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Hadley Overpass in North Adams passes finish date, costs

Repair bill exceeds state estimate by $6.8M; earliest completion date to be December
10/21/2014 10:05 PM EDT
NORTH ADAMS >> Residents here refer to it as the "Berkshires' Big Dig," and now the reconstruction of the Hadley Overpass also now exceeds its projected completion date as well as its initial cost estimate — by $6. 
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Hoping to attract top workers firms offer health perks

10/20/2014 08:01 AM EDT
NEW YORK - Free lunches, dry cleaning, massages -- frozen eggs? Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. 
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Foodie Five — Five things you should have in your pantry

10/21/2014 02:24 PM EDT
Chef Bjorn Somlo: We asked Chef Somlo of Nudel Restaurant in Lenox what five items every home cook should have in a pantry. 
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Get creative and make every meal a spooky, Halloween treat
10/21/2014 02:24 PM EDT - Jamie Burdick is known for her food-decorating chops — well, fangs. The 28-year-old North Adams resident takes all-things Halloween beyond just your household decorations, making sure her all-time favorite holiday is fully celebrated, right down to the pizza she makes for dinner. Full Story

Beets brighten any fall feast
10/21/2014 12:55 PM EDT - Beets are the perfect addition to bountiful fall feasts. They are satisfying without being heavy, and their rich ruby and golden tones add visual interest to any seasonal color scheme. Full Story

Searing meat adds flavor
10/21/2014 02:20 PM EDT - Many people love the idea of a slow cooker because it seems so simple — open the pot, insert ingredients, cover the pot, turn on the heat, then leave it alone. Full Story

Maggy Button: Recipes tried and approved
10/21/2014 01:11 PM EDT - The past two weeks have been, well, let's say interesting. Digital First Media, the parent company that owns The Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner, Manchester Journal and Brattleboro Reformer — just to name a few — has blessed us with not only new computers, but also the new software and reorganization needed to bring readers up-to-the minute news online and in print. Full Story

Four surprising cookbooks to try
10/15/2014 09:21 AM EDT - Over the years, I've developed a simple system for processing the hundreds of cookbooks that cross my desk every year. Full Story

Dig out your slow cooker for this healthy stew
10/15/2014 09:21 AM EDT - Picture this: After a long day at the office (or at the kids' soccer field or wherever) you turn the key to open your front door and you are greeted by the heady aroma of a steamy meaty stew. Full Story

Pumpkin Spice Latte: Make your own lattes at home
10/16/2014 07:27 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD -- Fall is full of color and flavor, and wherever you go, particularly in New England, there are literally signs of this everywhere, saying things like, "Pumpkin lattes are here! Full Story

Maggie Button: Practical Ethel-like tendencies
10/15/2014 12:10 AM EDT - Early Friday morning, while prepping for the health screening everyone over 50 hates and dreads, I turned on the TV. Full Story

Chicken pot pie - the ultimate comfort food
10/08/2014 07:59 AM EDT - PITTSFIELD - Shortly after opening Madeleine's Patisserie & Cafe last October, owner Ashley Summers realized her North Street eatery was missing out on the coveted downtown lunchtime crowd. Full Story

Elusive bobcat again escapes from New Jersey home

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has repeatedly escaped from its owner's southern New Jersey home is again on the loose. Full Story
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NYC police looking into arrest of subway performer

NEW YORK (AP) — Musicians rallied around a fellow subway performer whose arrest in a busy station came after a confrontation over whether he needed a permit and was captured on video as straphangers jeered police. Full Story
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Renee Zellweger barely recognizable Monday on red carpet

The actress, who hasn’t been in a film since 2010, shows up for Elle’s Annual Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles looking like she’s had some plastic surgery.