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CATSKILL — A Chatham man is wanted by police in multiple counties for allegedly bilking thousands of dollars in cash for automobiles he did not deliver, authorities said Wednesday. State police in Catskill are asking the public’s help in finding Richard Dick, 44, who is wanted on a third-degree

grand larceny charge and for failing to contact his parole officer. Dick is accused of accepting $15,700 from a car buyer in Greene County on the promise that Dick would sell the buyer the used vehicles, state police said. Dick told the potential buyer that he repairs and sells repossessed See MAN A8

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HUDSON — The annual tradition of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse lighting was nearly doused this year if not for the hard work of a few dedicated volunteers imbued with the holiday spirit. An underwater cable that supplied electricity to the lighthouse since the 1940s, powering not only the holiday lights, but also video equipment, interior lights and other systems necessary for tours, malfunctioned in September. The broken cable threatened a longstanding tradition in Columbia and Greene counties of switching on the historic landmark’s holiday lights the first Saturday of December, which coincides with Winter Walk in Hudson, an annual event attended by thousands of people each year. The lights have been provided each year with ongoing financial assistance from the Bank of Greene County. Volunteers of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society worked quickly to come up with a solution. In the meantime, a generator was hooked up to the lighthouse so the society could still host its October tours. Electricians Sonny Brignull and Scott Davis, members of the nearby Hudson Power Boat Association, installed the generator. “People are under the impression that the federal government and Coast Guard are responsible for maintaining

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3 scholars say evidence there for impeachment By Massarah Mikati Johnson Newspapers

WASHINGTON — Three legal scholars testified Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s actions with Ukraine and throughout the impeachment inquiry amount to impeachable offenses. The Judiciary Committee House panel invited four scholars — three by Democrats and one by Republicans — to its first hearing debating whether to draft and approve articles of impeachment. Throughout the hearing,

the three scholars invited by Democrats testified that Trump’s actions demonstrated abuse of power, bribery, obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice. The fourth scholar, however, disagreed with the majority over interpretations of the Constitution and articles of impeachment. “The President of the United States openly abused his office by seeking a personal advantage in order to get himself re-elected and acted against the national security of the United States,” said

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accelerating, too, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in Madrid before the opening this week of the U.N.’s annual climate conference. “Climate-related natural disasters are becoming more frequent, more deadly, more destructive, with growing human and financial costs,” he said. For individual extreme weather events or other disasters it can be difficult to fully separate the effects of global warming from those of natural climate variability and other factors. Warming can make wildfires worse, for example — it makes vegetation drier and more combustible — but forest management practices, as well as decisions about where to build, also affect the degree of devastation. Yet a growing number of studies have shown the influence of global warming in many disasters. Heat waves in Europe in June and July, extreme rainfall in Texas during Tropical Storm Imelda in September, the drought that precipitated the “Day Zero” water crisis in Cape Town in 2018 are among many events shown to have been made more likely, more intense, or both, by climate change.

Effects like loss of sea ice, more severe heat waves and changes in rainfall patterns were long predicted by scientists and described in reports like those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and, in the United States, the National Climate Assessments produced by federal researchers. “So much of what we’re seeing is exactly consistent with what’s expected from climate change,” said Philip B. Duffy, a physicist and president of the Woods Hole Research Center, which studies the environment. At the root of the changes is the basic process of global warming. As carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases build up in the atmosphere, they trap more of the heat that radiates from Earth’s surface as it absorbs sunlight. The WMO’s state of the global climate report, released at the Madrid talks, said that this decade will almost certainly be the warmest decade on record. And the second half of the decade was much warmer than the first, with global temperatures averaged over the second half about 0.2 degree Celsius (about 0.4 degree Fahrenheit) higher. “All the time we’re breaking records in temperatures,”

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More devastating fires in California. Persistent drought in the Southwest. Record flooding in Europe and Africa. A heat wave, of all places, in Greenland. Climate change and its effects are accelerating, with climate related disasters piling up, season after season. “Things are getting worse,” said Petteri Taalas, secretarygeneral of the World Meteorological Organization, which Tuesday issued its annual state of the global climate report, concluding a decade of what it called exceptional global heat. “It’s more urgent than ever to proceed with mitigation.” But reducing greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change will require drastic measures, Taalas said. “The only solution is to get rid of fossil fuels in power production, industry and transportation,” he said. Seas are warming and rising faster, putting more cities at risk of tidal flooding or worse. Glaciers are melting at a pace many researchers did not expect for decades. The amount of Arctic sea ice has declined so rapidly that the region may see ice-free summers by the 2030s. Even the ground itself is warming faster. Permanently frozen ground, or permafrost, is thawing more rapidly, threatening the release of large amounts of long-stored carbon that could in turn make warming even worse, in what scientists call a climate feedback loop. In a recent commentary in the journal Nature, scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Research in Germany and other institutions warned that the acceleration of ice loss and other effects of climate change have brought the world “dangerously close” to abrupt and irreversible changes, or tipping points. Among these, the researchers said, were the collapse of at least part of the West Antarctic ice sheet — which itself could eventually raise sea levels by 4 feet or more — or the loss of the Amazon rainforest. “In our view, the consideration of tipping points helps to define that we are in a climate emergency,” they wrote. The societal toll is

Taalas said. The records extend to the oceans as well, which absorb about 90% of the excess heat retained by Earth as a result of increased greenhouse gases. Average ocean temperatures this year exceed those of 2018, which were records, the report said. Since the rise of industry in the second half of the 19th century, when widespread emissions of greenhouse gases began, the world has warmed by about 1.1 degrees Celsius. But how fast temperatures will continue to increase, and how much worse things may get, depends in large part on whether the world reins in greenhouse gas emissions, and by how much. After flattening between 2014 and 2016, annual emissions from burning fossil fuels for energy have risen again. The 2015 Paris agreement called for countries to pursue efforts to limit warming this century to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, with an even stricter target of 1.5 degrees Celsius. But the United States under President Donald Trump is leaving the agreement, and a U.N. report last month suggested that even if countries meet their pledges to cut emissions, and many are far off track, warming would be more than twice the 1.5-degree target. Acceleration of some elements of climate change has been expected, and has now been detected thanks to improvements in measurements. Sea level readings, for example, are now far more extensive, frequent and precise thanks to satellite sensors in use for the last quarter-century. In the past, scientists had to rely on tide gauges. Using satellite data, a 2018 study found that global sea level rise is now about 4.5 millimeters a year, or a little less than one-fifth of an inch. The rate is increasing by about a 10th of a millimeter a year. “We knew the rate of sea level rise was increasing, but we had difficulty detecting that,” said Steven Nerem, a University of Colorado researcher and lead author of the study.

