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Rape and sexual assault have been mankind's scourge since before they were even recognized by society as crimes. Even today, there are cultures where acts of violence against women are still condoned, whether or not laws exist to criminalize … more
The fight against the Berkshire opioid addiction crisis is a three-pronged one — local, state and federal. The federal effort has been lackluster, but North Adams, Boston and the Berkshires are willing to do what it takes.Massachusetts … more
Obviously, Founding Father Thomas Jefferson lacked any frame of reference to even fantasize about what life might be like in the television age. Words he wrote at the dawn of our nation's existence, however, are just as relevant in Berkshire County … more
The problems of low wages, disappearing jobs and a growing wealth gap in Berkshire County aren't new and they defy easy resolution. The causes are many, and are in large part linked to national trends. It's a distraction from finding those solutions … more
Against the beautiful backdrop of towering Mount Greylock, thousands of music lovers have descended upon North Adams for this weekend's FreshGrass festival, which began Friday evening and extends through Sunday morning and features 50-plus musical … more
Massachusetts has made strides in recent years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, but achieving the ambitious, state-mandated requirements to scrub the skies of climate change-causing emissions will require addressing the … more
It began more than 60 years ago with a single package of textile, wrapped for shipping in brown paper on the dining room table of the Fitzpatrick family's home. Now Country Curtains, the first mail order curtain company established in the United … more
As fire investigators continue to sift through the wreckage following Sunday's fire that ripped through the White Terrace apartment complex off North Street in Pittsfield, and as the 24 displaced residents sift through meager options for affordable … more
Nearly half a century after the hard-rocking Who graced (or tarnished depending on your perspective) the stage at Tanglewood, Who guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend was back earlier this month with "Classic Quadrophenia," a rock opera hybrid … more
Until 16 years ago, when terrorists intent on mass murder cut through the clear, blue skies, September 11 was merely one of 365 fixed points on the calendar by which we reckoned our position in time and space. Especially this year, especially now, … more
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