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Going Out to Play

by The Staff June 5, 2014

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  The Comfort of Nature Camping: never again. Because after a meal of Pittsburgh hot dogs—charred on the outside but cool in the center because they kept falling off the overly supple green-twig skewer into the fire—with ...

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Dicey Propositions

by Ann Morrow May 30, 2014

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  “Casino gambling has literally become America’s new national pastime, with higher attendance than professional baseball, football, and every other professional sport combined,” said Bob Steele, the keynote speaker at an anti-casinos forum held last week ...

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Skrillex

by Josh Potter May 28, 2014

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  He’s the face—and haircut—of American EDM. Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex) started his musical career as singer of the post-hardcore band From First to Last, abruptly leaving the rock world for his meteoric solo rise within ...

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Soul Selling

by James Yeara May 28, 2014

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  The Other Place is a smart play about smart people. It begins smartly after a blackout with a smartly dressed woman in gray slacks, gray coat, blue blouse, and black heels commanding center stage: “The ...

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It’s Punk to Wear Sunscreen

by Alexander M. Stern May 22, 2014

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  “This band is really good,” says Ben Garrett. “They play surf rock.” The guitarist and vocalist for Saratoga band Party Boat sits with his bandmates on a curved sofa that’s seen better days inside their rehearsal ...

Readin’, Ritin’, Radiation

by Michael Bielawski May 22, 2014

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  Last Dec. 10, the Troy City School District Board of Education approved an $8.4 million technology initiative that includes installing wireless Internet in 250 classrooms. The move echoed a $10 million initiative at Shenendehowa School ...

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Share the Road

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

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  The day before the annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday (May 21), Lorenz Worden was loading bikes onto a car-top bike rack. But these bikes were not for riding; they were “ghost bikes,” bikes painted ...

This Monkey’s Gone to Hell—and Back

by Ali Hibbs May 14, 2014

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  He went back every day for more than a year and begged for the monkey. Kept chained outdoors for the first 10 years of her life, Maruka had eaten only junk food and been regularly beaten ...

The Maestro

by David King May 14, 2014

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  Eddie Izzard brought his show screeching to a halt only a few minutes after its start at the Palace Theatre on Monday night. There was a beetle on stage, and Izzard was not about to ...

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Anticipation

by Stephen Leon May 14, 2014

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  Is it possible that the Capital Region will produce two Division 1 college national champions in one year? That’s not a question Scott Marr would even try to answer today. The head coach of the University ...

Navigating the Infestation

by Josh Potter May 8, 2014

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  “Going to Coachella? You’re a Loser and Part of the Problem and Probably Fat.” This was the headline of Luke O’Neil’s smart and hilarious takedown piece a few weeks back in Bullett. In advance of ...

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Marching for the Incarcerated

by Ann Morrow May 8, 2014

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  “My husband is incarcerated so I see personally what is wrong in our correctional facilities and they do need to be changed,” said Tammy Stanley from Rochester, who added that “75 percent of all prisoners ...

Eddie Izzard

by David King May 8, 2014

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  Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeure is being billed as “the most extensive comedy tour ever.” Izzard will play in 25 countries on 5 continents. Thankfully, Izzard says the show translates “exactly” between cultures. “Human sacrifice is ...

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So You Like Writing Too?

by Stephen Leon May 1, 2014

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  “I think the thing that they are most surprised about—and we’re talking about high school students here—the thing we hear most from the students is that they are excited to find a community of young ...

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Renovation or Mutilation?

by The Staff May 1, 2014

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  As part of its conversion to a Ronald McDonald House—the third on the block--41 South Lake Ave., a gracious 1880s Albany residence facing Memorial Park, is mutating in unneighborly ways, including these elevator towers grafted ...

Summer Education Guide 2014

by The Staff May 1, 2014

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  Colleges and Universities Bard College at Simon’s Rock 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass., (413) 644-4400, simons-rock.edu Young Writers’ Workshop, a three-week, writing-intensive workshop for high school students, utilizing “informal, playful, expressive writing as a way to strengthen ...

Pedaling Environmentalism

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014

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    An Earth Day Bicycle Parade was held on Tuesday by PAUSE (People of Albany United for Safe Energy) to protest the oil “bomb trains” that run on the tracks behind the Ezra Prentice Homes on ...

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Still Representing

by David King April 24, 2014

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  Every time New York state elects a new governor, Dominick Calsolaro writes the new head of the state a letter welcoming him to Albany. He also issues a challenge. “I say, ‘Welcome to the neighborhood,’ because ...

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Swamp Gothic

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014

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  Joe is about a hard-luck, hard-drinking foreman of an illegal lumber operation who hires a 15-year-old boy who is trying to earn enough money to feed his family and get away from his alcoholic, drifter ...

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Everyone’s Favorite Class Is Lunch

by Josh Potter April 17, 2014

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  Environmentalists have always drawn their moral imperative from a duty to protect that which is common to us all: the air we breath, the water we drink, the land we share. While the fight to ...

You Gonna Eat That?

by Amy Halloran April 17, 2014

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  The other day, I picked up three cases of green beans from Honest Weight. I brought the beans, which were a little past their prime and unsaleable, to Unity House in Troy and put them ...

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Enjoying the Long View

by Ali Hibbs April 17, 2014

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  “Everything has really been win-win,” says Tom Rossi. “Especially the solar system. Ready to see the roof?” Rossi is eager to show off the solar panels he and his partner, John Blackburn, had installed on the ...

September Spring

by Natasha Scully April 9, 2014

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  If I listen careful carefully, I can still hear her voice. I can hear my grandmother singing “Aba Daba Honeymoon" with my poppy to me. She would sing “Aba daba daba daba daba daba dab ...

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Readers Poll: Best Media

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014

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  Best Local TV News 1. WNYT, NewsChannel 13 3. WTEN, News 10 ABC 2. WRGB, CBS6 WNYT wins again, and remains your clear favorite. Interestingly, WTEN pulled further ahead of WRGB. Best Local TV News Anchor 1.  Benita Zahn, WNYT 2.  John ...

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Readers Poll: Best Goods and Services

by Metroland Staff April 9, 2014

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  Best Optical Store 1. Empire Visionworks aka Empire Vision Centers 2. DiNapoli Opticians 3. Buenau’s Opticians The results are clear and focused: Empire Visionworks is superlative with spectacles. Best Appliance Store 1. Sears 2. Lowe’s 3. Cocca’s Appliances & Home Electronics The big boxes ...

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