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Despite funding loss, Colegrove concerts will go on

NORTH ADAMS — The city has failed to receive funding to hold a second year of free concerts in Colegrove Park, but the shows will go on.On the heels of last year's $25,000 grant from the Levitt Foundation, the city again was in the running, …

Great Barrington man with active warrant arrested by ICE agents

GREAT BARRINGTON — A man wanted on criminal charges was arrested by immigration enforcement officers on Wednesday, local and federal authorities have confirmed.Great Barrington Police did not participate in the arrest and were not aware that …

Central Berkshire District Court judicial nominee coasts through Governor's 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.

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High school roundup: Taconic girls basketball ends season with win over Drury

NORTH ADAMS — The Taconic girls basketball team closed its regular season with a 50-36 victory over Drury on Thursday night.The Braves finish their campaign with a 7-13 overall record and a 3-7 mark in the Berkshire North. The Blue Devils …

McCann Tech boys basketball falls in State Vocational tournament semifinals

College roundup: MCLA women's basketball eliminated from MASCAC semis on last-second shot

Opinion
Our Opinion: Stand up for state transgender laws

Massachusetts was ahead of the curve in moving to protect the rights and civil liberties of transgender students. The Trump administration is seeking to undermine those rights at the federal level, but the White House's assertion that state laws …

Our Opinion: Answers will be coming on medical marijuana

Our Opinion: An investment in Tanglewood and the Berkshires

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
Dance Dhamaka honors traditional Indian dance

WILLIAMSTOWN >> The dancers are holding candles, one in each hand. They cup their hands, so the flames seem to ride on their palms. They hold out their arms and extend them overhead, spinning.The candles are called diya, and families light …

Who will take home the Oscar? Here's our predictions ...

Experience 10 flavors of jazz with DeChamplain Trio

Entertainment
People: Video show Harrison Ford's plane fly over jet

Video shows Ford's plane fly over jetSANTA ANA, Calif. — Newly released video shows a small plane piloted by Harrison Ford flying low over an airliner with 116 people aboard moments before he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern …

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

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

Local News

Staffing vacancies increase at the housing authority.

GREAT BARRINGTON — Efforts to find a new executive director of the town's Housing Authority have taken a step forward.Board members Josh Risen and Veronica Cunningham have volunteered to begin initial interviews for a successor to Barbara …

Hearing dates set for terror suspect

SPRINGFIELD — By the time Alexander Ciccolo goes to trial on terrorism charges, if he goes to trial at all, at least two years will have passed since his arrest.Ciccolo, an Adams resident suspected of plotting a terrorist attack, has pleaded …

Rally in Pittsfield to support the Affordable Care Act set for Saturday

Pittsfield will be the site of one of many planned nationwide rallies to support health care access this Saturday, Feb. 25.The rally and standout at Park Square from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. was organized in response to threats to American healthcare from …

Kushi Institute closes; owes Becket nearly $50,000

BECKET — After nearly 40 years of a holistic approach to good health, the Kushi Institute 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 …

For Adams-Cheshire schools, a split district is no easy solution

CHESHIRE — There will be no easy fixes for the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District. Facing the possibility of closing one of its two elementary schools, officials held a presentation at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School on Wednesday to …
State News

Mass. pot panel to assess new bills

BOSTON — Its membership is not finalized and no bills have been assigned to it, but the Committee on Marijuana Policy is aiming to hear from people around Massachusetts and produce a bill addressing aspects of the state's new marijuana law by …

Baker creates black advisory board

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker took executive action on Thursday to set up a commission to advise his administration on ways it can extend economic prosperity to black communities across the state at a time when one black lawmaker said minorities …

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.

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 …
Nation & world news

Sessions: US to continue use of privately run prisons

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government's continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private …

White House expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming …

Law professors file misconduct complaint against Kellyanne Conway

A group of law professors from around the country has filed a professional misconduct complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, a graduate of George Washington University Law School who was admitted to the D.C. Bar in 1995.The …

Tillerson, Mexican foreign minister discuss immigration, drug and arms trafficking

MEXICO CITY — Top U.S. and Mexican government officials struck a conciliatory tone Thursday after meeting inside Mexico's foreign ministry a day after tensions again flared between the two nations over Trump administration immigration …
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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