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North Adams falls short in bid to win $500,000 in Small Business Revolution contest

NORTH ADAMS — The city has fallen short of a hefty prize. Despite a mad rush, North Adams failed to jump ahead of two competitors in the final day of voting to win the Small Business Revolution competition — and $500,000 to inject life …

Interest high in 'Whip City' as broadband partner

WESTFIELD — The auditorium was frigid, and mood dark, as a forum began in Worthington. But things warmed up fast for representatives of Whip City Fiber, sitting in back with their brochures and chewing gum giveaways. One after another, rural …

Classroom of the Week: St. Mary's students rise to the 'STEM Fridays' challenge

LEE — On a recent Friday in Cara Maiorano's classroom at St. Mary's School, students could climb ladders, build structures with straws, and eat marshmallows, all in the name of science — so long as they stayed under budget.It's her …

Local sports
McCann Tech boys basketball wins outright Tri-County League title

NORTH ADAMS — Hampden Charter didn't make it easy, but in the end the McCann Tech boys basketball team got exactly what it was after — an outright Tri-County League title.The Hornets led the Wolves by double digits in the third quarter, …

High school roundup: Hoosac Valley girls defeat Whitman-Hanson

Taconic boys basketball holds off Hoosac Valley

Opinion
Our Opinion: An investment in Tanglewood and the Berkshires

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's investment in its Tanglewood campus is significant for its size and cost, but the most important aspect may be that the multi-use complex will be used year-round. A long-time summer presence, Tanglewood will be …

Our Opinion: An independent investigation for use of deadly force

Our Opinion: 'Invisible' wall' gets pushed by MCLA lab

Lifestyles
Have something to say to your member of Congress? Here's how to find them

Nathan Williams is no novice to the political process. But suddenly there's a crop of people newly engaged and eager to participate, and since the November election, he's been looking for ways to help those people channel their desired activism.He …

A Polish treat: Behind the scenes look at the paczki process

Is your doctor over-prescribing?

What kind of cherry tree did Washington fell? (If he did.)

On set with the 'Natural Cook'

The Arts
Mahaiwe adds three headliners to season schedule

GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerts by two-time Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster, song stylist Michael Feinstein and the world music band Pink Martini have been added to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's lineup.. The venue also will collaborate with …

Readings track flip side of love at Shakespeare & Company

A summer of fun, mischief and food for thought at Berkshire Theatre Group

Entertainment
Experience 10 flavors of jazz with DeChamplain Trio

PITTSFIELD — Matt and Atla DeChamplain have literally and figurative made beautiful music together for half their lives.The high school sweethearts were initially drawn together through their love of traditional jazz. The pair of 31-year-old …

People: Jay Z first rapper inducted to Songwriters Hall of Fame

'Lego Batman" conquers "Great Wall' at box office

Local News

Kushi Institute closes; owes Becket nearly $50,000

BECKET — After nearly 40 years of a holistic approach to good health, the Kushi Insititute has apparently closed for good.The wellness facility's Facebook page posting of Feb. 3 states "the board of directors and the Kushi family have made the …

Officials: 4 ex-workers at Milton Academy sexually abused students

MILTON, Mass. (AP) — A prestigious boarding and day school near Boston says four former workers engaged in sexual misconduct with several students decades ago.

Tanglewood's economic impact on the Berkshires

LENOX — Berkshire County has several cultural venues, many of them known outside the region. But when it comes to their economic impact on the local economy, there's Tanglewood and everybody else.The Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home …

High bail for man charged with child rape, animal cruelty

PITTSFIELD — A Southfield man facing child rape and animal cruelty charges remains held on high bail based on concerns that he is a flight risk.

Education leader John H. Spencer Jr. dies at 80

STOCKBRIDGE — John H. Spencer Jr. was a longtime public servant in his adopted town of Stockbridge, but his greatest impact came as an educator and mentor to hundreds of students over the years, friends and colleagues said on Tuesday."He …
State News

Healey tries to put murmurs of run for governor to rest

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday attempted to squash persistent chatter that she may run for governor in 2018, telling a radio audience that the role of attorney general has never been more important."You know as lawyers …

Sen. Markey, Rep. Kennedy oppose stepped-up deportations

BOSTON — Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy are using their family histories to push back against plans for stepped-up deportations of people in the country illegally.Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, said his family fled …

Brawl at Chuck E. Cheese in Everett leaves 2 people hurt

EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — Two people have been hospitalized after a brawl broke out at a Chuck E. Cheese in Everett.The company says an argument between two adults at the chain's arcade and restaurant escalated into violence on Monday with an object being thrown.

Officials: Smith College raises record-high $486 million

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A private liberal arts college for women says the Massachusetts school has raised a record-high $486 million.The Boston Globe reports Smith College in Northampton announced on Monday its "Women for the World" campaign …
Nation & world news

Trump team maps sweeping deportations for undocumented migrants

The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, proclaiming that it would seek to swiftly deport many more people without court hearings and target migrants charged with crimes or thought to be dangerous, …

Trump chooses McMaster as national security adviser

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser Monday, calling him "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."Trump made the …

Trump to roll back climate rules

President Donald Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at reversing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures.While both directives will take time to implement, they will send an …

Draft DHS guidelines seek to aggressively detain immigrants

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly.The …
St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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