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Part 2: Biden or Trump and the Nonprofit Sector NGOs, international nonprofits and social service agencies

The author makes an impassioned case for the nonprofit sector to recognize the dire outcome of another Trump term and to take action.

POEM: Reflection

it's our neck it's our knee it's our knee on our neck

Unsealed court documents reveal new details about five deaths in Sheffield murder-suicide

The cause and precise timing of the deaths of Karpinski, Wilbur and the children remain unclear, pending autopsy results from the state medical examiner's office in Boston and a final report from State Police, Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington has said.

Healing in Sheffield: Residents gather to mourn violent deaths of last week

"We gather because this week has been too much to bear. Regardless of the circumstances of these events both near and far, these horrors have left families, friends, and neighbors in our world stunned and in shock." -- Rev. Erik Karas, of Christ Trinity Church

Berkshire DA: Deaths of family of five presumed to be murder-suicide

Authorities believe Luke Karpinski, 41, murdered his wife, Justine Wilbur, also 41, and their three children before setting their house on Home Road on fire and taking his own life.

Lance Burke of Bronx, N.Y.,  indicted on murder charge

Burke is charged with shooting David Green Jr. of Pittsfield in the neck while Green sat in a pickup truck near Spring and Willow streets in Pittsfield.

Cromartie murder case discontinued due to witness perjury

“We will not rely on perjured testimony to advance a case that we cannot prove.” -- District Attorney Andrea Harrington

Interfaith Community Vigil for Pittsburgh planned for Thursday, November 1

All are welcome at Community Interfaith Vigil, organized by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, to be held Thursday, November 1 at 5:45 p.m.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

The president’s biggest beef seems to be that it’s been a public-relations nightmare. These are not the angry reactions of someone who’s morally outraged...

CONNECTIONS: Murders most opportune

Like his mentor, Bowerman sought and held public offices including lieutenant governor, and “did not trouble himself” with the practice of law. So one might wonder: what compelled or enticed the 42-year-old Bowerman to represent Henry Pratt against the charge of murder at the court in Lenox in 1862?

CONNECTIONS: The Murder on Maplewood Avenue, Part II: The Trial

The judge carefully explained the legal definitions of murder in the first degree, murder in the second degree, and manslaughter. With that, he gave the case to the jury. Ninety minutes later, the jury returned.

CONNECTIONS: The murder on Maplewood Avenue — in 1929

The prosecution offered Pulero a deal if he would plead guilty and save the Commonwealth the cost of a trial: They would accept second-degree murder. He refused. He had a plan.

The Revelation of Orlando

Now is a time to grieve, yes. But our tears and prayers can only accomplish so much. There is a need for concerted, enlightened action.

POEM: Mickey Mouse is weeping

A poem inspired by the slaughter of 49 people in at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

POEM: A Map of Sorts

A poem, upon hearing of the slaughter at Inland ..... in San Bernardino, California, December 2, 2015

CONNECTIONS: William Coy, last man to Berkshire gallows – and first white man

The fact is that in 1863 a hanging in Berkshire County was entertainment. People came to Gallows Hill in Lenox by the thousands. Fathers brought children; mothers brought picnic lunches.

Connections: Crime of the Century, part III: The verdict and aftermath

No one else was ever accused or arrested for the murder of May Fosburgh. The murder remains unsolved.
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