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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 …

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 …

Local sports
Monument Mountain girls basketball wins fourth straight, qualifies for Western Mass

FISKDALE — The Monument Mountain girls basketball team left its tournament qualification hopes on winning their final four games of the regular season.The Spartans won their final four games of the regular season.Heading out east with a spot …

Local roundup: Guachione scores 32, but Miss Hall's falls

Hoosac Valley boys basketball remains consistent in making Western Mass. tournament

Opinion
Our Opinion: Answers will be coming on medical marijuana

More than three years since Massachusetts voters approved a referendum allowing the use of medical marijuana, Berkshire County is finally getting its first dispensary. This should provide first-hand answers to concerns about the clinics raised in …

Our Opinion: An investment in Tanglewood and the Berkshires

Our Opinion: An independent investigation for use of deadly force

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

Nominee for Pittsfield judgeship coasts in council interview

BOSTON — An Adams attorney whose passion for sports morphed into an interest in law and his rural community received a favorable reception from the eight-member panel that vets Gov. Charlie Baker's judicial nominees on Wednesday."I really …

Immigration concerns: Sen. Markey calls emergency town hall meeting

NORTHAMPTON — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., is scheduled to conduct an emergency town hall meeting Thursday evening at Smith College.The discussion will focus on the Trump administration's "Muslim ban, anti-immigrant executive order and …

Pittsfield woman charged with drunken driving with a 4-year-old in the car

PITTSFIELD — A city woman is facing charges for allegedly driving drunk with a 4-year-old in her car on Friday when she crashed into another vehicle.Tarisha T. Johnson, 37, had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.18 when tested at the …

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.
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 rolls back protection for transgender students

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday revoked federal protections for transgender students who sought the right to use the public school restrooms that match their gender identity, taking a stand on a contentious issue that has …

Pipeline protesters burn camp

CANNON BALL, N.D. — Most of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents abandoned their protest camp Wednesday ahead of a government deadline to get off the federal land, and authorities moved to arrest some who defied the order in a final show of …

EPA head tied to fossil fuel industry

In his previous role as Oklahoma's attorney general, the Environmental Protection Agency's new administrator regularly huddled with fossil fuel firms and electric utilities about how to combat federal environmental regulations and spoke to …

Analysts say new travel ban won't cut it

WASHINGTON — Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said President Donald Trump's revised travel ban will have "mostly minor technical differences" from the iteration frozen by the courts, and Americans would see "the same basic policy outcome …
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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