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Funding the City

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 29, 2015

  At a regional forum on inequality earlier this month, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan made some remarks that jumpstarted some regional discussion about regional equity, commuter taxes, and the like. As reported by Jimmy Vielkind at ...

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Fun With Viagra

by Evie January 22, 2015

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  “It sends me on a rocket trip right through your solar system,” Dr. Mark Haskin tells Samantha when she asks him what Viagra does for him. Carrie later tells us that Samantha landed on the ...

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Band of Broaders

by Paul Rapp January 22, 2015

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  All kinds of fun on the broadband front. Finally, we’re seeing some leadership that understands the need for real and affordable high-speed Internet, as a basic human right, as a public-safety necessity, as an economic ...

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Fracked Gas, Coming Through

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 15, 2015

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  The land where Patricia Kernan grew up, in the foothills of the Northern Catskills, is 1,000 acres of unbroken forest, from which trees have been carefully, sustainably harvested for at least 70 years. It contains ...

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Threesomes, Anyone?

by Evie January 8, 2015

  “I told her if we made it 10 years I’d get her a diamond. If we made it 25 . . . threesome.” They’ve been married 34 years; still no threesome. Oh, and the “they,” ...

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Rock, Scissors, Paper

by Paul Rapp January 8, 2015

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  Don’t know about you, but I hardly use paper anymore. When I opened my own law practice almost 11 years ago, I was going through paper like there was no tomorrow. I bought big boxes ...

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Charity and Justice

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 31, 2014

  A few weeks ago my daughter got a bee in her bonnet about wanting to help homeless people. Like many of her peers she has begun to notice the world outside of herself and has ...

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Wake It Shake It Sony Sony

by Paul Rapp December 24, 2014

  This Sony hack thing is one profoundly smelly continuously exploding canister of weird. And it will just keep getting weirder. I mean, as I’m writing this (Tuesday afternoon), Sony suddenly decides that The Interview will ...

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The Hair Down There

by Evie December 24, 2014

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  Pants hamster. Now do I have your attention? Unfortunately for me there aren’t that many popular euphemisms for pubic hair, other than bush or carpet, so when I came across pants hamster I decided I’d take ...

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Letters: Don’t Reduce Our Representation in the Albany County Legislature

by The Staff December 19, 2014

  To the Editor:  A recent article by Ali Hibbs contained an error on the date of the public hearing to possibly reduce the size of the Albany County Legislature [Newsfront, Dec. 11]. Nor did the article offer much ...

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Letters: In the City of Albany, a Bitter Budget, or a Better Budget?

by The Staff December 19, 2014

  To the Editor: It’s no surprise that the City of Albany is facing tremendous financial challenges. Albany residents are fortunate that Mayor Sheehan and her team put a balanced budget forth with no reduction in services ...

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Critical Mass of Grief

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 18, 2014

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  Grief lasts a lot longer than anger. Anger burns itself out, but grief comes in steady waves. When I look around at the tremendous outpouring of #BlackLivesMatter activism of these past weeks, of I Can’t Breathe ...

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Morning Wood

by Evie December 11, 2014

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  Alright, Noah, you want morning sex? Then listen up. Yes, you can wake me with a poke to my backside. I’ll be the little spoon; you be the big spoon. Please don’t exhale with too ...

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Profiles in Fear

by Stephen Leon December 4, 2014

  For some reason, I went to work early that Thursday, the day after we put the paper to bed and I could have slept later if I had wanted to. It was before 9 AM ...

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Progressives and Picket Lines

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 4, 2014

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  The story was very different, depending who told it. To the organizers of the two affordable housing conferences I attended a few weeks ago, news that the Seattle Olive 8 hotel was under boycott by the ...

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Attention Chopper Parodists

by Paul Rapp November 26, 2014

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  Last week, Price Chopper made the beguiling announcement that it was changing its name to “Market 32,” apparently a reference to the company’s first store (the chain originally was called Central Markets), which opened in ...

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Sexual Gratitude

by Evie November 26, 2014

  Mom can ask me to peel potatoes, but she better not ask me to say grace this year. There’s something about me being a writer that makes her think I’m the best choice for leading ...

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Is History Destiny?

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 20, 2014

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  Don’t tell anyone, but I recently abandoned my longstanding resistance to both podcasts and NPR and binge-listened to a bunch of Planet Money episodes on a couple of bus and plane trips where I couldn’t ...

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Measuring Up

by Evie November 13, 2014

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  “Of course it matters!” says a friend when I ask her the question I’ve spent the past couple days exploring: Does size matter? I’ve always thought it didn’t; that it just mattered what the guy ...

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Nothing But Net (Neutrality)

by Paul Rapp November 13, 2014

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  Did anybody see this coming? In the aftermath of the disastrous midterm elections, leaving us ashamed of our country and fearful of the future, President Obama issued a startling call for pure, clean net neutrality. For ...

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Hey Albany, We Have a Land Bank

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 6, 2014

  Albany has a lot of abandoned buildings and vacant lots, as most of us know. They can be an incredible drag on neighborhoods, inviting crime and disinvestment, and they represent a tremendous waste of potential, ...

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Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General

by The Staff October 30, 2014

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  Four years ago, we endorsed Eric Schneiderman over a crowded field of candidates because he seemed the most likely to bring progressive principles back to the office. As New York State Attorney General, Schneiderman has ...

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Who’s Gonna Pay?

by Paul Rapp October 30, 2014

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  When Apple rolled out the iPhone 6 a couple of weeks ago, most of us were too busy running around yelling about the atrocity of having the new U2 album rammed down our throats to ...

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Endorsements: Howie Hawkins for Governor

by The Staff October 30, 2014

    A vote for Howie Hawkins is a vote for the only progressive gubernatorial candidate. Or a vote to keep the Green Party on the ballot. Or it’s a vote against sitting governor, Andrew Cuomo, who ...

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Endorsements: Thomas DiNapoli for Comptroller

by The Staff October 30, 2014

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  We think DiNapoli has done a fine job in an important office. We like that he’s maintained his independence and that he isn’t afraid to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo; we appreciate that he is working ...

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