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DEATH BY POLICE: TRANSPARENCY IN GRAND RAPIDS, SECRECY IN PITTSFIELD … plus … CITY FINANCES & THE SCANLON AUDIT: A CONFEDERACY OF OBFUSCATION (NOT TO MENTION OPEB!)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 15-7, 2022) — THE PLANET begins The Weekend Edition with news from Grand Rapids, MI. A white cop killed a black man. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. Patrick Lyoya, 26, a native of Congo, was shot by […]

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CLUES REVEAL BLUES FOR CITIZENS AND TAXPAYERS OVER CITY’S ‘FREE’ e-SCOOTER PROGRAM … PLANET’S INVESTIGATION HINTS AT SECRET DEAL

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 13, 2022) — While other cities — large, metro areas such as Memphis, TN; Dallas, Texas; Paris, France; and Syracuse, NY — have either tried-then-banned e-scooters or did the right thing in the first place and not allowed them at all — […]

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SULLIVAN STATEMENT ATTACKS HARRINGTON, SHUGRUE IN D.A.’s RACE … plus … WILL THE REAL ‘DAN VALENTI’ PLEASE STAND UP?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY APRIL 11, 2022) — First, in our effort to keep you informed on the most important race to take place this year in Berkshire County, we present this statement sent to THE PLANET by Bob Sullivan, independent candidate for district attorney: We are […]

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PORTRAITS IN RASH: CARICATURES OF A LEADER ‘SHIP’ THATS RUN AGROUND

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY WARNING! THIS COLUMN IS SATIRIC IN NATURE. CARICATURES ARE NOT PORTRAITS. THEY ARE EXAGGERATIONS. THE PLANET IS OBLIGED TO INCLUDE TO LEST SOME OF THE MORE FRAGILE PERSONS MENTIONED FAIL TO ROUSE THEIR SENSE OF HUMOR. WE ARE ON THIS EARTH TO LIVE, LIGHTEN UP, LAUGH, AND […]

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TYER USES ‘RICKY’S RUMPUS’ TO PUNISH WARD 2’s KRONICK … SEEMS THE COUNCILOR HAS BEEN ASKING TOO MANY EMBARRASSING QUESTIONS FOR THE ADMINISTRATION’S CoMFOrT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 6, 2022) — The most enjoyable part of smash-hit game show Ricky’s Rumpass is that it’s the gift that  keeps giving. One would join Dwight Frye eating flies in Carfax Mental Hospital trying to figure out the whys and wherefores of the […]

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!!JUST IN!! TWO MORE SHOT IN PITTSFIELD!! … SCOOTERS FROM OUTER SPACE … ‘RICKY’S RUMPASS’ GETS EVEN MORE DANGEROUS … COMING THIS MONTH … YOUR TAX $$$ AT WASTE

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 1, 4/4/22 9:42 p.m.: This just in from the Pittsfield Police Department: On Monday April 4th 2022 at approximately 4:22 pm members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to an area near the intersection of King Street and Von Nida Avenue for a ShotSpotter activation.  […]

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ANOTHER PITTSFIELD SHOOTING … RACE FEVER … RICKY’S RUMPASS ROAD KILL … CRYPTO HEIST … plus … BIDEN DOES IT AGAIN

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 1-3, 2002) — Head ’em up and move ’em out. ANOTHER SHOOTING: THE PLANET leads with this from the Pittsfield Police Department: On Wednesday March 30th 2022 at approximately 9:51pm members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to an […]

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IS EVIDENCE IN POLICE SHOOTING BEING MESSED WITH? … plus … ‘RICKY’S RUMPUS’ NEW SMASH HIT (AND WE MEAN SMASH)

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 2022) — Something’s not adding up. THE PLANET speaks of Miguel Estrella, 22, shot to death by a PPD officer in front of the old school (now apartments) at 279 Onota Street. That’s to be expected in such a sensitive case […]

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PPD’s FATAL SHOOTING OF 22-YEAR OLD ONOTA STREET MAN RAISES MULTIPLE QUESTIONS FOR TYER, WYNN, & HARRINGTON

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARCH 28, 2022) — Back in the day, THE PLANET was quite familiar with the 200 block of Onota Street. Our beloved Uncle Fred, Aunt Dolores, and cousin David lived at 286, having moved there in 1963 to build a home. A home […]

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!!BULLETIN!! KNIFE WIELDER, 22, SHOT AND KILLED BY PITTSFIELD POLICE … SULLIVAN TO ANNOUNCE FOR D.A. ON MONDAY, BLASTS HARRINGTON’s ‘ABUSES OF PUBLIC TRUST’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 2, March 26, evening: The Berkshire Edge has reported new details from the fatal incident wherein a Pittsfield police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man on Onota Street. The incident took place outside 279 Onota Street. Miguel Estrella died from two gunshot wounds fired by […]

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INEPT GOVERNMENT PRODUCES A CITY GONE WITH THE WIND

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 23, 2022) — Over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, THE PLANET appeared along with writer Paul Kocak in Auburn, NY for a talk and reading at the Octane Social Club. It was a great success, meeting-and-greeting, selling and signing books. We and […]

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SHOOTINGS, ARMED ROBBERY IN DOWNTOWN, TYLER STREET … WELCOME SPRING … plus … THE REALITY OF THE LAPTOP

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ADD 1, 3/21/22 — We present two items from the Pittsfield Police Department: On Saturday March 19th 2022 at approximately 7:44pm members of the Pittsfield Police Department (PPD) responded to the 300 block of Columbus Avenue for a ShotSpotter activation.  Multiple shell casings were discovered in that […]

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NOT A CENT OF ARPA $$ FOR THE KAPANSKIS, COUNCIL DECREES, WHILE MAYOR, RUFFER SET FOR GIVEAWAY BONANZA FOR THE ‘GIMME GROUPS’

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MARCH 18-20, 2022) — On Monday, THE PLANET reported on the four 6-4 votes by our Right Honorable Good Friend on the Pittsfield city council not to support a plan presented by Charles Ivar Kronick along with Ken Warren, Karen Kalinowsky, […]

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‘IS THE COMMONWEALTH READY FOR TRIAL?’ … ‘NO, YOUR HONOR’ … CHAOS IN THE COURTS & THE D.A.

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2022) — Yesterday wasn’t a great day for Julius Caesar back in the day. It wasn’t all that great for Berkshire County district attorney Andrea Harrington, either. Seems that THE PLANET‘s friends and colleagues at the Berkshire Eagle and in the […]

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KRONICK & ‘THE FOUR’ TRY TO STOP TYER’S DOUBLE-DIGIT RATE HIKES ON WATER and SEVER; SIX IN HER POCKET THWART THEM … AND WHERE WAS KAVEY? DID HE KAVE?

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY MARcH 14, 2020) — 6-4. 6-4. 6-4. Stuck record. Ground Hog’s Day. Deja vu, all over again. Same old same old. Those were the identical votes, from the identical sixes and fours, at last week’s city council meeting, where Our Right Honorable Good […]

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STATE, CITY GRAVY TRAINS ROLL ON … RUSSIAN ONSLAUGHT CONTiNUES … THE ONLY ‘JUST’ WAR … & LOOKS LIKE TiM SHUGRUE’S GOiNG For IT

BY DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY ————————————————————- Now on Sale! Dan Valenti’s new book, Third Person Singular. This collaboration with Jerri Chaplin and Paul Kocak, two of the nation’s finest contemporary poets, offers three books in one, a trinity of outstanding new literature sure to please. Makes a great “Buy Berkshire” gift. Published […]

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