Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
8 Nov 2008

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8 Nov 2008

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Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Pittsfield, Massachusetts A lagging Sale general motors reports a big third Quarter loss and says it May run out of Cash in 2009 Money a tournament time Williams men s and women s soccer teams will play in Nescak tourneys sports clothe breaking news Pittsfield Massachusetts saturday november 8, 2008 weather watch today showers Likely 60 tonight few showers 40 tomorrow mostly Cloudy 50 More weather Page a8 42 pages a 60c Obama focuses on Economy by Nedra picker and Terence Hunt associated press Chicago a inheriting an Economy in peril president elect Obama warned yesterday that the nation faces the Challenge of a lifetime and pledged he would act urgently to help americans devastated by lost jobs disappearing savings and Homes seized in foreclosure. But the Man who promised change cautioned against Hopes of Quick solutions. A it is not going to be easy for us to dig ourselves out of the Hole that we Are in a Obama said at his first news conference since winning the presidency on tuesday. The no. I priority Obama said is to get Congress to approve an economic stimulus plan that would extend jobless benefits Send food Aid to the poor dispatch medicaid funds to states and spend tens of billions of dollars on Public works projects. If the plan is not approved this month in a special session of Congress Obama said that a it will be the first thing i get done As president of the United in his first appearance since a jubilant election night Celebration Obama sought to project an air of Calm and reassurance to a deeply worried nation. He stood in a presidential like setting with an array of eight american flags and a lectern showing a presidential Seal above the words a the office of the president the stage behind him was lined with advisers he had summoned his economic brain Trust. Almost 20 minutes late to his first meeting with reporters Obama spoke for just 20 minutes and broke no ground with new policy announcements or disclosures of who would be in his Cabinet. In lighthearted moments he joked about seances with dead presidents and the Appeal of animal shelter dogs that Are a mutts like constrained by the fact he will not take office until Jan. 20, Obama deferred to Obama continued on a4 associated press president elect Barack Obama talks about taking action on the slow Economy once he assumes office in january. Bedtime stories jamming in jimmies Allendale students enjoy a curl up Coral Lobovits 7, relaxes in the Lap of her Mother Nancy Murray during the a curl up event at Allendale school. By Jessica Willis Berkshire Eagle staff Pittsfield a last nights crowd was dressed for cozy Comfort school and work clothes were cast aside in favor of Pink Rainbow pyjamas sweat pants to shirts and cozy Robes. Fleece blankets and sleeping bags were scattered All Over the gymnasium floor at Allendale elementary school. Everyone was ready for a Good bedtime Story. About 150 parents and children donned their sleep Wear and came out to Allendale so curl up with a Good Book night a a program organized by the Junior league of Berkshire county. The children weren to the Only ones relishing the Opportunity to Wear their jimmies to school. A a in a used to suits every Day so these will do a said Allendale principal Carl Ameen referring to his Grinch Panama Bottoms. Ameen added that Allendale pupils attended school yesterday in their sleep Wear in Celebration of Panama Day. A i just like being warm and comfy a said fifth grader Justin Roy la As he settled Down on a Blanket next his twin sister Brianna and his Mother Trina. The a curl up event now in its fifth year in Berkshire county schools was a a creative and Low pressure Way to promote literacy said Amy Wolfe vice president of the Junior league of Berkshire county a Community programs. Barnes amp Noble gift cards along with classic children a books like a the cat in the hat a and a curious George were raffled off. Free books also were available. As Junior league Volunteer Robin Seeley read from a a bad Case of the stripes a illustrations from the Book were projected on a Large screen at the front of the gym. When Camilla the books heroine took her Medicine and turned into a giant Pill the youngsters laughed delightedly. A this is a Nice treat for the kids a Trina Roy said. A they seem to enjoy it and they were excited to come in crisis Pink slips abound in . A the jobless ranks hit to million which is the highest in 25 years. By Jeannine Aversa associated press Washington a a Quarter of a million