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Berkshire Theatre Group's early summer season includes “contact,” a Tony Award-winning dance musical; “What the Constitution Means to Me,” a co-production with WAM Theatre; “Photograph 51,”; and the world premiere of “The Smile of Her,” by Christine Lahti. Tickets go on sale Dec. 2.

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The Prince and Princess of Wales got a first-hand look at some groundbreaking innovations at a green technology startup incubator in suburban Boston, then followed with a visit to an organization that works to raise up young people struggling through poverty and violence. Hundreds of cheering onlookers welcomed William and Kate as they entered Greentown Labs in Somerville on Thursday and later in the day at Roca Inc. in nearby Chelsea. The royal couple’s visit comes as they look to foster new ways to address climate change. It culminates Friday with the prince’s signature Earthshot Prize, a global competition aimed at finding new ways to tackle climate change.

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Rhode Island has become the latest state to allow recreational marijuana sales. Customers started lining up to buy recreational marijuana in the state early Thursday morning, a little more than six months after Gov. Dan McKee signed legislation permitting such sales to people 21 and older. Five stores are currently allowed to sell recreational cannabis products, but the state could eventually have dozens more. They are in Central Falls, Providence, Pawtucket, Portsmouth and Warwick. All five stores had already been selling medical marijuana. The co-owner of Mother Earth Wellness in Pawtucket said the store opened earlier than normal on Thursday and business has been brisk.

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A 21-year-old Vermont man is facing federal charges that he purchased a handgun that was found less than 24-hours later at the scene of a shootout in Springfield, Massachusetts, that resulted in the deaths of two men. Prosecutors say that Cameron Yee, of South Burlington, was arrested Tuesday. He appeared in court Wednesday where he pleaded not guilty. Court documents say Yee was paid $2,000 by a man he knew as “Jay" to buy a .40 caliber handgun and that Yee knew Jay was involved in a dispute with another man. Prosecutors did not specifically say if the man who was killed was Jay. Yee's attorney declined comment.

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New York congressman Hakeem Jeffries has been elected House Democratic leader and will become in the new year the first Black American to lead a major political party in Congress. Democrats met Wednesday behind closed doors for the internal party elections as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her team step aside. House Democrats are ushering in a new generation of leaders. The 52-year-old Jeffries has vowed to “get things done,” even after Republicans won control of the chamber and relegate Democrats to the minority party in January. The trio led by Jeffries includes 59-year-old Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts as the Democratic whip and 43-year-old Rep. Pete Aguilar of California as caucus chairman.

The 86th annual John S. Watson Fund, a holiday fund serving South Berkshire families in need, has received initial donations totaling $2,615 toward this year's fundraising goal of $40,000.

"In the Shadow of the Hills," on view at the Bennington Museum through Dec. 31, is both an exhibition and museum fundraiser featuring the work of 27 regional artists. The exhibition is most intriguing when the artists use their own experiences and imaginations to interpret current and historic events.

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