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CATSKILL — Catskill residents made known their opposition to the proposed Catskill Gardens, a $25 million low-income complex for adults with special needs, at a village planning board workshop meeting at the Washington Irving Senior Center on Monday. The proposed 18-acre site on West Main Street, near the Creekside Restaurant, would be a three-story, 90-unit apartment complex with options for one-, two- and three-bedroom
apartments. Office space for educational programs, community space, a gymnasium and computer room would occupy 3,700 square feet. The Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties proposed the development and Poughkeepsiebased Mauri Architects PC has been hired to work on it. Residents were invited to share their thoughts and concerns about the draft scoping document for the project, which applies to the preparation of a draft environmental
impact statement. The statement evaluates zoning and land use suitability of the proposed site to assess potential environmental impacts. A final draft of the environmental impact statement will be completed before the planning board’s July 23 meeting with project representatives and builders. A vote on the final draft will take place then, Planning Board Chairman William Zwoboda said. “This is just a draft. We See NO EDEN A2
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Leslie LaFleur, far left, talks about the proposed Catskill Gardens to the Catskill Village Planning Board.
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The Greene County public safety committee meeting with a vote on a bond resolution for the proposed jail. The resolution was tabled on Monday evening at the Greene County Legislature in Catskill.
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CATSKILL — After a heated debate, the Public Safety Committee of the Greene County Legislature tabled a vote Monday to authorize $39 million in bonds to build a new jail in Greene County. Legislators shelved an initial bond resolution in May that would have authorized $51.4 million in serial bonds to cover the cost of building a new 96-bed jail behind the Greene Correctional Facility off Route 9W in Coxsackie, during the Greene County Legislature’s Finance Committee meeting, to explore cost savings. The bond amount was reduced to $39 million, after cuts to the new jail design resulted in about $4 million of savings that reduced the project cost to $47.2 million, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said. In addition, the county planned to pay $8 million of the cost from its fund balance, or leftover money from previous years’ budgets, which would lower the amount of money the county would need to borrow, Groden said. The project construction cost of $47.2 million remains the same. The existing jail on Bridge Street closed April 20 for safety reasons a short time after it was ranked as one of the worst jails in the state in February by the state Commission of Corrections. After an emotional debate Monday on the proposed jail’s size and cost, the legality of a shared jail, unknown operating costs and the county’s lack of Alternative-To-Incarceration services, Public Safety Committee Chairman William Lawrence, R-Cairo, decided to pull the vote until the September committee meeting. During that 60-day hiatus, lawmakers plan to publicly release a frequently-askedquestions list and a jail operation budget estimate, and re-examine the proposed jail
size with the Commission of Corrections. The question list will include details about the bond and how it would affect property taxes, Lawrence said Tuesday. The net debt expense of the bond could raise property taxes by $29 dollars per $100,000 of assessed home valuation, he said. “The public is not aware, we have not done our homework, we consistently put out incorrect facts,” said Legislator Lori Torgersen, D-Windham, during Monday’s meeting. “What we’re talking about is $47.1 million plus interest and whether or not there’s a better way we can spend that money.” The Public Safety Committee includes Lawrence and Legislators Charles Martinez, R-Coxsackie; Harry Lennon, D-Cairo; Pat Linger, R-New Baltimore; and Lori Torgersen, D-Windham. After almost three hours of debate Monday between residents and lawmakers, Legislator Larry Gardner, D-Hunter, proposed tabling the resolution to revisit the bond vote after more research and public discussion. “I’m not looking to delay the process,” Gardner said. “I’m looking to clarify the process. I believe that we have the time to do this and still move forward if that’s what we’re going to do.” Delaying the decisions may result in the Legislature running the risk of losing the 3.5 percent interest rate it secured when it authorized a $51,418,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Agency in March. “My concern is, we have lowinterest bonding available that will disappear on March 1,” Groden said during Monday’s meeting. “Every 1 percent that goes up adds $12 million to the life of the project. That’s a game-changer.” Delaying Monday’s vote would not affect the county’s ability to meet that deadline, as
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Neva Wartell of Catskill voicing her opinion at the Greene County public safety committee meeting with a vote on a bond resolution for the proposed jail. The resolution was tabled on Monday evening at the Greene County Legislature in Catskill.
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Tasha Depp of Catskill voicing her opinion at the Greene County public safety committee meeting with a vote on a bond resolution for the proposed jail. The resolution was tabled on Monday evening at the Greene County Legislature in Catskill.
long as designs and bid preparations continued, Groden added. The cost of architects and designers could be a few hundred thousand dollars, Groden estimated in response to a question from a resident at the meeting. If the Public Safety Committee approves the bond resolution in September, the measure will move to a vote in the Finance Committee and then the full Legislature, where a super majority of at least 10 legislators is required to pass it, Lawrence said Tuesday.
SHARED-JAIL OPTION The Legislature defeated a proposed resolution last month authorizing a feasibility
study to explore the possibility of a shared Twin County jail, but many of the residents crammed into the caucus room Monday pleaded with the board to re-open the issue. “This is serious,” said Darleen Downing, of East Durham. “It seems grossly irresponsible to encumber the 49,000 residents of this county with debt of this magnitude without doing due diligence,” The study, projected to cost $60,000 evenly split between Greene and Columbia counties, was defeated in a 7-6 vote during the June 20 Legislature meeting. In 2017, the state Department of Shared Services See DEBATE A2
CATSKILL — A Leeds woman died as a result of a three-car crash at the intersection of Route 23 and Cairo Junction Road on Tuesday, according to state police. The accident occurred around 3:10 p.m., according to state police. A vehicle driven by a 56-year-old Leeds man with a 90-year-old Leeds woman as a passenger was traveling east on Route 23 when the driver turned left and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by a 34-yearold Windham man. That vehicle then struck a third vehicle stopped at a stop sign on Cairo Junction Road, state police Senior Investigator Pete Kusminsky said. The vehicle at the stop sign was being driven by a 49-year-old Cairo woman, Kusminsky said. The 90-year-old woman was airlifted by LifeNet helicopter to Albany Medical Center, where she later died, Kusminsky said. Police are withholding the identity of the woman pending notification of family members. The Leeds man was also taken to Albany Medical Center and the Cairo woman was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, according to state police. The Windham man was treated at the scene for minor injuries and later released, Kusminsky said. The senior investigator did not have the conditions of the two other drivers. Police have not released the names of the other people injured in the accident. Route 23 was closed to traffic at Five Mile Woods Road and state police were directing traffic to alternate routes around the accident scene. The road was reopened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Kusminsky said. “The investigation is definitely ongoing and charges are pending,” Kusminsky said when asked about factors that may have contributed to the crash. State police was assisted at the scene by the Leeds Fire Department, Catskill Rescue and Greene County Paramedics, Kusminsky said.
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have some comments that we would put in, but we don’t know all of the things that are on your mind,” Zwoboda said. “This is just part of a process and we have quite a few steps to go.” Each speaker had three minutes. Leslie LaFleur isn’t opposed to the project, but is concerned about drainage and sewage issues because her property, close to the proposed site, frequently floods, she said. “If you build there, who is going to ensure us that this problem is going to be fixed?” LaFleur said. LaFleur asked about what would be done to ensure residents’ privacy. “My house is surrounded by hedges and woods and trees. I want it to stay that way,” she said. The project is tax-exempt and won’t contribute enough to the economy, causing taxes to rise, Amanda Greene said. She pays nearly $12,000 in property taxes annually. “Young people like me, who are late 30s, early 40s, we can get squeezed out of here real quick,” Greene said. “I very much enjoy living in the village, but I don’t want the taxes to go up.” Greene compared building the complex on West Main Street to building the similar Greenport Gardens, which opened June 19, on Warren Street in Hudson, an area meant
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There are 71 regional jails across 21 states in the nation, but none in New York state, Rahman said during a presentation before Monday’s Legislature meeting on programs that serve as alternatives to incarceration, including law enforcement assisted diversion, alternative forms of bail, pre-trial services and opioid court — noting that 65 percent of Greene County’s jail population includes people charged with drug crimes, property offenses, or probation of violation. Though the resolution was tabled Monday, many legislators came to the meeting prepared to vote. “I would have voted [yes] for it last night and I would vote for it in September,” Linger said, adding the board needs to get bids to estimate costs accurately. “The economy is moving so fast right now I’m not sure where we’re going to wind up.” “I was planning to vote
yes,” Martinez said. “We need a jail in Greene County, not shared services.” “I firmly believe we have an incredible opportunity to explore a shared jail with Columbia [County] as a viable and cost-effective solution,” Torgersen said, noting she would have voted no on the bond resolution. “We need to do due diligence on a shared jail, engage expert partners and follow up with the state commission and governors office in terms of next steps.” For Lawrence, the issue has taken many turns since he started working on the project more than a decade ago. “We’re spinning our wheels and not getting anywhere,” Lawrence said, adding Monday was the third public hearing on the subject with hourslong debate. “At this point, I may have to resign this position [as Public Safety Committee Chairman]. I’ve been working on this project since 2004 one way or another, maybe there’s a fresh set of eyes that can see it better.”
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Doubles II owner Sam Aldi said. “That’s a major concern in a little village of 4,200 people,” Aldi said. Other nonprofits such as Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts and Bridge Street Theatre bring in visitors who eat in the village’s restaurants, but the proposed Catskill Gardens won’t, Aldi said. “I don’t see anything positive about it,” he said. “How is this going to make Catskill great again?” The project won’t attract bartenders and cooks Aldi can hire for his business and he’s sometimes had customers with mental health issues who shouldn’t be drinking because of their medications, he said. COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA he Daily Mail is published Tuesday through Saturday mornings by Columbia-Greene Media (USPS 253620), One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534, a subsidiary of Johnson Newspaper Corp. Periodicals postage paid at Hudson, N.Y., and additional mailing oices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to he Daily Mail, One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534. TO SUBSCRIBE To order a subscription, call our circulation department at (800) 724-1012 or logon to www.hudsonvalley360.com SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Digital Pass is included with print subscription Daily (Newsstand) $1.50 Saturday (Newsstand) $2.25 Carrier Delivery (3 Months) $71.50 Carrier Delivery (6 Months) $143.00 Carrier Delivery (1 Year) $286.00 EZ Pay Rates: 3 months $65.00 6 months $130.00 1 year $260.00 DIGITAL PASS ONLY RATES: Includes full access to HudsonValley360.com and the e-edition. 3 Months $30.00 6 Months $60.00 1 Year $120.00 Home Delivery & Billing Inquireries Call (800) 724-1012 and reach us, live reps are available Mon.-Fri. 6 a,m - 5 p.m., Sat. 6 a.m. - noon Sun. 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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more for commercial use, she said. The Catskill project should be built outside the village near the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, she added. “It’s not practical, it’s not economical, it’s not safe, it’s a high traffic area,” she said. “Again, nothing against the movement that you’re supporting folks with mental health issues. I just think it’s the wrong place.” The project lacks outdoor space and should consist of several small housing facilities scattered throughout the village rather than a single complex, Shebar Windstone said. “It seemed to be very single-oriented, I didn’t see playgrounds, day care centers, I didn’t see anything that let people have a family life,” Windstone said. “It makes me concerned about the segregated nature of this facility.” A public education program on mental health issues should be held to quell misconceptions people have, Windstone said. “It’s very important that supportive living facilities such as this exist because we never know when we’re going to need it,” she said. The county has over $116 million in taxable properties, but those taxes are going unpaid,
“How are we going to police that?” Aldi said. “I’ve had to find out the hard way.” Aldi wants to make residents more aware of upcoming meetings on the project by putting up fliers with details, he said. “This is going to be the news of the year in this town,” he said. “I’m going to wake everybody up.” The public is impatient for a decision on the project but a basis for a decision has to be reached, Zwoboda said after the meeting. To reach reporter Daniel Zuckerman email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @DZuckerman_CGM
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was willing to fund $50,000 of that cost as long as the study included long-term plans for the jail, which would have brought the cost down to $5,000 for each county. “If you build it, they will come,” said Insha Rahman, project director at the Vera Institute of Justice. “Jail is an important resource for a county but it’s the most expensive resource you have in terms of your criminal justice system and should be used judiciously.” In 2017, Greene County appropriated $5.3 million for costs of incarceration in a county of 49,000 people, the same as Tompkins County which has more than double the population, she said. The proposed jail plan had an initial capacity of about 150, Groden said Tuesday. The County commissioned a needs-assessment in 2015 to
determine jail size, based on a 20-year history and census data, Groden said on Tuesday. But after the assessment, jail population dropped. “Frequency [jail] of use constantly fluctuates,” he said, citing changes in seasons, the economy, and even concerts on the mountaintop. “There is no perfect number.” The share jail concept would require building an addition onto the Columbia County Jail, a structure that’s more than 30 years old and built in an outdated, linear style, Groden said. The new design is a much larger room, much more interactive for the correctional officers, he said. Building a county jail is emotional for some Greene County residents. “My board members hear from constituents who say they don’t want the jail built in another county,” Groden said. “It’s the raw emotion of, should it be built in our own county in our own control.”
