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UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

Monday, April 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone U.S. assembly plant. The prolonged fight over labor issues at the Chattanooga facility appeared headed for a lengthy National Labor Relations Board appeal … 0

Religious bookstore takes on new name, new beginning in Amherst

Saturday, April 19, 2014

AMHERST — Good Faith Bookstore at 55 South Pleasant St. is set to open Friday as a resource for people of faith and welcoming to everyone in the community. “We think all faith is good. It’s a matter of understanding it,” said Stephen Nagy of Leverett, who serves as president of the Lay Academy of Oecumenical Studies Inc. Previously known as LAOS Interfaith … 0

Lure of the outdoors inspires local remodeling projects

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — “I wanted to be able to sleep outside,” said Keitheley Wilkinson of Laurel Park in Northampton. “It’s calming.” With midsummer nights, warm breezes and flowering gardens ahead, sleeping beneath the stars is just one of the reasons to think about extending your living space beyond its four walls. By creating the … 0

MONEY STORIES: How would you map the terrain of money in your life?

Friday, March 7, 2014

A new play, "Legal Tender: Women & the Secret Life of Money," explores the real-life experiences of women based on interviewing by Northampton author Christian McEwen. We invite readers to share their stories about money and its ramifications … 0

Staples to close hundreds of stores

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Staples has become the second major chain to announce the mass closing of stores this week, providing the latest evidence of how the retail landscape is being remade by shifts in American shopping habits. The nation’s largest office-supply … 0

Ashfield sugarer Tom McCrumm says he’s all tapped out

Saturday, March 1, 2014

ASHFIELD — The stack of pancakes is tall, and the line of hungry eaters-to-be waiting to get at them is growing. It’s sugaring-season at South Face Farm, where throngs of weekend visitors turning out for pancakes, waffles, fritters and more has been a nearly 30-year tradition. But that … 0

Apple CEO Tim Cook reassures shareholders

Friday, February 28, 2014

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple CEO Tim Cook is still trying to convince shareholders that the iPhone maker remains a step ahead in the race to innovate, even though recent performance of the company’s stock lags behind other technology trendsetters. In making his case Friday, Cook struck a familiar … 0

Panel OKs Plainville for state’s slots parlor

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — A divided Massachusetts Gaming Commission chose Plainville on Thursday to be the site of the state’s first and only slots parlor. On a 3-to-2 vote, the panel offered the slots parlor license to Penn National … 0

Higher gas prices on way; costs still lower than 2013

Friday, February 14, 2014

NEW YORK — Drivers, here’s the bad news: You’ll be paying more for gasoline in the coming weeks. The good news: You’ll likely pay less than last year. Or the year before, or the year before that. The … 0

Protests, Wall Street pressures cap tough week at Whole Foods

Friday, February 14, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — It was a tough week for Whole Foods Market. The Austin-based natural foods grocer saw scattered protests after a Chicago employee said she was unjustly fired last month. And the company’s stock took a beating after an earnings report that disappointed Wall Street. Protesters delivered … 0

Farm workers in cow abuse case are charged with animal cruelty

Friday, February 14, 2014

Four dairy farm workers in Wisconsin have been charged with animal cruelty after an animal rights group said employees at the former Nestle pizza division dairy supplier had abused its cows. The charges, 11 in total, were filed in Brown County, Wis., circuit court Tuesday. In December, animal … 0

Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at Corvette Museum

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — It was a sight to make a classic car lover weep: A gaping sinkhole opened beneath the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky and swallowed eight prized cars like they were toys, piling them in … 0

Graco recalls 3.8M child car seats; feds want more

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

DETROIT — Graco is recalling nearly 3.8 million car safety seats because children can get trapped by buckles that may not unlatch. But the company has drawn the ire of federal safety regulators who say the recall should include another 1.8 million rear-facing car seats designed for infants. … 0