The Greeting

Friday, Nov. 8, 2018

Good morning, Berkshire County. There's serious news from the Trump administration: Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the president's request and was replaced by Matthew Whitaker, Sessions' chief of staff. Whitaker previously has expressed doubt about the ongoing Russia probe, and many fear his installment was a tactic to derail the investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller.

There was swift and immediate reaction in Berkshire County, where hundreds gathered in protest.

In our other main headlines:

ROUNDABOUT DEBATE: Not everyone is sold on the idea of having a new traffic circle in Stockbridge.

THERE WILL BE FIVE: The Cheshire Select Board could soon be growing from three members to five.

FORMER CHIEF SUES: Former Otis Police Chief Roberta Sarnacki sues, saying her ouster was retaliation for filing charges against a child in prominent family in town.

FRESH 'USHER': What has fallen will rise again, in this opera version of the Edgar Allen Poe classic, "The Fall of the House of Usher."

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Best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Eagle online editor
nhoffenberg@berkshireeagle.com


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The News

Premiere of documentary on Berkshires native, MLB great Belanger airs Saturday

PITTSFIELD — Three and a half years after the process first started, the documentary film on Berkshires native and Major League Baseball standout Mark Belanger is finally ready for its first … more



The Weather


The View

OUR OPINION

Our Opinion: NY19 rejected GOP smear campaign

On Election Day, one decision the voters of Berkshire County were spared (or denied, depending on one's point of view) was determining who would represent them in Congress. Democratic Rep. Richard … more
COLUMNISTS

Robert F. Jakubowicz: Trump finally faces accountability

PITTSFIELD — The national media raised the hopes of anti-Trump and anti-Republican Americans by hyping an election scenario of a potential blue wave of Democrats flipping congressional seats … more
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Town of Lenox fails its lodging industry

To the editor:The short-term rental (STR) issue in Lenox needs clarification. Currently, the existing bylaw states that anyone wanting to rent rooms within their homes, in residential zones, is able … more



The Landscape

Poe's 'Fall of the House of Usher' rises in a new opera-in-development at Mass MoCA

NORTH ADAMS — With its depiction of destiny and decay and undertones of debauchery, "The Fall of the House of Usher" is Edgar Allan Poe's hallucinatory fever dream of a short story. For Arthur … more


The Score

Wahconah girls soccer team falls to Monson on penalty kicks

HOLYOKE — While a championship is always the goal, it seemed fitting that Wahconah's season didn't truly end in a loss.The Warriors didn't allow a goal through 100 minutes of regulation. … more

Mount Greylock boys soccer team tripped up by Belchertown again in Western Mass. playoffs

DALTON — It was a different year with different players, but the result remained the same — the Belchertown boys soccer team beat Mount Greylock in a Western Massachusetts playoff … more

The Plan


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The Snap

GILLIAN JONES — THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE
Over 300 people stand out at Park Square in Pittsfield in a public rally to protect Robert Mueller's investigation in the wake of Attorney General Jeff Session's firing by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

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