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CALENDAR Wednesday, July 11 n Athens Village Board 6:30 p.m. at
Village Hall, 2 First St., Athens n Catskill Central School District BOE annual reorganization/business meeting 7 p.m. in the high school library, 341 West Main St., Catskill n Catskill Town Zoning Board 6 p.m. at the Town Hall, 439 Main St., Catskill n Catskill Village Board 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill n Coeymans Conservation Advisory Council meeting 6 p.m. at Coeymans Town Hall, 18 Russell Ave., Ravena n Greene County Legislature workshop has been cancelled n Windham-Ashland-Jewett CSD Board of Education Audit Finance Committee 5:15 p.m.; reorganization and meeting 6 p.m. in the School Library, 5411 Route 23, Windham
Thursday, July 12 n Greene County Legislature CWSSI meeting 4-6 p.m. and public hearing at 6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Cairo
Monday, July 16 n Athens Town Board 6:45 p.m. at the
Town Hall, 2 First St., Athens n Greene County Legislature county services, public works, economic development and tourism, Gov. Ops., finance and Rep and Dem caucus 6 p.m. at the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., Catskill
Tuesday, July 17 n Athens Village Planning Board 6:30
p.m. at Village Hall, 2 First St., Athens n Ravena Village Board 7 p.m. at the Ravena Village Building, 15 Mountain Road, Ravena
Wednesday, July 18 n Catskill Town Committee 6:30 p.m.
at the Town Hall, 439 Main St., Catskill n Greene County Legislature meeting No. 7 at the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., Catskill
Thursday, July 19 n Coxsackie Village Planning Board
7 p.m. at Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie n Heermance Library Board of Trustees 7 p.m. at the library, 1 Ely St., Coxsackie
Monday, July 23 n Catskill Village Planning Board 7 p.m. at the Washington Irving Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill
Tuesday, July 24 n Catskill Town Planning Board 7
p.m. at the Town Hall, 439 Main St., Catskill n Ravena Village Board workshop 6 p.m. at the Ravena Village Building, 15 Mountain Road, Ravena
Wednesday, July 25 n Athens Village Board 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 2 First St., Athens n Catskill Library Board 6:45 p.m. at the Catskill Library, 1 Franklin St., Catskill or Palenville Library, 3303 Route 23A, Palenville n Catskill Village Board 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill n Coeymans Zoning Board of Appeals meeting 7 p.m. Coeymans Town Hall, 18 Russell Ave., Ravena
NJ teen rescued after 40-foot fall By Amanda Purcell Columbia-Greene Media
HAINES FALLS — A teenager was taken to the hospital after he fell about 40 feet off the rocks at Kaaterskill Falls on Friday, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation officers. The hiker from Passaic, New Jersey, who was not identified because he is under age 18, fell around 5:30 p.m., state Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Ranger Rob Dawson said. “He was below the platform, off the trail where he slipped on a steep slope and slid down,” said Dawson, who helped in the rescue efforts. “He sustained an injury to his left side and below the hip and pelvis area and left arm. He was able to make it down.” The teen was found, off the trail, on the opposite side of the stream near the staircase – about a half-mile from the trailhead on Route 23A. The rescue took about two hours. An assistant forest ranger at the top of the falls descended and provided immediate medical care. Three other forest rangers soon responded. A bystander called 911 once rangers got to the trailhead, Dawson said. Using ropes and several hands to carry a stretcher which held the teen, the Twin Cloves Rope Rescue Team slowly made its way down the rocky hillside to a waiting ambulance. It was unclear where the teen was taken for medical treatment. The teen’s condition was not immediately known. The terrain where the teen was found is rocky and unstable, Dawson said. “It was super steep,” Dawson said. “There are really loose rocks and it is very dangerous for the public. I don’t even go in that area.” In 2016, the DEC completed safety enhancements and other trail improvements at Kaaterskill Falls to improve public safety. “As forest rangers with the DEC, we discourage that [going off the trail] highly,” said Dawson. “We want the public to stay on the trails for their
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Rescuers helped bring an injured hiker back to the trailhead at Kaaterskill Falls on Friday.
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A hiker suffered a leg and pelvis injuries after falling a couple hundred feet at Kaaterskill Falls on Friday.
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A hiker fell at Kaaterskill Falls after he went off the trail Friday.
safety. That is the whole reason why we put in a connecting trail and staircase to provide people safety.” This is the second rescue at popular hiking spot this year. The first involved an ankle injury, Dawson said. About 1,000 people visited the waterfalls per day last weekend. Firefighters and paramedics from Centerville-Cedar Grove, Haines Falls, Hunter, Palenville and Tannersville, and Greene County Paramedics responded. Hunter police also responded.
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Coeymans Town Hall, 18 Russell Ave., Ravena
Thursday, Aug. 2 n Cairo Town Planning Board 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Meeting/Court Room, 512 Main St., Cairo
To reach reporter Amanda Purcell, call 518-828-1616 ext. 2500, or send an email to apurcell@ thedailymail.net, or tweet to @ amandajpurcell.
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A teen was taken to a hospital after he fell a few hundred feet at Kaaterskill Falls on Friday.
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Trump’s delusions are about to blow up in his own voters’ faces Greg Sargent The Washington Post
The ups and downs of Twin County wages Greene and Columbia counties, which have experienced a roller-coaster ride of shifting wage patterns over the last decade, find themselves in an even more difficult situation because the overall growth in weekly wages has not been able to attract new skilled workers to the area. There are three theories for what is happening. First, there are not enough jobs in both counties combined in fields where skilled workers would be needed. Second, the ups and downs of weekly wages since 2008 in both counties are discouraging skilled workers to seek employment here. Third, the so-called gentrification of
each county — $1,500-amonth rents in a region that pays the average worker $800 a week — is an unfair advantage to wealthy second-home owners from New York City and unaffordable for workers who toil here. Moreover, the changes in average weekly wages tend to reflect the erratic nature of the region’s overall economy. There seems to be a correlation between the two. When wages go down, the economy is not doing well, but when wages rise, the economy is stronger, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Another factor to consider is payroll. It is the larg-
est expenditure for businesses, large and small. It’s also critical for attracting a quality workforce, but Columbia and Greene are not wealthy counties, and that can work against luring skilled labor. And we haven’t mentioned the high taxes that can drain the highest-paid labor force and drive it to other, less expensive states. In other words, the competition for workers is fierce. Our ace in the hole is the low unemployment rates in both counties. Relative to other New York counties, a lot of people are working here, and that could be the break we’ve been waiting for.
A glimmer of hope for press freedom abroad The Washington Post
When journalists face blatantly political trials under authoritarian regimes, very often the judge becomes a tool of the authorities. But last week that changed in Angola. Judge Josina Mussua Ferreira Falcão acquitted a prominent journalist and activist, Rafael Marques de Morais, of bogus charges of insulting the government. Marques and an editor, Mariano Brás, in 2016 published an exposé of dubious land transactions by then-Attorney General João Maria de Sousa. The judge threw out the criminal charges against them. “This court believes that we would be doing very bad as a society that wants to progress, if we punished the messengers of bad news,” she said. The judge added that the land sales were “tainted with irregularities” and the article fulfilled the journalists’ duty to inform the public. The victory was particularly important as a reaffirmation of the significance of independent Angolan journalism; Marques has
spent nearly two decades uncovering corruption and malfeasance. Sadly, Angola is an exception to global trends. The same day Marques was acquitted, six columnists for the once-popular, now-shuttered Turkish newspaper Zaman received sentences of up to 10½ years for “membership in a terrorist organization.” That’s how Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodogan has labeled the movement of his onetime ally, exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of sponsoring a failed 2016 coup. Turkey, which once enjoyed a vibrant and robust free press, has become a gulag for reporters under Erdogan. More than 150 journalists are in prison, and nearly 180 outlets have been closed. Three more newspapers and a television station were darkened on Monday. Zaman columnist and novelist Ahmet Turan Alkan questioned the integrity of the justice system during a June hearing in Istanbul. “I suppose I must
have irked and infuriated the government,” he said. “But do not expect me to apologize.” He added that he would not seek mercy from his oppressors: “I would not lick the knife that is cutting my throat.” His defiance was echoed by two Reuters journalists in Myanmar, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who exposed the military’s massacre of Rohingya Muslims in a village and now face the government’s wrath. On Monday, a court lodged formal charges of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act against both journalists. After the ruling, Wa Lone, in handcuffs as he was ushered into a police truck, protested that they had committed no crime. “We will not retreat, give up or be shaken by this,” he vowed. This noble steadfastness is just what Aung Sang Suu Kyi once showed the world in the face of a military dictatorship. Now that she is Myanmar’s de facto leader, she should free these gutsy and determined journalists.
