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This week we talk about:
1. A rather bizarre twist: a convicted drug dealer, Ryan Babcock of Great Barrington, is suing the town for $750,000 citing the circumstances of his arrest in 2013:
2. WBCR-lp, a community based, low power FM station is back in business, with new studios on Main Street in Great Barrington:
3. Berkshire county District Attorney Andrea Harrington has called for the end of cash bail, putting Berkshire County in the forefront of criminal justice reform:
4. The town of Great Barrington culminated its celebration of its native son, the civil rights activist and scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, with a packed event at the First Congregational Church, where Du Bois had been a congregant:
5. Tired of New England winter? Writer and journalist Andrew Blechman takes us on a tour of the Florida West Coast, Naples and Ft. Myers — and finds the culture there pretty tacky. His satirical take on life among the snowbirds provoked quite a reaction — from Floridians who didn’t appreciate his jaundiced viewpoint:
6. A trio of creative restaurateurs have put new meaning into the concept of ‘Meals on Wheels’: They offer delivery service and meals to go — from their well-known kitchens — a service to boost business during the off season: