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IS ‘OTHER SHOE’ ABOUT TO DROP ON MAYOR, PPD ADMIN? SOURCES SAY ANOTHER OFFICER IS FILING SUIT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2015) — Is the proverbial “other shoe” about to drop on the Bianchi Administration and its troubled police department? Sources tell THE PLANET that officer Chris Kennedy has hired the same law firm as Sgt. Mark Lenihan. As you know from [...]

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IN LENIHAN v. CITY OF PITTSFIELD, HRC FANS AND FAILS AGAIN

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2015) — In the aftermath of THE PLANET’s coverage of Lenihan v. City of Pittsfield, a four-part series that ran last week, a question was tossed around, which, from various reports, generated quite a discussion. QUESTION: One of the five charges Sgt. [...]

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SOURCES: THS-PHS GAME CANCELED … FEAR OF VIOLENCE CITED … PLANET SEEKS TO CONFIRM … MORE PROOF CITY IS LOSING BATTLE AGAINST THE GANGSTAs? … MAYOR REMAINS SILENT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2015) — Classes begin today at Syracuse University, and THE PLANET recently spent time on campus soaking in the atmosphere and talking with students. We thank SU’s 12th chancellor, Kent Syverud, for his work in year one as head of this incredible [...]

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HOLD ON TO YOUR WALLETS: JIV LAUNCHES ANOTHER SCHOOL ‘IMPROVEMENT’ PLAN

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, AUG. 28 to 30, 2015) — Just how badly can they continue to screw up the Pittsfield Public School system? The PPS takes $102 million each year to operate. To that, add $144 million in borrowing — $20 million in outstanding loans for [...]

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LENIHAN v. PITTSFIELD PART 4: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Last of Four Parts (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015) — In accusing the mayor, police chief Mike Wynn, and Capt. David Granger of intimidation, conspiracy, and a other harmful actions in a federal lawsuit, Sgt. Mark Lenihan has given rise to PPD sources who have [...]

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LENIHAN v. CITY OF PITTSFIELD PART 3: FEAR AND LOATHING IN PPD ONLY HELPS THE CRIMINALS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY Third of Four Parts (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26, 2015) — When news splashed across front and home pages that Sgt. Mark Lenihan filed his lawsuit against the city demanding a jury trial against the mayor, police chief, and a police captain, it pried loose sources [...]

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