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Family Fun leaving Northampton; jobs moving to NYC

Thursday, May 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Family Fun magazine will be relocated to New York City in August, according to Patrick Taylor, a spokesman for the magazine’s parent company, Meredith Corporation. Employees were notified last week that the magazine’s operations, with offices currently at 47 Pleasant St., would be moved to the company’s Manhattan office at 805 3rd Ave., where the editorial teams of the publications Parents, American Baby and Family Circle are already …

Stocks recover ground

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEW YORK — Stocks ended higher Wednesday, recovering the most of their losses from the day before, as Greece appeared closer to resolving its latest debt issues. However, the overall market remains directionless as most investors are focused on figuring out when the Federal Reserve’s long-awaited interest rate increase may come. The Dow …

US issues stream protection rules

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far. The White House says the rules, issued Wednesday, will provide much-needed clarity for landowners about which waterways …

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  • JERREY ROBERTS
Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took  down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive.

    JERREY ROBERTS Amherst Police work Wednesday night at the scene of a downed tree that took down utility wires and blocked one lane of West Street (Route 116) between Glendale Road and Longmeadow Drive. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JERREY ROBERTS
William Murillo, 4, left, and his brother Richard Murillo, 5, play a fishing game during rainy weather Wednesday night at the annual Amherst Rotary Club Community Fair on the Town Common. They were with their mother, Maria Murillo, of Belchertown. The fair runs through Sunday.

    JERREY ROBERTS William Murillo, 4, left, and his brother Richard Murillo, 5, play a fishing game during rainy weather Wednesday night at the annual Amherst Rotary Club Community Fair on the Town Common. They were with their mother, Maria Murillo, of Belchertown. The fair runs through Sunday. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
Workers disassemble the Grecourt Gates at Smith College in Northampton on Tuesday. The gates, installed at the corner of West and Elm streets in 1924, will undergo a refurbishing and be reinstalled in the fall semester.

    KEVIN GUTTING Workers disassemble the Grecourt Gates at Smith College in Northampton on Tuesday. The gates, installed at the corner of West and Elm streets in 1924, will undergo a refurbishing and be reinstalled in the fall semester. Purchase photo reprints »

  • CAROL LOLLIS
The L-3 KEO facility on West Street in Northampton.

    CAROL LOLLIS The L-3 KEO facility on West Street in Northampton. Purchase photo reprints »

  • "Perseverance" is Robert Hallock's testament to the rigors of fishing in northern Scotland.

    "Perseverance" is Robert Hallock's testament to the rigors of fishing in northern Scotland. Purchase photo reprints »

  • KEVIN GUTTING
During a presentation by Fort River sixth graders Morgan Brennan, center, and Taylor Masteralexis on the portrayal of women in the media, State Representative Ellen Story, left, expressed disbelief that there really is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to have a body like a Barbie doll.  On Friday, Story and Amherst Town Manager John Musante took part in "miniature lobbying meetings" with sixth graders who put forth proposals on issues like MCAS testing, arts funding, food insecurity and relationships between police departments and communities. The classes are to have a second pair of lobbying sessions with U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fort River assistant principal Diane Chamberlain on Tuesday.

    KEVIN GUTTING During a presentation by Fort River sixth graders Morgan Brennan, center, and Taylor Masteralexis on the portrayal of women in the media, State Representative Ellen Story, left, expressed disbelief that there really is a woman who underwent plastic surgery to have a body like a Barbie doll. On Friday, Story and Amherst Town Manager John Musante took part in "miniature lobbying meetings" with sixth graders who put forth proposals on issues like MCAS testing, arts funding, food insecurity and relationships between police departments and communities. The classes are to have a second pair of lobbying sessions with U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fort River assistant principal Diane Chamberlain on Tuesday. Purchase photo reprints »

Northampton falls to Annapolis, Maryland, in Outside magazine contest

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — It’s the end of the road for the city’s bid to be Outside magazine’s “Best Town” 2015. Northampton fell to Annapolis, Maryland, in the magazine contest’s latest round of voting, which ended at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. …

Stocks drift on feeble retail sales numbers

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weak U.S. retail sales data helped set the stage Wednesday for a listless day of trading on Wall Street. Coming off a two-day losing streak, the major stock indexes spent much of the day drifting between small gains …

Home care workers press for $15 an hour

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BOSTON — Hundreds of home care workers delivered hand-signed letters to Gov. Charlie Baker’s office Wednesday pressing for what they called a $15 an hour “living wage.” The workers rallied outside the Statehouse before handing the letters to Baker staff members in front of his third floor office. …

Regional auction lists livestock prices

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Northampton Co-op Auction Inc. lists Tuesday prices: Calves: $50 to $90; Growers: $100 to $500; Started: none; Veal: none; Feeders: $107.50 to $152.50; Heifers: $110 to $131; Steers: $120; Bulls: $131; Canners: $50 to $104; Cutters: $106 to $113; Utility: $116 to $121; sows: $20 to $23; …

Honeybee colony losses drive up crop pollination prices

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Managed honeybee colonies suffered annual losses of 42 percent, with summer declines outstripping winter losses for the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday. The declines are less steep than those seen when colony collapse disorder first was recognized in 2006, but remain troublesome, driving up …

Eurozone growth outstrips US despite Greek recession

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LONDON — The eurozone economy is growing faster than the U.S. and at its highest tick in nearly two years despite a disappointing slowdown in Germany and recession’s return in Greece. The economy of the 19 countries that …

Stocks fall amid bond volatility

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A spike in long-term interest rates rattled investors Tuesday, nudging major U.S. stock indexes lower for the second day in a row. The market nearly clawed back all the way from an early slump that dragged the Dow …

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK — After selling millions of Americans their mobile phones, Verizon now wants to capture their eyeballs, too. As its phone business slows down, the nation’s largest wireless carrier is making a $4.4 billion bet that it …

Verizon Wireless, Sprint to pay for bogus charges

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Verizon Wireless will pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers’ monthly bills so they could keep a cut of the profit, federal regulators announced Tuesday. The two mobile providers had partnered with third-party …

Brockton residents approve $650M casino

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BROCKTON — A proposed $650 million resort casino for the Brockton Fairgrounds cleared a crucial step Tuesday as city residents approved the proposal in a special election. The Enterprise newspaper reported that the binding referendum passed by 143 votes, 7,163 to 7,020. About 32 percent of the city’s …