(Ben Garver — The Berkshire Eagle)
Pittsfield Mayor Daniel Bianchi launches bid for re-election

06/30/2015 05:32 AM EDT
PITTSFIELD — Looking to double his stay in City Hall, Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi officially declared his re-election campaign on Monday.

Bianchi has won back-to-back two-year terms — the last on uncontested in 2013 — but now he is seeking Pittsfield's first-ever four-year term under the revised city charter voters approved two years ago. Full Story

Solid Sound Festival: Spirits not dampened on final day
06/29/2015 06:19 AM EDT - NORTH ADAMS — Early Sunday morning, the rain came down in shimmering sheets, finally letting up in the early afternoon.

Photo Gallery | Solid Sound Day III

Storify | A weekend at Solid Sound

Photo Gallery | Solid Sound Festival Day II

Photo Gallery | Wilco performs at opening of Solid Sound Festival 2015

Photo Gallery | Solid Sound Festival Day I Full Story

COMMUNITY
Pittsfield: 'Well Talk' radio host to share stories

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present Avi Dresner, fitness consultant and radio host of "Well Talk," at 10:45 a. Full Story
POLICE BLOTTER
Pittsfield Police log for Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28

Saturday, June 27 9:32 a.m.: Police arrest Kevin Yaniel Figueroa-Santos, 24, of North Street, Pittsfield on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Full Story
EDUCATION
Berkshire IEEE honors STEM research

Writing contest winners announced
PITTSFIELD >> The Berkshire section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, held its award dinner on May 7, at Zucchini's Restaurant to recognize the winners of the annual STEM research writing contest. Full Story
 
MOST RECENT
UMASS Rape Trial: Justin King sentenced to eight to 12 years

06/30/2015 05:23 AM EDT
NORTHAMPTON — Justin A. King wiped his eyes with a tissue as he was sentenced Monday to eight to 12 years in state prison for his role in the 2012 rape of a former University of Massachusetts-Amherst student in her dorm room. 
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Net metering caps blacking out solar development in the Berkshires
06/30/2015 05:27 AM EDT - BOSTON — While people and businesses that elect to install solar photovoltaic panels do see a benefit from net metering, the utility grid and society in general benefit more.

Photo Gallery | Solar caps halt development of large solar farms in much of Massachusetts Full Story

Pot, table leg weapons in alleged Pittsfield assault
06/29/2015 05:41 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> A city man is facing assault charges for allegedly using a table leg and a cooking pot against his neighbors early Saturday after an argument over loud music. Full Story

Child's 911 calls spur arrest of Pittsfield man for allegedly assaulting mother
06/29/2015 05:14 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> A city man was arrested on assault charges Sunday evening after a child twice called 911 to report that the child's parents were fighting. Full Story

Stockbridge Library leaders $350,000 short of renovation goal
06/29/2015 04:32 PM EDT - STOCKBRIDGE >> The $3.6 million fundraising campaign for the renovation of the 1864 Stockbridge Library and Museum is in the home stretch, with $350,000 remaining to reach the goal. Full Story

Berkshire Humane Society seeking foster homes for Safe Pet Program
06/29/2015 01:35 PM EDT - PITTSFIELD >> After a year of temporarily housing pets for families in crisis in its new Safe Pet Room, the Berkshire Humane Society has determined that there are more pets in need of this kind of help than they can handle. Full Story

Great Barrington, state to assess contamination at dry cleaner site
06/29/2015 12:09 PM EDT - GREAT BARRINGTON >> Armed with a $91,000 state grant, the town has begun assessing the level of contamination at the former Ried Cleaner business on Main Street. Full Story

Bees swarm from truck crash near Washington-Idaho border

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say bees are swarming near the Washington-Idaho border after a tractor-trailer full of the buzzing insects tipped over, spilling its load on Sunday. Full Story
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Will latest inflammatory comments tarnish Trump's brand?

NEW YORK (AP) — Is Donald Trump's business empire as Teflon-coated as his hair appears to be? Trump has found himself on the receiving end of the catchphrase he made famous on his reality show "The Apprentice" — "You're fired! Full Story