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The Independent Investor: Health Care and the 3 Musketeers
Earlier this week, three of the country's most influential corporate titans sounded a call to battle. Given the inaction of our government, these modern-day musketeers are preparing to storm the battlements of sky-rocketing health care costs.   Jeff Bezos of Amazon may not have the swash-buckling prowess of Athos, nor does
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Neal Ready to Negotiate an Infrastructure Bill
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The ranking Democrat in the U.S. House's Ways and Means Committee wants to get to negotiations on an infrastructure bill.   President Donald Trump is proposing a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill to fix the nation's roads, bridges, airports, and railways. And that is exactly the kind of bill U.S.
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Greylock Thunder Travel Softball Sets Tryouts
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder Travel Softball program will hold tryouts Feb. 11 for its under-14 and under-16 squads.   Any player from any town is welcome to try out for the squad. Players who participated in the fall tryouts are encouraged to attend.   The Feb. 11 tryouts will be at Williams
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YMCA Recognizes Longtime Staff Member's 90th Birthday
The children made her a sign wishing her a happy birthday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty years ago, Theresa Tracy started going to the Pittsfield Family YMCA as a member.   About 10 years later she started volunteering. And then 22 years ago, she took a staff position and has been teaching water aerobics courses
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Pittsfield Finance Panel Is No on $74M Wastewater Project
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council's finance subcommittee is recommending that the city hold off on borrowing $74 million to make major repairs to the wastewater system.   The subcommittee voted down in a split 2-3 vote a petition from Mayor Linda Tyer to borrow the money to start construction on the upgrades to comply
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Dreaming Of A White Groundhog's Day?
After a few days of seeing grass, snow is back in the forecast tonight, with a chance of snow showers, mainly between midnight and 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, and then again on Thursday into Friday. Just how much snow will we get on the day Punxsutawney Phil lets us know when winter will end? The National
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Put a Trusted 'Quarterback' on Your Financial Team
On Feb. 4, the eyes of most of the country – and much of the rest of the world – will be on Minneapolis, site of the most-watched football game in the United States. As a fan, you can admire the way quarterbacks in the Big Game direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the big game by putting together your
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Health Matters: Antibiotic Resistance And What You Can Do About It
The introduction of antibiotics in the late 1930s decreased U.S. infection deaths by 73 percent in the first 15 years. Antibiotics have enabled complicated surgery, chemotherapy for cancer, care for premature babies, organ transplants and more. As a result, many claim that antibiotics are the most important medical advance of the 20th
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Pittsfield Officer Cleared in Officer-Involved Shooting Death
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The district attorney has determined that Office Christopher Colello will not be charged with a crime in the shooting of Daniel Gillis in September.   Colello shot and killed 36-year-old Daniel Gillis on Taylor Street on Sept. 1, 2017. District Attorney David Capeless said on Wednesday that Colello
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Pittsfield Council, School Committee Hear Report On Financial Condition
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A recent re-evaluation has given the city a chance to both preserve its reserves and raise its levy ceiling. But health insurance is threatening to take those funds in the coming years.   The City Council and School Committee gathered Tuesday night for the annual report on the financial condition of the
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