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Cooperstown's Main Street is fearing thin crowds at this year's induction ceremony. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Cooperstown's Main Street is fearing thin crowds at this year's induction ceremony. Photo: David Sommerstein.

'Steroids Era' leaves Cooperstown without its biggest baseball draw

This Sunday, baseball will hold one of its most sacred and enduring rituals. Three men will be forever enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, south of Utica.

The problem is none of them are alive.

For the first time since 1996, not one living player got the 75% of baseball writers' votes needed to gain entry to the Hall. Many interpreted the result as a collective protest vote over the steroids era.

Induction weekend is huge for the village that lives and breathes baseball, and for its region's economy. Now, people are trying to make the best of an uncomfortable moment in baseball history.  Go to full article
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NY fracking moratorium enters 6th year

New York today enters into the sixth year of a de facto moratorium on whether to allow hydrofracking in the state. Business and industry groups are expressing dismay over what they say is too long a delay.  Go to full article
Researchers say bats shatter and splinter because of poor alignment of the grain in the wood. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/shaindlin/">shaindlin</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Why we're seeing fewer shattered baseball bats

If you've ever feared for your safety at a baseball game, you can now rest a little easier thanks to the U.S. Forest Service. After testing and analyzing thousands of shattered Major League bats, researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory have been able to decrease the shatter rate of maple bats by more than half.  Go to full article