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Agriculture, brushing aside tens of thousands of protest letters, gave final approval Wednesday to a new rule that would remove nearly 755,000 people from the federal food-stamp program. The rule, which was proposed in February, makes it more difficult for states to allow able-bodied adults without children to receive food assistance for more than three months out of a 36-month period without working. More than 140,000 public comments flooded in before the department’s comment period closed in April and they were overwhelmingly negative. The department said in February that the granting of state waivers needed to be stricter because the economy had improved under the Trump administration and assistance to unemployed, able-bodied adults was no longer necessary in a strong job market. “Government can be a powerful force for good, but government dependency has never been the American dream,” said Sonny Perdue,

the agriculture secretary. “We need to encourage people by giving them a helping hand but not allowing it to become an indefinitely giving hand.” But anti-poverty groups said the administration’s focus on the unemployment rate was misleading. “The overall unemployment rate is really a measure of the whole labor market and not people without a high school diploma who are incredibly poor and may lack transportation,” said Stacey Dean, vice president of food assistance policy at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “We’re talking about a different group who just face a very different labor market.” The rule is the first of three department efforts to scale back the food stamps program. Perdue said the changes were an effort to encourage self-sufficiency, save taxpayer money and ensure that only those who truly need benefits receive them. The department has also proposed a rule that would close what it calls a loophole that allows people with incomes up to 200% of the poverty level — about $50,000 for

a family of four — to receive food stamps. It also wants to prevent households with more than $2,250 in assets, or $3,500 for a household with a disabled adult, from receiving food stamps. That would strip nearly 3 million people of their benefits. That proposal received 75,000 public comments, which were overwhelmingly negative. Another proposal would cut $4.5 billion from the program over five years by adjusting eligibility formulas, affecting 1 in 5 struggling families. That one received 90,000 comments. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as the food stamps program, has two sets of work requirements for participants, one for parents and one for able-bodied adults without children. The finalized rule makes it more difficult for states to waive the time limit for the second set of work requirements. But states have typically waived the three-month time limit for one or two years in areas that have a lack of sufficient jobs or that have high unemployment rates. Every state except Delaware has

used the waiver in the past 23 years. After the 2008 recession, the time limit was suspended in areas representing nearly 90% of the population. Governors have used the waivers to ensure their poorest residents still have access to food during an economic downturn. COLUMBIA-GREENE MEDIA The Register-Star/The Daily Mail are publishedTuesday 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 offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Register-Star, 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) $2.50 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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CALENDAR Thursday, Dec. 5 n Austerlitz Planning Board 7 p.m.

Town Hall, 812 Route 203, Spencertown 518-392-3260 n Chatham Town Board Workshop 7 p.m. Town Hall, 488 Route 295, Chatham 518-392-3262 n Claverack Republicans Club 7 p.m. Town Hall, Route 217, Philmont 518-8517570 n Copake Planning Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road, Copake 518-329-1234 n Kinderhook Village Planning Board 7 p.m. Village Hall, 6 Chatham St., Kinderhook 518-758-9882 n Kinderhook Town Zoning Board of Appeals 7 p.m. Town Hall, 3211 Church St., Valatie 518-758-9882 n Rhinebeck Zoning Board of Appeals 7:30 p.m. Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck 845-876-1922 n Stockport Town Board Workshop 7 p.m. Town Hall, 2787 Atlantic Ave., Hudson 518-828-9389

Saturday, Dec. 7 n Germantown History Department 9

a.m. to noon 1767 Parsonage, 52 Maple Ave., Germantown 518-537-6687 n Stuyvesant Recreation Commission 9 a.m. Town Hall, 5 Sunset Drive, Stuyvesant 518-758-6248

Monday, Dec. 9 n Canaan Town Board 7 p.m. Upstairs

Town Hall, 1647 Route 5, Canaan 518781-3144 n Citizens’ Climate Lobby Columbia County Chapter 6 p.m. location varies (either Hudson or Chatham) 518-672-7901 n Copake Parks and Recreation Commission 7 p.m. Park Building, Mountain View Road, Copake. 518-329-1234 n Hillsdale Planning Board 7:30 p.m. Town Hall, Main Street, Hillsdale 518-3255073 n Hudson Common Council organizational meeting followed by informal meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 520 Warren St., Hudson, 518-828-1030 n Hudson Industrial Development Agency 5:30 p.m. City Hall, 520 Warren St., Hudson, 518-828-1030. Tentative. n Kinderhook Village Recreation Commission 7 p.m. Village Hall, 6 Chatham St., Kinderhook 518-758-9882 n Milan Town Board 7:30 p.m. Wilcox Memorial Town Hall, 20 Wilcox Circle, Milan 845-758-5133 n New Lebanon Town Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, 14755 Route 22, New Lebanon 518-794-8888 n Philmont Village Board 7 p.m. Village Hall, 124 Main St., Philmont 518672-7032 n Rhinebeck Town Board 6:45 p.m. Town Hall, 80 East Market St., Rhinebeck n Taghkanic Town Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, Route 82, West Taghkanic 518-8517638 n Tivoli Planning Board Workshop 7 p.m. Historic Watts dePeyster Hall, 1 Tivoli Commons, Tivoli 845-757-2021

