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Letter: New Paths to Youth Nicotine Addiction
Letter to the editor,
02:56PM / Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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To the Editor:

As school begins again in Berkshire County, I want to remind parents in our area that the tobacco industry continues to produce new and varied nicotine delivery products, like e-cigarettes and vape pens that are sweet, cheap and easy for young people to get. These products are not regulated by the FDA so there is no way of knowing how much nicotine or other chemicals they contain. They come in candy and fruity flavors and have become trendy among young people; in fact their use is on the rise among high school students. In Massachusetts, high school students who have ever used e-cigarettes doubled from 5 percent in 2011 to 10.7 percent in 2013.

This is important because

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Lt Gov. Candidate Kerrigan Confident With Berkshire Support
By Andy McKeever,
10:12AM / Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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Former City Councilor Pete White, Pittsfield's Shannon Grant Coordinator Adam Hinds, lieutenant governor candidate Steve Kerrigan and Sheriff Thomas Bowler at a meet and greet at Mad Jack's last Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 2009, state and federal officials broke ground on the Soldier On's Gordon Mansfield Center on West Housatonic Street.   Neither U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy nor Steve Kerrigan were able to attend that day. But Kerrigan, then Kennedy's political aide, remembers working out the details of the federal earmark making that construction possible.   Last week, years after the center opened, Soldier On Executive Vice President Steven Como was

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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Look the city's Christmas Tree is bigger than a bus!
by Soapbox 10:10AM / Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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Pittsfield Police Log: Aug. 30 - Sept. 1
Staff Reports,
07:48AM / Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Here are copies of the police log from Aug. 30 until Sept. 1.

Pittsfield Police Log 8-30-2014

Pittsfield Police Log 9-01-14

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College, Criminal Processes for Sexual Assault Cases Not in Conflict
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Tuesday, September 02, 2014
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An emergency call box on the Williams College campus. iBerkshires spoke with the college's sexual assault prevention director and the district attorney about the roles of the educational and legal system in campus assaults.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Last spring's national discussion about sexual assault on college campuses hit very close to home for Williams College when a former student made headlines with allegations she had been steered away from the criminal justice system and toward a college disciplinary process she found unsatisfactory.

The Boston resident went public after her alleged attacker was allowed back at Williams after a three-semester suspension, something she

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Pittsfield Board Approves Expansion For Pediatric Devleopment Center
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
09:36PM / Monday, September 01, 2014
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The Zoning Board last week approved the expansion of the Pediatric Development Center despite neighbors' protests. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals has approved a structural expansion for the Pediatric Development Center, despite some concerns about increasing impact of commercial business on a once residential west side street.   The center, located on Columbus Avenue Extension, plans to erect two additions, a one-story section on the side of the house and full two-story addition with an attic, along the rear of the property.   While a preliminary site plan approval was granted by the Community Development Board earlier in July without objection,

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
05:32PM / Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 1. Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. By some estimates, at least half the work force

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@theMarket: What's Up With Bonds?
By Bill Schmick,
07:31AM / Saturday, August 30, 2014
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At the beginning of the year, Wall Street was certain that interest rates were on their way up. Investors dumped all kinds of bonds anticipating that prices would plummet. Bond prices did the upset. Go figure.

The reversal caught just about everyone by surprise (including me). The thinking behind the bond call was straightforward. The Fed announced it was winding down its stimulus program. It also planned to begin raising interest rates sometime in 2015. Bond players, as they usually do, were expected to anticipate that move and begin to sell U.S. Treasury bonds this year. It all made total sense from an investment perspective. It was the end of a 30-year bull market in bonds so investors

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Pittsfield Residents Weigh In On Rest of River Clean Up
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
01:21AM / Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Parks Manager James McGrath goes over some of the issues with the EPA's current cleanup proposal at Thursday's information session.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Only a smattering of city residents offered commentary Thursday on the next piece of an emerging plan for a cleanup of the Housatonic River that the EPA says is still years from beginning.

Through Oct. 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting input on the draft modification to the RCRA permit outlining the broad strokes of a proposed remediation of the "Rest of the River," from Fred Garner Park to the Long Island Sound, contaminated by polychlorinated biphenyls dumped by Pittsfield's

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Smitty Pignatelli Launches Campaign For 7th House Term
By Andy McKeever,
05:45PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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State Reps. Gailanne Cariddi, Stephen DiNatale and William "Smitty" Pignatelli. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nearly 300 people filled the Pittsfield County Club on Thursday night to support William "Smitty" Pignatelli's election campaign.   The 4th Berkshire District representative is running unopposed for what will be his 7th term.    "I never dreamed of being here for 12 years and going again," Pignatelli said, overlooking the large crowd to kick off his re-election campaign.    "We've done a lot of great things" in the House, he said, but he believes there is more to do. He cited the state's work on requiring

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'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For': Graphic, Indeed
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:38PM / Friday, August 29, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Eva Green is graphically nihilistic in the violently uncomical comic world of 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.'

Whether you call it beautifully ugly or repulsively beautiful, there's no denying that Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" is fanatically violent. That's doubtlessly the intent.

While some of the cutting-edge ideas and eye-popping visuals surely impress the gray matter, after a while enough is too much. I like to think I've evolved far and away from any distant ancestors' appetite for the random mayhem

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