Beer Fest
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Divers search for discarded handgun in Pittsfield's Onota Lake

PITTSFIELD -- Law enforcement divers scoured Onota Lake on Wednesday in search of a handgun discarded by a local veteran who pondered using it to take his own life. Full Story
POLICE LOG
Pittsfield Police Log for Monday, Aug. 18

Monday, Aug. 18 6:48 a.m.: Police were called out to Onota Street to investigate an unattended death. Full Story
LOCAL NEWS
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Lenox, Stockbridge face $800K suit in 2012 death of man struck by tree

The family of a Sudbury man who died after a rotted tree fell on him as he returned to his car on Richmond Mountain Road following a nighttime Tanglewood concert is seeking $800,000 in a negligence claim against the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge. Full Story
SPORTS
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As football participation rises nationally, many high school coaches in Berkshires see opposite

For the first time in five years, high school football participation went up in America last year. Keith Thomson wishes that trend extended to his team in Lee. Full Story
LOCAL SPORTS
High school football season starts Monday in Berkshires with first workouts

The echo of a coach's whistle and the grunts and groans of players running sprints are returning to your local practice field, as today is the first day of high school football practice at high schools all over Berkshire County and the state of Massachusetts. Full Story
Pittsfield's Affirmative Action Advisory Committee approves revised policy
PITTSFIELD -- The city's Affirmative Action Policy and Plan has been updated for the first time in two decades and is on its way to the desk of Mayor Daniel L. Full Story

 
 
COUNTY NOTES
Senior Bulletin Board

Elder Services of Berkshire County Elder Services offers resources and services for Berkshire seniors, including Meals on Wheels and senior group lunches, information & referral, case management, homemaker, personal care, grocery shopping, companionship, laundry service, money management, supportive housing, health insurance counseling (SHINE), caregiver services, Long Term Care Ombudsman Full Story
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Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Port of Los Angeles is welcoming an unusual visitor — the world's biggest bath toy. Full Story
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Photographer sues Bieber over Hawaii altercation

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A photographer sued Justin Bieber and one of his bodyguards Wednesday for assault and infliction of emotional distress over an altercation on Hawaiian beach late last year. Full Story
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Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.