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Tesla expands its lineup, launches an electric SUV

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

After nearly two years of delay, Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk was to hand the first of the electric car company’s new Model X crossovers to customers Tuesday night at a ceremony near the company’s Fremont, Calif., factory. These initial sales — expected to be just a handful — mark the first time the Palo Alto, Calif., car company will have two models in the market at the same …

The Bower Studio Gift Shop and Apothecary in Pelham combines naturalist art and herbal remedies

Sunday, September 27, 2015

PELHAM — Believing that many people who live in western Massachusetts appreciate both naturalist art and herbal remedies, two Pelham residents are combining their own passions in a new bricks-and-mortar enterprise. Vincent Frano and Isa Wang, who are partners both in life and business, recently opened The Bower Studio Gift Shop and Apothecary, …

Florence Pie Bar Open

Saturday, September 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON - Florence Pie Bar opened on Friday, selling out 160 slices of pie and 90 other baked goods by 1 p.m., according to the business Facebook page. “Pie always makes people happy,” said owner Maura Glennon, 49, of Florence, in a previous interview with the Gazette. “There aren’t very many pie shops, …

Dealers, owners vent over VW fraud

Thursday, September 24, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Bob Rand bought his Volkswagen Passat last year for its clean emissions and high gas mileage. He liked the car so much he convinced his son and a friend to buy one, too. Now, as …

Volkswagen CEO resigns over emissions fraud

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BERLIN — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world’s top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure. No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit …

VW rocked by emissions scandal as prosecutors come calling

Monday, September 21, 2015

BERLIN — Volkswagen’s chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than 13 billion euros (around $15 billion) from the company’s market value in a single trading session. The stock plunge followed revelations …

As Bookends in Florence celebrates its 25th year, Valley used bookstores remain strong

Monday, September 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — In the age of e-readers and Amazon.com, used bookstores remain a strong segment of the Pioneer Valley economy. Among them is Bookends, which this week will mark its 25th year as a staple in Florence center. …

EPA says VW intentionally violates clean air standards

Friday, September 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered Volkswagen to fix nearly 500,000 VW and Audi diesel cars that the agency said are intentionally violating clean air laws by using software that evades EPA emissions standards. VW, …

GM will pay $900M over ignition switch scandal

Thursday, September 17, 2015

NEW YORK — General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve criminal charges for concealing a defective ignition switch linked to at least 169 deaths, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The agreement calls for two charges — …

Makers of Bud, Miller consider global merger

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

LONDON — The makers of Budweiser aren’t satisfied with being the kings of beer. They want an empire. Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s biggest brewing company and the owner of Budweiser, announced Wednesday it wants to buy SABMiller, the …

Brass Cat in Easthampton gets initial OK to open beer garden

Monday, September 14, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Brass Cat owner Mike Lavalle says Cultural Chaos revelers love the front-row seat his one-off beer garden gives them during the annual festival — and that’s exactly why he plans to make it an everyday feature …

SideHill Farm in Hawley makes more than 1,500 gallons of yogurt a week that is shipped to Massachusetts markets

Sunday, September 13, 2015

SideHill Farm yogurt is pretty simple, just like its purple-sky, green-pasture, brown-cow logo. And the idea, when Paul Lacinski and Amy Klippenstein came up with it a decade ago on the Ashfield farm where they were living, was …

Dairy cases reflect explosive growth in yogurt flavors and varieties

Sunday, September 13, 2015

It’s no contest. A supermarket clerk stands beside a cart piled high with yogurt of several brands and flavors trying in vain to replace containers pulled from the dairy case by Greek yogurt shoppers. Yogurt — with honey, …