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A nearly empty food court at the Steeplegate Mall in Concord, N.H.. Illustrates MALL (category f) by Matt Townsend (c) 2014, Bloomberg News. Moved Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 (MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg News photo by Matt Townsend).

A mall so empty you can roll a quarter across and not hit anyone

Sunday, November 23, 2014

On a crisp Friday evening in late October, Shannon Rich, 33, is standing in a dying American mall. Three customers wander the aisles in a Sears the size of two football fields. The RadioShack is empty. A woman selling smart phone cases watches Homeland on a laptop. “It’s the quietest mall I’ve ever been to,” said Rich, who works for …

Travel Talk: It’s the perfect time to plan that road trip you’ve dreaming of

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If you haven’t noticed, gas prices are at their lowest in four years. Even better, industry wizards predict that the prices will stay low throughout 2015. At the same time, airfares are so high that Bud and I don’t like to even think about booking flights anywhere. And fares aren’t about to go …

Business notes for Nov. 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BCM Environmental & Land Law in Concord recently was chosen as a legal adviser to Vermont Law School’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. Attorneys Jed Callen, Amy Manzelli and Jason Reimers are the owners of the firm, …

New model of apple industry features clubs of large-scale growers in West, Midwest, leaving New England in the cold

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Johnny Appleseed would have a tough gig these days. Gone are the times when apple trees grew wild on hills and in dales across the North American continent. Apples are big business today – big as in trademarked. …

The perks and quirks of large resorts

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Large resorts are a significant draw for many travelers. All-in-one activity options, happy hour offerings within easy walking distance and included fitness classes make an attractive package when it comes to planning a low-stress getaway. There are perks and quirks with this type of vacation plan, however, and …

Fishermen, NOAA at odds over cod reductions

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Hampshire’s small commercial fishing fleet is reeling as a result of federal regulations aimed at helping cod stock in the Gulf of Maine rebound. The regulations, rolled out by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last week, close fertile cod fishing areas and limit the commercial haul …

Can low oil prices be good for the environment?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Deepwater drilling rigs are sitting idle. Fracking plans are being scaled back. Enormous new projects to squeeze oil out of the tar sands of Canada are being shelved. Maybe low oil prices aren’t so bad for the environment …

Prices for home heating fuels expected to be lower this year

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Residents preparing to face higher electricity bills this winter may find respite in their home heating bills. Experts are forecasting lower prices for home heating fuels, which they’re attributing to growing production levels and the expectation of more moderate winter weather. “In general, we’re looking at lower prices …

In the new Penacook downtown, city investment spurs private efforts

Friday, November 14, 2014

After more than a year on the job, the men and women in high-visibility jackets are scheduled to pack up and move out of downtown Penacook before the end of the month. They’ve buried wires, reconfigured an old …

Forbes: Maine now next-to-worst state for business

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Forbes magazine’s annual rankings of the best and worst states in which to do business show Maine improving from worst to 49th. The Portland Press Herald said Maine has held the distinction for the past four years, but is now one spot ahead of Mississippi. The magazine places …

Oil and politics: A senator scraps for survival

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In a blend of crude oil and raw politics, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu scrapped yesterday for converts among fellow Democrats for legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline before a runoff election that threatens to end her career in Congress. The White House said President Obama took a …

U.S. stocks close higher as Dow Jones hits record

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stocks wavered between small gains and losses yesterday to close little changed as traders weighed generally strong earnings reports against the falling fortunes of energy companies. Indexes rose from the opening of trading following encouraging quarterly results from …