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Legal fight over an epidemic

As opioid addition continues to devastate families and communities across the nation, causing tens of thousands of premature deaths, more local governments are fighting back -- in court. Last month, the town of Bennington became the second municipality in Vermont to file a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry. read more



Local fruit, hand-rolled crust

Family orchard’s true mission is making pies.
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Local history museum seeks funds to keep running

The Brookside Museum, a center for local history in Saratoga County, could be forced to shut down forever unless it can raise $100,000 in emergency funds by March, its leaders say. The Saratoga County Historical Society, which has run the museum since its inception in the early 1970s, says the funds would help to reorganize the institution with a goal of long-term financial sustainability.

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Williams professor’s research leads to exhibit

After traveling across the country and gathering national notice -- with more than 80 news stories, including three in The New York Times -- the exhibit “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.” has come to the Williams College Museum of Art, where in a way it began.
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Family story behind the sound

When the New Pornographers take the stage Nov. 14 at Mass MoCA, the indie rock veterans will bring more than their dynamic sound. They’re also bringing a family story. read more
















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