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Tanglewood's economic impact on the Berkshires

LENOX — Berkshire County has several cultural venues, many of them known outside the region. But when it comes to their economic impact on the local economy, there's Tanglewood and everybody else.The Boston Symphony Orchestra's summer home …

High bail for man charged with child rape, animal cruelty

PITTSFIELD — A Southfield man facing child rape and animal cruelty charges remains held on high bail based on concerns that he is a flight risk.Rafael Lopez-Espinoza, 41, is accused of assaulting a girl, now 11, over approximately two years …

John H. Spencer Jr., a local leader in education, dies at 81

STOCKBRIDGE — John H. Spencer Jr. was a longtime public servant in his adopted town of Stockbridge, but his greatest impact came as an educator and mentor to hundreds of students over the years, friends and colleagues said on Tuesday."He …

Local sports
McCann Tech boys basketball wins outright Tri-County League title

NORTH ADAMS — Hampden Charter didn't make it easy, but in the end the McCann Tech boys basketball team got exactly what it was after — an outright Tri-County League title.The Hornets led the Wolves by double digits in the third quarter, …

High school roundup: Hoosac Valley girls defeat Whitman-Hanson

Taconic boys basketball holds off Hoosac Valley

Opinion
Our Opinion: An investment in Tanglewood and the Berkshires

The Boston Symphony Orchestra's investment in its Tanglewood campus is significant for its size and cost, but the most important aspect may be that the multi-use complex will be used year-round. A long-time summer presence, Tanglewood will be …

Our Opinion: An independent investigation for use of deadly force

Our Opinion: 'Invisible' wall' gets pushed by MCLA lab

Lifestyles
Is your doctor over-prescribing?

Luck may play a role in determining who ends up taking prescription opioids long-term, according to a study released Wednesday that found a link between the prescribing habits of hospital emergency room doctors and extended use of narcotic …

What kind of cherry tree did Washington fell? (If he did.)

On set with the 'Natural Cook'

Learn the art of makeup: 'It's a form of expression'

Bake your own delicious, dunkable biscotti

The Arts
Mahaiwe adds three headliners to season schedule

GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerts by two-time Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster, song stylist Michael Feinstein and the world music band Pink Martini have been added to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's lineup.. The venue also will collaborate with …

Readings track flip side of love at Shakespeare & Company

A summer of fun, mischief and food for thought at Berkshire Theatre Group

Entertainment
'Lego Batman" conquers "Great Wall' at box office

NEW YORK — "The Great Wall" was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud.The most expensive film ever made in China and with a budget of $150 million, "The Great Wall" was intended to prove that the world's No. 2 movie marketplace could …

"Moonlight." "The Americans" honored by WGA

Vatican, Rome Jewish Museum collaborate on first-ever show

Local News

Clarksburg man charged with assaulting juvenile

NORTH ADAMS — A Clarksburg man with a history of violence is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a juvenile.Duane Griffiths, 33, of River Road, is accused of beating the child last week, causing bruises and abrasions.The child notified …

County Fare: Local dentist visits school for National Children's Dental Health Month

To help support National Children's Dental Health Month, Katie Connors, a dental hygienist from the office of Dr. Natalya Yantovsky in Pittsfield recently visited a kindergarten class at Lee Elementary School to introduce good oral health …

Boston Seafood, Gramercy Bistro take top chowder honors at North Adams Winterfest

NORTH ADAMS — Boston Seafood and Gramercy Bistro have earned the honor of champion chowders in the people's choice and judge's choice categories, respectively, in last weekend's Winterfest.Hundreds of people swarmed downtown on Saturday to try …
#NOTMYPRESIDENTSDAY

Protesters gather for 'Not my Presidents Day' rally outside Great Barrington Town Hall

GREAT BARRINGTON — On Presidents Day, a group of people protested to say they don't consider Donald Trump theirs. The "Not My Presidents Day" rally in front of Town Hall was held in solidarity with similar events in several cities across the country. At the peak of the two-hour event about 40 people gathered to publicly to oppose Trump administration policies including immigration and foreign affairs.

Prospective students get a first look at MCLA during spring preview days

NORTH ADAMS — Amber Coombe spent much of her Presidents Day walking backward. It wasn't a new kind of protest. The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior was giving tours of campus to prospective students and their families.
State News

Healey tries to put murmurs of gov. run to rest

BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday attempted to squash persistent chatter that she may run for governor in 2018, telling a radio audience that the role of attorney general has never been more important."You know as lawyers …

Sen. Markey, Rep. Kennedy oppose stepped-up deportations

BOSTON — Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy are using their family histories to push back against plans for stepped-up deportations of people in the country illegally.Kennedy, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, said his family fled …

Brawl at Chuck E. Cheese in Everett leaves 2 people hurt

EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — Two people have been hospitalized after a brawl broke out at a Chuck E. Cheese in Everett.The company says an argument between two adults at the chain's arcade and restaurant escalated into violence on Monday with an object being thrown.

Officials: Smith College raises record-high $486 million

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A private liberal arts college for women says the Massachusetts school has raised a record-high $486 million.The Boston Globe reports Smith College in Northampton announced on Monday its "Women for the World" campaign …
Nation & world news

Trump team maps sweeping deportations for undocumented migrants

The Trump administration outlined a sweeping crackdown on undocumented immigrants Tuesday, proclaiming that it would seek to swiftly deport many more people without court hearings and target migrants charged with crimes or thought to be dangerous, …

Trump chooses McMaster as national security adviser

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump picked Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a widely respected military strategist, as his new national security adviser Monday, calling him "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."Trump made the …

Trump to roll back climate rules

President Donald Trump is preparing executive orders aimed at reversing Obama-era policies on climate and water pollution, according to individuals briefed on the measures.While both directives will take time to implement, they will send an …

Draft DHS guidelines seek to aggressively detain immigrants

WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly.The …
St. Joseph's Central High School
St. Joseph's Central High School: The Final Year

St. Joseph Central High School, the last remaining Catholic high school in Berkshire County, will close at the end of the school year in June. Gathered here is a collection of articles documenting the days leading up to the end.

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