Berkshire Museum: Art on the Block The Berkshire Museum's $60 million plan for its future, largely supported by the sale of well-known works from its permanent collection, has been central to a firestorm that swept the art world and set off a legal war.

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Berkshire Force 12U walk-off with Babe Ruth New England Regional title

NEW MILFORD Conn. — It was the second time over the weekend that the Berkshire Force 12U squad had dealt with host New Milford. The first meeting Berkshire took in eight innings. This one went …

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Man found guilty of crack possession, acquitted of distribution charge PITTSFIELD — Rashard S. Garnett had nearly 2 grams of crack cocaine hidden in his underwear when he was arrested in March 2016, but it wasn't enough to convince a jury that he was a drug …
What goes around, comes around for new owners of Parlor Cafe in North Adams NORTH ADAMS — As students, Julia Daly and Nick Tardive loved The Parlor Cafe. As graduates, they own it. The former Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students are taking over the …
Book house a fitting honor for comrade who sought 'any excuse to ride' DALTON — Rick Petricca would be in a staff meeting and, on occasion, get a one-word text from his close friend, Billy West."Ride?" West asked.That's all Petricca needed to know — and if …
As new Williams Inn rises, goal is to nail down outside essentials by winter WILLIAMSTOWN — The concrete pad floors are in, insulation panels are being installed and roofing is underway.Construction continues apace on the new Williams Inn, a $32 million steel and …
Red Sox, community knock it out of the park to honor 106-year-old fan from Cheshire CHESHIRE — Juliette Campbell is more than just a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan; she is Red Sox history.At 106 — that's the same age as Fenway Park — Campbell has seen in person or on …
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College Graduates Kaitlin S. Cirullo, daughter of Greg and Deborah Cirullo of Clarksburg, graduated May 19 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Westfield State University.- Briell Dzierga, daughter of …
Cheshire: Student musician attends band camp Paul Swanson of Cheshire, a percussionist, is among more than 130 young people participating in University of Massachusetts Lowell's Mary Jo Leahey Symphonic Band Camp from July 15 to 21.The 22nd …
Great Barrington: Singer, historian celebrates Broadway Harvey Granat, singer and a historian of The American Songbook, will perform a four-part series at 7 p.m. Thursdays, July 19 through Aug. 9, at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey …
Births Berkshire Medical CenterJeffrey and Kelly Baumes of Dalton, a daughter, Mairead, July 12.Fairview HospitalSteven George Seddon Sr. and Laurie Beth Knowles of Sandisfield, a son, Hunter Tyler, July …
Pittsfield: Invasive plants used as food Rosemary Wessel, director of No Fracked Gas in Mass, will speak at the Pittsfield Green Drinks meeting hosted by the Berkshire Environmental Action Team at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at J. Allen's …
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You want a piece of me? ... Our top Pittsfield pizza picks No matter which way you slice it — we love our pizza in Pittsfield. Whether you are ordering in a quick meal for the family, or enjoying a night out, pizza is undeniably a popular go-to option. …
'Blind Eye': Clark landscapes inspire video installation at Jennifer Steinkamp exhibition WILLIAMSTOWN — The first exhibit of video installations at the Clark Art Institute isn't just expanding the Williamstown institution's visual landscape; it's drawing inspiration from it.At …
'Don't mess with the weapons master ...' LENOX — Deep in the confines of Shakespeare & Company's Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, there's a room that you don't want to wander into aimlessly. Gaze straight ahead from the threshold, and …
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Arts Briefs for Sunday, July 15 LenoxSECOND GUILD ART SHOW OPENINGThe Guild of Berkshire Artists will present its second art show of the month at the Lenox Library, 18 Main St., Lenox, beginning Monday. More than 23 local artists …
Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood: 40 years of conversation between art, nature STOCKBRIDGE — The large hulking mass of welded chunks of steel shouldn't move, but it does.Mark di Suvero's "For Lincoln," dips and sways in the breeze, its shiny steel arms outstretched, …
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At Tanglewood, Bernstein as psalmist LENOX — "Why," the Psalmist asks, "do the nations rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?"Good question, especially in our time of enemy nations and vain imaginings at the highest level. …
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Ron Kujawski | Garden Journal: We're being invaded - by Japanese beetles From an aesthetic point of view, it is quite attractive with its metallic green body and shiny bronze wing covers. From a gardener's point of view, it's as ugly a critter as ever roamed the earth. …
Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? It is not a secret that spending time in nature is good for you. For years, researchers have been detailing how people who live near green spaces — parks, greenbelts, tree-lined streets, rural …
What's your favorite kitchen gadget? Kitchen gadgets are to cooks like Jimmy Choo shoes are to stylish women — you can never have too many (as our kitchen drawers attest) and there is one you would never be without.
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A century ago, German sub brought World War I home to US

ORLEANS, Mass. (AP) — Over 3,000 miles from the trenches and battlefields of the Western Front, where many hundreds of thousands had already died, residents of Orleans, Massachusetts, were …

Ex-auditor convicted of bribery seeks reduced sentence

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former elected county official in Cleveland who pleaded guilty to bribery in a federal investigation of public corruption and was sentenced in 2010 to 22 years in prison is …

Sen. Elizabeth Warren reporting $15.6M in campaign account

BOSTON (AP) — Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren raised more than $2.9 million during the past three months, just under the $3.1 million she pulled in during the first quarter of the …

Harvard-linked employee apologizes over 'affordable' comment

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — An employee with a Harvard University-affiliated research center has issued an apology after she was captured on video asking a neighbor and the woman's biracial …

The Latest: Harper wins Home Run Derby at Nationals Park

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the All-Star Game (all times local):10:28 p.m.Bryce Harper has won the Home Run Derby in his home ballpark, providing another memory to Nationals fans in what …

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Official: 54 released from Taliban prison in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 54 people, including security personnel and civilians, were released from a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province, a provincial official said …

4 children, 1 man injured in Philadelphia shooting

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say four boys between the ages of 11 and 15 have been injured in a shooting on a Philadelphia street.WPVI-TV reports that a 24-year-old man was also shot late …

Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives

UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The hill on which the young woman's shelter is being built is so unstable that the earth crumbles under your feet. The threat of landslides is so dire that her …

Israel shuts down cargo crossing into Gaza to punish Hamas

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel shut down its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of …

Take that for data: NBA preps for expanded betting on games

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Here's a scenario: LeBron James is four assists and three rebounds shy of a triple-double after three quarters. A bettor, who is watching at home and utilizing a mobile app, …

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Official: 54 released from Taliban prison in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 54 people, including security personnel and civilians, were released from a Taliban prison in southern Helmand province, a provincial official said …

Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives

UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The hill on which the young woman's shelter is being built is so unstable that the earth crumbles under your feet. The threat of landslides is so dire that her …

Israel shuts down cargo crossing into Gaza to punish Hamas

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel shut down its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of …

Take that for data: NBA preps for expanded betting on games

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Here's a scenario: LeBron James is four assists and three rebounds shy of a triple-double after three quarters. A bettor, who is watching at home and utilizing a mobile app, …

Japan, EU to sign trade deal eliminating nearly all tariffs

TOKYO (AP) — The European Union and Japan are signing a widespread trade deal Tuesday that will eliminate nearly all tariffs, seemingly defying the worries about trade tensions set off by …

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Berkshire Business Outlook: A diverse economy, geared for the future

The Berkshire economy is changing. The pace of the transition has often been frustrating, especially considering the economic boom at the other end of the state. But it looks like there is new light …

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