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With the exception of the big, beautiful wall that is already being built on the southern border (in President Donald Trump’s mind, anyway), the issue that taps most directly into the most visceral strains of Trumpism is his escalating trade war with China. Given how often he preens about his “toughness” toward China before roaring, worshipful rally crowds, it’s hard to see how he’ll back down, no matter what the consequences. Numbers provided to me by the Brookings Institution suggest that those consequences will most directly impact the counties that voted for Trump. Indeed, the numbers show that China has taken aggressive steps to sharpen its targeting of Trump counties in the latest round of retaliatory tariffs it just announced. Monday morning, Politico reports on the backstory leading up to Trump’s trade war. Trump has been ranting for decades about other countries “ripping off” the United States on trade. Now that hostilities are escalating, Politico notes that Trump has “no clear exit strategy and no explicit plans to negotiate new rules of the road with China, leaving the global trade community and financial markets wracked with uncertainty.” But Trump loyalists say he’s playing a long game and won’t buckle. As Stephen Bannon puts it, Trump “has preached a confrontation with China for 30 years,” making this a “huge moment” that pits “Trump against all of Wall Street.” Despite this phony populist posturing about Trump
targeting “Wall Street,” Trump counties are the ones most likely to take a hit. The Brookings Institution, which keeps detailed county-by-county data on employment by industry, looked at all the counties that have jobs in industries that China is targeting, and broke them out by counties that voted for Trump and Hillary Clinton. Nearly two-thirds of the jobs in industries targeted by China’s tariffs - a total of more than 1 million jobs - are in more than 2,100 counties that voted for Trump. By contrast, barely more than one-third of the jobs in China-targeted industries - just over half a million - are in the counties that voted for Clinton. (This is based on 2017 county/employment data.) This doesn’t mean those jobs will definitely be lost; it means that they are in industries that are getting caught up in Trump’s trade war, making them vulnerable, depending on what happens. China’s retaliatory tariffs are mainly aimed at U.S. exports of agricultural and food products such as soybeans, cereal, seafood, meats, fruits and nuts, and dairy, as well as intermediate goods and transport equipment, including vehicles. Mark Muro, a senior fellow at Brookings who compiled this data, says the jobs targeted by Chinese tariffs include well over 200,000 in poultry processing; nearly 140,000 in other animal slaughtering; over 120,000 in automobile manufacturing; and tens of thousands apiece in industries involving the manufacture of light trucks, utility vehicles and construction machinery, among others. Many of these industries are concentrated in
the Midwestern heartland and in the South. The rub here, Muro says, is that China’s new retaliatory tariffs actually go further in targeting red counties than its previously threatened list did. “These tariffs will touch down in very specific places,” Muro said. “They appear calculated to have that effect. In its final iteration the list became significantly more rural and agricultural and red.” It’s sometimes said that this trade war might have a negligible effect on the U.S. economy overall. But Muro points out to me that, by targeting industries that are particularly important in their geographic areas, the tariffs could have outsize impact in concentrated localities. “These counties rely pretty heavily on these industries,” Muro says. “Certain places could be hit quite hard.” Red places, to be precise. As Paul Krugman points out, Trump’s trade escalation is built on a foundation of delusions: the idea that trade wars are easy to “win” or that the country with the largest trade surplus has secured some sort of conquering status; the refusal to grasp that disrupting complex international supply chains hurts people on all sides, including U.S. companies and workers; the lie that the United States is getting “ripped off” by punishingly high tariffs. We don’t know how far Trump’s trade war will go. But given how deeply entangled it has become with Trump’s own megalomania and with the simplistic, rage-addled vision he has nursed about international trade for decades, does anyone want to wager that Trump will find a way out anytime soon?
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Thank you from the bottom of my heart To the Editor: On Saturday June 9, 2018, the Athens Volunteer Fire Department held a benefit for the wife of one of their members who is suffering from advanced cancer. The only treatment option available to me is not covered by insurance. The people involved in organizing the benefit worked tirelessly getting donations for the spaghetti and meatball dinner and donations from local businesses for raffle and silent auction items. On the day before these wonderful people spent their time preparing some of the food and on the day of the event came back to prepare more food and set up for the people coming either to take out or eat in.
The amount of people volunteering their time to help, which included the local boy and cub scout troop was amazing When I showed up, I was humbled and overwhelmed by their efforts. I was even surprised with my family showing up from far and wide to lend their help and support. I could not get over the raffle items donated by so many local businesses or all the people who came to eat. So many people, even ones I didn’t know, coming to hug me and tell my they’re praying for me and telling me they support me in my fight. If I could, I would walk up to each and every person and business who showed me
support in some way for this benefit but there is just too many to even name. I am so thankful I am in such a wonderful community filled with so many beautiful people. Someone said to me “Dawn, there is a lot of love here for you.” And he was right. All the love and support I felt from everyone makes me want to fight even harder to beat this devastating disease. To every business, every active and social member of the fire department and every person who lent their support in some way, I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and may God bless you all. DAWN VOTA ATHENS
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An ambulance taking a rescued boy heads for a local hospital on July 9, 2018 in Chang Rai, Thailand. By Tuesday evening, all 12 boys and their socer coach were rescued from the cave.
It took dozens of divers, hundreds of volunteers and 18 days to do it, but the rescue operation at Tham Luang Cave in Thailand has succeeded. The final stage of the extraction mission began at 10:08 a.m. local time Tuesday, with 19 divers dispatched to the remote cavern where the last four members of the Wild Boar soccer team and their coach have been sheltering since June 23. “Twelve Boars and coach are out of the cave. Everyone is safe. Now we are waiting to welcome our frogmen,” read a post on the Thai navy SEAL Facebook page Tuesday night. Around 9:40 p.m., Thai officials confirmed that the four-member military team that had stayed with the boys in their cavern for days had also left the cave together. With that, the rescue operation is officially complete. On Sunday and Monday, around 100 divers, medical personnel and support staff evacuated eight soccer teammates. The rescue effort involved guiding boys with little in the
way of swimming skills through passageways filled with churning water. The operation did claim one life: Saman Gunan, a 38-year-old former navy SEAL diver who volunteered to help in the search and rescue. He died early Friday after carrying air tanks into the flooded cave, losing consciousness underwater after running out of air himself. In a news conference after the rescue, Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the search operation, said that all of the team members were safe at the hospital at Chiang Rai. “I would like to say we have good news: We got five people out safely,” he said. He added that family members would be able to visit the boys, though separated by a window. They will spend at least a week warding off possible infection, according to Dr. Jesada Chokedamrongsuk, the permanent secretary to Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health. Two of the boys rescued Sunday are suffering from mild pneumonia, said Dr. Tosthep Buthong, the Chiang Rai public health chief, at a news conference Tuesday morning.
Trump hits combative notes as he undermines May, praises Putin ahead of NATO summit Philip Rucker, Michael Birnbaum and William Booth The Washington Post
BRUSSELS - President Donald Trump signaled he was ready for a transatlantic brawl Tuesday as he embarked on a consequential week of international diplomacy, taking aim at vulnerable British Prime Minister Theresa May and suggesting that meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin might be easier than talking with Western allies at the NATO summit here. Leaders converged on Brussels fearful of what the combative U.S. president might say or do to rupture the liberal world order, with some European diplomats privately predicting calamity. As he departed Washington on Tuesday, Trump stoked the deep divisions in May’s government to undermine the leader of America’s closest historic ally on the eve of the NATO meeting. Asked if May should remain in power, Trump said, “That’s up to the people,” while also complimenting her top rival, Boris Johnson. Some of Europe’s counters to Trump, including May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, arrive with heavy domestic political baggage of their own, making them vulnerable in negotiations with Trump as they seek to protect the Western alliance from his impulses on defense spending and trade. Trump has long prized his instincts for taking advantage of an adversary’s weaknesses, and referred to the “turmoil” confronting May at home in remarks to reporters. The prime minister faces a rebellion from advocates of a hard break from the European Union, who say she has been waffling, and is in danger of losing control. Johnson, a
potential successor to May, resigned Monday as foreign secretary and reportedly savaged her Brexit plan as “a big turd.” Trump praised him in personal terms: “Boris Johnson is a friend of mine. He’s been very, very nice to me and very supportive. And maybe we’ll speak to him when I get over there. I like Boris Johnson. I’ve always liked him.” Trump’s seven-day journey begins in Brussels and will take him to England for his first visit there as president, to Scotland for a weekend respite at his private golf course and finally to Helsinki for his tête-à-tête with Putin. European leaders are as concerned about what concessions he might make to Putin - such as recognizing Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine - as they are about the chaos he could create at the NATO summit. May plans to roll out the red carpet for Trump and first lady Melania Trump at a gala supper Thursday at Blenheim Palace, former prime minister Winston’s Churchill’s boyhood home, and at a luncheon Friday at Chequers, the prime minister’s country estate. She also secured him an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. It was a startling gambit for Trump to risk offending his host by showering Johnson with praise while May faces threats of a revolt - even a no-confidence vote - by her own Conservative party over how she is handling Brexit. “Trump goes after the weak people. He smells who is weak and who is strong, and he gets on well with the strong ones,” said Robin Niblett, director of the Chatham House, a prominent think tank in London. To her critics, May is forever making compromises to carry
out Brexit, even though she herself voted against leaving the European bloc. She has not helped her image by endlessly kicking the can down the road and delaying decisions. Alternatively, Johnson could be seen as strong by Trump because he pushed for Brexit, he won - and when he didn’t get what he wanted, he quit. In a leaked audiotape, Johnson also praised Trump as the consummate dealmaker. “Imagine Trump doing Brexit. He’d go in bloody hard,” Johnson said. “There’d be all sorts of breakdowns, all sorts of chaos. Everyone would think he’d gone mad. But actually you might get somewhere.” Trump seizing on perceptions of weakness in the diplomatic arena is in keeping with how he dealt with rival developers and other adversaries in real estate deals, according to Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. “There are certain fail-safe bully tactics that can be employed when you’re the stronger, bigger kid,” D’Antonio said. “He is willing to be extreme and seek the upper hand, especially with people that he perceives to be polite and well-mannered.” That impulse may be strongest this week with Merkel, who has been a stalwart against Trump’s disruptions in Europe but whose standing took a blow last month when she confronted the most serious leadership challenge in her 13-year rule of Germany. Trump loathes Germany’s trade imbalance with the United States and feels the country is free-riding off the U.S. security umbrella. He also has long criticized Merkel for her 2015 decision to admit more than 1 million asylum seekers from Syria and elsewhere, warning that they were a proverbial
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President Trump speaks to members of the media as first lady Melania Trump, left, listens before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday.
Trojan horse who could destroy Europe’s way of life. Trump has tried to spotlight any signs of Merkel’s political troubles, tweeting last month that “the people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition.” In Brussels, Merkel will defend her decision to raise defense spending more slowly than Trump’s goal and seek to maintain the 35,000 U.S. troops deployed to Germany, which Trump has threatened to pull back. But Merkel has actually benefited at home from Trump’s attacks, since the U.S. president is deeply unpopular among the German electorate, as he is with voters across much of western Europe. Other sometimes-adversaries of Trump will be in Brussels as well, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, creating the potential to extend disagreements that upended last month’s Group of Seven leaders summit in Quebec. Trump left that gathering without signing the perfunctory joint statement among the leaders that his aides had endorsed, and he proceeded to trash its host, Trudeau, as “weak” and
“dishonest.” Ahead of the NATO meetings that begin here Wednesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tried to strike an optimistic note and play down the simmering disputes. “Our summit comes at a time when some are questioning the strength of the transatlantic bond and I would not be surprised if we have robust discussions at the summit, including on defense spending,” Stoltenberg told reporters Tuesday. “Different views are normal among friends and allies, but I am confident that we will agree on the fundamentals.” But European Council President Donald Tusk was more direct in anticipating that Trump may have designs on sowing discord, delivering a stinging warning to the visiting Americans president. “Dear America, appreciate your allies,” Tusk said. “After all, you don’t have that many.” As he departed the White House, Trump offered a rebuttal. “Well, we do have a lot of allies,” he told reporters before boarding Marine One. “But we cannot be taken advantage of. We’re being taken advantage of by the European Union. We lost $151 billion last year on trade.