Tuesday, Dec. 10 n Chatham Central School District

Board of Education 6 p.m. High School Library, Chatham 518-392-2400 n Chatham Planning Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, 488 Route 295, Chatham 518392-3262 n Copake Land Use Review Committee 7 p.m. Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road, Copake 518-329-1234 n Copake Republican Club 7 p.m. at the Copake Town Hall, 230 Mountain View Road, Copake n Hillsdale Town Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, Main Street, Hillsdale 518-325-5073 n Hudson Common Council Informal Meeting 7 p.m. City Hall, 520 Warren St., Hudson, 518-828-1030 n Red Hook Town Board 7:30 p.m. Town Hall, 7340 South Broadway, Red Hook 845-758-4606 n Rhinebeck Central School District Board of Education 7 p.m. High/Middle School Library, North Park Road, Rhinebeck 845-871-5500 n Rhinebeck Village Board 7 p.m. Village Hall, 76 East Market St., Rhinebeck 845-876-7015 n Roe Jan Library board of trustees 6:30 p.m. at the library, 9091 Route 22, Copake n Taghkanic Planning Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, Route 82, West Taghkanic 518851-7638, ext. 7

‘Unfunded mandate’ roils county By Sarah Trafton Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — County lawmakers and police officers are taking a stand against statemandated bail reforms coming Jan 1. The Greene County Police Officers Association released a letter against the changes last week and the Greene County Legislature passed a resolution Nov. 20, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to “hit the pause button on bail reform and get-out-of-jailfree cards” for criminals. The union, comprised of both active and retired law enforcement officers in Greene County, passed a motion to release a statement regarding its position on the reforms, according to the release. “Make no mistake, these criminal justice reforms are a clear and frightening attack on our entire criminal justice system,” the police union said. “The apparent lack of confidence in the general population who elected our county district attorneys, our town justices and county sheriffs was remarkable. Not to mention the police chiefs who were appointed by municipalities headed by duly elected officials and the dedicated men and women of those agencies.” The county took a similar stance in its resolution. “Under bail reform, beginning Jan. 1, judges will be stripped of their discretion to set bail for many specific enumerated crimes, which means those suspected of committing these crimes can no longer be held in jail after their arrest, regardless of the strength of the case against these defendants, or the length of the potential sentence faced by the defendants, or the extent or harm caused by these defendants and instead these defendants will be released back into the general public,” according to the county’s resolution. These changes will require more resources to be dedicated to tracking down individuals who do not appear for their court dates, according to the resolution. “[Bail reform places] a burden on public employees who under this law are required to send multiple court appearance reminders to these offenders, as well as police officers and district attorneys who must commit resources to tracking and pursuing those who evade prosecution.” Greene County Public Defender Angelo Scaturro hopes the new laws will be effective. “Bail is to secure someone’s return to court, not to assume guilt,” Scaturro said. In place of bail, a defendant can be released with a variety of other conditions, Scaturro said, such as travel restrictions, being prohibited from owning firearms, being required to have frequent check-ins with probation and wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet, which can limit the distance the defendant travels and includes

a curfew. A judge can also issue orders of protection for alleged victims when the defendant is released, Scaturro said, adding that this is commonly done in the pre-bail reform system. Under the new law, police must determine what the defendant’s preferred contact method is and ensure that all contact information is up to date, Scaturro said. “The law allows three or four notices to go out before you can issue a warrant,” Scatturo said. New Jersey, which implemented similar bail reform laws, has found no significant increase in defendants failing to appear in court, according to a release from drugpolicy.org in April. “We have seen a 44% decrease in the pretrial jail population and at the same time, no meaningful increases in failures to appear in court or new offenses committed by people who are released pretrial,” according to the release.

DISCOVERY The resolution notes changes to the discovery law, which will now require the prosecution to turn over all evidence to the defense within 15 days. If the prosecution fails to meet the deadline, it could result in dismissal of the charges, according to the union. “Our laboratory system in this state is so backlogged that it can takes months for an analysis to be completed,” according to the union. “Under the new procedures, that delay will result in the dismissal of the charges, regardless of the evidence.” State Attorney General Letitia James urged lawmakers to investigate the cost of the new laws at an event in Rochester earlier this month. “I do not support unfunded mandates,” James said. “This is a mandate not only for the attorney general but for district attorneys in all 62 counties. A position of the district attorneys is that they cannot meet these demands given that this measure was not adequately funded. I don’t know whether or not that position is well-founded, but I would urge the state Legislature as well as the governor to look into the matter.” Other offices throughout the state could face similar difficulties due to lack of resources and funding. Greene County is anticipating additional staff due to the new laws, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said at the 2020 budget public hearing Nov. 4. For example, the county is estimating the new laws will require one additional full-time employee for the probation department, one full-time employee in emergency services to help with the discovery process, two full-time employees in the district attorney’s office, one full-time employee with the Department of Social Services and one full-time employee in the Department of Motor Vehicles, Groden said.

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In this April 2019 file photo, state lawmakers in the Assembly Republican Conference attend a press conference in Albany to push for amendments to the bail reform measures passed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Additional staff needed for the public defender’s office will be funded through grants from Indigent Legal Services, Groden said, but other than that, the state is not providing funding. Another concern is that the reforms will allow defendants to return to the scene of the crime. “Discovery reform will also result in an opportunity for defendants to gain access to crime scenes that may include a victim’s residence, thereby giving defendants accused of burglaries, assaults, rapes and other crimes committed in victims’ homes the right to return to those homes,” according to the resolution. “[These issues] will undeniably impact past, present and future victims of crime in a negative manner.” The union also believes that these laws were not crafted with victims in mind. “The extreme burden placed on the criminal justice system by the new reforms does not serve the overwhelming majority of law-abiding citizens,” according to the union. “These citizens, especially crime victims, were completely disregarded in this one-sided, farreaching and dramatic change to our criminal justice system.” The county asked the state Legislature to amend the laws in an emergency session. Requested amendments include granting judges the ability to use their own discretion in terms of bail, increase the discovery time frame from 15 days to 45 days, phasing in bail reform in two segments: with misdemeanors January 2020 and felonies January 2021, repeal the provision that makes discovery mandates applicable to violations of Vehicle and Traffic Law and send court appearance reminders to victims as well as defendants. The county also asked the state Legislature to take suggestions from victim advocate organizations into consideration when amending the laws. In its statement, the union asked Cuomo and state lawmakers revisit the issues.

