Larry Parnass

Managing editor for innovation


Larry Parnass joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, CommonWealth Magazine and with the Reuters news service.

An expert hired by the former Berkshire district attorney says a deadly fire in North Adams in 1984 – which sent a man to prison for nearly 35 years and killed three young people – could have been sparked by accident, not arson. That opinion is now before a Berkshire Superior Court judge considering whether that man, William P. Cascone, should be granted a new trial.

For years now, artists with the Fireside project have been telling young writers in Pittsfield about the literary lions of yesteryear — people like Longfellow and Thoreau. They share tales of those far-off writing lives, here in the Berkshires. They read old works aloud with elementary students. They puzzle out what the poems mean to people today. And they wait to see what happens. This is what happens. 

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