Beauty pageant winner gives up crown to protest skit mocking #MeToo Laura M. Holson The New York Times News Service
A beauty pageant winner gave up her title this month after a skit at the Miss Massachusetts competition mocked the #MeToo movement. The contestant, Maude Gorman, who was named as this year’s Miss Plymouth County, said she was offended when a skit performed at the recent statewide pageant poked fun at the Miss America Organization for getting rid of its swimsuit competition. Gorman, 24, was raped as a teenager and has been an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault. She said the skit that was performed at the competition on June 30 was insensitive to women who have come forward over the past year and told their stories about sexual harassment in the workplace. “So many people reached out for help,” Gorman said. “It was
disheartening.” Gorman announced on Instagram on July 5 that she was giving up the title, saying, “As both a survivor, and advocate for victims rights and sexual violence on a whole, I refuse to stand idly by and simply ‘let this go.’ “ The skit took a swipe at the Miss America Organization, which said in June that it was scrapping the swimsuit portion of its annual pageant as it tries to adapt to an era of increased gender equality. Onstage, a woman was seen bemoaning the loss of the swimsuit competition. The woman turned to a man, who was dressed as God, and told him she was upset and was trying to understand why it happened. The man held up a sign that read #MeToo. Gorman was backstage during the skit. “There were a lot of laughs and cheers,” she said. “But there were a lot of disgruntled people, too. It was so
inappropriate for that night.” She added: “I was just so taken aback. I was offended, not only as a survivor. It made all the work I did, well, it slammed it in my face.” The board of the Miss Massachusetts pageant apologized on Facebook, saying the skit was not in the script, nor was it authorized by pageant officials. “Moving forward, we will review all content with future emcees and other participants prior to our show to be sure offensive or potentially offensive content is not allowed,” the directors wrote. Pageant officials sent Gorman an email after her announcement that she was giving up her title, she said. “I think they should have apologized before someone got upset,” she said. Gorman said she was raped by three men on a playground when she was 13. She did not tell her mother until she was 16, overcome with shame and fear. “It’s
very common to keep secrets,” she said. The attack left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, she said, and she was afraid to sleep at night. “My life spiraled out of control,” she said. “I didn’t have direction.” Gorman attended Stonehill College in Massachusetts and graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies. She now works as a preschool teacher, and she is also an ultramarathon runner and a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Early on, Gorman said, she decided to become an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. In 2015, she spoke about her experience at the Miss World America pageant in Washington, where she was representing Massachusetts. She said she would continue to speak out on behalf of women who have been sexually abused and harassed. “I want to inspire others to speak up too,” she said.
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A charming tale, part 1
CHAIRMAN’S AWARD HONORS MAGGIE GRAHAM
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Today I would like to share some memories about Greene County passed on to us by Rubén García (1911-1994). García was a dancer, actor, community organizer, teacher, historian and an important person in Greene County for many years. I could write a whole column or two about García’s life, but today I want to focus on his first introduction to Greene County. In her book “Two Lives, Many Dances” by his only child and daughter Francesca García Pratten, she gives us in his own words, García’s first impressions of spending time here. García was born in Puerto Rico and his family moved to East Harlem in New York City when he was two years old. His father ran a cigar store where Rubén helped out when he got older. One summer between his junior and senior years in high school while working in his father’s store he discovered an ad in the paper titled “Boy Wanted: Pick cherries on farm in Round Top, NY.” The ad went on to instruct interested parties to write to Stony Brook Farm in Round Top. After gaining his parents’ (Papi and Mami) permission, Rubén wrote to the farm and waited for a response. He says the wait was agonizing, but finally a response was received. He got the job. He was to take the Day Liner to Catskill on Sunday July 4th, two days hence. In the letter was a check for $5 to be used to buy work clothes and pay his passage on the Day Liner. The letter said he would have Sundays off and he would get room and board plus $5 every two weeks. Rubén boarded the Day Liner on Sunday as instructed. It was to be his first time away from home on his own. During the trip he wandered around the boat. A few observations: “I saw many amazing sights. There was a band playing, and there was a large dining room serving meals (Mami had packed his lunch). I passed small compartments, most of them empty. They had seats, very
Passengers on the stern section of the Hendrick Hudson Day Liner. She made her maiden voyage in 1906 and had a passenger capacity of 5,500. This is likely the ship that Ruben Garcia traveled on when he made his first trip to Catskill.
much like compartments on a train, but each room had a balcony facing the river. I was sure they were very expensive and thought that would be a nice private way to travel.” On the boat to Catskill Rubén gets his first view of the Catskill Mountains. He says: “Suddenly I saw the mountains. I could hardly believe my eyes. I hurriedly…ran to the top of the deck. The heat no longer mattered. My heart was touched and I was almost moved to tears seeing mountains, so majestic, and so blue and green. I had only seen them in pictures and that did not do them justice. I clung to the rail, mesmerized, just taking the panorama in.” When the boat got to Catskill, García nervously disembarked. He felt quite lost until a man approached him and asked if he was going to the Swartz Farm in Round Top. He said “Yes” and “My suitcase was whisked out of my hand and I was taken to a cab that was waiting at the entrance to the dock. I was the only passenger. The taxi was black, old and rickety, but at least I didn’t have to walk…I had no idea where or how far away Round Top was, so I asked. ‘It will take us a while, young man, take us a while,’ the driver said, not giving a clear answer.” García tells of passing through the Village of Catskill, Leeds, South Cairo and finally Cairo.
The driver explained that Cairo was pronounced K-row, not Cairo like in Egypt. Rubén says of his arrival in Cairo and the view: “I could hardly believe how close we were as the mountains rose to the sky right before my eyes.” In Cairo Rubén’s driver turned left and headed for Round Top on a road that twisted and turned as it ascended the mountains. He thought: “I could never find my back on my own…I could hardly believe I was here and felt like I was in a fairy tale.” Finally Rubén and his driver reached Stony Brook Farm. He describes his first impression as: “There were trees and grass everywhere. It was like living in Central Park.” He was shown to a small room off the kitchen where he would sleep for the next six weeks. He says: “We ate dinner, and since it was Sunday and late, there was no work to do. I would be shown around the farm and told what my duties were in the morning. Dinner was different than I was used to. No rice and beans. I was amazed! They had mashed potatoes! I went to bed early just as darkness fell.” More of Rubén García’s great adventure next week. For those interested in Francesca Pratten’s book, it is available at the Greene County Council of the Arts on Main Street in Catskill.
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Greene County Legislative Chairman Kevin Lewis honored Greene County Community Services Director Maggie Graham with his special “Chairman’s Award” at the last regular meeting of the Greene County Legislature. Graham is a nurse-practitioner who not only oversees the Mental Health Department, but actively participates in seeing and helping clients. She is also very active as a member of many community panels and boards which singled her out for this prestigious award. Shown in the photo are Legislative Chairman Kevin Lewis, Maggie Graham and Ed Kaplan, County Attorney and Shaun Groden, Administrator, in the back.
English as Another Language at D.R. Evarts Library ATHENS — The D. R. Evarts Library in Athens would like to host an adult, English as Another Language dropin class for speakers of other languages 6-8 p.m. Mondays. Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley is looking for a team of volunteers to be available to conduct this class. No previous teaching experience or foreign language
background is necessary. New volunteers are required to attend a free orientation session, and complete the online training modules, which can be adapted to fit most schedules. The orientation session will be held 6-8 p.m. July 30 at the D. R. Evarts Library, 80 Second St., Athens. The follow-up session is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Aug. 27 at the
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Wife of perfect husband cheats without remorse I have a wonderful husband of 11 years and three children. “Carl” is attentive, caring and always puts the needs of our family first. You could say he is everyone’s dream husband. I cheated on him while I was on vacation. It started as innocent flirtation, but then it DEAR ABBY went further. Afterward, I not only didn’t feel guilty, I did it again. I have been quietly communicating with Brad and sent him revealing photos and a graphic video of myself. He loved it, and we plan to meet again soon. Please help me understand why I am cheating on such a wonderful husband. Shouldn’t I feel guilty? What can I do to stop this before it gets out of control and Carl finds out? I really don’t want to lose him. Don’t Feel Guilty
I have a flash for you. This fling is already out of control. While the excitement may have gone out of your marriage, I guarantee that when Carl gets wind of this — start the countdown now — you’ll have an abundance of it. If you really value your marriage, start devoting as much energy to working on it as you have been directing toward Brad. I am in love with a man who is 28 years younger than I am. I’ll call him Albert. We want to get married, but I’m not sure how much the age difference really matters. We have been seeing each other for almost a year, and I know he loves me. We haven’t told anyone except a few people. My son, 28, and my daughter, 40, don’t know
how serious we are. My granddaughter knows everything. I know my children may object because of the age difference and the fact that Albert is from another country (in Africa). Albert is worried that Immigration may question us. We are both private people, and we want to be together as husband and wife. I can’t give him children, but there are other ways we can have a child of our own. I want my kids to be happy for me. I really need to know what you think. Lost in Love in North Carolina That Albert is afraid of the questions Immigration might ask raises a red flag for me. What I think is that if you choose to proceed — as I suspect you probably will — you should be very cautious doing so. I have a concern I suspect is shared by others. Keeping a journal has been shown to be of significant psychological benefit, but I do not want my private thoughts and concerns read by others after my death. Is this silly of me? I realize I’ll be dead and gone, but the possibility of it happening inhibits me from recording my thoughts and feelings. Private in Virginia
Unless you have an executor you can trust to dispose of your journals when you are gone, my recommendation would be to keep your journals online, in the cloud, and able to be accessed only by you.
‘Flesh-eating bacteria’ exposure comes via water I read your recent column about “flesheating bacteria.” Is it in any way related to Mycobacterium marinum? My son is having multiple surgeries due to this, which was finally and correctly diagnosed after many weeks. It came on slowly over months, TO YOUR and has caused his hand to GOOD HEALTH swell up greatly. He remembered that he did get a cut on his hand while fixing a home water line that was in soil. He was told that it is rare, but it occurs all over this country. There is a creek near us, and recently a local newspaper announced that there was a “life-threatening” bacteria discovered in that creek, which empties into a local waterway. His treatment was intravenous continuously for over a week, and now three strong antibiotics to be taken for at least a year. Meanwhile, he continues with some surgery.
and saltwater). However, it has been reported after exposure to oysters and fish spines, and occasionally in swimming pools. Treatment for M. marinum usually includes two or more antibiotics taken for months. Your son’s infection is worse than I have heard of, requiring surgery and antibiotics lasting over a year. I looked up your local creek: It is contami- Hagar the Horrible nated by fecal bacteria (presumably from untreated sewage), not by M. marinum. I hope your son does well.
DR. KEITH ROACH
Mycobacterium marinum is a bacteria species closely related to tuberculosis. It is not related to the type of “flesh-eating” bacteria you read about periodically in the newspaper; those are group A streptococcus, which grows very rapidly (people can go from appearing well to being dead in hours) and needs immediate identification and surgery to treat; M. marinum grows slowly. It is uniquely related to water exposure, especially from fish tanks (both fresh
I had prostate cancer, treated with freezing. I have not had an erection since, despite trying Viagra and injections. Nothing has worked in two years. My doctor said it might last six months to a year. Could there be something wrong with me medically, and what can be done to fix my problem? Even when performed by the best doctors, there is a risk of permanent erectile dysfunction with any kind of prostate cancer treatment. This is true even with cryotherapy (freezing treatment) for prostate cancer; the risk of losing sexual function still is significant. Given a lack of effect with injections and oral medications, you should talk to your urologist about a vacuum device or a penile prosthesis.
