RACE

Andrea Harrington, at left, and Berkshire District Attorney Paul Caccaviello at right.
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The race for Berkshire County district attorney has been rekindled. The current DA, Paul Caccaviello, announced he's mounting a write-in campaign for November. That and more news from the week on The Short List.

Vermont branches of the NAACP will hold their first-ever candidate forums in Rutland and Brattleboro this weekend, but most of the major-party nominees invited to participate have chosen not to attend.

The UMass Amherst campus.
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A black employee walking to his office at UMass Amherst last Friday had campus police called on him. The incident is similar to one that took place over the summer at Smith College involving a student -- who was also black -- on her lunch break. 

The UMass Amherst campus in 2016.
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A longtime employee of the University of Massachusetts Amherst said plainclothes officers came to his office to question him after someone called police to report an "agitated black male" on campus.

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has taken over an investigation into allegations of racial harassment against a sitting state lawmaker in Bennington, amid criticism from racial justice advocates over local law enforcement’s handling of the case.

Many Vermonters were shocked last month when the state’s only African-American female lawmaker announced that, after years of racial harassment, she was withdrawing from her re-election campaign.

Tabitha Pohl-Moore, the Vermont director of the NAACP, was less surprised.

A white Hartford police sergeant who was caught on a citizen’s video saying he was “trigger happy” has been demoted and is fighting for his job, city officials said Thursday. 

Viv pushes Cass to call the police in Rachel Lynett's "Well Intentioned White People."
Barrington Stage Company

In her new show, "Well Intentioned White People," playwright Rachel Lynett continues the conversation about race in America. The play finishes its premiere run at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, this week.

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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The Massachusetts legislature wrapped up formal sessions for the year this week. In a flurry of 11th-hour activity, lawmakers were able to agree to bills on opioid treatment and economic development. 

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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A Massachusetts college is investigating after campus police were called to investigate a black student who was quietly eating her lunch in a common room. 

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