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Pedestrian suffers serious injuries in hit-and-run, Pittsfield Police ask public for information

PITTSFIELD — A pedestrian was seriously injured Thursday evening after being struck by a vehicle whose driver left the scene, according to city police.

North Adams firefighters get 1.25 percent raise, retroactive to July

NORTH ADAMS — The city's firefighters are getting a 1.25 percent raise.The increase is retroactive to July 2016 — the start of the current fiscal year — but should not have a significant impact on the budget, according to Mayor …

Generations of activism: Ahead of Women's March, those who marched for change before reflect

Ann Rice fondly recalls the time she spent on the National Mall protesting the Vietnam War.Now 98, she said her days of marching on Washington, D.C., are behind her, but that doesn't mean she is any less interested in what's happening there. The …

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

SPRINGFIELD — Three of the four people who died when a stolen SUV crashed into a tree were high school seniors, their principal said Thursday.The victims of the crash Tuesday night in Springfield were Andrew Savage, 20; Chassidy Spence, 18; …

US Rep. Capuano also planning Trump inauguration boycott

Gov. Baker heading to DC for Trump inauguration celebrations

Bristol, Plymouth county sheriffs to join ICE program

Cases tainted by state drug lab scandal to be tossed

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 sweeps in for his big day

Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary nominee, failed to disclose $100 million in assets

A Right-wing politician says Germany should stop atoning for Nazi history, and outrage ensues

For driverless cars, a moral dilemma: Who lives or dies?

Local News

State weighs more cash for Innovation Center

GREAT BARRINGTON — A high ranking state official said Thursday that the state is "very close" to determining whether it will provide additional funding to construct the Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield.Speaking after a business round …

Former Dalton officer's plea deal scuttled

PITTSFIELD — A former Dalton Police officer's plea hearing on assault and battery charges was cut short after he and his attorney disputed the prosecution's characterization of facts in the case.James A. Scace, 48, was scheduled to plead …

Great Barrington man gets year in jail for abusing girlfriend

GREAT BARRINGTON — A town man accused of choking his girlfriend on numerous occasions has been sentenced to a year in jail.Steven M. Praus, 34, of Main Street, took the victim, who had been homeless, into his Pittsfield home in September 2015, …

17 `quality' applicants vying for new post as Lee fire chief, EMS director

LEE — A current and former Lee firefighter are in line to become the town's first-ever fire chief/ambulance squad director.Ryan Brown, training officer for the Lee Fire Department, and Dalton Fire Chief Gerald Cahalan Jr., have emerged as …

Two men held without bail in Pittsfield beating, drugs case

PITTSFIELD — A pair of city men have been ordered held without bail amid charges they assaulted and beat a man over an alleged drug debt.
Local sports
High school roundup: Taconic girls rally to top Wahconah in basketball

DALTON — Janee Walker and Ashley Rufo combined to score 12 of Taconic's final 17 points as the visiting Braves rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to beat Wahconah 51-45 Thursday night.Walker and Rufo both finished with game-high, …

Mount Everett's Carpenter scores 1,000th point in overtime loss to Mount Greylock

Girls basketball powers collide for Coaches vs. Cancer charity showcase at Hoosac Valley

High school roundup: Taconic boys defeat Wahconah

Opinion
Editorial: Inauguration Day brings anxiety and a challenge

The peaceful transition of power, symbolized by the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, is one of the glories of American democracy. Today's ceremony is accompanied by palpable anxiety.The inauguration of any new president brings with it a …

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Food
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

Entertainment
Just like old times at Sundance

LOS ANGELES — Whether muse or friend or both, actors and directors choosing to work together again is a tale as old as cinema.It's no different this year at the Sundance Film Festival, which kicked off in Park City, Utah on Thursday and sees …

Tucker Carlson scores in Fox News debut

PEOPLE: The people choose Ellen DeGeneres

Controversial painting permanently removed from Capitol Hill exhibit

Tower of Power bandmates still in hospital

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