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A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California who created fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents in the sprawling college admissions bribery scheme has avoided prison time after helping convict others in the case. Laura Janke was sentenced Tuesday in Boston federal court to time served and 50 hours of community service. Also on Tuesday, a California couple who admitted to paying $600,000 to get their daughters into USC and the University of California, Los Angeles, were sentenced to one year of probation. Bruce Isackson says he and his wife “profoundly regret” their part in the scheme and “look forward to making amends" by serving their community.

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Boston leaders and state education officials have reached a last-minute agreement to stave off an “underperforming” designation and a state takeover of the city’s troubled public school system. The agreement announced Monday night by Mayor Michelle Wu and Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley includes pledges by the city to implement immediate improvement efforts in several key areas, including services for English learners and special education students, safety, and transportation. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in a report released in May found “significant, persistent challenges” in the city’s schools. The school system has about 46,000 students.

Berkshire Medical Center has announced there will be limited public access to its two parking garages during Monday's July 4 events and that some roadway access to the medical center will be closed by law enforcement during the Fourth of July Parade.

A former antique print and poster dealer has donated a large collection of botanical, historical and ornamental prints to the Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries to be sold at an art sale on Saturday, July 2, at the Mason Library.


 The People’s Pantry food bank in Great Barrington is holding its Help Fill-the-Bag fundraiser which hopes to raise $300,000 by year’s end to cover 2022’s projected expenses.

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