“Any effort to improve our system would be welcomed and supported by the law enforcement community,” according to the union. “However, we must ensure those improvements are balanced in such a way that our system continues to protect society, as well as those charged with violations of the law.” Charges for which a defendant must be released from custody, without bail, after Jan. 1, 2020: Manslaughter in the second degree, Criminally negligent homicide, Aggravated vehicular homicide, Vehicular manslaughter in the first and second degrees, Assault in the third degree, Aggravated vehicular assault, Aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old, Vehicular assault in the first and second degrees, Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, Criminal possession of a firearm, Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor, Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees, Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees, Criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, Burglary in the second degree (residential burglary,) Burglary in the third degree, Robbery in the second degree (aided by another person,) Robbery in the third degree, Criminal sale of a

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A riddle worth solving Holding a lantern festival in Greene County is a stellar idea, but the Friar Tuck Inn in Kiskatom, as it stands, is not the place to have it. A group of applicants wants to stage the Hello Panda Lantern Festival in Catskill. A lantern festival, also known as a Yuan Xiao festival, celebrates a holiday in China and other Asian countries that honors deceased ancestors on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. During a traditional festival, houses are decorated with colorful lanterns with riddles written on them. If the riddle is solved correctly, the solver earns a small gift. Festival celebrations also include lion and

dragon dances, parades, and fireworks. Small rice balls filled with fruits and nuts, called yuanxiao or tangyuan, are served at the festival. The balls’ round shape symbolizes family unity. But the old Friar Tuck is in bad shape. The site is in significant disrepair and presents dangerous conditions. The site also contains several dilapidated structures and the buildings on or contiguous to the site are condemned, unsecured or dangerous. Adjacent parcels are littered with glass, debris, tiles, shingles and wood. This is a pity because the Hello Panda Lantern Festival, featuring more than 120 lantern exhibits, is considered the largest of its kind in North America, according to the website hellopandafest.com.

The festival will be held at Citi Field in Queens, the home of the New York Mets, from Dec. 6 through Jan. 26, and at Lake Glenwood in Vernon, New Jersey, through Jan. 5. What a shot in the arm a big festival like this would be to pump fresh blood into the Twin Counties’ economy and attract visitors from the region and perhaps the world. We know the crowds at Citi Field won’t be restricted only to New Yorkers. We hope the Hello Panda applicants don’t give up on Greene County and can find a suitable alternate site in Catskill. A lantern festival is supposed to promote reconciliation, peace and forgiveness. Our message here is simple: Give peace a chance.

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Trump again blows up a trade deal. Congress needs to step up. (c) 2019, The Washington Post ·

Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico are scheduled to meet in Washington on Wednesday in a possible final session to set the stage for House approval of their new trilateral trade agreement. With one of his signature policy initiatives facing a delicate political moment, you might have thought President Donald Trump would refrain from doing anything to rock the boat. No such luck. In predawn tweets Monday, Trump precipitously announced tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina. On Tuesday, he mused aloud that it might be “better to wait until after the election” in November 2020 to reach a trade truce with China, notwithstanding other messaging from both Beijing and Washington that a deal might be close. The immediate effect of the president’s outburst was to send stock markets plummeting and to remind the world that the trade policy of the planet’s largest economy is in unsteady hands. Investors can recover their paper losses, perhaps, but it will be hard to restore anything resembling international trust in

Trump’s negotiating after this performance. Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed, goes the old saying; but the president’s action implies that, with him, things may not be agreed even after they are agreed. Just ask Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has voiced admiration for Trump and courted him as an ally, only to find his country hit, now, with tariffs based on Trump’s spurious claim that Brazil has been engaged in a “massive” currency devaluation, “which is not good for our farmers.” Just like that, Trump blows up a deal he cut with Bolsonaro’s predecessor to avoid metal tariffs last year, along with a similar arrangement with Argentina. As it happens, Trump’s accusations of currency devaluation are especially absurd relative to Buenos Aires, which is desperately trying to bolster its currency amid capital flight. Trump acted, apparently, under Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, which allows the president to impose tariffs in the name of national security. Notably, his tweet did not even pretend that steel and aluminum imports from Brazil and Argentina actu-

ally endanger U.S. security - just “our farmers.” The president has been making promiscuous use of Section 232, but this may be the most egregious example yet. The Cold War-era authors of the measure intended it as an exceptional tool, to be employed in genuine emergencies, not as a routine implement of economic pressure or presidential whim. It is long past time the other branches of government checked Trump’s abuses of this authority - as the U.S. Court of International Trade attempted to do in a little-noticed but important Nov. 15 ruling allowing a company to sue the government for harm it suffered from an earlier tariff hike on Turkish steel. The president’s power under Section 232 is broad but not unlimited, the court held. What’s really needed, however, is congressional action, specifically, a rewrite of Section 232 to restore Congress’ constitutional prerogatives over trade. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, along with other pro-trade senators in both parties, has been drafting a bill to do that. Now would be a good time to redouble that effort.

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Faithless electors have a right to be unfaithful WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will soon decide whether to decide a dispute between lower courts about a recurring problem that has not been a serious problem. If, however, “faithless electors” ever becomes such a problem, it would propel the court into a political maelstrom with high stakes and intense passions, with an inflexible deadline impending. So, the court should answer this question: Do “faithless electors” have a constitutional right to be such? They are persons who are selected to cast a state’s Electoral College votes and who, after the popular votes have been tabulated, vote contrary to their public commitment, to the public’s expectations, and to state statutes that penalize electors who vote contrary to the party they were designated to represent. In 2016, 10 of the 538 designated electors either cast their votes for persons other than the nominees of these electors’ parties, or tried to and were blocked from doing so. A change of 10 electoral votes would have switched the outcome of five of the 58 previous elections. In Washington state, three Democratic electors voted for Republican Colin Powell rather than Hillary Clinton, and each was fined $1,000. Washington state’s Supreme Court upheld the fines, arguing that “nothing in [the Constitution] suggests that electors have discretion to cast their votes without limitation.” In Colorado, however, a Democratic elector voted for Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich rather than Clinton, and Colorado’s secretary of state nullified this vote. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit held that presidential electors have “the right to cast a vote for president ... with discretion.” Clearly Washington’s court was mistaken, as are the majority of states,