Pink slips just before the holidays. Assembly line workers construction Crews sales clerks hotel employees mortgage brokers and Temps. All hard hit last month the government said yesterday. A main Street knew Well before the Beltway people that there Are problems out there a said Brian Bethune economist at is global insight. The nations ranks of unemployed zoomed past to million the most in a Quarter Century and new Job losses totalled 240,000. And politicians and economists agreed on a painful Bottom line its Only going to get worse. The jobless rate by the numbers. A unemployment in of 10.1 million a of jobless rate.6.5 percent a 1982 jobless rate.10.8 percent soared to a 14 year High of 6.5 percent the government said yesterday up from 6.1 percent just a month earlier. Wall Street revived somewhat after two Days of big losses. The Dow Jones industrials Rose 248 Points. Still the labor departments unemployment report provided Stark evidence that the Economy a health was deteriorating at an alarmingly rapid Pace. The jobless rate was 4.8 percent just one year ago. About 10.1 million people were unemployed in october the most since the fall of 1983. More people have jobs 25 years later since the population has grown but its still a staggering jobless figure. With employers slashing jobs every month so far this year some 1.2 million positions have disappeared Over half in the past three months alone. That portends a sad Holiday buying season for retailers not to mention troubled americans without jobs. But economists were much less upbeat than politicians. And Bernard Baumohl chief global economist at the economic Outlook group said the report a depicts an Economy still in free fall and without a safety net anywhere in All the Economy a woes a a housing collapse mounting foreclosures hard to get credit and financial Market upheaval a will confront president elect Obama when he assumes office in january. Unemployment is expected to keep rising during his first year in office while record budget deficits will crimp his Domestic Agenda. October a jobless rate was the highest since March 1994 and now has surpassed the 6.3 percent 2003 High after the most recent recession. Berkshire fires police seeking answers by Jenn Smith Berkshire Eagle staff �?Tittsf1eld a state and local officials Are Ting residents along the Dalton and Pittsfield in line on arson watch. What we have Here Are a number of sepia unsolved fires a said Pittsfield fire chief aes Sullivan describing four fires Over the t two months in the Greenridge Park area Oft Ith Street in Dalton and the Orchards area no outer East Street in Pittsfield. He would say whether the fires Are linked or Label m As arson. Yesterday the Dalton and Pittsfield police and fire departments in conjunction with the office of the state fire marshal issued a formal statement on the investigation. They touted a Massachusetts arson watch Reward program which offers up to $5,000 for any information that helps to solve or prevent an arson fire. A people were calling and wanted to know about what a going on in the neighbourhood so we decided to do something a said Dalton fire chief Richard Kardasen. Fires continued on a8 Ben Garver / Berkshire Eagle staff Pittsfield fire chief James Sullivan has asked the Community for help with a rash of suspicious fires near Dalton. Domestic dispute gets pair in trouble Girlfriend stabs Boyfriend who assaults police by Conor Berry Berkshire Eagle staff Pittsfield a the Girlfriend said she used the Steak knife to Cut some Carrot cake. But the Boyfriend said she stabbed him with the knife during a Domestic dispute yesterday. That was the he said she said version of events recited in Central Berkshire District court yesterday morning where both parties were charged in connection with the incident. Around Midnight yesterday numerous Pittsfield police units responded to a stabbing Call on Brighton Avenue. When officers arrived they said they found dispute continued on a8 celtics victorious Paul Pierce has 18 Points and to rebounds to help Host Boston defeat Milwaukee 101-89. Sport cd a England newspaper association distinguished newspaper 2007 business i editorials a6 obituaries b6 classified Al entertainment 03 oped a7 comics d5 horoscopes d4 Public notices b4 Community b2 letters a6 sports cd crosswords d5 movies 03 to d4 i h a. N for Home delivery at less than 474 daily phone Eagle circulation at 496355. A 2008 new England newspapers inc. 15312 00101 6 photos by Caroline Bonnivier / Berkshire Eagle staff Ashley Farina 6, holds her stuffed dog while she listens during last night s a curl up with a Good Book night event at Allendale school

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