Horoscope By STELLA WILDER Born today, you are confident and willing to jump into almost any new situation, certain that your abilities and instincts will see you through. Far more often than not this works perfectly well, though there may be times in which you are stumped by something you encounter; such situations are the exception rather than the rule, however, and they don’t keep you from being enthusiastic about the next opportunity. On your best days, you are capable of doing anything you set out to do; on your worst, you are at the very least able to learn valuable lessons about whatever minor failure you may have experienced — and put those lessons to good use. You’re never one to be stalled for long. You have been endowed with several remarkable talents, but it’s not likely you will develop them all. When young, it is quite likely that you will receive a “calling” of sorts that compels you to pursue a certain career path — at the expense of any other skills or interests you may have. Also born on this date are: Lil’ Kim, rapper; Andre Johnson, football player; Yul Brynner, actor; John Quincy Adams, U.S. president; Richie Sambora, guitarist; Giorgio Armani, designer; Sela Ward, actress; E.B. White, author; Lisa Rinna, actress; Mark Lester, actor; Suzanne Vega, singer; Leon Spinks, boxer; Tab Hunter, actor. To see what is in store for you tomorrow, find your birthday and read the corresponding paragraph. Let your birthday star be your daily guide. THURSDAY, JULY 12 CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Your willingness to “try anything once” may be put to the test today. What a friend offers is likely to confound even those who know you best. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — Issues of freedom and autonomy are highlighted today. Don’t let yourself
Baby Blues be boxed in by someone whose agenda does not align with yours. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — You’ve been focusing on practical matters almost exclusively lately, but today you have a chance to do a little valuable daydreaming. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You are measuring gains in a way that confuses those in competition with you. They are likely to come to you with a challenging proposition. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — You may have to arrange for a certain special endeavor at some distance from a primary partner. Make detailed and accurate plans! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — One of your close friends is going through something that only you can help with — but you mustn’t step in until you are asked. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — A situation arises that demands of you more than common sense; you must do a little homework before you’re able to deal with it properly. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — Cooperation between you and a rival takes everyone by surprise today — including you! The results are likely to be quite memorable. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — Provocative behavior will achieve your desired result today — unless you take it too far, in which case you may find yourself in hot water. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You find someone standing in your way today, but you won’t know just how you will be affected until you’ve stopped and assessed the situation. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You’ll receive a boost, and you’ll soon be in a position to extend a helping hand to a friend in need. You can both serve each other well. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — You are ready for the changes that are fast approaching, and you mustn’t let a family member’s warning affect your resolve in any way. COPYRIGHT 2018 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.
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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Score 1 point for each correct answer on the Freshman Level, 2 points on the Graduate Level and 3 points on the Ph.D. Level.
Unscramble these four Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.
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Complete the “All” phrase. Variations are possible. (e.g., All you need ... Answer: Is love.) Freshman level 1. All that glitters ... 2. All is fair ... 3. All is well ... Graduate level 4. All roads ... 5. All good things ... 6. All work and no play ... PH.D. level 7. All is grist ... 8. All the world ... 9. All is for the best ...
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GJWIAS Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.
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SOLUTION TO TUESDAY’S PUZZLE
Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit
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SUPER QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Is not gold. 2. In love and war. 3. That ends well. 4. Lead to Rome. 5. Come to he who waits, or must come to an end. 6. Makes Jack a dull boy. 7. That comes to the mill. 8. Loves a lover. 9. In the best of all possible worlds. 18 points — congratulations, doctor; 15 to 17 points — honors graduate; 10 to 14 points — you’re plenty smart, but no grind; 4 to 9 points — you really should hit the books harder; 1 point to 3 points — enroll in remedial courses immediately; 0 points — who reads the questions to you?
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Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Holliday or Severinsen 4 Slipup 9 End-of-the-workweek acronym 13 Sidewalk’s edge 14 Unsuspecting 15 Donut’s center 16 Chimps & orangs 17 Satisfactory 19 Panhandle 20 Sully another’s reputation 21 Wrong 22 Furry swimmer 24 Prefix for destine or dominate 25 Handbook 27 Kit or Johnny 30 Bring together 31 Actor Keach 33 11/11 honoree 35 Flying insect 36 Follow stealthily 37 Long sandwich 38 Moral transgression 39 Iron alloy 40 Insect stage 41 Shun 43 __ through; ransacked 44 Holiday entrée, perhaps 45 Zest 46 Sandal piece 49 Work on a cake 51 At the drop __ hat 54 Central hubs with rotating blades 56 Enjoys a winter sport 57 Reign 58 Light color 59 Cluckers 60 Holler 61 Jackson or Reno 62 Harris and O’Neill DOWN 1 Hoodwink 2 Beaver State folks 3 “NCIS” network
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4 Tooth coating 5 Foyt or Unser 6 Costa __ 7 Win __; persuade 8 Elec. official’s title 9 Longest river entirely in England 10 Mongolian desert 11 Misfortunes 12 Charges 13 Hired vehicle 18 Loiter 20 Stick around 23 Clump of feathers 24 Fill a suitcase 25 Coffee cups 26 Actress Potts 27 __ on; visit 28 Failed to notice 29 Chutzpah 31 One-dish meal 32 Edison’s monogram 34 Frog’s cousin 36 Wineglass part 37 Sword handle
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39 Form; mold 40 Shopper’s paper 42 Small church 43 Baking potato 45 Pig out 46 Nimble 47 Word of agreement 48 Item on a bread tray
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The Columbia-Greene Community College men’s basketball program signed eight new recruits to join the Twins for the 2018-19 season Tuesday afternoon. Players pictured, from left, are Robert Taylor, Daniel Folds (Hudson), Mike Alert (Hudson), Eyzaiya Ortiz (Saugerties), Ezekiel De La Cruz (Spackenkill), Isaac McIntosh (Brooklyn School of Arts and Science) and head coach Brian Smith (far right). Not pictured is Brandon Blakney and Kaijah Rodgers.
Twins basketball announces incoming class By Justin Porreca
GREENPORT — It was a big day for the Brian Smith and the Columbia-Greene Community College men’s basketball program Tuesday afternoon. The Twins showcased eight athletes that will to don the green and white for the 201819 season. “I think this group is going to be great. They’ve been
working out with us for awhile, I’ve had multiple interactions with them, and they’re academically strong, which, in the past, that’s been an issue for us. So I think this group, they all know each other, which is totally different. They brought each other together here, so it is going to be a good situation,” Smith said. The eight new Twins are Isaac McIntosh (Brooklyn
School of Arts and Science), Ezekiel De La Cruz (Spackenkill), Eyzaiya Ortiz (Saugerties), Robert Taylor, Brandon Blakney (Fallsburg), Kaijah Rodgers (Henninger), and Hudson High graduates Mike Alert and Daniel Folds. “I was excited to have somebody of Mike Alert and Daniel Folds’ talent level, especially here,” Smith said. Folds comes to the Twins
after a year hiatus from playing basketball competitively. The sophomore started his career at Schenectady Community College, averaging 6.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in nine contests. Prior to that, Folds was the high-flying forward that starred on the Hudson team that advanced to the New York state high school Final Four in 2016. Alert returns to the area
after a brief stint at Utica College. The former Patroon MVP, who averaged 17.2 points per game his senior season, looks to fill the hole left at guard for the Twins. The new Twins hoopsters will be joining returning starting center Bright Afful. The 6-foot-4 center averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman. However, the Twins will
enter this season without point guard and team captain Jordan Wright. Wright drastically improved in his sophomore season and went on to lead the Twins in assists, averaging 6.2 per game. He also finished averaging 4.4 rebounds and was second on the team in scoring with 13.4 points per game. “I think, if you look at Daniel See TWINS B3
Coxsackie-Athens thumps NCLL in Junior All-Stars baseball By Justin Porreca Columbia-Greene Media
COXSACKIE — CoxsackieAthens dominated Northern Columbia, 17-1, in four innings in junior baseball Little League All-Stars action Monday night. Coxsackie jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning thanks to a two-run triple to right field by Alex Moore. C-A followed it up with a 13-run bottom of the second inning, headlined by an RBI single from Xavier Bermudez and an RBI double by Lance
Hoovler. Coxsackie also capitalized on 10 walks and three errors to take a commanding 16-0 lead. Coxsackie-Athens added one more run in the third after Roberto Cruz led the inning off with a triple to left field and Blayne Apa followed it up with an RBI groundout to third base. Northern Columbia tallied a run in the fourth inning with an RBI groundout by Jason Borelli, knocking in Alex Igres who led the inning off with a single to left field.
The game was stopped due to the mercy rule. Moore led the way for Coxsackie-Athens, going 2 for 2 with a single, triple and two RBI. Hoovler added a double and an RBI, Bermudez added a single and an RBI and Cruz finished with a triple. On the hill, Colin Plass got the job done for CoxsackieAthens, tossing three innings and surrendering just one hit while fanning five batters. For Northern Columbia, Igres provided the lone hit on the night.
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Northern Columbia’s Alex Igres (left) dives safely back to first as James Francese awaits the throw Monday night.
Chaos Cryptonite perfect at Fastpitch Fever tourney
The Northern Columbia 12U Chaos Cryptonite travel softball team poses for a photo after winning a tournament last weekend.
BETHLEHEM — The Northern Columbia Chaos Cryptonite 12U travel softball team went 7-0 at the Bethlehem Fastpitch Fever Invitational to claim the title. Chaos defeated East Geenbush Xpress 15-0 as Gabby Logue threw a no-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks Makayla Walsh went 3 for 3 with a three-run home run and two doubles, driving in six in Game 1. In Game 2, Chaos beat the Ulster Fillies 10-0. Emily Mesick threw a shutout with seven Ks and no walks as Logue and Elizabeth Holliday each had multiple hits. In Game 3, the team defeated Westland Hills 19-0 to end the pool play seeded first. Again, Logue threw a shutout with six Ks and one walk. At the plate Holliday, Logue, Walsh,
Waterhouse, Pinto and Mesick all recorded multiple hits. The Chaos went on to Game 4 in double elimination, beating the East Greenbush Xpress 15-0. Mesick pitched a onehit shutout with six Ks and no walks. Walsh and Paige Eitleman went 3 for 4 at the pl;ate with four RBI each while Grace Alvarez, Ava Heffner and Liz Holliday all had multiple hits. Northern Columbia played Game 5 to clinch its spot in the semifinals Sunday against the East Coast Impact with a 12-5 win in a back-and-forth affair. The game was tied at 4-4 in the fourth when Logue blasted a triple, scoring Grace Alvarez. Pinto laid down a sacrifice bunt, bringing Aubrey Proper in to score and the Chaos went on to add six more on a triple by Alvarez and doubles by Syklar Waterhouse and several
other hits by Pinto, Logue and Alvarez. The team started Sunday’s semifinal game against the Ulster Fillies and came out on top 15-3, starting on a single by Riley Sitcer and a triple by Walsh. Waterhouse singled in Walsh and in the second both Pinto and Sitcer singled with Holliday advancing them on a perfect sacrifice bunt. Walsh singled both runs in. Logue got the win with two Ks and no walks. The Chaos faced the Fillies again in the championship game and won again, 15-3. Logue and Mesick combined for the win with a strikeout and no walks. The Chaos had 15 hits with multiples from Holliday, Walsh, Alvarez, Pinto and Sitcer, and hits from See SOFTBALL B3
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Soccer FIFA WORLD CUP QUARTERFINALS Friday, July 6 France 2, Uruguay 0 Belgium 2, Brazil 1 Saturday, July 7 England 2, Sweden 0 Croatia 2, Russia 2, Croatia advances on penalty kicks, 4-3 SEMIFINALS Tuesday’s game France 1, Belgium 0 Today’s game England vs. Croatia, at Moscow, 2 p.m.
