• Massachusetts in brief - 10/22/2014 03:38 PM EDT
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    Berkshires Big Dig
    Is the Hadley Overpass the Big Dig of the Berkshires?
     Yes
     No
    (Gillian Jones — The Berkshire Eagle)
    Hadley Overpass surpasses original construction estimates by two years and $6.8 million


    NORTH ADAMS >> Residents here refer to it as the "Berkshires' Big Dig," and now the reconstruction of the Hadley Overpass also now exceeds its projected completion date as well as its initial cost estimate - by $6.8 million. Full Story
    POLICE LOG
    Police Log for Monday, Oct. 20 and Tuesday, Oct. 21

    Monday, Oct. 20 7:30 a.m. An emergency medical call is received from Mental Health & Substance Abuse on Bradford Street. Full Story
    LOCAL NEWS
    (Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle)
    Complex weather system will spread rain out for three days over the Berkshires

    Gloom but not much doom from a coastal storm expected to dump 1-2 inches of rain on the Berkshires by the weekend. Full Story
    SPORTS
    (Matthew Sprague - The Berkshire Eagle)
    Lenox runners have established themselves among best in Western Mass.

    Millionaires running top times ahead of postseason meets
    LENOX -- When they showed up to the Oct. 4 Baystate Invitational in Wrentham, the Lenox Memorial High School cross country teams weren't widely known outside of Western Massachusetts. Full Story
    LOCAL SPORTS
    (Stephanie Zollshan - The Berkshire Eagle)
    Hoosac, Wahconah, McCann lead W. Mass. football division ratings

    'Canes jump over Pittsfield in D-V with Friday's OT win
    As Berkshire County heads into rivalry weekend, there has been a seismic shift in the MIAA Western Massachusetts football power rankings. Full Story
    North Adams license commission approves full liquor license transfer to Vins et Viandes
    NORTH ADAMS >> The city license commission approved the transfer of a full liquor license to retailer Vins et Viandes on Tuesday, which it has agreed to purchase from competitor River Street Package Store. Full Story

     
     
    COUNTY NOTES
    Berkshire Taconic Foundation: McLaughlin-Wilson fund reaches $1M in scholarships

    SHEFFIELD >> Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation says the McLaughlin-Wilson Scholarship Fund has given a total of $1 million since its 1994 inception. Full Story
    Bank robber who bummed cigarette gets 10 years

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A bank robber who stopped during his escape to bum a cigarette off a construction worker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. Full Story
    (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
    Renee Zellweger answers plastic surgery rumors

    The “Bridget Jones” actress says she’s simply taken care of herself while remaining out of public eye the past few years.