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You Can Get There From Here

by Ann Morrow June 26, 2014

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  The Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge at Maiden Lane arches over the highway with grandeur of scale and 30 mural-painted obelisk light poles. Yet when the footbridge opened in 2002, bicyclists were disappointed: The bridge ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by B.A. Nilsson June 26, 2014

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  “I like the idea of being in a world of magic. In the South, that kind of world is more of a reality,” says Johnny Lee Davenport, and he launches into the opening strain of ...

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It’s a Start

by Ali Hibbs June 26, 2014

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  New York State is finally set to legalize a medical-marijuana program that will ease the suffering of patients who have waited more than 20 years for relief. But critics say that many more New Yorkers ...

The Invisible Bomb Trains

by Justin Mikulka June 19, 2014

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  In 2012, Global Partners, an oil services company located in Massachusetts, received a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) allowing it to bring up to 1.8 billion gallons of crude ...

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Bad Faith

by John Rodat June 19, 2014

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  Look, I’m not heartless, OK? I cry at those seasonal McDonald’s commercials, just like everybody else; and that one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? I’m not a monster. But Precocious Kids With Cancer ...

Local Hero

by Shawn Stone June 19, 2014

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  Who was the first mayor of Troy? Hint: He has a street named after him. Nothing, huh? Need another clue? He served as an aide-de-camp to Gen. George Washington in the Revolutionary War and earned a personal commendation ...

The River Calls

by Sarah Sherman June 12, 2014

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    In sight of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Dallas Trombley and Robert Ellis started to panic as their raft began to take on water. As they attempted to paddle to shore, they bottomed out on ...

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Voice of the Pride

by Josh Potter June 12, 2014

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  The cover of Sean Desiree’s debut EP depicts a lion wearing a collar of tiny bells. Designed by her partner Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, it’s a visualization of Desiree’s stage name, Bell’s Roar, itself a kind of ...

Lost

by Shawn Stone June 12, 2014

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  Rule of thumb: If a movie is in some way about the Holocaust, the filmmakers have failed if the audience walks out “inspired” or feeling uplifted in some way. Director and co-writer Pawel Pawlikowski has ...

The Black Keys

by David King June 5, 2014

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  The Black Keys’ ambition outweighs their abilities. Turn Blue features the band doing what they are simply unequipped to do: play full-on rock songs. Anyone who has seen the Keys live knows the band can ...

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Summer Guide

by The Staff June 5, 2014

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  Pop Music Concerts Basilica Hudson 110 S. Front St., Hudson. 6/14: Shannon F, Crush, Love Pig, Evil Doers. 9/12-13: Basilica Soundscape featuring Swans, Tim Hecker, Deafheaven, Julia Holter, Gamelan Dharma Swara. Bearsville Theater 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-4406, bearsvilletheater.com. 6/12: Zvuloon ...

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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 ...

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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