Major League Baseball AMERICAN LEAGUE East W L Pct GB Boston 63 29 .685 — NY Yankees 59 30 .663 2.5 Tampa Bay 46 44 .511 16.0 Toronto 41 48 .461 20.5 Baltimore 25 66 .275 37.5 Central W L Pct GB Cleveland 49 40 .551 — Minnesota 40 48 .455 8.5 Detroit 40 53 .430 11.0 Chi. White Sox 30 60 .333 19.5 Kansas City 25 65 .278 24.5 West W L Pct GB Houston 61 32 .656 — Seattle 57 34 .626 3.0 Oakland 51 40 .560 9.0 LA Angels 46 45 .505 14.0 Texas 40 52 .435 20.5 Sunday’s games NY Yankees 2, Toronto 1, 10 innings Oakland 6, Cleveland 0 Texas 3, Detroit 0 Minnesota 10, Baltimore 1 Houston 2, Chi. White Sox 1 Boston 7, Kansas City 4 Monday’s games Baltimore 5, NY Yankees 4 Tampa Bay 10, Detroit 9, 10 innings Boston 5, Texas 0 NY Yankees 10, Baltimore 2 Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1 Oakland 2, Houston 0 Tuesday’s games NY Yankees (Tanaka 7-2) at Baltimore (Cashner 2-9), 7:05 p.m. Detroit (Boyd 4-7) at Tampa Bay (Andriese 2-3), 7:10 p.m. Texas (Gallardo 3-0) at Boston (TBD), 7:10 p.m. Kansas City (Kennedy 1-8) at Minnesota (Slegers 1-0), 8:10 p.m. Oakland (Manaea 8-6) at Houston (Verlander 9-4), 8:10 p.m. Seattle (Leake 8-5) at LA Angels (Richards 5-4), 10:07 p.m.
NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L Pct GB Philadelphia 50 38 .568 — Atlanta 49 39 .557 1.0 Washington 45 45 .500 6.0 NY Mets 36 52 .409 14.0 Miami 38 55 .409 14.5 Central W L Pct GB Milwaukee 54 37 .593 — Chi. Cubs 51 36 .586 1.0 St. Louis 46 43 .517 7.0 Pittsburgh 42 48 .467 11.5 Cincinnati 40 51 .440 14.0 West W L Pct GB Arizona 50 41 .549 — LA Dodgers 48 41 .539 1.0 Colorado 46 44 .511 3.5 San Francisco 47 45 .511 3.5 San Diego 39 53 .424 11.5 Sunday’s games Miami 10, Washington 2 Pittsburgh 4, Philadelphia 1 Milwaukee 10, Atlanta 3 Chi. Cubs 6, Cincinnati 5, 10 innings San Francisco 13, St. Louis 8 San Diego 4, Arizona 3, 16 innings Monday’s games NY Mets 4, Philadelphia 3, 10 innings Pittsburgh 6, Washington 3 Miami 4, Milwaukee 3, 10 innings Philadelphia 3, NY Mets 1 Tuesday’s games Washington (Hellickson 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Musgrove 3-3), 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee (Chacin 7-3) at Miami (Lopez 1-0), 7:10 p.m. Philadelphia (De Los Santos 0-0) at NY Mets (Gagnon 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Arizona (Corbin 6-3) at Colorado (Anderson 6-3), 8:40 p.m. LA Dodgers (Hill 2-3) at San Diego (Lauer 4-5), 10:10 p.m. Chi. Cubs (Quintana 7-6) at San Francisco (Cueto 3-1), 10:15 p.m. Interleague Sunday’s games Tampa Bay 9, NY Mets 0 Seattle 6, Colorado 4 LA Angels 4, LA Dodgers 3 Monday’s game Cincinnati 7, Cleveland 5 Tuesday’s games Cincinnati (Romano 5-8) at Cleveland (Bauer 8-6), 7:10 p.m. Toronto (Stroman 1-6) at Atlanta (Teheran 6-6), 7:35 p.m. St. Louis (Mikolas 9-3) at Chi. White Sox (Covey 3-4), 8:10 p.m.
ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS National League Starters C – Willson Contreras, Cubs (1) 1B – Freddie Freeman, Braves (3) 2B – Javier Baez, Cubs (1) SS – Brandon Crawford, Giants (2) 3B – Nolan Arenado, Rockies (4) OF – Bryce Harper, Nationals (6) OF – Matt Kemp, Dodgers (3) OF – Nick Markakis, Braves (1) Dodgers manager Dave Roberts to choose DH Reserves C – Buster Posey, Giants (6) C – J.T. Realmuto, Marlins (1) 1B – Joey Votto, Reds (6) 1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (6) 2B – Scooter Gennett, Reds (1) 2B – Ozzie Albies, Braves (1) SS – Trevor Story, Rockies (1) 3B – Eugenio Suarez, Reds (1) OF – Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (2) OF – Christian Yelich, Brewers (1) OF – Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (3) Pitchers Max Scherzer, Nationals (6) Jacob deGrom, Mets (2) Jon Lester, Cubs (5) Aaron Nola, Phillies (1) Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks (2) Mike Foltynewicz, Braves (1) Miles Mikolas, Cardinals (1) Josh Hader, Brewers (1) Kenley Jansen, Dodgers (3) Sean Doolittle, Nationals (2) Brad Hand, Padres (2) Felipe Vazquez, Pirates (1) American League Starters C – Wilson Ramos, Rays (2) 1B – Jose Abreu, White Sox (2) 2B – Jose Altuve, Astros (6) SS – Manny Machado, Orioles (4) 3B – Jose Ramirez, Indians (2) OF – Mookie Betts, Red Sox (3) OF – Aaron Judge, Yankees (2) OF – Mike Trout, Angels (7) DH – J.D. Martinez, Red Sox (2) Pitchers Justin Verlander, Astros (7) Corey Kluber, Indians (3) Chris Sale, Red Sox (7) Luis Severino, Yankees (2) Gerrit Cole, Astros (2) Jose Berrios, Twins (1) J.A. Happ, Blue Jays (1) Trevor Bauer, Indians (1) – replaces Verlander, who is scheduled to pitch Sunday Edwin Diaz, Mariners (1) Joe Jimenez, Tigers (1) Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox (7) Aroldis Chapman, Yankees (5) Blake Treinen, Athletics (1) Reserves C – Salvador Perez, Royals (6) 1B – Mitch Moreland, Red Sox (1) 2B – Gleyber Torres, Yankees (1) SS – Francisco Lindor, Indians (3) 3B – Alex Bregman, Astros (1) OF – Michael Brantley, Indians (3) OF – George Springer, Astros (2) OF – Mitch Haniger, Mariners (1) OF – Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers (1) DH – Nelson Cruz, Mariners (6)
In season full of disappointment, Nimmo’s story a bright spot By John Harper New York Daily News
If you thought Brandon Nimmo would be disappointed at not making the All-Star team, in spite of his .901 OPS that ranks second among all National League outfielders, well, come on now. Have you ever seen him not smiling? It’s no act, either. He’s the happiest man in the big leagues, in part because that’s simply his personality, and in part because the hard times he went through as a minorleaguer, as a first-round draft pick with high expectations, have made him appreciate his surprise season all the more. “People always ask me why I smile so much,” Nimmo said while sitting in the dugout before Monday’s doubleheader. “It’s because I’ve been at those moments where I questioned whether I was good enough to make it to this level. ADAM HUNGER/USA TODAY “It’s been a long road for me. New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) runs home to score against the Philadelphia Phillies And as much as I believe in myself, at least twice I got to the during the third inning at Citi Field. point where I thought this was “It was a great learning exnot possible for me to be here, like the right time to shine a Class-A ball. For years, Nimmo has avoid- perience, but it really made me light on Nimmo and the persedoing what I’m doing. ed talking in detail about how question whether I could play “So to even be talked about verance he has shown. After all, as the first pick of much all of this affected him, professionally. At the end of as an All-Star is quite an honor. When the year started, I didn’t Sandy Alderson’s tenure as but his breakthrough at the July, I was really beaten down, even know if I’d get an oppor- GM, Nimmo over the years big-league level has made him mentally and physically, and I tunity here. It would have been came to be seen as a symbol more open to discussing his remember calling my parents and saying, ‘I don’t know if I’m amazing to make it (as an All- of the new regime’s failure to struggles in the minors. “I never thought that being a bust or what — maybe I’m Star), but it’s amazing to me draft and develop players in a way to build a sustainable from Wyoming would dictate not as good as I think I am.’ that I’m even at this point.” “My parents directed me Yes, for all that has gone contender — to use the term what kind of player I would wrong for the Mets in 2018, Alderson himself stated to be a be,” he said, “but looking back, back to my faith — and their I was raw. It was a pretty big faith — in God. So I had a long Nimmo has been the feel-good defining goal. What were the Mets doing jump for me, and I needed time prayer that night when I said (to story of the season. At age 25, he has emerged in impressive taking a kid from Cheyenne, to adjust to playing profession- God), ‘I’m broken down. If you fashion, going a long way to- Wyoming, anyway? A kid ally, and when I didn’t perform want me to make it, I’m going ward proving he can be more who’d already had ACL surgery well, all of that stuff that came to make it, but if you don’t then than a fourth or fifth outfielder, on his knee and came from an with being a No. 1 pick weighed it’s going to be OK and I know you’re going to have something which is how scouts evaluated outpost so remote that his high on me. “In Brooklyn (in 2012, his else in mind for me.’ his potential almost from the school didn’t even have a base“That just helped me relax, I first full professional season), moment the Mets selected him ball team. Worse yet, Nimmo became I was hitting under .200 for the think, and the next day I was a with the No. 13 pick in the 2011 known for being selected one first month and half, and the triple short of a cycle, and from draft. So while nearly all the focus player ahead of the late Jose fans were letting me know it that point things turned for me these days is on who should be Fernandez, who was blowing all the time. They were yell- that season. That was really the traded and how the new front away major-league hitters for ing, ‘Why’d we pick you?’ biggest crossroads for me.” But it wasn’t the last time he office should go about fixing the Marlins while the Mets’ and ‘Why’d we pay you (firststruggled. As recently as 2016, the mess at Citi Field, it feels young outfielder was still in round) money?’
in fact, Nimmo said he again found himself feeling as low as he’d ever felt, unable to get over the hump offensively while in Triple-A, to the point where he told his father it might be time to move on from baseball. “He was out to see me and we were having dinner (in Las Vegas), and I was honest with him,” Nimmo recalled. “I said, ‘This is so hard for me to say because I’m so close, but we might have hit the end of the road, finally. I might not be able to make it to the big leagues.’ “He said all the right things. He said, ‘It’s OK if it doesn’t work out,’ and I needed that support at the time. I felt better just telling him. It didn’t turn around for me right away this time, but my high school coach came out a few weeks later and we worked on some things, and that really helped. “So now when I’m here and playing at this level, I think about those times when I thought this was not possible for me. They were tough times to go through, but I had the support system to lift me up and keep working, and all of that makes me more appreciative for what I’m doing now.” Yes, Nimmo has come a long way, literally and figuratively. The kid from Wyoming, who said he was petrified living in a hotel in Brooklyn in 2012 that had bars on the door and windows, moved to New York fulltime last winter after getting married. “It’s really become home for me,” he said. “We went to Denver (to play the Rockies in June) and that used to be the big city for me, two hours away from Cheyenne. Now it feels like a small city.” Nimmo smiled — what else? — at the thought. “I guess I sound like a New Yorker now,” he said. In a lost season for Mets’ fans, it might just be reason enough to make them smile as well.
