro Bus, based in Hatfield, serving the Northampton area WEBSITE: www.bistrobus413.com WHEN THE BUSINESS STARTED: 2013 HOW MANY ON YOUR STAFF: Two WHAT YOU DO: We feed the Valley delicious cuisine in … 0

Making News: Local promotions, awards, hires, free legal clinic

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Leadership announced at Comfort Inn Hadley HADLEY — Pioneer Valley Hotel Group announced that Britney Archambault-Jackson has been appointed general manager of the Comfort Inn Hadley hotel. Archambault-Jackson will direct all areas of the hotel’s operations, including guest … 0

Natural gas boom’s future may be in China

Saturday, July 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (MCT) — China is expected to double its demand for natural gas in the next five years, making it an irresistible market for Western companies attempting to export America’s energy bonanza and to exploit China’s own vast reserves. Chinese cities are choking in smog, and its government … 1

Log Cabin breaks ground on new wedding venue

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Holyoke — The Log Cabin, a long-running outdoor wedding venue with panoramic mountain views from its Mount Tom location, has begun work on an addition. The business is expanding its outdoor facilities on the uppermost clearing above its … 0

Failure is always an option, but learn from the mistakes

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I laugh whenever I hear that famous phrase, “failure is not an option.” It shows not only enormous ignorance of the real world and the human brain, but also enormous hubris. Let’s get real. Failure is always an … 0

Stocks stabilize, but end week with decline

Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks stabilized on Friday and ended with a small gain, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the market’s biggest weekly drop since April. Investors became more cautious this week as corporate earnings for the … 0

Stocks fall on European banking worries

Thursday, July 10, 2014

NEW YORK — Stocks fell Thursday as worries about the soundness of a European bank spooked U.S. investors, prompting them to sell off stocks and snap up less risky assets like gold and governments bonds. Fears emerged overnight … 0

Mohegan Sun, Boston strike deal

Thursday, July 10, 2014

BOSTON — Mayor Martin Walsh and Mohegan Sun announced a deal Thursday that would provide the city with at least $300 million in investments over 15 years if the casino company wins a state gambling license. The American Indian tribe-owned company proposes a $1.3 billion resort casino at … 0