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Protesters and supporters of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline gather outside the Greenfield Middle School before a state Department of Public Utilities hearing Thursday.

Energy department backs pipeline contract

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has argued before the state Department of Public Utilities that Berkshire Gas Co.’s 20-year contract to use gas from Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project should be approved. DOER argued that the company’s contract with TGP was consistent with its portfolio standards, that it compares favorably with a range of alternatives, …

LaGuardia Airport set for big makeover

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

NEW YORK — A year after comparing New York’s LaGuardia Airport to “some Third World Country,” Vice President Joe Biden helped unveil an ambitious plan Monday to rebuild its collection of aging terminals into a modern, unified hub while easing congestion by doubling the space available for planes to operate. “I wish everything …

Plunge in China drags global markets lower

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW YORK — The worst drop in China’s stock market in eight years helped drag down other markets around the world Monday. The tough day follows declines in U.S. markets last week, when the three major indexes fell more than 2 percent as a number of big companies reported disappointing earnings. Faced with …

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  • CAROL LOLLIS
Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and  Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to  Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon.

    CAROL LOLLIS Sophia Collins of South Deerfield and Eddie Bajgier of South Deerfield Polka to Dennis Polisky and The Maestro's Men at the polish American Citizens Club annual chicken BBQ in South Deerfield Sunday afternoon. Purchase photo reprints »

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Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center.

    JERREY ROBERTS Janet Grunwald, of Leeds, from left, Caroline Prince, 4, Elizabeth Prince, 6, Fiona Russell, and Russell's dogs Niles, front, and Caber, all of Northampton, picnic Thursday during an installment of the Music on the Porch concert series at the Florence Civic Center. Purchase photo reprints »

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Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series.

    JERREY ROBERTS Concert-goers gather Saturday on the Westhampton Town Common for a show by Katherine First and the Kitchen Party. It was an installment of the Field of Dreams Summer Concert Series. Purchase photo reprints »

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Margaret Randall, of Amherst, eats a soft-serve ice cream cone recently at Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland. She said she likes the drive-in because "they have very good ice cream, it's easy to get to and they have a place to sit."

    JERREY ROBERTS Margaret Randall, of Amherst, eats a soft-serve ice cream cone recently at Sugarloaf Frostie in Sunderland. She said she likes the drive-in because "they have very good ice cream, it's easy to get to and they have a place to sit." Purchase photo reprints »

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From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of  the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy.

    CAROL LOLLIS From left, Julianne Moro of Southampton, Katie Hinkle and Ava Roberts of Easthampton and Layla Gauger of Southampton, all 8 years old and members of the Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12960, pet Promise, a horse owned by Sandra Wooding from Old Chatham, New York, while visiting the Morgan Horse Show Saturday morning in Northampton. Behind them are Nicole Roberts and Heather Brophy. Purchase photo reprints »

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Diane Godek, of Southampton, right, and Mary Lou Casson, of Granby, take an opportunity for a photograph Thursday by a roadside sunflower field in Hadley.

    DAN LITTLE Diane Godek, of Southampton, right, and Mary Lou Casson, of Granby, take an opportunity for a photograph Thursday by a roadside sunflower field in Hadley. Purchase photo reprints »

MVP Fitness and Sport Performance in Amherst offers individual training for athletes and group exercises

Monday, July 13, 2015

AMHERST — Seeking advantages when competing for their college soccer teams, siblings Gia Parker and Caleb Parker of Amherst understand that just running up and down on the pitch is not how the best players succeed at playing …

Airlines carve US into markets dominated by one or two carriers

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

DALLAS — The wave of consolidation that swept the U.S. airline industry has markedly reduced competition at many of the nation’s major airports, and passengers appear to be paying the price in higher fares and fees, an Associated Press analysis has found. Over the past decade, mega-mergers reduced …

Stocks gain for 4th day

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks climbed broadly on Tuesday as investors who had been fretting over the Greek debt crisis and plunging Chinese stocks turned their attention back to the U.S. economy and corporate earnings reports. JPMorgan Chase and …

Revolt over austerity deal grows in Greece

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s left-wing government launched a frantic 24-hour effort late Tuesday to push more austerity measures through Parliament and meet demands from European creditors as it faced down mounting anger at home. The belt-tightening measures, which …

Clarkdale Fruit Farms in Deerfield celebrates centennial with tours, food and other activities Sunday

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DEERFIELD — Clarkdale Fruit Farms is turning 100 this year and the apple, cherry and peach farm in Deerfield will hold a celebration at 1 p.m. Sunday to mark the occasion. Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture Executive Director Philip Korman, state Department of Agriculture Commissioner John Lebeaux, state …

Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting set for Saturday

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SHUTESBURY — A beer- and wine-tasting fundraiser featuring several local brewers will be held Saturday night at Lake Wyola. The 11th annual Lake Wyola Association Beer & Wine Tasting features beer, wine, food and live music by Knightwatch under three large tents near the Association Hall at 1 …

Wal-Mart accused of same-sex bias in class-action lawsuit filed by New Bedford woman

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BOSTON — A Massachusetts woman filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Wal-Mart of wrongly denying employee benefits for same-sex spouses. Jacqueline Cote says Wal-Mart repeatedly denied medical insurance for her wife before 2014, when the retail giant started offering benefits for same-sex spouses. The couple incurred at least …

Town moves to block work on Martha’s Vineyard casino

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A casino fight is brewing on bucolic Martha’s Vineyard. The town of Aquinnah on Tuesday filed a request for a temporary restraining order that would compel the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to stop construction of a gambling hall on the resort island. The town argues the …

Meetings scheduled during July in Greenfield on two regional transportation plans

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

If the hot-air balloons that were part of last weekend’s Green River Festival got you thinking about alternative travel modes, you may want to consider one of two regional transportation plans now in the works that emphasize ways of promoting bus, train, bicycle and even pedestrian travel over …

Stocks get lift as Greece lines up bailout deal

Monday, July 13, 2015

NEW YORK — A new agreement between Greece and its lenders helped lift the stock market on Monday, extending the market’s winning streak to a third day. The deal for a new loan package is aimed at keeping …