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Knock it off, fellow Christians. We’ve had religious freedom in this country for nearly 250 years without becoming a theocracy or inscribing a particular faith’s agenda in the statute books. You want a religious war? OK, then. Cast the first stone at me.

Preserving safety and order ought to be a priority at the county’s priceless rugged landmarks. On this general point, we wholeheartedly agree with state and local officials. Perhaps more patrols by DCR, which manages Bash Bish State Park, are warranted along with stiffer penalties for violating common-sense rules. That would mean the unwise minority of visitors who seek to break those rules would be ruining it only for themselves.

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A Massachusetts man has agreed to plead guilty to fraudulently obtaining about $1.2 million in federal loans intended to help businesses struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Federal prosecutors say 59-year-old James Joseph Cohen, of Wenham, between April 2020 and September 2021 submitted six false applications in which he overstated the earnings, the number of employees, and the payroll for two companies he controlled. Prosecutors say he used the money to pay personal and business loans, including for a mortgage and car payments. A date at which he will plead guilty to bank fraud has not yet been scheduled.

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A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California who created fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents in the sprawling college admissions bribery scheme has avoided prison time after helping convict others in the case. Laura Janke was sentenced Tuesday in Boston federal court to time served and 50 hours of community service. Also on Tuesday, a California couple who admitted to paying $600,000 to get their daughters into USC and the University of California, Los Angeles, were sentenced to one year of probation. Bruce Isackson says he and his wife “profoundly regret” their part in the scheme and “look forward to making amends" by serving their community.

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Boston leaders and state education officials have reached a last-minute agreement to stave off an “underperforming” designation and a state takeover of the city’s troubled public school system. The agreement announced Monday night by Mayor Michelle Wu and Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley includes pledges by the city to implement immediate improvement efforts in several key areas, including services for English learners and special education students, safety, and transportation. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in a report released in May found “significant, persistent challenges” in the city’s schools. The school system has about 46,000 students.

Berkshire Humane Society and Haddad Subaru have launched their 10th annual “Choose Your Subaru” car raffle. One lucky winner will have their choice of a 2023 Subaru Crosstrek Limited, Forester Premium or Outback Premium with a value up to $33,000.

The Williams College Museum of Art invites visitors to immerse themselves in new worlds of song, story and dance in a summer program series titled "Immersions." The series opens Thursday, July 7, with Brooklyn-based medieval music ensemble Alkemie.


 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will be holding a free intensive college planning workshop for current Berkshire County high school juniors and sophomores at its Pittsfield campus, on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from July 7-29. 

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