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Good old-fashioned fun at Hay Day Fair in Williamstown
WILLIAMSTOWN Captain Jack may be smaller than most of his other horse buddies, but he was a favorite of the kids during the Hay Day Fair at the Williamstown Historical Museum Sunday.Captain
Aug 19 11:57PM site: BE Local News more : "--Local News "

For a child in Cheshire, image of dad lost in Korea was as good as it got
Growing up in Cheshire, a girl named Jeanne made it a practice to carry a photo of a man wearing an Army corporal's dress uniform. He looks off to his right with a wide smile, his right hand in a
Aug 19 11:57PM site: BE Local News more : "--Local News "

Bernstein at 100: Tanglewood preps massive multimedia tribute
LENOX There's no doubt that Tanglewood knows how to throw a superstar-filled musical party. There have been multiple, memorable galas at the Boston Symphony's summer home over the years.Sure
Aug 19 11:54PM site: BE Local News more : "--Local News "

Berkshire students stay the course: After Parkland shooting, activism continues
WILLIAMSTOWN Karen McComish and Ella Dudley were sixth-graders when a gunman murdered 26 students and teachers at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.Since then, the students
Aug 19 10:54PM site: BE Local News more : "--Local News "

National/World News
US firms to Trump: Don't raise tariffs on more Chinese goods
WASHINGTON (AP) Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee.
Aug 20 7:54AM site: AP more : "Big Company News "

Police in Barcelona shoot knife attacker
MADRID (AP) A man attacked officers with a knife at a police station in Barcelona on Monday and was gunned down, police in the Spanish city said.
Aug 20 9:24AM site: AP more : "News "

The Guardian view on Brazil's murder rate: what not to do | Editorial
Homicide rates in Mexico and Brazil are climbing even further. Yet Britain could learn from listening to debates in Latin America. Brazil has set a new and chilling record: it saw seven homicides each hour in 2017, or almost 64,000 deaths, a 3% annual increase on a sky-high rate.
Aug 14 5:45PM site: Guardian-Colombia more : "Colombia "

Britain to axe funding for scheme supporting Syrian opposition
Government ends police force programme as Assad's forces close in on rebel-held areas The UK government is to end funding to a scheme to support the Syrian opposition, deeming the programmes now too risky to operate as the final rebel-held areas face imminent attack from Bashar al-Assad's forces. Funding to support the operations of the Free Syria police force is set to come to an end in September, with government sources conceding the Access to Justice and Community Service (Ajacs) programme had become too difficult to deliver. Related: 'Disappointing': UK revives aid scheme halted over alleged payments to Syrian jihadists Related: BBC in row over 'false claims' of cash for Syrian police being paid to jihadists Continue reading.
Aug 19 11:46PM site: Guardian-MiddleEast more : "Middle East"

Local Features
Film clips / Aug. 10-16
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (PG-13)Coming a few years after "Ant-Man," Paul Rudd's Scott Lang is now under house arrest for his involvement in the Berlin showdown of "Captain America: Civil War." When his
Aug 9 8:30PM site: BE Movie Reviews more : "Movie Reviews "

RECESS | Things to do this week: Make crafts, help clean a river, get ready for kindergarten
Meet ...
Aug 13 5:18PM site: BE Mass Schools more : "Schools "

Our Opinion
Riggs draws praise for careThe acclaim Berkshire County attracts for its arts and cultural scene is certainly deserved, but there is much more going on that deserves notice as well. On Wednesday,
Aug 16 8:33PM site: BE Editorial more : "Editorials "

Sally Underwood-Miller: Poisonous chemicals aren't answer for Bowl
STOCKBRIDGE Unfortunately, I was away last month during the Stockbridge Bowl Aassociation annual meeting, so I missed the discussion that took place. As a longtime member of the SBA board, I
Aug 19 4:15PM site: BE Columnists more : "Guest Op-Ed "

Regional News
Awards presented on fair's last day
On the last day of the Vermont State Fair, two local young women were recognized for their work with the 4-H Clubs of Rutland County, with one of them taking a historic prize. Rose Tarbell, 15, of Middletown Springs, won the McKirryher Family Watch Award as the 4-H member who scored the most points for exhibiting, demonstrations and leadership during []
Aug 19 4:00PM site: Rutland Herald more : "Rutland Herald "

Poirier wins Mid-Am in sudden death
WARREN It wasn't anybody's day at the Vermont Mid-Amateur finals. But twice on the first hole it was Garren Poirier's moment. His second birdie there on Sunday came in sudden death and gave him his fourth Mid-Amateur crown, 1 up over Bryan Smith.
Aug 19 10:52PM site: Rutland Herald more : "Rutland Herald "

Community Sources
Weekdays in Western MA: August 20th - 24th, 2018
Weekdays in Western MA: August 20th 24th, 2018 Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long! Each weekday we feature community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners. Select the day of the []
Aug 19 4:00PM site: Community-Hill Town Families more : "Berkshire Hill Town Families "

Serious Entertainment
If you asked Cynthia Sharpe '94 on her graduation day where she would be 24 years later, she never would have guessed the answer: an executive at a major themed-entertainment design and production agency. Today, Sharpe makes museums and theme parks, designing experiences for millions of people to wander through and learn from every day. Continue reading "Serious Entertainment
Aug 8 2:03PM site: BerkshireWilliamsCollege more : "Williams College "

Topics Beyond News
Indiana at a Crossroads on Coal Ash
Indiana at a Crossroads on Coal Ash . As new research reveals widespread contamination, pro-coal industries are pushing to weaken federal rules on coal ash and give regulatory authority back to states like Indiana, which has a dismal record on regulating this toxic waste. .
Aug 17 4:22PM site: Earth Justice more : "Earth First"

Six Great Kids' Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers
For those children that struggle to enjoy reading, comics, and especially graphic novels, are a great solution. They tell a complete story, have developed characters, and combine visual cues with written words to add more emotional depth. Here are six great new choices out recently.
Aug 14 10:58PM site: Alpha Mom Advice more : "Alpha Mom Advice"

41% of land in contiguous US is used to feed livestock
What else could we do with all those acres?
Aug 17 1:00PM site: Farming from TreeHugger.com more : "Farming News"

Nicki Minaj's Best Onstage Looks So Far
The "Queen" rapper is slated to perform from a surprise remote location in New York City at the VMAs tomorrow.
Aug 19 11:52PM site: WWD-Footwear more : "Foot Fashion - WWD"

Dev Hynes: 'Puff Daddy somehow got my number it was pretty strange'
The east London musician talks about his album Negro Swan - and why he prefers playing football to being on stage. Devont Hynes - Dev for short - was born in 1985 and raised in Ilford, east London. In the mid-2000s he was part of the clamorous nu-rave trio Test Icicles, and later, under the alias Lightspeed Champion, he took a detour into country-tinged indie-pop.
Aug 19 8:30AM site: Guardian-Music more : "Contemporary Music "

The revolution that mapped the world
A small city in northern Italy holds 500 years of travel secrets
Aug 20 9:52PM site: BBC Travel more : "BBC Travel "

Robin Wright Reportedly Weds French Boyfriend Clement Giraudet
The 'House of Cards' actress and her fashion exec beau got married in the French countryside.
Aug 14 8:24PM site: Weddings more : "Weddings "

NYU's Medical School Will Soon Be Tuition-Free
The university hopes the change will make it easier for graduates to plan a career based on passion, not debt repayment.
Aug 17 9:44PM site: HuffingtonPost/College more : "College Life"