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in the 10th Circuit’s favor, it will accomplish two things, one of prospective importance and one of immediate importance. It will guarantee that, in the event that in some future election faithless electors are numerous enough to alter an election’s outcome, the court will at least not have to start from scratch in thinking through the issue of whether electors have a right to be unfaithful. And by affirming that right, the court will make less likely the exercise of that right. This is so because the court will incentivize state political parties to be diligent about selecting steadfast electors. This might matter now more than usual. America’s increasing polarization has been apparent for several decades. In the first 11 elections after World War II, 1948-1988, seven times the victor won more than 400 electoral votes, and twice he won more than 500. Since 1988, no one has received 400 electoral votes, and the winners have averaged just 330. Since 1988, every election has had a popular-vote margin of less than 10%. Narrow popular-vote margins do not guarantee close electoral-vote margins: One of the Electoral College’s virtues is that it tends to magnify the decisiveness of the victor’s victory. However, close partisan balances in the popular vote increase the chances of a narrow margin in the Electoral College. In 2000, George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote to Al Gore, won the presidency by winning Florida by 537 votes, thereby winning in the Electoral College by five votes. Close elections in turbulent times can excite rogue electors. That they have a right to be such does not make them wholesome. George Will’s email address is georgewill@washpost.com. (c) 2019, Washington Post Writers Group

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States imprison black people at five times the rate of whites Katie Mettler The Washington Post

In its first major report, the independent, bipartisan Council on Criminal Justice has found that racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. prisons and jails, as well as in parole and probation populations, declined from 2000 to 2016 - though the gap is far from closed. The study’s authors credit the dip to an overall decrease in drug crimes during that time frame. For decades, advocates for criminal justice legislation have blamed the “war on drugs” for the country’s disproportionate incarceration rates between white people and people of color. “If the perception is that this is a bad situation getting worse, the reality is that it’s going from worse to bad,” said Adam Gelb, president and chief executive of the Council on Criminal Justice, an organization founded last summer to bring together stakeholders from political, academic, activist and legal backgrounds. “How much progress,” Gelb said, “is something that’s in the eye of the beholder.” Across all four observed populations, people of color are still incarcerated and supervised at higher rates than white people. Although the offending rate for black people declined by an average of 3% per year, the study found that people in that group’s length of time in the system increased. The study compares white people in the justice system to those who are black or Hispanic and is based on data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. The ratios presented were adjusted for the racial and ethnic breakdown of the U.S. adult population. Overall, it found that race and ethnic disparities were lowest among probation populations and highest within prison and parole groups. Among state prison populations in 2000, black people were incarcerated at a rate 8.3 times higher than white people, and for Hispanic people the rate was 3.6 times higher than white people. Those ratios fell by 2016 to 5.1 to 1 and 1.4 to 1 respectively, according to the study. Though state imprisonment disparities between white and black inmates fell across all major crime categories, the largest drop was observed for drug offenses. Black people were imprisoned for drug-related crimes 15 times the rate of white people in 2000. That ratio dropped to 5 to 1 by 2016, the study said. “That’s a gigantic drop,” Gelb said. In that same time frame, white women were imprisoned at a higher rate for violent, property and drug crimes, while black women were imprisoned less often for drug crimes - a change that caused the racial disparity between incarcerated black and white women at the state level to fall from 6 to 1 to 2 to 1. That decline was sharper than the decline among men, the study found. Over the 16 years that were studied, the number of

black men in state prison declined by more than 48,000, while the number of white men increased by more than 59,000. Similarly, the number of incarcerated black women fell by more than 12,000, and the number of white women in prison grew by nearly 25,000. The incarceration rates for white women grew steadily, leading the study’s authors to believe that the opioid epidemic that hit communities nationwide in recent years might explain some of the change - but not all of it. “The prevailing narrative is that attitudes have changed only recently and due to the opioid epidemic, which has been mostly a white problem. But these trends predate that significantly,” Gelb said. “The ultimate question becomes, are these remaining gaps due to biased decision-making or not?” The study did not break down the data by state, which means it is unclear which U.S. regions have made the most - or least improvement. The authors note in their conclusion that the “effects of criminal justice case processing vary by race and type of crime, making it difficult to point to a single factor that accounts for race-specific changes in imprisonment.” For example, sentencing habits and parole decisions from state to state could affect those rates, the study said. “Additional data and research are essential to understand why precisely these trends are occurring, nationally and within state and local jurisdictions,” wrote the study’s authors. The report notes that racial disparities within the federal prison population also declined, but by a smaller margin. Among black and white people, the incarceration rate fell from 8.4 to 7 between 2001 and 2017, and the ratio between white and Hispanic people decreased from 7.3 to 4.6. The next step, Gelb said, is to use council resources to serve as both a think tank and task force hub to create policy recommendations that will help course-correct the prevailing disparities. “It is an extremely complex tangle of factors behind the trends, but we thought it was critical to understand what the actual trends are and to start to unpack them in a way that can point to potential policy solutions,” Gelb said. Membership of the council is by invitation only. The Board of Trustees is cochaired by Sally Yates, former deputy attorney general at the Justice Department, and Mark Holden, senior vice president at Koch Industries. “We see this as helping build a more precise road map of what needs to be done to move us toward being a fairer and more equitable society,” Gelb said. “You can’t just admire and bemoan the numbers, you have to understand them at a deeper level so you can target and focus your efforts to tackle them.”

