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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

Robert Lea, 88, of Egremont

Bob did research at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island before settling into a long career as a physics professor at the City College of the City University of New York until his retirement in 1992.

Lenox writer offers video conference writing groups

She credits a previous Lakeville, Connecticut, writing group for inspiring her to start her own. The experience bolstered her confidence, encouraged her to persevere, and helped her to believe that she could indeed be a writer.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Meritocracy Trap’: The rich and the rest

But despite the one-in-a-million, up-from-the-bottom stories we all know and love, equal opportunity was never real. We’re not united by this new system any more than we were under aristocratic rule.

CONNECTIONS: Violence stalks the halls of Congress

It was, in its way, a precursor of the Civil War. The intensity of the fight for one side to preserve its wealth, power and way of life cannot be overstated.

Bits & Bytes: Weekend in Norfolk; ‘The Bauhaus in America’; Keith Murphy, Yann Falquet at Dewey Hall; ‘A Melancholy Spectacle’; car seat safety check

Community Health Programs will host a free car seat safety check Thursday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East Mountain Medical.

Up the creek without a palette: The school admissions scandal

Sadly, liberals and the press have made these kids out to be rotten. Like Olivia Jade. But she knows what’s what and is not inclined to be the fall girl. As the New York Post headline put it: “Olivia Jade Giannulli blames her parents for ‘ruining her life.’”

Corruption and the ‘commodification of college admissions’

Fifty people in six states were charged earlier this month by the Justice Department with being active participants in perhaps the greatest college admissions scandal in the nation's history.

Merit. Schmerit. College. Schmollege.

The worst part of the cheating scandal was not that the parents paid to cheat, but that they took pains to ensure their children didn’t know they’d won the golden ticket through devious means.

‘The American’s Book,’ the immigrant railroad worker’s guide to citizenship

Entire communities within the cities through which the railroad system operated were founded by migrants from many countries. With thanks to “The American’s Book,” many of the progeny of those migrants rose to prominence in business, industry, and government.

CONNECTIONS: A question of treason

Benedict Arnold is a name synonymous with treason. The facts seem clear; the motivation eludes us. Why did Arnold do it? Were his actions motivated by love, greed, hubris, or a rich mix of all three?

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Dopesick’ is a personal look at the opioid epidemic

“Dopesick” is about a drug that was sold as non-addictive, but is so incredibly addictive it is almost impossible to kick. It kills more Americans than the wars we are fighting.

Republican derangement: A party I respected has gone off the cliff

I grew up among virtuous Republicans inspired by what was best in the New England's Puritan tradition. That party is now gone.

ORANGE ALERT: The (almost) daily outrage

Kavanaugh's Yale roommate James Roche is far from the first of Kavanaugh’s classmates to accuse him of lying during the Senate Judiciary Committee

Gubernatorial candidate Bob Massie foresees a sustainable future

In her letter Holly Morse writes: "In this election, we have the opportunity to set Massachusetts on a path to become a laboratory and beacon for the rest of the country — on health care, infrastructure, workers’ rights, a truly green economy and greater income equality."

Robert J. Silman, 83, of Great Barrington

He dedicated his professional life to the construction, preservation and sustainability of an esthetically pleasing and socially and environmentally conscientious built environment.

Bits & Bytes: Five Senses Festival; 45th annual Gather-In; WordXWord Festival; crossword puzzles at Sandisfield Arts Center; Vera Quartet at Southfield Church

The main stage at the Gather-In will feature folksingers Kim and Reggie Harris, a performance of Jacob’s Pillow’s Pittsfield Moves! community engagement initiative, the Soul Steps dance troupe from New Jersey, Youth Alive and Funk Box Studio dancers, and more.
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