France tops Belgium to reach third World Cup final Field Level Media Defender Samuel Umtiti’s corner-kick header in the 51st minute gave France the lead, and Les Bleus finished strong to beat Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg on Tuesday and advance to their third World Cup final. Umtiti broke the scoreless draw by nodding an in-swinging corner kick from Antoine Griezmann over the left shoulder of Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois at the near post. Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini was a step slow to the cross, and the Red Devils had no player on the near post
as the close-range flick snuck into the net. Belgium threw bodies forward and sent several crosses into the box in the closing minutes, but none produced particularly dangerous chances. France engineered the more threatening opportunities in stoppage time, using counterattacks to force saves from Courtois on Griezmann in the 93rd minute and Corentin Tolisso in the 96th minute, the latter of which went out for a corner and helped France bleed the clock dry. France will look to claim its second World Cup title Sunday
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Belgium midfielder Moussa Dembele (19) and France defender Benjamin Pavard (2) battle for the header during the first half in the semifinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Saint Petersburg Stadium.
at 11 a.m. ET against either Croatia or England, who face off Wednesday in the second semifinal. Les Bleus triumphed on home soil in 1998, eight years before losing on penalties to Italy in Berlin in 2006. Belgium was making its second semifinal appearance and seeking its first in a final. The Red Devils entered on a 24-game unbeaten streak, including a nine-game winning streak in competitive matches. Their best chances came in the game’s first 30 minutes, when they controlled the majority of play during a cautious start from both teams. In the
19th minute, Eden Hazard’s whipping shot from the left side was flicked just over the bar by French defender Raphael Varane. Three minutes later, the ball fell to Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld off a corner kick, but French keeper Hugo Lloris dove and got just enough of a curling left-footer to parry it wide. France took more control as halftime approached. Its best chance came in the 39th minute when Kylian Mbappe flicked a short through ball to Benjamin Pavard from the right side, but Courtois managed a kick-save on Pavard’s
shallow angle shot, sending it wide. The French came out strong in the second half as well, controlling the majority of play and limiting Belgium to just two shots on goal after halftime. One was a weak volley in the 61st minute from Kevin De Bruyne, who got poor contact and bounced the ball harmlessly to Lloris. Belgium’s best chance in the second half came when Axel Witsel cracked a low, slicing shot on his first touch from the top of the box in the 81st minute, but Lloris used two hands to punch it away.
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New data-driven strategy could bring the bunt back to life By Neil Greenberg The Washington Post
Few tactics in baseball fuel more debate than the bunt. The sabermetric community has argued against the bunt for decades with its most famous face, Bill James, telling NPR in 2011 bunting is “usually a waste of time.” “I mean, if you think about it, [a] bunt is the only play in baseball that both sides applaud,” James said. He explained further: “The home team applauds because they get an out, and the other team applauds because they get a base. So what does that tell you? Nobody’s really winning here.” And it was around that time that the bunt started to decline in usage. For example, bunts accounted for two percent of plate appearances in 1993 but only 1.7 percent in 2011 at the time of James’s comments. There’s been a steady decline ever since — all the way to 0.7 percent so far this season. James would later confess in his Guide to Baseball Managers, published in 2014, that he was “no longer convinced that the sacriice bunt is a poor percentage play,” but the fact remains it is still a scourge to many in the analytic community. And as more front ofices became believers in data, the less we saw teams trying to bunt for hits. In 2017, bunt hits were way down. According to data from TruMedia, there were 232 bunt singles last year from March to June, the lowest since 2008, the irst year data is available. This season there were 226. But it might be time to bring the bunt back, especially with
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San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) bunts a single during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park.
more and more teams employing the shift to neutralize the league’s most-predictable hitters. The infield shift became part of the baseball landscape in the 1920s but didn’t gain prominence until the mid 1940s, when Cleveland Indians manager Lou Boudreau famously put six fielders on the right side of second base in an effort to slow down the production of Ted Williams
of the Boston Red Sox. The number of defensive shifts has increased nearly 900 percent, from 3,323 in 2010 to 33,218 in 2017. There have already been 22,683 shifts employed in 2018. The shift has been used so many times super agent Scott Boras called it “discriminatory” to left-handed hitters, with one of his most famous clients, Bryce Harper, struggling mightily against the
tactic in addition to seeing it much more frequently. In 2015, a year he was unanimously named the NL MVP, Harper faced the shift in 126 of his 654 plate appearances (19 percent), boasting a batting average on balls in play of .384 while creating runs at a rate that was 48 percent above average after adjusting for league and park effects (148 wRC+). This year he has seen the shift in 176 of his 392 plate
appearances (45 percent), resulting in a batting average on balls in play of just .233, creating runs at a rate that is 62 percent less than the league average. The best bet to countering this defensive alignment - hitting a groundball to the opposite side of the ield - is great in theory, but dificult to put into motion. Major League batters have hit 4,754 ground balls this season against the shift; less
than a quarter of those (11 percent) have been to the opposite ield. And just 23 of those grounders to short have produced a run. If a player could hit an opposite ield groundball on command against the shift that would be ideal, as batters have a .531 average on such plays. But baseball doesn’t really work that way. “That play is easy, and it gets screwed up all the time,” St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “Guys can’t hit a groundball when all they have to do is hit a groundball to score a run.” The antidote, then, would appear to be simple: Depending on the positioning of the ielders, bunt for a base hit. “I’ve tried to bunt a few times, and I’ve had a few successes,” Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners said. “But the third baseman is usually still in there for the irst two strikes, so the bunt is not as big a factor as it could be.” Again, it depends on the situation. In 2015, there were 59 bunt attempts away from the shift, and hitters were successful 73 percent of the time. In 2018 there have already been 62 bunt attempts away from the shift with better results (76 percent success rate). A soft groundball to the opposite ield against the shift, by comparison, is successful less than half the time (49 percent). It stands to reason then, if used selectively, like James advocated in 2014, the bunt could once again become a valuable weapon in a manager’s arsenal against the shift.
Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina showing signs of opening up on offense By Greg Logan Newsday
LAS VEGAS — Frank Ntilikina will celebrate his 20th birthday later this month, so while he was a lottery pick at No. 8 in last year’s draft, it’s not surprising that there was a long adjustment period for the rookie from France as he moved to the big stage at Madison Square Garden. He was ineficient at best on the offensive end, and his 36.4 percent shooting relected a lack of conidence. But new Knicks coach David Tizdale has let Ntilikina know that the time is now to come out of his shell, and there were signs of progress in the Knicks’ 90-85 loss to the Jazz in their second Summer League game Sunday night. Ntilikina totaled 17 points, shot 7-for-14, added six assists with only one turnover and showed a determination to get into the paint, where he created his own shot a couple of times by hitting spinning fadeaways. “Deinitely, I was trying to be more aggressive than the irst game,” Ntilikina said, referring to his ive points, ive assists and three turnovers in a win over the Hawks. “It was kind of like getting back in the rhythm and trying to run the team and get the win. I just told myself, ‘Be more aggressive and see what happens.’ “ Well, the Knicks didn’t get
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Logue, Heffner, Eitleman and Mesick. Overall, the Chaos recorded 88 hits and 101 runs scored while allowing just 11 runs against during the weekend
“Being younger, it was something I had,” Ntilikina said. “I was just not as aggressive with the Knicks3/8 as I was before,” the 6-5 Ntilikina said. “Actually, it feels good
New York Giants defensive tackle A.J. Francis went on a profane tirade on Twitter after the Transportation Security Administration allegedly left open the urn carrying his mother’s ashes. Carrie Leanne Francis died on June 26, according to a post on her son’s Instagram account. A.J. Francis posted a picture Monday of his clothes covered with what appeared to be ashes in his suitcase along with a notice of inspection from TSA.
“Hey you (expletive) at @ TSA next time you (expletive) feel the need to go thru my mother’s ashes for no reason, make sure you close it back so her remains aren’t spilled on all my clothes... the least you pieces of garbage can do is your (expletive) job,” the 28-year-old Francis said in a tweet. AskTSA responded to Francis’ complaints with an explanation, apology and condolences. “2: Our oficers are trained to handle your carry-on and checked property with care,” it wrote. “Out of respect for the deceased, under no circumstances should the container be opened. Please accept our apologies and our condolences” Francis was not in a forgiving mood, however. “The craziest part of this @ TSA (expletive) is that I don’t even care that they checked it ... they were just being cautious, & I can understand that,” he wrote. “But to not ensure that it won’t spill back into my bag after you put it back in is the most asinine & irresponsible (expletive) I have ever seen.” Francis, who signed as a free agent with the Giants earlier this year, recorded 18 tackles in six games last season for the Washington Redskins.
Columbia-Greene averaged 83.3 points per game with their up-tempo offense, though they allowed 80.6 points per game on the other end. Columbia-Greene could have inished the year 15-12, yet suffered four losses in contests settled by six points or fewer. Those losses could have been settled by better free
throw shooting by the Twins, who inished the season shooting 64 percent from the charity stripe. Columbia-Greene had multiple games with doubledigit free throw misses. Heading into this season, Smith expects that to change. “Hopefully we make free throws because that’s a determining factor, that hurt us in multiple games. We missed
double-digit free throws and that could have been 15-12,” Smith said. With Smith, the ultimate goal every year is for his team to be in excellent academic standing throughout the season. Beyond that, Smith has big goals for his group of guys once they hit the court this fall. “I would love to get to Regionals, that is my ultimate
goal,” Smith said. “We haven’t been there since my second year as an assistant. I want to be there, I want to give the community something back and I think having the local guys, we are going to have a large crowd now and I think this group works extremely hard. The pay back will be that we make it to Regionals.”
Eitleman four singles, three doubles, nine RBI and seven runs, Heffner ive singles, four doubles, six RBI and 14 runs, Waterhouse four singles, three doubles, seven RBI and 11 runs, Proper four singles, four RBI and four runs, Logue six singles, two doubles, two triples, 10 RBI and three runs,
Pinto ive singles, three doubles, six RBI and 11 runs, and Mesick six singles, three RBI and eight runs. Sharing the mound, Mesick and Logue combined for 34 Ks and nine walks. “Overall, the team did awesome and was the team to beat for sure. I am proud of
these girls,” manager Brad Walsh said. “They played their hearts out all weekend. The girls have put so much time and effort in this and it shows. I also want to thank the parents for all there travel and time and expense they endure. We all appreciate it.” NC Chaos Cryptonite is
made up of 11 girls — one from Coxsackie, four from Ichabod Crane, three from Taconic Hills, two from Chatham and one from Hudson. The Chaos has a week off before playing in Rotterdam, then head to the Waves Tournament in Rhode Island.
to have it back in the game. I will keep on working on that because I know, with my size against little guards, it will help me a lot.” Although his mind is occupied with trying to impress his new coach in Summer League play, Ntilikina had to smile when someone brought up the World Cup semiinal between Belgium and France on Tuesday. Ntilikina is a native of Belgium but grew up in France from the age of 3 and played professionally in Strasbourg. Asked if France can beat Belgium, Ntilikina said, “That’s going to be tough, but I think we can do it. I think we can stop them. It’s going to be a tough game. Belgium is a good team.”
the win against the Jazz and actually blew a four-point lead in the inal two minutes. But Ntilikina showed lashes of his potential, especially the way he worked with first-round pick Kevin Knox and secondround pick Mitchell Robinson. Asked if he can appreciate Fizdale’s attempt to light his competitive ire, Ntilikina said, “I like it. It’s kind of different. It helped me also because I’m a player who thinks a lot on the court, thinks about running the team, getting the ball to the players and sometimes not being aggressive for myself. “I have to be aggressive to open up more for my teammates, so it helps me to do that and seeing the game another way, getting my mind more free on the court. He tells me to have conidence, and I see that it’s going to help even more.” The paint presence of 7-foot rookie Robinson is another good reason for Ntilikina to focus on driving. Robinson collects many of his points from offensive rebounds. “When you see him get the rebound, you have even more confidence taking the shot because you see him and you know how athletic he is, how long he is,” Ntilikina said. “He can get rebounds, he can get putbacks. He’s going to be here.” There were a few times when the Jazz denied Ntilikina’s
attempts to penetrate to the rim, but he was successful backing in and then spinning back to hit arching fadeaway shots. That wasn’t in his arsenal last season with the Knicks.
away what Jordan did for us. I think these guys work together, they’re a team, and they have that brotherly love, so that should help us,” Smith said. The Twins finished the 2017-18 campaign with an 11-16 record, however, Smith battled roster attrition all season, finishing the year with only six players. As a team,
tournament. Leading the way, Holliday had 13 singles, six RBI and 12 runs scored. Sitcer added six singles, eight RBI and 10 runs, Walsh six singles, two doubles, a triple, a homer, 14 RBI and 12 runs, Alvarez six singles, a double, two triples, nine runs and four RBI,
GIANTS’ FRANCIS IRATE, CLAIMS TSA SPILLED MOTHER’S ASHES
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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) dribbles during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Cox Pavilion.
