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FILE - This April 21, 2009, file photo shows General Motors world headquarters in Detroit. A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday, April 15, 2015, that General Motors is shielded from death and injury claims potentially totaling billions of dollars tied to defective ignition switches in certain GM small cars. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Court: Bankruptcy shields GM from death claims

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DETROIT — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a 2009 bankruptcy order shields General Motors from billions of dollars in death and injury claims tied to defective ignition switches in older small cars. But Judge Robert Gerber in New York, who handled GM’s government-funded bankruptcy case six years ago, also ruled that plaintiffs who claim a loss in the value …

Online excitement but no long lines for Apple Watch debut

Friday, April 10, 2015

PALO ALTO, Calif. — An online rush replaced the traditional overnight queues outside Apple stores Friday as the iconic tech company began taking orders and letting shoppers get their hands on its much-vaunted smartwatch for the first time. Eager customers placed online orders for the Apple Watch as soon as Apple’s website began …

New Pizza Studio in Hadley combines food and art

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HADLEY — A new pizza place aims to tap the creativity of its customers to design their pizza as an artist might compose a painting. Pizza Studio opens today at 34 Russell St., according to company spokeswoman Stephanie Jarm. She described the restaurant as the “Chipotle of pizza” where customers pick their own …

Local activists say Wal-Mart wage increases a step in the right direction toward a living wage for all

Saturday, February 21, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Shoppers at the North King Street Wal-Mart lauded the national chain’s decision to raise entry-level wages to $9 an hour, while local labor activists contended it’s only a step toward paying a living wage for the …

‘Adaptive use’ of old buildings can be alternative to new construction

Saturday, February 21, 2015

With a high price tag attached to new construction, some businesses are choosing to remodel and repurpose older buildings to suit their needs. “Adaptive use” — the reusing of old buildings for a new purpose — makes sense …

Wal-Mart to pay a little more

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer announced on Thursday that it’s giving a raise to about half-million U.S. …

US reports 64 million vehicles recalled last year

Thursday, February 12, 2015

DETROIT — For the U.S. auto industry, 2014 was the year of the recall. Automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles, more than double the old record from a decade ago, according to government figures. The …

Spike in electricity bills a shock to some Valley customers

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Robert Carey was not pleased when he opened a monthly electricity statement for his Hatfield home this month and found the bill had jumped nearly 30 percent. The retiree said he and his wife made virtually no changes to their daily routines that would cause such …

RadioShack in Hadley on ‘Potential Store Closure List’; South Hadley couple to continue operating Greenfield and Brattleboro franchises

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The RadioShack store at the Hampshire Mall in Hadley could be a victim of the electronics retailer’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. Meanwhile, Ira and Shelly Brezinsky of South Hadley plan to continue operating their RadioShack franchise stores in Greenfield and Brattleboro, Vermont. The husband and …

Sylvester’s Restaurant in Northampton closes temporarily for renovations

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the next week the sounds and smells of  eggs and bacon sizzling on flatiron stove tops, coffee brewing and silverware clinking that usually fill Sylvester’s Restaurant at 111 Pleasant St. will be replaced by the clamor of sand blasters and whining drills. The popular breakfast …

Jury orders Toyota to pay $11M to victims of fatal 2006 crash

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal jury decided on Tuesday that the design of the 1996 Toyota Camry had a dangerous defect that was partly to blame for a fatal 2006 crash, and the automaker must pay nearly $11 million to victims. Jurors said the company was 60 percent to …

Death toll from GM ignition switches rises to at least 51

Monday, February 2, 2015

DETROIT — The families of 51 people who died in crashes caused by faulty ignition switches in small General Motors cars will get payments from a company fund, but others will have to wait months for decisions on …

Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield opens third Spirit Shoppe in Gill

Friday, January 30, 2015

GILL — Steve Schechterle of South Deerfield earlier this year opened his third Spirit Shoppe beer, wine and liquor store in the former Jan’s Package Store overlooking the intersection of Main Road and Route 2 in Gill. Schechterle …