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Steinmann Pitches Pittsfield 13s Past North Adams
06:55PM / Sunday, July 05, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Christian Womble went 3-for-3 with two doubles to lead the Pittsfield Babe Ruth 13-year-old all-stars to an 11-1 win over North Adams on Sunday in District tournament play.   Jett Steinmann pitched five solid innings to earn the win in a game that was ended by the mercy rule.   Pittsfield (2-0) travels to Amherst on Tuesday.   North Adams (1-2) finishes pool play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Westfield at Alcombright Field.

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@theMarket: Global Markets Weather a Wild Week
By Bill Schmick,
08:02AM / Saturday, July 04, 2015

After weeks of trading in a narrow range, world markets broke to the downside. The culprit was once again Greece. Now investors must wait until this Sunday to discover if there is more selling ahead.

Last weekend's move by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece to call a voter referendum in the middle of last-minute negotiations with its creditors effectively destroyed what chance there had been for a reasonable solution to that country's debt crisis.

European negotiators from the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (commonly known as the Troika) stormed away from the bargaining table. They withdrew further financial support from Greece,

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Pittsfield 15s Impressive in Babe Ruth District Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:01PM / Friday, July 03, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Babe Ruth 15-year-olds got the holiday fireworks started early and sent the visitors from Westfield home early, too, on Friday night.   Pittsfield pounded out 10 hits, including a home run and a triple, against three different pitchers in an 11-0 win that ended in the middle of the fifth in the District 1 tournament opener for both teams.   Devon Walker hit a two-run homer to left-center to lead the hit parade at Deming Field, and Jake McNeice left the bases loaded twice in four innings of scoreless pitching for Pittsfield.   "Jake did what he does best -- throw strikes and get a head of the hitters," Pittsfield coach Tom Rizzo

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'Ted 2': Raunchier Than the Average Bear
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:55PM / Friday, July 03, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Universal Pictures The irreverent Ted is back in all his foul-mouthed glory.

It is the juvenile innocence behind the unabashed raunchiness manifested by Mark Wahlberg's John Bennett and his title teddy bear come-to-life that makes this franchise so ridiculously inviting. Who among us didn't have a childhood filled with uncountable fantasies ... make-believe beings and anthropomorphic imaginings that made the world we were entering just a bit more perfect? Director Seth MacFarlane's "Ted 2" says let the no-nonsense spoilsports believe what they will. They're wrong. Ted

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Team Bianchi Wins Road Race Challenge
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Friday, July 03, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Mayor Daniel Bianchi's team won the friendly Independence Day Road Race challenge.   The mayor was challenged by his election competition Linda Tyer to the team race to raise funds for the Pittsfield Parade Committee. Each candidate fields a team of six, three men and three women. The overall place of the top three from each team are added together. The losing team donates $100 to the parade committee and the other teams donate $50.    Bianchi was the only candidate to respond to the challenge and fielded a team in which three runners from his team finished in the top ten. Kent Lemme finished in fourth with a time of 16:22; Nicholas Curelop

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The Independent Investor: Same-Sex Marriage Good for Business
By Bill Schmick,
04:58PM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

Last week's Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage at the federal level was greeted with a sigh of relief by most large companies. It also makes my job a lot easier as well. Here's why.

Previously, the myriad laws that allowed or disallowed gay marriage cost the private sector at least $1 billion annually. Over two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies were offering health and retirement benefits to same-sex partners in states that did not recognize their marriage. That incentive became a nightmare for human resources departments throughout the country that tried to square their practices with that of the states.

Spousal benefits for employees' same-sex partners were also

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Cranwell Sold For $18 Million
Staff Reports,
01:32PM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

The resort's sale was completed on Wednesday, according to land records.

LENOX, Mass. — Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort was sold Wednesday to CampGroup LLC. and L.D. Buildings for $18 million.   The resort will now be managed by Hay Creek Hotels, a New England hotel management company. GampGroup owns a number of local properties including Camp Winadu and Camp Danbee and L.D. Builders has developed local properties including The Pines at Bousquet and Lenox Woods.    "With camps in operation in the Berkshires collectively for over 300 years and hundreds of camper families who have enjoyed staying at Cranwell over the past 40 years, we have

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'Tragic' Director Stages 'Comedy' at Shakespeare & Company
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

Taibi Magar, right, directs the cast of 'A Comedy of Errors' at Shakespeare & Company.

LENOX, Mass. -- In terms an Elizabethan would understand, the gauntlet has been thrown down - by the Bard of Avon himself.   Taibi Magar, somewhat to her own surprise, came to Shakespeare & Company to pick it up.   "He sets up a big challenge for a director," Magar said during a recent pre-rehearsal interview at the Tina Packer Playhouse. "He puts 'Comedy' in the title. It's like, 'A Comedy of Errors.' No hiding.   "It's really scary, actually. If you don't make the audience laugh, you have failed

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Opinion: Crossfit Offended Diabetics Everywhere
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:30PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Crossfit offended diabetics around the world with offensive tweets linking drinking Coke to getting diabetes. But for those diabetics who are insulin-dependent, a Coke can actually save their lives when their blood sugar goes low.

I have seen first-hand the war that diabetes rages on the body.

I have an uncle who is blind. An aunt who is on dialysis. A daughter who battles highs and lows every day.

It's a disease that wreaks havoc on your life 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no vacations from diabetes. No time off. Not even so much as a coffee break.

This is what diabetes of both kinds - type one and type two - does to a person. It's not a

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The Classical Beat: All Systems Go At Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:34PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

After celebrating July 4th in Boston, Keith Lockhart brings the Boston Pops back to Tanglewood on Sunday for opening weekend.

Tanglewood, the nation’s largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 75th classical festival season.

Here’s a rundown of the concerts that will take center stage during the coming week. Why go? Read below for all the stellar music making, with superstar performers interpreting great music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites by audiences worldwide.

• Thursday July 2, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo’s Fire will present a

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Report: Local Nonprofits Generate $2.4 Billion In Economic Activity
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:33AM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Stephen Sheppard updated the study he did in both 2009 and 2011 on the nonprofit sector of the Berkshires' economy.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Each year Barrington Stage Company spends a quarter of a million dollars on housing for performers and artists.   The organization spends $1 million on educational programming for area youth. And recently, BSC invested more than $7 million on its facilities and renovations.   Those funds go directly to local landlords, contractors and individuals - stimulating the local economy. And that is on top of attracting visitors to the city's downtown - visitors who then eat at local restaurants and stay at local

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Womble Pitches Pittsfield 13s to Win in Babe Ruth District Opener
11:19PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2015
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Christian Womble had two hits, including a double, and pitched three innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound as Pittsfield topped Franklin County, 12-7, on Tuesday in the first game of the Babe Ruth 13-year-old District Championship.   Womble came on in the fifth inning with the score tied, 7-7, and struck out six over the next three frames while allowing just one hit.   Jake Harrington also had a double and a single for Pittsfield.   Pittsfield will host North Adams on Sunday Demming Field at 3 p.m.   Franklin County will travel to North Adams on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game at Alcombright Field.

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