Shoppers find surprises and welcome at This & That

By Anne O'Connor aoconnor@nashoba AYER -- "Wreck the display." This preference is not something a customer expects to hear in a store, but Cynthia DiRenzo means it. Full Story
Lowell's SofTech to sell PLM technology for $3.25M

A Sun Staff Report LOWELL -- SofTech Inc. announced on Wednesday that it was selling its product-lifecycle management technologies for $3. Full Story
Experts say drought to crimp cranberry crop
By Andy Metzger State House News Service BOSTON -- On the brink of the harvest season and amid concerns about the ongoing drought, state cranberry growers have been told to expect a 5 percent dip compared to last year's crop. Full Story

Mass. home sales take a breather
BOSTON (AP) -- Two organizations that track the state's real estate market have found that a falling number of single-family homes on the market is driving down sales while pushing up prices. Full Story

Ford recalls over 88K vehicles due to stalling problem
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is recalling more than 88,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the engines can stall without warning due to a fuel pump problem. Full Story

Mass. gas prices rise 3 cents
BOSTON (AP) -- The price of gasoline in Massachusetts is on the rise again. AAA Northeast reported this week that the cost of self-serve, regular rose 3 cents in the past week, to an average of $2. Full Story

Farm safety top priority with farm tourism on the rise
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With the growth of agritourism and more people visiting local farms, Connecticut officials are joining other states in educating farmers about how to mitigate health risks for their new visitors. Full Story

China sets sights on new global export: nuclear energy
BEIJING (AP) — On a seaside field south of Shanghai, workers are constructing a nuclear reactor that is the flagship for Beijing's ambition to compete with the United States, France and Russia as an exporter of atomic power technology. Full Story