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Hometown News
Sonsini animal shelter closing to public as staff transition to Crane Avenue site
PITTSFIELD The Friends of Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter will close its location in the Downing Industrial Park to the public Friday while the staff transition to a new location on Crane
Apr 19 2:21AM BE Local News . . .more "--Local News "

For 4th time, Ipswich Pharmaceuticals again pitches pot facility in Becket
BECKET For Ipswich Pharmaceutical Associates Inc., the fourth attempt for marijuana in town could be the charm.The organization has announced plans to open a marijuana establishment at 2727
Apr 19 2:06AM BE Local News . . .more "--Local News "

Golf instructor retires amid reports he sexually assaulted students decades ago
WILLIAMSTOWN -- A golf instructor who ran a clinic for children in recent years has retired amid reports that he sexually assaulted students decades ago, while he was a teacher at a Connecticut ...
Apr 19 1:21AM BE Local News . . .more "--Local News "

Dalton Select Board approves transferring liquor license to new owner of Zip's
DALTON Leave the billiards, take the name.The Select Board, acting as Licensing Board, has approved a transfer of a liquor license to Wilkinson Enterprises Inc., solely directed by Marc
Apr 18 11:39PM BE Local News . . .more "--Local News "

Hometown Features
Letter: Town's cautionary stance on pot understood
To the editor:In favoring a moratorium on marijuana-related businesses in New Marlborough, town voters made their wishes clear: They wish to take a closer look at the town's zoning and decide how to
Apr 18 5:03PM BE Letters . . .more "Ltrs to the Editor "

Berkshire County high school softball preview capsules, 2018
North Division DruryCoach: Morgan Schafer (second year)Last Season: 5-15Key Returnees: Cassie Crosier, Sr. SS; Anna Dix, Jr. C; McKeena Pevey, Jr.
Apr 14 8:42PM BE Local Sports . . .more "Local Sports "

Ask the Doctors: High potassium can cause anxiety-like symptoms
Q: I started taking potassium pills about five years ago. Then after a few months, I began to have anxiety attacks so severe that I could barely talk to people. Finally, I read warnings about
Apr 13 5:27PM BE Health . . .more "Health Quarterly "

Video game to big screen transfer, "Rampage," is forgettable popcorn fare
Usually paired with smaller companions like Kevin Hart or Moana, Dwayne Johnson is for once the diminutive one in "Rampage," a hopelessly bland and bizarrely self-serious monster movie.Johnson plays
Apr 13 2:27PM BE Movie Reviews . . .more "Movie Reviews "

National/World News
First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater.
Apr 19 5:25AM AP . . .more "Big Company News "

Idris Elba To Get Even Sexier By Showing Off Comedy Chops In New Netflix Series
Elba returns to his roots by playing a struggling DJ.
Apr 18 11:52PM Black Voices . . .more "Black Voices "

Chilling Study Sums Up Link Between Religion And Suicide For Queer Youth
Religious groups who stigmatize LGBT people should be aware of the potential damage they can do.
Apr 18 7:41PM Latino Voices . . .more "Latino Voices "

AP Analysis: Gaza flare-up driven by deep misery in strip
ALONG THE ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER (AP) The flareup of deadly violence in Gaza is of a new kind, even in the inventive annals of Mideast conflicts: Israeli soldiers shooting at Palestinian demonstrators burning tires and hurling firebombs across what looks like an international border, inflicting casualties while claiming concerns of a mass breach of the barrier. This is an AP analysis on the roots of the conflict in Gaza.
Apr 15 12:04PM AP . . .more "Humanitarian Crisis "

Community Sources
New High-Speed Train Service Between Springfield, New Haven To Launch In June
Officials have announced a mid-June start date for new high-frequency, high-speed rail service between New Haven, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts.
Apr 19 9:52AM WAMC-Mass/VT News . . .more "WAMC Mass/VT News "

Lyme disease: 'Public health time bomb' in the Berkshires environment
In her book, 'Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change,' Mary Beth Pfeiffer presents evidence from all viewpoints, but her narrative sides with those who distrust the Lyme disease tests, seek more expansive - and expensive -- therapies, and believe Lyme is a tragic long-term problem for thousands of victims. She argues government underfunding of Lyme research is a scandal and current treatment flawed.
Apr 19 6:45AM Berkshire Edge . . .more "Berkshire Edge "

Regional News
Today's Crossword
Apr 19 7:00AM Rutland Herald . . .more "Rutland Herald "

Hagar the Horrible
Apr 19 7:00AM Rutland Herald . . .more "Rutland Herald "

Topics Beyond News
Bored by British food shows? Netflix's Asian ones have more flavour
With their pudding-crazed businessmen and slurping samurai, these programmes will have you binge-watching in no time I have had it with British food programmes. Almost without exception, they have driven themselves headfirst into the ground. Our celebrity cookery shows have long since drowned in a morass of tweeness.
Apr 19 5:00AM Guardian-Culture . . .more "Contemporary Culture "

Wind and solar boom makes Malcolm Turnbull's NEG a dead letter
by Ben Potter The blistering pace of wind and solar energy investment is outflanking the Turnbull government's target for carbon emissions cuts under its National Energy Guarantee, ramping up pressure for deeper cuts, a new report says. Green Energy Markets says the capacity of wind and solar energy projects under construction, contracted or expected or due to be contracted under state and corporate auctions already exceeds the amount expected to be built under the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) with the government's current emissions reduction target.
Apr 17 9:49PM Financial Review . . .more "Clean Air"

Xconomy: Livongo Health Grows with Purchase of Weight Loss Startup Retrofit
Xconomy San Francisco Livongo Health, a Bay Area-based developer of devices and software for managing chronic health conditions, has acquired Retrofit, a Chicago startup that develops programs designed to help people lose weight and prevent disease. Mountain View, CA-based Livongo, which last week raised a $105 million round of outside investment, says that its purchase of Retrofit will allow Livongo to more fully address the needs of people who live with diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic conditionsand those at risk of developing one.
Apr 17 3:41PM Xconomy . . .more "Health Care Insurance"

As we finally sow seeds and plant potatoes in the belated spring sunshine, it's a good moment to reflect on a not so surprising fact - that producing good food needs people, their knowledge and seeds suitable for local soils and tastes. And that's what provides most people in the world with their food.
Apr 17 10:03AM Food Ethics Council . . .more "Politics of Food"

How dad's health can affect the baby, too
Three papers call for parents-to-be to improve their health before planning for a baby Expert: "There's more to pre-conception health for men ..
Apr 17 2:10AM CNN . . .more "Weight Loss"

Bullied For Its Faith, Muslim Family Fights Back Through Education
When Noshaba Afzal's daughter was bullied, she decided she had a choice. Accept it or say: "No, this is not the America we want it to be.
Apr 17 12:02AM NPR-Religion . . .more "Religion News - NPR "

Apply These 10 Secret Techniques to get Your Sales and Marketing Teams Working Together
Getting your marketing and sales teams to see eye-to-eye may seem like an impossible task. Sure, you know the value of both and how they affect each other's roles, but they can't seem to accept the fact that one can't live without the other.
Apr 16 12:32PM Small Business Trends . . .more "Teaching Profession"

From the Chicago Tribune to the LA Times, journalists organize and push back
Journalists at the Chicago Tribune, long an anti-labor stronghold, informed management on Wednesday that they are preparing to unionize. The announcement marks the latest data point in a unionization trend that has seen organizing at both digital-only outlets and legacy print organizations. .
Apr 12 11:38AM Columbia Journalism Review . . .more "Columbia Journalism Rev "

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