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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.

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More than 300 truck drivers at New England’s largest wholesale food distributor have gone on strike, raising concerns about disrupted food deliveries to schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The drivers represented by the Teamsters Local 653 took to the picket line at Sysco Boston early Saturday seeking better pay and benefits. The union says management's take-it-or-leave-it final offer includes meager pay hikes, and weakens health insurance and retirement options. Sysco says it has offered a wage increase of 25% over the life of the contract and more health care options at lower costs. Truckers at a Sysco facility near Syracuse, New York are also on strike.

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A Boston home where entertainers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg's family once lived has been damaged by fire. Two firefighters suffered injuries and one resident was taken to the hospital. There was no immediate word on the cause. The Boston fire department said Sunday's blaze started at a nearby home. Strong winds spread the flames to another three buildings, one of which is 25 Peverell Street, where the Wahlberg family used to live. Mark Wahlberg visited the home during the production of his Netflix movie “Wonderland” in 2018 and 2019. In one video posted on social media, the actor stands shirtless in front of the house, describing it as “where it all started.”

"RE*fresh," the Berkshire Art Association's biennial juried art show, will open Friday, Oct. 7, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 28 Renne Ave., during the First Fridays Artswalk. An awards reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 8.


NEW YORK — Micron, one of the world's largest microchip manufacturers, announced Tuesday it would open a semiconductor plant in upstate New York, promising an investment of up to $100 billion over two decades and a plant that could bring 50,000 jobs to the state.

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