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'American Sniper': Bull's-Eye
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:45PM / Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Bradley Cooper inhabits the life of 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle, epitomizing the professionalism, patriotism and horror of war.

If you've been around for the last few wars, you'll recognize the eerie clip-clip-drone of helicopters that declares U.S. military ubiquity in "American Sniper," an absorbing foray into the tragic dilemma that comes of trying to make the world safe for democracy. Based on the memoir, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," by Chris Kyle, and adapted for the screen by Jason Hall,

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The Independent Investor: The European Central Bank Delivers
By Bill Schmick,
04:39PM / Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Thursday, Mario Draghi, the head of Europe's Central Bank, announced new steps in an effort to lift the EU from economic malaise. Investors wonder if it will be enough.

That's not unusual. There were many doubting Thomases in this country when the Fed first launched its quantitative easing program back in 2009. Japan, which is in the second inning of its stimulus program, also has its share of detractors.

At first blush, the expanded program of stimulus includes an asset purchase program of both private and public securities of up to $60 billion Euros ($69 billion) a month through the end of September 2016. That amounts to well over a trillion Euros in new stimulus. The markets

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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Williamstown CPC Recommends Requests to Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis,
04:30PM / Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Pages from the 1753 Proprietors' Meeting Book that the Williamstown Historical Museum hopes to conserve with funds from the Community Preservation Act. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday approved three funding requests that will go to annual town meeting in May.   After the withdrawal of an application from the town's Conservation Commission, the committee faced just three applications totaling $45,542 for funds generated by the Community Preservation Act property tax surcharge adopted by town meeting in 2002.   The largest request is from the Sand Springs Recreation Center, which is seeking $18,923 to install a heater and

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Kocsis Leads Gable Electric to Youth League Win
11:52AM / Thursday, January 22, 2015
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Oliver Kocsis scored nine points to lead Volp Logic to a 21-20 win over Gable Electric in Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball League action this week.   Tej Patel poured in six, and Oscar Low added four for Volp.   For Gable, Derek Paris and Colin Doyle each scored eight.   Duda Construction topped Williamstown Chiropractic, 31-16, behind 19 points by Matt Sorrell.   Malcolm Waynick scored seven, and Nick Duda added four in Duda’s win. Williamstown Chiropractic was led by Nick Thayer with six points; Alex Axt added four.   Elsewhere in the LYBA/WYBA this week, Jayden Johnson and Clara McWeeney led DR2 to a 22-18 win over Lanesborough BP. Piper Shulman

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Co-Workingspace Opens at 85 Main in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:58PM / Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Mayor Richard Alcombright is ready to cut the ribbon at Cloud85. From left are Ann McCallum, Jeffrey Thomas, Keith Bona and David Carver.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A room on the second floor of the New Kimball Building is poised to facilitate some big ideas.

And maybe make some small ones come true.

Some 1,370 square foot of old office space on the second floor of the century-old building has been made over into a collaborative work zone for modern entrepreneurs.

So-called "co-working" spaces have become increasingly popular in high-priced metro areas as low-cost communal options for startups and small business. Lever, a nonprofit focused on business development and

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Williamstown Officials Discuss Mount Greylock Expansion Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:35PM / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene addresses Williamstown's Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town officials had some tough questions about the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee's plan to seek expansion of the junior-senior high school district.

School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene appeared last week at a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee to discuss the proposal to ask Williamstown and Lanesborough to incorporate their elementary schools into the Mount Greylock district.

The School Committee studied expansion in 2013, convening an ad hoc committee of representatives from

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Mount Greylock Offers Basketball Clinic for Boys and Girls
06:55PM / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock Regional School boys basketball program will offer a youth basketball clinic on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m.   Mount Greylock varsity boys head coach Bob Thistle and his players will conduct the clinic, which will feature competitions, a film session, skills instruction and drills.   The clinic is open to boys and girls. The cost is $20 per child.   For information, contact Thistle at rthistle@mgrhs.org.

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MCLA Search Committee Closing in on Presidential Candidates
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:49PM / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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MCLA interim President Cynthia Brown leads the traditional opening semester breakfast on Tuesday morning.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There was an important figure missing from this semester's opening breakfast on Tuesday at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, but attendees were assured that the college was closing in on her replacement.

Mary Grant, after a dozen years leading MCLA, took up her new duties as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville two weeks ago. A search committee that has spent the last months seeking out a suitable candidate conducted interviews over the weekend in Albany, N.Y.

"We're still in the confidential stage of this process

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Williams College Reminded of Real Martin Luther King
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Williams College history professor Leslie Brown addresses the crowd at the Paresky Center on Monday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Martin Luther King Day ceremonies at Williams College were replete with reminders that King's work is unfinished and a call to remember the real Dr. King, not the "safe" version favored by text books and politicians.   "We like the climb to the mountaintop ... but we ignore the man who called the American justice system bankrupt," Williams history professor Leslie Brown told a crowd of hundreds who crammed into Baxter Hall in the Paresky Center student union.   "We've got to talk about the guy who really embraced

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Hundreds Volunteer for Annual North Berkshire King Day
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:48PM / Monday, January 19, 2015
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Allan and Cindi McLain, recipients of this year's Peacemaker Award, pose with their children Lucas and Emily.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 200 volunteers participated in 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day of Service.

Volunteers of all ages filled MCLA's Church Street Center on Monday after a morning of cleaning, packing, winterizing, collecting and creating at Northern Berkshire YMCA, Goodwill, Louison House, local community centers and churches and the Friendship Center Food Pantry.

The yearly event is a time to remember the calls for social justice by Dr. King and to keep his dream of equality alive.

"We have to be proactive," said Alex

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