Derek Gentile: I didn’t have lung capacity for smoking

07/25/2014 12:11 AM EDT
PITTSFIELD -- I read fellow reporter Jim Therrien’s story the other day on the city’s latest smoking regulations, designed, at least in part, to reduce youth smoking. 
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Leonard Quart: Cities take lead on social change
07/25/2014 12:10 AM EDT - NEW YORK Given the paralysis of our federal government, the revitalization of cities has begun to lie in the hands of the municipalities themselves because they can now look less and less to the federal government for help. Full Story

Brian Sullivan: Cereal killer bowled over by the sugar
07/24/2014 07:19 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD I used to be a cereal killer. I probably still am if given the opportunity. Full Story

Seth Brown: Man, this getting old business is rough
07/24/2014 07:20 AM EDT - NORTH ADAMS One of the downsides of having septuagenarian friends is that you get little sympathy when you complain about getting older. Full Story

Michelle Gillett: Living with bears
07/22/2014 11:07 AM EDT - STOCKBRIDGE The dog's bark was high pitched and insistent. "It must be the bear," I said, and got out of bed and hurried down the stairs. Full Story

Richard Alcombright: Pulling the rope in North Adams
07/22/2014 11:06 AM EDT - NORTH ADAMS As a 60-year resident of the city of North Adams, I feel very fortunate that I am just old enough to vividly remember a vibrant and bustling mill town. Full Story

Tony Dobrowolski: Changes in marketing, biotech
07/20/2014 02:41 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD A few odds and ends from around the business world as we head into mid-summer. Full Story

Clarence Fanto: Employees at bottom pay the price
07/20/2014 12:10 AM EDT - LENOX -- One cheer, and only one, for the new law increasing the Massachusetts minimum wage, now $8 an hour, step-by-step to $11 on Jan. Full Story

Milton Bass: Children’s crusades tend to end in failure
07/20/2014 12:10 AM EDT - RICHMOND This isn’t the first time the kids have tried to take over a country. Full Story

Bernard A. Drew: Troubles plagued the fish commish
07/19/2014 12:10 AM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON Usually there are good cross-the-border relations between Massachusetts and Connecticut. Full Story

Rotting food prompts German gas leak scare

BERLIN (AP) — Emergency officials called to check out a suspected gas leak in Germany found a culprit they didn't expect: a fridge full of rotting food. Full Story
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MTV's 'Teen Wolf' cast delights fans at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Fans squealed and screamed, and some shed tears at Thursday's Comic-Con panel for MTV's hit series "Teen Wolf. Full Story
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Surprise! Justin Bieber in news for his music

The troubled singer releases clips of 11 new tracks on Instagram, hinting at prospect of new album.