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Pittsfield's African American community celebrates Kwanzaa

Pittsfield's African American community celebration all about believing in change
PITTSFIELD >> Pastor Akilah Edgerton stood at the head of the room and, to the delight of onlookers, delivered the sermon she promised she wouldn't as the city celebrated its ninth annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday. Full Story
Pittsfield police blotter for Monday, Dec. 22, and Tuesday, Dec. 23

Monday, Dec. 22 4:54 a.m. Police respond to Tanner Street for an emergency medical call. Full Story
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Dickens meets Rockwell for weeklong Victorian celebration

STOCKBRIDGE >> Nearly a century after English author Charles Dickens penned "A Christmas Carol," Norman Rockwell found inspiration in the literary classic. Full Story
Soccer in MVP's blood

Wahconah's Boino comes from family, community that loves the game
DALTON >> There can be no doubt that Dalton is a sports town. In the fall, it basically comes down to football or soccer. Full Story
To ring in New Year, town will drop a giant nail

WEST FAIRVIEW, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania town plans to nail their New Year's Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping some major hardware to mark the occasion. Full Story
Alicia Keys welcomes second child

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alicia Keys gave birth to son Genesis Ali Dean early on Saturday morning. It's baby number two for the Grammy-winner and her husband, producer-rapper Swizz Beatz, who are also parents to 4-year-old Egypt Daoud. Full Story