As marijuana becomes legal around the country, blacks and Latinos are often left out of new business opportunities. Advocates say people of color are often reluctant to join the growing legal marijuana economy because they were targeted far more often than whites during the war on drugs. Studies show members of such communities were arrested and jailed for illegal marijuana use far more often than whites.

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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The president of Hampshire College has announced a first round of staff layoffs. This comes a month after the college said it's seeking a "strategic partner" to help the school stay viable.

Northern Berkshire Town Will Soon Lose Its Only Grocery Store

Feb 18, 2019
A Big Y storefront.
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Big Y announced last week that it will soon close its store in Adams, Massachusetts, laying off its 90 employees who work there. 

Hampshire College President Miriam Nelson walking on campus.
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Our look back at the week's news kicks off with Hampshire College and staff layoffs coming early next week, as the school continues a search for a "strategic partner" to ensure its long-term future. 

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
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Layoffs at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, could come later this week.