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With two lawyers at the head table, elected and appointed leaders in Lee worked in public Thursday night to map legal strategies on a pressing local question: Can the town stop a plan to bury PCB-tainted sediments here? Within minutes, it became clear Lee faces a heavy lift, due to a lopsided legal landscape that gives state and federal governments, through “preemption,” a greater say over the Environmental Protection Agency’s current Rest of River cleanup.

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Berkshire Money Management sponsored the popular giveaway by supplying the 500 backpacks filled with pencils and pens, scissors, glue stick, ruler, highlighter, notebook and crayons, according to Kate Teutsch, The Eagle’s director of advertising services. Teutsch said this year's demand was evident judging by how quickly the supplies went.

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) _ The TJX Cos. (TJX) on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $809.3 million.

Michael Cox, a Boston police veteran who was brutally beaten by fellow officers while chasing a suspect and fought against efforts to cover up his assault, was sworn in Monday as commissioner of the police department.

The Laurel Hill Association will be celebrating the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted at the Association’s annual Laurel Hill Day at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Laurel Hill Park located behind the Town Offices building on Main Street.

Cécile McLorin Salvant keeps her audiences on their toes. On her most recent album “Ghost Song,” which she will perform selections from at Tanglewood’s Ozawa Hall on Aug. 21, the singer/songwriter charts a path that weaves from smooth, reflective jazz to snappy Sondheim-style dialog to quirky riffs from “The Wizard of Oz.” She mixes in some Brecht-Weil and yearning torch songs, briefly channels Laurie Anderson, then ties it all up with the pure, haunting tones of an unaccompanied Irish sean-nós lament.

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