ARTS & CULTURE

If they are to successfully make the jump to light speed, Star Wars movies require a precisely calibrated fuel mixture: one-third epic space battles, one-third narrow escapes and duly buckled swashes, one-third hooded beardy dudes standing around looking pained while solemnly intoning the cheesiest hokum about Darkness and Light as if it's Hamlet's Yorick speech (which in a way, it is).

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A Massachusetts appeals court judge has extended an injunction, which blocks the Berkshire Museum's planned auction of parts of its art collection.

Think bagpipes, and you likely think Scotland. But one of the world’s largest bagpipe manufacturers happens to call Nashua, New Hampshire home.

That company, however, is facing an unexpected wrinkle in its international supply chain.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Berkshire Museum lawyers are asking the state appeals court to quickly decide whether it can auction off parts of its art collection -- including two paintings by Norman Rockwell. The court last week issued an injunction halting the sale. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Updated Nov. 11, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

A Massachusetts appeals court judge has blocked the auction, scheduled to start next week, of dozens of works of art owned by the Berkshire Museum.

A fine art auction at Sotheby's New York in 2010.
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The Berkshire Museum is poised to start auctioning off parts of its collection next week, including two Norman Rockwell paintings. That's after a judge Tuesday cleared the way for the sale.

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The Berkshire Museum won a legal battle on Tuesday, allowing it go ahead with a planned auction next week of a host of art works, including two paintings by Norman Rockwell.

As the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama, Pete Souza had top security clearance and sat in on most meetings and major events with the president.

"I was there all the time," he says. "I wasn't talking to [Obama] all the time, but I was always in every meeting and pretty much every situation that he had as president."

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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A court hearing was held Wednesday on a request to halt the Berkshire Museum's plans to auction off part of its art collection, including two Norman Rockwell paintings. 

Abigail Morris (left) from Amherst, Mass., with Alyssa Helton from Whitesburg, Kentucky.
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After the last election, many people felt inspired to mend the country's deep divisions. So when a group of liberal activists in Leverett, Massachusetts, learned that a more conservative community in Letcher County, Kentucky, was open to a cultural exchange, they started to organize.

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