Analysis: A tale of 2 days — and tones — for Trump as he wraps wild NATO meeting By John T. Bennett CQ-Roll Call (TNS)

President Donald Trump shifted from an aggressive and attacking offense on the first day of a NATO summit in London to a more defensive posture on its second and final day. Trump resorted to namecalling Wednesday as he and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau renewed their on-again, off-again feud. The president called Trudeau “two-faced” after the Canadian prime minister was caught on a hot mic Tuesday evening mocking his American counterpart for delaying other leaders by holding lengthy question-and-answer sessions with reporters that altered the agenda. That followed Trump’s nearly 40-minute public argument with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday about a range of issues as the two contradicted and interrupted one another in a wild scene broadcast live around the world. As Trump took his shot at the Canadian leader Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee was about to kick off its first public impeachment hearing, during which several constitutional scholars testified his actions toward Ukraine’s president amount to impeachable offenses. What’s more, the House Intelligence Committee released call logs showing his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had telephone conversations with White House officials after Trump placed him in charge of Ukraine matters. Two Ukrainians with whom Giuliani was working already have been indicted. Though the president took a number of questions during two impromptu gaggles Wednesday, he abruptly canceled a news conference his staff had planned after his final event at the alliance meeting. Trump would not pin that decision on a reluctance to face questions about Giuliani, who has said his actions were solely taken on behalf of the client in chief. Instead, the president said the move to ax the more formal back-andforth with reporters was made because of the amount of time he gave them earlier in the summit. Either way, Trump was in no mood to discuss the former New York mayor Wednesday. “I really don’t know. You’ll have to ask him,” Trump replied when asked of Giuliani’s phone conversations with White House Office of Management and Budget officials. “It sounds like something that’s not so complicated. ... No big deal.” Perhaps sensing he would be forced to defend himself, Giuliani minutes earlier had tried doing just that with this tweet: “The mere fact I had numerous calls with the White House does not establish any specific topic. Remember, I’m the President’s attorney.” As he left the British capital, Trump was jetting back to the House Democrats’

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impeachment inquiry following another performance on the world stage in which he clashed with allies and inched closer to countries like Turkey and Russia. “I think we feel that we can get along with Russia. And I think it’s a good thing to get along with Russia,” Trump said, indicating he has a mandate to do just that: “And I campaigned on it. I mean, I’d go into big stadiums; people liked it. And I think the Russian people would like to see it too. A lot of ... good can come of it.” Trump went so far as to suggest NATO — established in large part to guard European countries against aggression from the then-Soviet Union — should change its primary mission. “You know, a lot of people say it was meant to look at, originally, the Soviet Union — now Russia,” he said. “But we also have other things to look at, whether it’s radical Islamic terrorism, whether it’s the tremendous growth of China. There are a lot of other things.” As always, Trump did not describe who those “people” are. But they are not most of his fellow NATO leaders. Macron said while it is “important to have a strategic dialogue with Russia,” Western officials “must do so without naivete.” Back home, Republican Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch on Tuesday took a much different tack on Moscow than Trump. “Vladimir Putin has taken Russia down another, much darker path. Today, many Russians suffer, while oligarchs enrich themselves through control of major industries,” the Idaho senator said before alleging the Kremlin “rigs its elections” and “inhumanely” detains and tortures its own citizens.” “The U.S. relationship with Russia is at a low point,” Risch said during a panel hearing. “Our engagements with Russia are few, and there is a growing risk of a strategic miscalculation on the seas, the ground, or in the skies.” While Risch credited U.S. allies for helping Washington be “pretty tough on the Putin regime,” the commander in

chief spent two days in London calling out Canada, Germany and others for all kinds of, in his view, diplomatic and security sins. Chief among them: failing to live up to alliance members’ pledges to devote 2% of their national spending to defense programs. Trump suggested that is what prompted Trudeau to mock him in the hot mic moment. Benjamin Friedman, policy director at the nonpartisan Defense Priorities think tank, called the Trump-MacronTrudeau dustup a “passing storm cloud.” Those differences — though uncharacteristically thrown into the public light — collectively “belies the real position that Macron is still more pro-NATO than Trump,” he said, noting Macron over the two days was “in his own way” defending the alliance against the Western notion that “Trump is this barbarian at the gates that wants to tear it down.” Friedman suggested NATO’s “larger problems” lie with Turkey, including its actions in northern Syria and opposition to allowing the entire alliance to “sign off on plans to defend the Balkans.” There, too, Trump was in the minority in London. “I discussed everything with him,” Trump told reporters following a private meeting with Erdogan. He claimed safe zones Turkey and Russia established in northern Syria for Kurds — long a U.S. ally that lawmakers say Trump abandoned — and a cease-fire “are working.” “They can patrol their own border,” Trump said of Turkish forces. “That’s a border that’s been under siege for many, many decades. It was time for us to leave.” Republicans and Democratic lawmakers, however, want to slap stiff sanctions on Ankara for its military mission into Syria, which killed many Kurds. The White House, so far, has fought those efforts. Trump did get one foreign policy win, however. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the U.S.-Japan trade mini-deal to

Assault rifle found in unopened baby toy at a Florida Goodwill store By Devoun Cetoute Miami Herald (TNS)

Veronica Alvarez-Rodriguez spent her Sunday trying to find the perfect gift for a baby shower she was going to later in the day. She didn’t want to break the bank, but wanted something fun that the new baby would love. Walking down the aisles of a Valpariso, Fla., Goodwill store, she found just that: an unopened $10 baby bouncer. Later at the baby shower, all the guests were gathered around with smiling faces, waiting to try out the new baby bouncer Alvarez-Rodriguez

presented as a gift. Then everyone was shocked when the box was opened. The baby bouncer was no where to be found. Instead, inside was a Mossberg 715T semiautomatic rifle, along with a few rounds of ammunition, which weren’t for the rifle. Instead of baby’s first bouncer, Alvarez-Rodriguez unknowingly bought baby’s first assault rifle. Alvarez-Rodriguez posted pictures and video on Facebook of her strange Goodwill adventure. She said in the post that the serial number of the gun was clean, meaning the weapon hadn’t been stolen.

