GAIL CARIDDI

John Barrett greets supporters at a victory gathering Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in North Adams, Mass.
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John Barrett, a former 26-year mayor of North Adams, won a special Democratic primary Tuesday for state representative in northern Berkshire County.

State Representative Gailanne Cariddi died Saturday, June 17th. She  was in her 4th term representing northern Berkshire County , including North Adams and Williamstown
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Funeral plans are set for Thursday for Massachusetts state Representative Gailanne Cariddi. The 63-year-old North Adams Democrat died over the weekend. It's not yet clear when a special election will be held to fill her seat.

Varieties of marijuana.
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The Massachusetts House had planned to vote last week on a bill making substantial changes to the voter-passed recreational marijuana law. But after quick objections to the bill -- and an issue with how it was written -- Speaker Bob Deleo delayed that vote.