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Serena rallies past Giorgi, advances to Wimbledon semis Field Level Media Serena Williams rallied from a set down against Italian Camila Giorgi on Tuesday to advance to the semifinals at Wimbledon. Williams defeated Giorgi 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour, 45 minutes on Centre Court at the All England Club. The 25th-seeded American will next face 13th-seeded German Julia Goerges on Thursday. “I think everything right now is a little bit of a surprise,” Williams told reporters after the match. “To be here, to be in the semifinals. I mean, I always say I plan on it, I would like to be there, have these goals. But when it actually happens, it still is like, ‘Wow, this is really happening.’” Williams and Giorgi played even through the first four games of the first set before the 52nd-ranked Italian pulled away for a 5-2 advantage on her way to claiming the set. The second set was all Williams, however, as she jumped to a 4-1 lead and maintained at least a twogame advantage the rest of the way to force a decisive third set. Williams dropped the first game of the third before claiming three in a row. She and Giorgi traded games the rest of the way, with Williams claiming victory on her first match-point attempt in the 10th game. The match saw Williams, a seven-time champion at Wimbledon, drop a set at this
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Serena Williams (USA) in action during her match against Camila Giorgi (ITA) on day eight at All England Lawn and Croquet Club.
year’s event for the first time. The 23-time Grand Slam winner missed the tournament in 2017 because of her pregnancy. “I feel good, like I did better today because I had to,” Williams said. “This is only my fourth tournament back. I don’t feel pressure, or like I have to win this or lose it. I’m
just here to prove that I’m back. I feel like I am, but I still have a ways to go to be back where I want to be.” Goerges also was forced to rally in her win, overcoming 20th-seeded Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 in 1 hour, 58 minutes. The 13thranked Goerges struck 36 winners compared to 19 for
the 20th-ranked Bertens and won the final five games of the match. Williams bested Goerges 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of last month’s French Open. “I played Julia in the French. That was four or five weeks ago, that doesn’t matter,” Williams said. “This is a whole new match, it’s a new
surface, it’s everything. We’re starting from zero.” German Angelique Kerber, the No. 11 seed, booked her spot in the semifinals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over 14th-seeded Russian Daria Kasatkina in 1 hour, 31 minutes on Centre Court. Kerber wrapped up the victory on her seventh matchpoint attempt in the decisive
12th game of the second set. “I think the whole match was really good,” said the former No. 1 Kerber, who advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon for the second time in three years. “I think we both played on a really high level, starting from the first point. I think the last game shows how good we played both and how she was fighting until the end.” Kasatkina had 33 winners in the match, but was undone by 31 unforced errors and seven double faults. Kerber will next face 12thseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, a 7-5, 6-4 winner over Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova in 1 hour, 23 minutes. Ostapenko had 32 winners, including five aces, compared to six winners for Cibulkova. Ostapenko has yet to drop a set throughout the tournament. She is the first Latvian woman to reach the semifinals at Wimbledon and will be facing Kerber for the first time. “I think it’s a big challenge, especially about Ostapenko where I never played against her,” Kerber said. “I mean, she won also a Grand Slam (2017 French Open). I think it will be really a good match. I think the match starts from zero. I mean, the pressure is not always on my side, since she won a Grand Slam, as well. I think that we are both looking forward to playing the semis.”
Giordano, at 92 years old, sharp as ever as MLB scout By Pete Caldera The Record (Hackensack, N.J.)
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Germany forward Mario Gomez (23) reacts against Korea in Group F play during the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Kazan Stadium.
Why does every soccer player do this? By David Gendelman The New York Times
Goals in soccer games can be few and far between, which helps explain the delirious nature of most scoring celebrations. Some players yank off their jerseys or drop to their knees and glide across the turf in glee. They all often end up at the bottom of a pile of jubilant teammates. Then there are the players who are presented with a goalscoring opportunity and, for whatever reason, fail. When this happens, they all do the same thing: raise their hands and place them on their heads — apparently the universal gesture to signify, Oh my goodness, how did I miss that? If you’ve followed the World Cup this summer, you’ve most likely seen it dozens of times, by players from every position and every country. Lionel Messi has done it and so has Cristiano Ronaldo. France, Belgium, England and Croatia have all advanced to the semifinals, but their players, too, have struck the disappointed pose. It has nothing to do with soccer and everything to do with the human psyche, according to zoologists, psychologists and others who study such things. The gesture signifies that “you know you messed up,” said Jessica Tracy, a professor of psychology at the University
of British Columbia. “It’s going to tell others, ‘I get it and I’m sorry, therefore you don’t have to kick me out of the group, you don’t have to kill me.’” It’s not limited to the shooter, either. In one of the most replayed soccer blunders of all time, from the 2010 World Cup, Yakubu Aiyegbeni of Nigeria missed an empty net from about 10 feet away. Though Aiyegbeni hardly moved afterward, nearly every one of his teammates and coaches made the gesture in immediate and unrehearsed synchronization. In his seminal 1981 study of the sport, “The Soccer Tribe,” zoologist Desmond Morris included the gesture in his catalog of 12 player reactions to defeat. He noted its function of self-comfort, which he described as “a form of auto-contact, a widespread device used when the individual feels in need of a reassuring embrace, but has no one immediately available to offer one.” It’s seen among nonhuman primates as well. In 2008, Tracy published an influential study with her colleague David Matsumoto in which they studied the gestures of both victory and defeat made by sighted and congenitally blind Olympic athletes. They found evidence to suggest that the display behaviors of pride and shame were innate and universal.
“You have the head in the hands — that’s shame,” Tracy said. No one knows better than the players when they mess up. Cobi Jones, who had a long career with the U.S. men’s national team and now works as a TV analyst, said in a telephone interview that a blatant miss triggers, along with the gesture, a sense of disbelief and embarrassment. “That’s what we train for, day in and day out, to put that ball in the net,” he said. “And that’s a simple one. It’s one that you shouldn’t miss.” The gesture is also commonly made after a goalkeeper makes a spectacular save to prevent what otherwise would be a sure goal. One of the most famous examples came in the 2006 World Cup final. Late in extra time of a tie game, French star Zinedine Zidane snapped a header that he thought was destined to win the tournament, only to see the Italian goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, nudge the ball over the crossbar with his fingertips. Zidane’s hands went straight to the top of his balding head. Whether the ball misses the net because of a gaffe by the shooter or a spectacular save by the goalkeeper, the response by the rejected players remains nearly identical. “It’s exactly the same statistical reality,” British soccer historian David Goldblatt said. “You
have your chance. You miss it, a goalkeeper saves it, whatever. The mechanism by which you get to that point is neither here nor there.” Jones described the offensive player’s experience in both cases as “shock.” “When people get startled unexpectedly, their hand will sort of move up to their head almost in a protective motion,” said Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. “The oldest kind of behavioral intention in that class of behaviors is to protect your head from blows.” The hands-to-the-head gesture is also performed by fans at the same moments as the players. Since they are observers rather than participants, their motivations could differ. Philip Furley, a lecturer in sports psychology at the German Sports University, in Cologne. No matter the cause, the near absolute predictability of the gesture has become its most defining trait. “It’s like punch lines, catchphrases that comedians use,” Goldblatt said. “People start laughing before you say them. A lot of comics work on that.” In this case, soccer players and fans don’t need to work on the gesture. It seems to come naturally.
Tom Giordano’s connections read like the Baseball Encyclopedia, a parade of names and events and stories from spending 71 years in professional ball as a player, manager, scout and executive. At 92 years old, the Newark, N.J.-born Giordano, nicknamed “T-Bone,” is still actively working in Major League Baseball, serving as a scout for the Atlanta Braves organization. The oldest active scout in the sport, Giordano paused for a moment this week to go a few innings about his life and career: 1. The beaning Giordano’s introduction to professional baseball was the Eastern League, then a top-notch Class A minor league circuit. “During the war years, they had all these old-time pitchers, guys from the South that had good arms,” he says, making it tough on an 18-year-old. But his manager was Heinie Manush, a .330 career big-league hitter, who specialized in stealing catcher’s signs. Tipping off his hitters, Manush “was always right,” Giordano said. Until one night at Hartford, the second-to-last game of the season, when Giordano looked for a curveball, but caught a fastball in the head. “We didn’t have helmets then,” he recalled. “I remember the blood.” Giordano spent two days hospitalized with a hairline skull fracture. 2. Panzer College Since absorbed into Montclair State University, the Panzer College of Physical Education and Hygiene was where Giordano rehabilitated his baseball career — thanks to a caring athletic director who pitched tennis balls toward his head until the fear of inside fastballs
subsided. “I didn’t know anything about soccer,” Giordano said, yet the AD made him the team’s goalie, as well as the baseball team’s shortstop. Giordano excelled at both, and the same scout who signed him with the Red Sox — three years earlier — gave him another contract with the Pirates. 3. Playing with Hank Aaron In 1953, Giordano led the South Atlantic League with 24 home runs for Savannah. The runner-up, with 22 homers, was a young player on Jacksonville named Hank Aaron. Baseball’s future home run king would have won the Sally League’s Triple Crown had it not been for Giordano’s home run total. 4. Working with Hank Peters The noted baseball executive Hank Peters became a guiding figure in Giordano’s life, making him a minor league player-manager in the A’s system, and then a scout. After seeding the A’s future three straight world championship teams in Oakland in the early 1970s, Peters eventually became the Orioles’ general manager and named Giordano his scouting director. 5. Drafting Cal Ripken Jr. Running the Orioles’ draft in 1978, Giordano had four of the first 48 picks. His prayer to St. Anthony the night before was answered. Risking his job, Giordano selected three players before taking Maryland high schooler Cal Ripken Jr. in the second round. Giordano instructed his area scout to offer Ripken a $20,000 bonus, money to replace a guaranteed four-year college scholarship and incentive bonuses as he moved up the chain. According to Giordano, the scout reported that Ripken had cut him off before he’d even finished talking about the $20,000, saying: “I want to play with the Orioles and I’ll make my money in the big leagues.”