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Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, left, shakes hands with clerk Pam Fenstermacher after purchasing marijuana at Cannabis City, Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Seattle, on the first day that sales of recreational pot became legal in the state.  Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool)

Hundreds line up for legal marijuana in Wash.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SEATTLE — Surrounded by thousands of packages of marijuana, Seattle’s top prosecutor sought some advice: Which one should he buy? A new day, indeed. Twenty months after voters legalized recreational cannabis for adults over 21, Washington state’s first few licensed pot shops opened for business Tuesday, catering to hundreds of customers who lined up outside, thrilled to be part of … 0

Air bags’ humidity problem drives new round of auto recalls

Monday, June 23, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — Faulty air bags — which have already led to the recall of millions of cars worldwide — are blamed for a new round of recalls in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety agency, said Monday that BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota … 0

Resurgence of interest in member-owned co-ops said key to River Valley Market’s success in Northampton

Friday, June 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six years after opening in an old granite quarry on North King Street, River Valley Market’s is doing far better than expected. The market is on target to exceed $20 million in annual sales by the time its fiscal year closes at the end of the month, up from $8 million … 0

New restaurants open in Amherst, Works Bakery Cafe, and Hadley, Moe’s Southwest Grill

Thursday, March 27, 2014

AMHERST — Two “fast-casual” restaurants have opened in Amherst and Hadley in recent days. In Amherst, at 48 North Pleasant St., the Works Bakery Cafe began serving customers Wednesday morning, and in Hadley, at 379 Russell St., Moe’s Southwest Grill started business on March 20. The Works is … 0

Toyota’s $1.2B payment could be glimpse into GM’s future

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DETROIT — General Motors, beware. Wednesday’s announcement that Toyota will pay $1.2 billion to avoid criminal prosecution for hiding information in a recall case could be a glimpse into your future. It’s also a warning to anyone selling … 0

Northampton woman makes business pitch for her versatile bags at Fenway Park

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — An interest in art and a little “outside the bag” thinking have one local entrepreneur poised for a worldwide product launch, if she can get the votes. Natalie Goodale, 33, of Northampton is one of eight … 1

Nicholette Lustig new specialist promoting Franklin County Community Development Corp. commercial kitchen

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When Nicholette “Nico” Lustig took the newly created job of “food business development specialist” at the Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center a couple of months ago, she began working with the same sorts of farmers and specialty food … 0

Amherst doughnut shop plans to relocate ahead of Carriage Shops’ possible sale

Monday, March 17, 2014

AMHERST — As the likelihood grows that the Amherst Carriage Shops will be demolished to make way for a new development, one shop owner is planning a move. Keren and Nick Rhodes, who have run the Glazed Doughnut Shop from 233 North Pleasant St. since 2012, will relocate … 0

Slow start to maple season in chilly Massachusetts

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NORTH ANDOVER — In chilly Massachusetts, maple season is off to a slow start. Maple season starts at the end of February in a typical year. But despite being well into March, temperatures have been too low for … 0

Sam Adams pulls out of St. Patrick’s parade

Friday, March 14, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade over organizers’ continued exclusion of gay groups. Boston Beer Co. said in a statement Friday that it is disappointed that an agreement couldn’t be reached between 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