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Big alarm in Pittsfield, but no emergency

A loud siren heard for several minutes in southeastern Pittsfield after 8 p.m. on Monday night was set off inadvertently, according to police. There was no corresponding emergency. The alarm was accidentally triggered when a dispatch system briefly …

Finding hope in each other

NORTH ADAMS — Just after sunrise, teams of volunteers fanned out across the Northern Berkshires to help people keep warm, clean buildings for nonprofits and churches, donate food for the hungry and weave blankets for the homeless.It was the …

Ready to march? You can watch this training online

Wear layers, double-tie your shoelaces and expect the unexpected.Those are among the tips being given to those who intend to take part in Saturday's Women's March on Washington.A free training, open to the public, is being held at Albany Law School …

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Man stabbed during party at UMass-Boston chancellor's home

STOUGHTON (AP) — A man was stabbed during an early morning house party at the home of a Massachusetts university chancellor while he was out of town, police said.The stabbing happened early Sunday morning at the Stoughton home of University of …

4 face cockfighting charges after 3 roosters found in car

A telegram from the past, a message for today

It's Warren v. Trump for at least 4 years

Lawmakers to revisit pot law

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 …

King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

What's anxious and angry? The world on the eve of Trump

Springsteen cover band changes tune, won't play at gala

Years after slayings, some seek relief in killer's execution

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"The peaceful and orderly transfer of power": Neal to attend inauguration out of respect for office

Displaying his respect for the office of the presidency, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal will attend Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday."Congressman Neal believes in the peaceful and orderly transfer of power," said William Tranghese, Neal's chief of …

At Lenox service, community leader issues call to rise against hate

LENOX — In a stirring speech commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Pittsfield-based community activist and educator Shirley Edgerton declared that "living in perilous times, love can drive out darkness.""We're witnessing overt hate in …

Albany training session set to prepare participants in Women's March

Wear layers, double-tie your shoelaces and expect the unexpected.Those are among the tips being given to those who intend to take part in Saturday's Women's March on Washington.A free training, open to the public, is being held at Albany Law School …

Cases heard in Northern Berkshire District Court

In Northern Berkshire District Court on Thursday, Jan. 12:James Thomas, 39, of Beaver Street, North Adams, admitted to sufficient facts and was found guilty of domestic assault and battery and resisting arrest. He was sentenced to 30 days in the …

For granddaughter of MLK Day architect, community service runs in the family

GREAT BARRINGTON — We know that certain physical traits can be passed on to future generations that's genetics. But what about abstract concepts like community service or selflessness? Can they be passed on, as well? Leigh Davis and her family are evidence this is possible.

Pittsfield man gets prison time after pleading guilty to drug offenses

PITTSFIELD — A city man who was being tried on drug charges this week was sentenced to up to six years in prison after opting to plead guilty before jurors were given the case. Shaun S. Morton, aka "Mort," 46, testified in his own defense over the course of two days of trial, which concluded Thursday morning.

'A tale of 2 states': Sen. Hinds discusses plans to make Beacon Hill work for Western Mass.

Only 138 miles separate Boston from Pittsfield, but to Adam Hinds, Western Massachusetts is a world apart from the eastern part of the state.And as a state senator, Hinds wants to bring those worlds together."If there's one concern I have right now, …
Local sports
Pittsfield High great Tom Grieve to be inducted to Western Mass. Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball and Berkshire County have long gone together. Baseball is also part and parcel of Western Massachusetts. "I know that before I was in high school and after I was in high school, Western Massachusetts has always been represented with fine …

Berkshire Bruins bantam team wins Gib Kittredge title in overtime

Bailey Patella plays for Vermont Academy at Hoophall

Local roundup: Williams women fall to Bowdoin

Opinion
Our Opinion: Dean echoes Obama: Get politically involved

Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean had some good political advice for millennials when he spoke at Williams College last week that applies to many Americans: Get involved.Speaking at a packed Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, the governor warned that …

Our Opinion: King's proud legacy is now in jeopardy

Our Opinion: Religious freedom must extend to all

Our Opinion: State of the city moving into 2017

Our Opinion: Repeal ACA bind gets tighter for GOP

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Food
Bits and Bites: Plenty of opportunities for good food, discussion

GUIDO'S COOKBOOK CLUB Join local foodies for its inaugural cookbook club launch at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Pittsfield store.Interested? First, get your hands on a copy of the book of the month — January's is "A Taste of Persia" …

Chicken and vegetable stir-fry is simple, flavorful

'The Dancing Vegan' serves up dinner at Shire City

Fresh linguine with shrimp and peas will wow guests

Entertainment
PBS hoping for best from Trump GOP

PASADENA, Calif. — PBS is waiting, but not quietly, to see what the Trump administration's impact on public broadcasting and its federal funding may be, PBS chief executive Paula Kerger said."It's too early to tell. But there's been no red …

PEOPLE: Holliday drops out; Kidman clarifies

"Hidden Figures" soars; Affleck, Scorsese tank

Broadway celebs singing out on Inauguration Day

Big top coming down

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