12/01/2015 09:06 AM EST -

It's a common question, particularly around the holiday season: should I buy this pricey tech gift now, or wait until a price drop? Compared to prices for concert tickets, home furniture or travel, tech prices have a habit of coming down - and fast - sometimes in just a few short months. Technology is getting much better every year, and consumers are reaping the benefits.   Full Story

Pittsfield authorities investigate multiple overnight fires in Morningside neighborhood
12/01/2015 09:56 AM EST - PITTSFIELD — City police and fire personnel are investigating a series of fires set early Tuesday morning in the Morningside neighborhood, which are suspected to be arson. Full Story

KEVIN GUTTING — The Daily Hampshire Gazette
12/01/2015 06:24 AM EST - NORTHAMPTON — The last of four co-defendants accused of raping a former University of Massachusetts Amherst student pleaded guilty to reduced charges Monday and was sentenced to five years in county jail as jury selection in his trial was set to begin.   Full Story
Pittsfield police officer fired; allegedly stole $150,000 from union
12/01/2015 09:59 AM EST - PITTSFIELD — Police Officer Jeffrey Coco, a former officer union president, has been fired after an Internal Affairs Department investigation produced evidence that he stole more than $150,000 in union funds over three or more years. Full Story

Gillian Jones — The Berkshire Eagle
12/01/2015 05:02 AM EST - NORTH ADAMS — The long-vacant Flood House on Church Street is close to becoming long-term supportive and affordable housing for local residents who have experienced homelessness or a documented disability.

Photo Gallery | Flood House sold to Louison House   Full Story

Adams man gets up to 12 years in prison for rape of teen girl
12/01/2015 06:31 AM EST - PITTSFIELD — Whispering "I love you with all my heart," and "Never give up," to a group of family and friends, George Shurtleff was led away in shackles to begin a 10- to 12-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a teenage girl. Full Story

12/01/2015 06:17 AM EST - NORTH ADAMS — The former treasurer of the Hoosac Hose Company has been ordered to complete 100 hours of community service for stealing more than $32,000 from the organization.   Full Story
In the courts
11/30/2015 03:45 PM EST - In Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday: Charlotte Leake, 54, of Sutton Street, North Adams, admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of disturbing the peace that was decriminalized. Full Story

11/30/2015 02:12 PM EST - STOCKBRIDGE >> Police Chief Robert N. Eaton has promoted Officer Darrell Fennelly to sergeant, making him the department's second-in-command.   Full Story
Brattleboro's Harris Hill ski jump hit by vandals
11/30/2015 01:21 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO, VT. — A vandal or vandals struck the Harris Hill Ski Jump last week, damaging several structures on the property and plastering buildings with graffiti. Full Story

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11/30/2015 12:05 PM EST - NORTHAMPTON >> The fourth defendant charged with raping a University of Massachusetts-Amherst student in her dorm room has pleaded guilty just as jury selection in his trial was about to start.   Full Story
Phone charger sparks fire at Lanesborough Country Inn cabin
11/30/2015 11:32 AM EST - LANESBOROUGH >> An early morning fire that damaged a cabin at the Lanesborough Country Inn was started by a phone charger, fire officials said. Full Story

12/01/2015 05:51 AM EST - A high-speed chase through five Berkshire County communities and four more in nearby New York state ended in Guilderland, N.   Full Story
The Highest-Grossing Actors in Hollywood
11/30/2015 10:58 AM EST -

For the most elite actors in show business, their presence alone can propel a movie into the stratosphere. Hollywood's biggest names earn billions for investors, producers and studios over the course of their careers.

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11/30/2015 07:32 AM EST - GREAT BARRINGTON — Moderator and Deputy Fire Chief Edward G. McCormick was treated and released from Bay State Hospital and is resting at home, according to a family spokesperson.   Full Story