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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 …

BHS offers $300,000 for ShotSpotter gunfire detection system

PITTSFIELD — The area's leading health care provider wants to help treat one the city's nagging ailments: gun violence.Berkshire Health Systems has offered to donate $300,000 toward the launch of ShotSpotter, a technology that alerts police …

'40 Under Forty' looks for the best young leaders in the Berkshires.

PITTSFIELD — Forty Under Forty, which recognizes outstanding young professionals excelling in their industries through their leadership roles, is back after a breakout debut earlier this year.Berkshire Community College, in partnership with …

State News
Mass. pot law poised to take effect next week

BOSTON — Massachusetts' new recreational marijuana law is on track to take effect next week after all.Secretary of State William Galvin's office is ready to deliver the results of the Nov. 8 ballot question to the Governor's Council for …

Churches vow to offer sanctuary to people in US illegally

Massachusetts man sentenced for making bomb threats

State health money swept into general fund

Mass. Senate OKs alcohol sales at farmers markets

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

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 …

Coat drive benefits Northern Berkshire veterans, families

NORTH ADAMS — When Katherine Corno opened the rear door of her van outside City Hall on Tuesday, winter coats started to spill out. About 200 coats were donated by the Salvation Army for Northern Berkshire veterans in need of …
Local sports
Taconic boys basketball uses strong second half to top Mount Greylock

PITTSFIELD — Two defending division champions tipped off the season with an inter-division matchup on Friday. The Mount Greylock and Taconic boys basketball teams started slowly, showing signs of early-season rust, but the Braves found their …

St. Joseph, Taconic Hills split opening swim meet

Monument Mountain swimmers sweep Pittsfield in opening meet

High school basketball roundup: Hoosac Valley girls open season with win over Athol

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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