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Eagle columnist Leonard Quart writes: "The city may not become free of violence or rapacious developers because unions are on the upsurge, but the rise of unions suggests that a glimmer of light can shine through daily realities that often can feel very grim."

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A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by employees of the Massachusetts veterans’ home at the center of a devastating COVID-19 outbreak in 2020 who said their constitutional rights were violated because they were forced to work in “inhumane conditions.” Masslive.com reports that U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni in Springfield dismissed the lawsuit brought last year against four members of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home’s former leadership team, saying the workers had failed to successfully demonstrate which constitutional rights were violated. A lawyer for the lead plaintiff says he is disappointed with the judge's decision. More than 80 residents of the home died during the pandemic.

Some stars shine bright, then slowly fade away. Not standup comedian and social activist Lenny Bruce. A fiery meteor blazing across the sky, he burned up in the repressive culture of his time as he crashed down to earth. He was so much more than a comic, says actor and writer Ronnie Marmo, whose solo show “I’m Not A Comedian … I’m Lenny Bruce” runs for two nights on Oct. 14 and 15 at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington.

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