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A building at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Eric Allix Rogers / Creative Commons /

The Berkshire County District Attorney's office has issued an update on its investigation of an alleged assault at Bard College at Simon's Rock. It says there are inconsistencies between the reported assault and the evidence gathered by law enforcement. 

Massachusetts officials and press got a look at one of the new MBTA Orange Line cars Wednesday before the first new set of cars was launched into general service.
Chris Lisinski / State House News Service

A Springfield lawmaker left a meeting with Chinese rail officials last week concerned that the headquarters of CRRC MA, where most of the high-salaried executives work, is in eastern Massachusetts and not Springfield — where the new Red Line and Orange Line MBTA cars are being assembled. 

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut wants the Federal Aviation Administration to stop the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam at airports around the country.  

On a chilly October afternoon on Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, a family visiting from Germany looks for seals just off the shore. Father and husband Bernd Matzner, from Berlin, is a recreational diver who has dived all around the world.

But he has no ambitions to dive on Cape Cod. That’s because, Matzner says, he prefers to stay away from great white sharks.

Like many others who frequent the Cape, Matzner says he’s been thinking about what towns there can do to mitigate the risk sharks present to humans.

Inside MGM Springfield.
Don Treeger / The Republican /

September was the second-worst full month for gambling revenue at the MGM Springfield casino, which saw a more than 26% drop from the same time last year.