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Dorinda Medley may have risen to Bravo TV fame for her quotable zingers as a cast member for six seasons on "The Real Housewives of New York City," but she really wants you to know her as the daughter of John and Diane Cinkala, of Great Barrington. The proud self-proclaimed "Berkshirite" has a new book out Aug. 17 about how a young girl growing up in Great Barrington became a reality TV star and the journey she took to get there. 

From 1877 to 1911, Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan was a lonely voice on the nation’s highest court arguing for disenfranchised African Americans and the economically disadvantaged. His victories came posthumously through the impact on future courts of his fiery and courageous dissents. Politico's Peter S. Canellos, a part-time Great Barrington resident, chronicles Harlan's high court career in his new book, “The Great Dissenter: The Story of John Marshall Harlan, America’s Judicial Hero.” 

Recently, Robert McMaster, of Williamsburg, a retired biology professor at Holyoke Community College published "All the Light Here Comes from Above: The Life and Legacy of Edward Hitchcock," a biography that traces Hitchcock's rise from poverty in Deerfield, where he was born in 1793, through the end of his life, much of which was spent trying to reconcile his faith with science.

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Being a mom and grandma, I come bearing gifts — diapers for my grandson and food for his parents. I usually bring a meatloaf, some kind of cookies or bars and whatever dish from his childhood my son craves. With the holidays approaching, I’ll be bringing some French Canadian meat pies on the next trip.

This time, I'm bringing jumbo cookies loaded with peanut butter M&Ms and a Cowboy Casserole that I froze for them to reheat for supper some night. I’ve tried many versions of the casserole, a shepherd’s pie-type dish that uses tater tots as a top crust. The tater tots bake up nice and crispy and the sauce is nice and creamy, with the tang of the cheddar cheese.

Here's a scrumptious treat for Halloween. It happens to be too delicate to give away to the trick-or-treaters, but it's just right for y-o-u and your family and friends at a Halloween party or …

Turn on your Halloween playlist, find your favorite local spirits, and get ready to mix some delectable drinks from the safety of your own kitchen because — with these hauntingly-delicious cocktails — it’s easy to embrace the holiday’s mysterious, thrilling and chilling roots in style.


VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company.

NEW YORK (AP) — As U.S. forces left Afghanistan this summer and the Taliban seized control, Hillary Rodham Clinton responded not just as a former secretary of state but in a capacity she never imagined for herself — as a novelist seeing her first work of fiction anticipate current events.

After over 18 months of pandemic delays, “No Time to Die” opened on target. The final James Bond film of the Daniel Craig era grossed $56 million from 4,407 North American theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday, to easily take the first-place spot.

Noomi Rapace flew into Iceland to film “Lamb” on a Sunday and on Monday morning, she was literally delivering baby lambs on camera. There wasn’t time to wait or practice. It was the last week of lambing season and the crew had already told the mother sheep that they could not give birth unti…

NEW YORK (AP) — Lauren Groff is a National Book Award finalist for her third consecutive book, nominated in the fiction category Tuesday for her historical novel “Matrix.” Anthony Doerr's multi-generational epic “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” his first work since the Pulitzer Prize-winning “All the Li…

NEW YORK (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya is working on a book about her triumphs as a runner and her experiences as an intersex woman with naturally high testosterone levels, including her battles to be eligible for competition.

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