Crestview police told her that she could so what she wants with it. “The gun now belongs to Baby Jonathan who is due to enter this world any day now,” she wrote jokingly. For now, Crestview police will be holding the gun for 90 days. Goodwill could not be immediately reached for comment. (c)2019 Miami Herald Visit Miami Herald at www.miamiherald.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

reduce tariffs on American agriculture goods and set digital commerce rules should take effect Jan. 1, after the Japanese Diet’s upper house approved the agreement Wednesday. Approval by the U.S. Congress is not required. Back in London, the NATO leaders’ summit ended with several Trump meetings closed to members of the traveling media. But there was one lighter moment when a reporter asked if Trump would discuss Greenland, which earlier this year he mulled trying to purchase from Denmark, during a private meeting with the Danish prime minister. “Will we discuss Greenland? What do you think?” Trump quipped. “She must be in the real estate business.” (Ellyn Ferguson contributed to this report.) (c)2019 CQ-Roll Call, Inc., All Rights Reserved Visit CQ Roll Call at www.rollcall. com

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As part of their commitment to serve residents and businesses through Columbia County, MetzWood Insurance has opened an office at One City Centre in Hudson. With a convenient location in downtown Hudson, the MetzWood Team is available to meet by appointment with clients who reside closer to that location. To celebrate it’s opening, members of the Chamber and neighboring businesses at One Hudson City Centre joined the MetzWood Management Team in a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Sean’s Run scholarships and grant applications available CHATHAM — The organizing committee of Sean’s Run Weekend, the annual community event that attracts hundreds of participants, including runners, walkers, bicyclists and Zumba enthusiasts, from across the region to Chatham each spring, has announced plans to award grants and scholarships. Since 2002, the proceeds of the annual Sean’s Run Weekend have supported two areas: scholarships to deserving high school seniors, and grants to schools and youth groups to implement programs designed to combat the problems of underage drinking, impaired driving and lax use of seatbelts by teenagers. Sean’s Run has awarded $244,095 in grants and scholarships since 2002, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donors and participants. In January 2020, the Sean’s Run committee will award up to $10,000 as grants to schools and youth groups selected through an easy-to-complete grant application process. Last year grants were awarded to the following schools in Columbia County: Taconic Hills High School, Germantown

HS, Chatham High School, Chatham Middle School. The following schools from Rensselaer County were awarded grants: Algonquin Middle School, Averill Park High School, Rensselaer Middle School and Rensselaer High School High School. Also, Shenendehoa High School from Saratoga County, FondaFultonville High School from Montgomery County and The Council on Addition & Prevention Education from Dutchess County were awarded grants. Sean’s Run scholarships totaling $4,900 are available to high school seniors in three categories. The Sean Patrick French “Love of Running” Scholarship is open to Columbia County residents who have been on the cross country or track and field teams for their school. Runners from NYSPHAA Section II who have been designated as Sectional Good Sports during the fall cross country season may apply for the Good Sportsmanship Scholarships. Students from Chatham High School may apply for the Community Service scholarships. Since 2002, 107 students from across the region have benefited

from Sean’s Run scholarships. Last year scholarships were awarded to Sydney Newton, Chatham HS; Aidan Gillooley, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake HS; and Emma Greg, Chatham HS. Applications for grants and scholarships are available at SeansRun.com must be submitted before Dec. 1. The scholarship fund was created by the family of Sean French following his death as a passenger in an underage drunk driving car wreck on January 1, 2002. He was a junior at Chatham High School, an honor roll student and an accomplished runner who set several school records in his abbreviated career. As a freshman he took second place at the State Cross Country Championship, and as sophomore he finished second at the state Track and Field championship in the 1600m, with a time of 4:18. The grants and scholarship funds are administered by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. The 19th Annual Sean’s Run Weekend is scheduled for May 2 and May 3, 2020 at Chatham High School.

BRIEFS DEC. 7 OLD CHATHAM — “The River and the Wall” will be screened Dec. 7. Potluck at 6 p.m. followed by the film at 7 p.m. in the Old Chatham Quaker Meetinghouse, 539 County Route 13, Old Chatham. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served and a moderated discussion will follow. For information, call 518-610-3735. NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham United Methodist Church, 4274 Route 203, North Chatham, Holiday Bazaar will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 7. For information, call 518-766-3535.

DEC. 8 NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham Free Library, 4287 Route 203, North Chatham, will host Laurie Portocarrero, storyteller, at the annual holiday party at 3 p.m. Dec. 8. For information, contact the NCFL at 518-766-3211.

NORTH CHATHAM — The North Chatham United Methodist Church, 4274 Route 203, North Chatham, will host an informational gathering about solar farms from 12:45-1:45

Chatham Middle School partners with Crandell Theatre for innovative learning experience CHATHAM - Audiences at the non-profit Crandell Theatre in Chatham are enjoying a new public service announcement (PSA), thanks to students from Chatham Middle School’s Arbor Academy and Michael Stead, Instructional Innovation Coach for the Chatham Central School District. The 30 second video, which uses a combination of drawing, animation and sound effects, shows filmgoers where to exit the theatre in the event of a fire or other emergency. The PSA demonstrates the possibilities for collaboration between business and school communities. Stead and Annie Brody, executive director of the Crandell Theatre and board member of the Chatham Area Business & Arts (CABA), had been exploring creative ways that local businesses could collaborate with the school district. While brainstorming, the two saw an opportunity

CHATHAM — Chatham High School announces Students of the Quarter for the 2019-2020 school year. Adeline Potter, Psychology; Tessa Fisher, SS 12-Economics; Mersadie Harvey, SS 12-Government; Jorja Davis, Global History & Geography II; Heather Damia, Economics-SUPA; Samantha Hoffman, Global History & Geography I; John Miles, AP World History I; Benjamin Halpin, AP World History II; DeAnna LeClair, U.S. History & Government; Christianna Gearing, AP U.S. History; Grayson Van Wie, Human Identity; Caden Holsapple, U.S. History & Government; Griffin Piester, U.S. History & Government; Jayson McKay, Physical Education; Eudora Brennan, Physical Education; Zachary Casivant, Physical Education; Hannah Taylor, Physical Education; Ryan Burleson, Health; Anna Miles, 9th Grade Orchestra; Giovanna Allen, 10th Grade Orchestra; Ashley Gleason, 11th Grade Orchestra; Heather Damia, 12th Grade Orchestra; Anthony Reyome, 9th Grade Choir; Daniel Baneni, 10th Grade Choir; Christianna Gearing, 11th Grade Choir;

p.m. Dec. 8. Cara Humphrey of Astral Power will inform guests with a video and discussion. The public is invited and refreshments will be provided. For information, call 518-7663535.

