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'Level playing field': Local lodging task force talks what they want from Airbnb regulations

PITTSFIELD — A task force consisting of Berkshire lodging entrepreneurs is planning to meet with 1Berkshire officials in the coming days to craft a formal statement regarding the fairness of the state's lodging tax.The meeting comes in the …

'Thank you for coming. Because of you, we can make a difference'

My first thoughts: I'm here. I made it. I'm alive, even though my nerves are at an all-time high. I'm ready to conqueror. After all I have to remain fearless for women who haven't found their strength to break free. …

$2.18 million grant could improve access, landscaping at Greylock Mill, athletic complex

NORTH ADAMS — Thanks to a state grant, the developers of the Greylock Mill have $2.18 million to improve parking and landscaping, but the City Council must take action for the work to begin. The mill's owner, Greylock Works LLC, must grant the …

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Baker outlines plans for local aid increases

BOSTON — In next week's annual budget proposal, Gov. Charlie Baker will call for a $91 million increase in education local aid and a $40 million boost in unrestricted local aid to cities and towns.The combined $131 million increase in the two …

Republican Gov. Baker faces political challenges in new year

'I've seen rain:' James Taylor bemoans end of Obama era

3 high school seniors among 4 killed in crash of stolen SUV

US Rep. Capuano also planning Trump inauguration boycott

Nation & world news
EPA: Chrysler faked emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler of installing secret software that allowed more than 100,000 of its diesel vehicles to emit pollutants above legal levels.The case has echoes of one against Volkswagen, which on …

Trump praises the CIA, bristles over inaugural crowd counts

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Governor taps longtime Adams town employee for North Adams housing post

NORTH ADAMS — Turning aside the mayor's candidate, Gov. Charlie Baker has chosen a longtime Adams town employee to help guide the North Adams Housing Authority.Baker tapped Patricia Wol in December to take the seat on the authority's board …

Great Barrington residents can weigh in on affordable senior housing expansion

GREAT BARRINGTON — Residents of Great Barrington have a chance Monday to comment on a plan to expand affordable senior housing.Berkshire Housing Development Corp. proposes to add 31 units in a three-story addition on the east of the current …

Lenox residents to get look at revamped plan to share administrator with Lee

LENOX — And then there were two.Following the withdrawal by Stockbridge from a potential tri-town shared chief administrator arrangement, Lenox residents will get their first look Tuesday at a redesigned, two-town shared services scenario, …

People and pets safe after fire in North Adams

NORTH ADAMS — Firefighters quickly snuffed out a small fire at a Goodrich Street home on Saturday. All three people — and several pets — inside the two-apartment house when the fire began made it out safely, according to North …

Pittsfield pair face charges in theft of copper wire worth over $13,000

PITTSFIELD — At 2 a.m. Wednesday, Phillip Davis showed up at Edward Cunagin's home and told him he needed help doing a job. About 10 hours later, both men were in police custody, accused of stealing over $13,000 worth of copper wire.The men …
Local sports
Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins 5-1

PITTSBURGH — Conor Sheary is in the midst of a career-best stretch — and he enjoyed another big game against his hometown team.The Pittsburgh forward scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Penguins won …

Girls basketball notebook: Gwendolyn Carpenter's 49-point outing an incredible feat

High school sports standings, Jan. 22

Hoosac Valley girls dispatch Longmeadow at Coaches vs. Cancer

Our Opinion: School funding fight underway once again

Governor Baker Saturday announced a $91 billion increase in funding for education in the next school year, which constitutes the opening salvo in the annual Beacon Hill education funding battles. Funding increases are certainly welcome, but its …

Our Opinion: Different paths to poor choices

Our Opinion: A president's vision awaits the details

Editorial: Inauguration Day brings anxiety and a challenge

Our Opinion: Trust Act needs further review


Easy conversation, delicious food at Cricket Creek Farm potluck

Sometimes, everyone brings beets to a potluck. But when you're seated at a table covered with a brightly patterned orange tablecloth, handmade pottery, and a bottle of wine, it doesn't matter. It's still a warm, friendly, and unpretentious meal. …

Vietnam inspires a healthy chicken salad

'Oxford Companion to Cheese' leaves few holes in story of ancient food

Bruschetta, 3 ways, for a satisfying main dish

Lady Antebellum in tune again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The short hiatus country vocal trio Lady Antebellum announced in 2015 kept them apart for longer than they had been in a decade. Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley went in different directions on their solo albums, while Dave …

Urban myth defies HBO doc

Town Players slates reading

A distant story holds lessons at Sundance


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