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A project to beautify a West Side corner in Pittsfield with a mural — and to honor the people of this neighborhood — hit a snag early on, one of its proponents recalled Friday, as he and others celebrated the project. 

Joseph Toole and his family sold the Courtyard by Marriott and the Hampton Inn, a Hilton brand, both off Pittsfield Road (Routes 7 & 20). The Toole Lodging Group will continue to own The Yankee, adjacent to the Hampton in the heart of the Lenox commercial district.

A man from western Massachusetts imprisoned for nearly 35 years left state custody late Thursday. William P. Cascone walked out of MCI-Norfolk in time to savor the evening air and twilight – and to pose for a photo with a legal team that has worked for five years to prove he did not get a fair trial in 1987, when he was convicted of setting a fire that killed three young people in North Adams.

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Steve Nelson writes: "Suits filed in federal courts to declare state anti-abortion laws unconstitutional under the 13th Amendment could achieve what current efforts cannot: undo the legal apparatus which subjects women’s bodies to state control. This approach can find support even among some conservative libertarians, as the Kansas vote suggests."

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An airplane bumped into another plane while backing up at Logan International Airport in Boston, prompting an investigation. No one was injured when the two Delta Airlines planes collided at low-speed on Friday night. Federal Aviation Administration said it is investigating. One of the planes, which was headed for Los Angeles, clipped the other as it pushed back from its gate at the airport. The other plane was empty and parked at an adjacent gate at the time. The FAA said the left winglet of the moving plane clipped the horizontal stabilizer of the other.

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. (AP) _ Harte-Hanks Inc. (HHS) on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $4.5 million.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be conducting overnight guardrail and daytime bridge repairs Monday through Friday on eastbound and westbound portions of I-90 in Stockbridge, Lee and Becket, according to a news release. The overnight guardrail repairs will take place from mile marker 8.0 to mile marker 12.0 in Lee and Becket. The daytime bridge repairs will take place at mile marker 3.0 in Stockbridge.

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Ethel Altiery has been promoted to chief operating officer, Theresa Dennette to senior vice president operations and Kristen Wampler to VP Community Services following a reorganization of key staff at Berkshire Family and Individual Resources.

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