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State’s first medical pot dispensary opens

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SALEM — The first medical marijuana dispensary in Massachusetts opened Wednesday — by appointment only — nearly three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the drug’s therapeutic use. Patients lined up outside the Alternative Therapies Group’s dispensary in Salem a day after state regulators signed off on its final paperwork. Access to the dispensary in a converted factory building that houses other businesses will be restricted to patients with a state-issued …

European deal creates new US grocery giant

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The owner of Stop & Shop and Giant will tie up with the parent company of Food Lion, creating a $29 billion grocer that will be in a stronger position to compete with Wal-Mart and other discount retailers. The deal, which would create the fourth largest grocer in the U.S., …

FDA orders end to artificial trans fats

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WASHINGTON — Popular foods like pie crusts, frostings and microwave popcorn will be largely rid of artery-clogging trans fats after a decision by the Obama administration to phase them out over the next three years. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday ordered food companies to phase out artificial trans fats, calling them …

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 …

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. …

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 …

Owner Mike Cronin closing Look Restaurant; head cook considers buying popular Leeds institution

Friday, April 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — As Bess Detmold of Leeds took her usual lunchtime seat at one of the dozen stools at Look Restaurant’s counter Friday, the waitress knew what question to ask her. Would she be having soup today? Detmold …

Jury orders Chrysler to pay $150M in Jeep fire death

Thursday, April 2, 2015

NEW YORK — A jury in Georgia has awarded $150 million to the family of a 4-year-old boy killed when a Jeep Grand Cherokee caught fire after a crash. Jurors in Decatur County ruled Thursday that Chrysler acted with reckless disregard for human life in selling the boy’s …

Faces closes basement shopping area in Northampton; discussions of potential sale said to continue

Thursday, April 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Nearly three months after Faces owner Peter Vogel announced that the downtown landmark will close early this year, the fate of the popular shop remains uncertain. Though no closing date has been announced, the store’s shelves …

McDonald’s: Workers to get pay raises

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK — McDonald’s says it’s raising pay for workers at company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy. The fast-food chain owns about 10 percent of its more than …

Moe’s Southwest Grill to open in two weeks on King Street in Northampton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The owner of the Hadley franchise of Moe’s Southwest Grill is gearing up to open another restaurant in Northampton, next to Stop & Shop, in space formerly occupied by Blockbuster Video. Sagar Shah, 30, of Connecticut, appeared Wednesday before the License Commission seeking a license to …

Lincoln Continental returns

Monday, March 30, 2015

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that the Lincoln Continental is coming back after a 13-year hiatus. A concept version of the full-size Continental will be shown at the New York auto show this week. The production car goes …

Luxury indie fragrances tap into something deep inside us

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SEATTLE — Nicole Miller and Aaron Way, the masterminds behind Seattle’s Blackbird brand of edgy perfumes and incense, work in an atmosphere redolent of beautiful gloom. Approaching the black bungalow that serves as the headquarters for the online business and as company founder Miller’s actual home, exotic smells …