BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Mark Schand scoops ice cream at his Sweetwater smoothie cafe in New Britain, Connecticut.
Karen Brown / NEPR

From his prison cot, for 27 years, Mark Schand plotted out a retail empire he’d been envisioning since well before his arrest.

The Springfield Thunderbirds are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers.
Danny Baxter / MassLive

The American Hockey League — the top-farm league to the National Hockey League — is holding its All-Star Classic festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday and Monday. 

A sign at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Diane Lederman / The Republican / Masslive.com/photos

The Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts said he was surprised to hear about anticipated financial difficulties at Hampshire College.

Super Bowl tickets are super expensive, as always, but the average resale price is about $1,000 less than at this time last year.

And the price of admission to the big game has been dropping steadily since Sunday, when the Patriots won the AFC Championship. Again.

Winter is back with a vengeance. And this year, New England is using a new method to ensure the electric grid can work reliably through cold, snow and ice. It’s called “Pay for Performance,” and it’s a competitive market system that rewards power generators for efficiency, and punishes them for poor execution.

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