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Forecast: 'Students should do their homework'; snow expected, but not a lot

Some forecasters call it the Siberian Express, other prefer the term "polar vortex."Either way, a blast of cold air that spawned a complex storm system in the Pacific Northwest is expected to trigger a moderate snowfall over Berkshire County and …

Dalton lights to flash in morning to keep traffic moving

DALTON — Commuters through Dalton are getting an early Christmas gift, one they'll be able to unwrap for another week. A major construction project on East and West Housatonic streets has for months pushed additional traffic onto Main Street …

Baker's cuts hurt food pantries and other programs

0.7 percent.That's about how much the $650,000 cut to the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program represents out of Gov. Baker's $98 million in state budget cuts announced on Tuesday.This amounts to less meals all over the state, including …

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State budget spat signals partisan shift

BOSTON — Winter hasn't officially arrived in Massachusetts, but a political frost is settling on Beacon Hill.A simmering dispute between Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-controlled Legislature over state finances boiled over …

Mass. pot law poised to take effect next week

Churches vow to offer sanctuary to people in US illegally

Massachusetts man sentenced for making bomb threats

State health money swept into general fund

Nation & world news
Pipeline protest regroups

BISMARCK, N.D. — For protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline, the messages from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation are confusing: The tribal …

Harry Reid bids farewell to Senate after 30 years

Raging Oakland warehouse fire trapped victims in smoke

AP WAS THERE: 75 years ago, the AP reported on Pearl Harbor

Church attack survivor recalls loud noise, then darkness

Local News

Meet Klara Sotonova: Her Czech family recipes make for popular US cookies

For Klara Sotonova’s parents in the Czech Republic, 20,000 koruna was a lot of money. The equivalent of about $800, they had saved that sum for when their daughter would get married. And at 19, a wedding was more or less what was expected of her. Preferably soon. Instead, Klara asked for that money to buy a plane ticket to America. It was 10 years after the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the events that ended communism in what was then still Czechoslovakia. Many young people were leaving.

Development group buys former Martin's restaurant in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — Framework Development Group will control the entirety of the building at the top of Railroad Street— and that may change their plans. Framework, acting as the corporation 49-51 Railroad Street, LLC, have …

Man stable after second Pittsfield shooting in two weeks

PITTSFIELD — Police are investigating the shooting of a 22-year-old man at Linden Street and Daniels Avenue on Wednesday afternoon — the second shooting in the city in the last two weeks.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition to ask: What do you love about area?

NORTH ADAMS — Often a venue for exchanging ideas and addressing tough issues, the monthly Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday invites residents to reflect on what they love about the area. The forum will not only …

Great Barrington Holiday Stroll expands through downtown

GREAT BARRINGTON — Looks like a cold weekend is in store, but bonfires and the holiday spirit will surely warm things up downtown. It's part of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce's expansion of the Great Barrington Holiday …
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Local sports
College Roundup: MCLA men pick up overtime win

NORTH ADAMS — Keiland Cross may have been the most valuable player, but Nolan Bird locked up the Tri-State Shootout championship for the MCLA men's basketball team.Cross scored a career-high 28 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had eight …

Williams women's basketball holds off rival Wesleyan

2016 was a busy year for MassWildlife

Taconic boys basketball uses strong second half to top Mount Greylock

Opinion
Our Opinion: Hotel, housing proposal begs a few questions

Developers hoping to transform the former DeSisto School property in Stockbridge aren't shy. They said this week they want full permission for a project that could bring as many as 209 housing units to the 320-acre property two miles south of …

Our Opinion: Threat to Medicare emboldens Democrats

Our Opinion: Data needed on county corrections systems

Our Opinion: Baker's hasty cuts will do real harm

Our Opinion: Pearl Harbor has contemporary resonance

Our Opinion: States have the right to their own gun laws

Food
Store-bought vs. farm-fresh: Which chicken will win?

This past Sunday, I had a dinner party with two chickens and a pop quiz. I wanted to know in as semi-scientific a way possible whether a local farm chicken was really better than a grocery store chicken. So, I cooked the two similarly sized chickens …

Margaret Button: Stick with tried-and-true recipe for cookie swap

Bits and Bites: Traditional French breakfast, cookie walk planned

New way to eat peppermint bark

Entertainment
Sundance Lab is theatermaker's best friend

NORTH ADAMS — When silent films first came to Japan in the 1920s, a new genre emerged to bridge the gap between the country's oral storytelling tradition and the new, foreign technology. A narrator — called a benshi — would sit to …

Neil Young meets Black Sabbath when Dinosaur Jr. plays at Mass MoCA

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Season at a glance

Mass MoCA packs winter/spring season with art, music, dance and film

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