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Teens testify in trial of ex-Dalton Police Officer James Scace

PITTSFIELD — "We're scared, please come help." "Just help us." Those were portions from a series of frantic 911 calls made on Oct. 24, 2015, by a group of youths at the Petricca gravel pit, a favorite hangout.

Developer to file plans next week for Walmart Supercenter in Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — Nine months after the proposal was initially announced, plans for a proposed $30 million Walmart Supercenter at the William Stanley Business Park of the Berkshires are nearly ready to be filed with the city, a member of the …

Dunkin' Donuts plan clears Pittsfield City Council

PITTSFIELD — Dunkin' Donuts' advertising campaign encourages its customers to "Keep On," but some neighbors of its current Dalton Avenue location would prefer they just stop.Stop the noise. Stop generating trash. And stop drawing customers …

Top Sport Stories
UMass hires Matt McCall to lead men's basketball program

This time, there will be no jilting at the altar.The University of Massachusetts and Chattanooga coach Matt McCall have agreed on a five-year contract to replace Derek Kellogg as men's basketball coach. The five-year deal could average $750,000 per …

Coaches at women's NCAA Final Four have deep connections

Final Four guide: Teams, players and matchups to watch

Rask backstops Bruins to important 4-1 win over Predators

Local sports
College roundup: Williams baseball earns 6-5 victory

TUSCON, Ariz. — The Williams baseball team answered Gustavus Adolphus' quick start to earn a 6-5 win on Wednesday. The Golden Gusties scored first with two runs in the third inning. Williams responded with five runs over the next three …

All-Berkshire boys soccer teams, 2016

College roundup: Williams baseball wins fourth in a row

Berkshire County Sports Notes, March 29

College roundup: Williams softball falls to Vanguard

Opinion
Our Opinion: Protesting, responding to, poor energy policy

The lowering of the ecology flag at Berkshire Community College to half-staff is an appropriate response to the environmental directives issued Tuesday by President Trump. The follow-up response should be a determined, long-term effort to protect …

Our Opinion: Tax initiatives have a sales job ahead

Our Opinion: Avoid rush for internet gambling gold

Our Opinion: The ongoing battle against opioid addiction

Our Opinion: An aggressive campaign against distracted driving

Columnists
Leonard Quart: | Letter From New York: A story of two mothers

NEW YORK — My once red-haired immigrant mother Luba died more than 25 years ago, but her imprint on me is as vivid as ever.I recall when I was a child, her wearing a dun-colored cloth coat over a comfortable house dress, and sturdily trekking …

Baby Boomer Memories: William Stanley, Silver Lake and (wink) the Malapterurus project

Cherie Whitney-Noyes: Trump budget ignores lessons of history

Jon Hurst & Bill Vernon: 'Non-profit' care providers crushing small business

Francis Moriarty: Democracy with China's unique characteristics

Letters
Letter: Sold on new WRHS after info session

To the editor:Recently I completed a tour of Wahconah Regional High School as part of my own learning and to understand why the school leaders are proposing we explore building a new facility. I have been to the school many times but only as far as …

Letter: Attend workshops on active citizenry

Letters to the editor

Letter: Jane Doe can help others and herself

Berkshires must prepare for cutbacks in funding

Entertainment
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issues new protocols to prevent future Oscar flubs

LOS ANGELES — PwC accountants won't be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts.Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing …

PEOPLE: Book says Jolie drug-tested before filming "Tomb Raider"; skating champ Michelle Kwan, husband going separate ways; LeBron James cries like a baby in TV ad

Hollywood director/producer finds a whole new world on Broadway

Dylan heading for Stockholm

Brexit takes its toll on a chamber orchestra

Local News

No big impact expected in Mass. after Trump energy order

PITTSFIELD — A federal overhaul of energy regulations won't change things too much for consumers in the Berkshires as the state continues marching toward a clean energy future.

Williamstown single-car crash claims life of Vermont man

WILLIAMSTOWN — A Vermont man was killed in a single-car accident on Tuesday. James Smith, 69, of Mason Hill Road in Pownal, Vt., was traveling westbound on Bridges Road in Williamstown when his car crossed into the eastbound lane and hit a tree.

22-year-old man found dead in Housatonic

GREAT BARRINGTON — The body of a local man was found on Wednesday morning by police in the village of Housatonic, according to Police Chief William R. Walsh.

Vehicle leaves scene after striking bicyclist in Lenox

LENOX — A bicyclist escaped serious injury early Wednesday after being struck by a vehicle, which left the scene, according to Lenox Police.

VIDEO: Fact or Fabrication in Today's News - A Panel Discussion on Media Literacy

Fake News? How is it spread? What is it? How to tell fact from fiction? The Milne Public Library & North Adams Public Library brings journalists, educators, librarians together in this panel discussion on March 27, 2017, moderated by state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams.
Lifestyles

Tips for a mistake-free tax return

The 2017 income tax filing season is a procrastinator's delight. Since April 15 falls on the Saturday of Easter weekend, a special federal rule dictates the deadline be extended this year to April 18. Despite the extra three days, local tax …

Think spring with vegetable ragoût

A melange of bright green peas, asparagus, sugar snaps, and haricots verts is my favorite way to start dinner now that winter is behind us. This classic combination of spring vegetables will wow your guests with a deliciousness far beyond the sum of its minimal parts. After blanching, seasonal veggies are simply tossed with truffle oil, salt and pepper. That's all there is to it, though there are a few tips that will make your life easier and your ragoût extra delicious.

Sharing a Legacy: Late Radio/TV Sitcom Pioneer Peg Lynch's memory shared through books, website

BECKET — When loved ones die, managing their material possessions from papers to property is a daunting task. For longtime British resident Astrid King, only child of radio and television sitcom pioneer Peg Lynch, emptying her Becket family home in just five days was almost insurmountable.

Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: Time to give your houseplants some love

Tired of looking out onto a snow-covered or soggy landscape? Then look in ... no, I don't mean self-reflection; that's always depressing for someone with all of my short comings, which includes questionable writing skills. I mean look at your …

Is this drug worth the cost? Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate

A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.Statins such as Lipitor and Crestor are cheap …
The Arts

Clark turning its eyes on Picasso, Frankenthaler, and Alma-Tadema this summer

WILLIAMSTOWN — The Clark Art Institute will be hosting four special exhibitions this summer focusing on the work of Pablo Picasso, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, and Helen Frankenthaler, "We are looking forward to an exceptional summer and are …

'It's all about keeping music education alive'

PITTFIELD — For one night, the band members of the Pittsfield High School Band will get to play backup to the tunes of Led Zeppelin.On Friday night. the band will hold its fourth annual benefit concert alongside Led Zeppelin tribute band, …

Banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny makes a statement

GREAT BARRINGTON — Getting into the studio and creating a solo record was not a new experience for banjo virtuoso Noam Pikelny, but this time around, he admitted that it did require some adjustment. Chicago native Pikelny, 36, will be opening …

Berkshire Business Outlook
Berkshire Business Outlook: Millennials in the Berkshires

How Generation Y is reshaping the way Berkshires does business.

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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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