Heather Damia, 12th Grade Choir; Isabella Spencer, 9th Grade Band; Hannah Shufelt, 10th Grade Band; Ryan Graziano, 11th Grade Band; John Hoag, 12th Grade Band; Samantha Hoffman, Jazz Band; Heather Damia, Music Theory I; Emma Crosby Design & Drawing for Production; Mason Burleson, Woodworking I; Andrew Hess, Digital Electronics; Kourtney Hotaling, Principles of Engineering; Scott Rivenburg, Spanish I; Tessa Wallace, Spanish II; Benjamin Halpin, Spanish III; Sonam Verma, Spanish IV; Caroline Paolucci, Spanish V; Maria Castellanos, French V; Hannah Pinto, Studio in Art; Christianna Gearing, Studio Drawing & Painting; Meghan Hay, Ceramics; Jorja Davis, Graphic Design; Eudora Brennan, Studio in Art; Claire Fairall, Studio in Art; Evelyn Crosby, Fine Arts Workshop; Jayden Turner-Osborn, Ceramic Arts; Jorja Davis, Studio Drawing & Painting; Emma Smith, English 9; Erin Madsen, English 10; Benjamin Halpin, English 10 PreAP; Hannah Braley, English 11; Christianna Gearing, English 11 Pre-AP; Heather Damia, English

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Natalia Zukerman and Anne Heaton come to Helsinki Hudson HUDSON — I’m very excited about an upcoming show at Club Helsinki Hudson. It combines one of my all-time favorite artists, Natalia Zukerman, and her friend, singer-songwriter and storyteller Anne Heaton, in an unusual evening of songs, stories, and images from each of them, on Thursday, December 5, at 8 p.m. It’s sort of going to be like two one-woman shows in one evening. In “The Women Who Rode Away,” from which she will perform excerpts, Zukerman’s songs and paintings engage in a dialogue. Featuring original music and projected paintings by Zukerman, this intimate portrait recounts the artist’s journey of finding her own voice through the stories of the women in her life who paved the way, such as Jane Avril. As much as it’s about the artists who influenced her, it’s also a kind of creative memoir of Natalia’s own artistic evolution. And singer-songwriter and pianist Anne Heaton will be

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premiering music from her new album, “To the Light,” and its accompanying book of stories, in which each song has a tale of how it came to be along with the creativity keys that inspired its completion. Natalia’s “The Women Who Rode Away” project began with her song “Jane Avril,” about the French can-can dancer made famous by Henri de ToulouseLautrec through his paintings. “The song came from a challenge from a friend. We gave each other the assignment to write a song in a week with the words ‘feather boa’ in it,” says

Zukerman, who lives in Brooklyn and frequently retreats to Columbia County for peace, quiet, and artistic inspiration and to visit her mother, famed classical flutist Eugenia Zukerman - known locally as artistic director of several music series, including Leaf Peeper Concerts and Classics on Hudson. Natalia’s other portraits in song and on canvas include “In the Long Mirror,” about black feminist poet Audre Lorde, “Georgia’s Mountain” about the great American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and “Ride in the Rain,” one of the more

autobiographical songs in the program. Anne Heaton says about To the Light : “On this record, I wanted to stay connected to my music community across the country .... As each song was written, I thought of a musicianfriend who might help me bring it fully to life. Then I reached out to that person. In this way, I was able to co-produce these songs with some amazingly talented friends.” Other songwriters who contributed to the album include Natalia Zukerman, Shannon McNally, Beth Wood, Mai Bloomfield, Chaska Potter, Duke Levine, Meg Hutchinson, Jennifer Kimball, and Laura Donohue. The new song project includes “Joy” and “Let Yourself Be,” a gorgeous nostalgic look back at a childhood friendship. Remember - for reservations in the Restaurant or in the club call 518.828.4800. To purchase tickets online go here. For the most up-to-date concert information, always visit Club Helsinki Hudson.

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Harmony Project Hudson, Winter Walk HUDSON — 23rd Annual Hudson Winter Walk! Celebrating the Spirits of Winter Walks Past, Present and Yet to Come December 7, 5-8 p.m. Hudson Hall heralds the 23rd anniversary of Winter Walk with a celebration of the Spirits of Winter Walks Past, Present and Yet to Come. Honoring Ellen Thurston, “Queen of Winter Walk” and all those whose efforts have made Winter Walk a beloved tradition.

The evening begins with the Santa Parade from City Hall to Hudson Hall led by Former Mayors Rick Scalera, Kenneth Cranna, Richard Tracy, William Hallenbeck, Tiffany Hamilton Martin, and Mayor-elect Kamal Johnson, together with City Council President Tom DePietro and former, current and recently elected officials. We invite the public to join in, the more the merrier!

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The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents the Conservatory Orchestra ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON — The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs a concert at the Fisher Center at Bard’s Sosnoff Theater on Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m. Conducted by James Bagwell, director of performance studies and the Graduate Conducting Program at Bard Conservatory of Music, the Orchestra performs Florence Price Symphony No.1 in E minor; Jackson Spargur ’20 Polaris premiere; and Aaron Copland Billy the Kid. There will be a preconcert talk, “Florence Price and the

Emergence of African American Composers in the 21st Century,” at 7 p.m. All ticket sales benefit the Conservatory Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $15-20 suggested donation. To reserve tickets, go to fishercenter.bard. edu or call the box office at 845758-7900. The Symphony in E minor is the first symphony written by the American composer Florence Price. The work was completed in 1932 and was first performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The piece was Price’s first full-scale orchestral

composition and was the first symphony by a black woman to be performed by a major American orchestra. The opening movement has melodies and rhythms typically found in Afro-American folk music, while the following slow movement features a moving hymn tune of Price’s design. Both concluding movements are fast and return to the juba dance concept. They contain hints of fiddles and banjos, antic slide whistle effects, and a recurring three-against-two melody which end this loveable work on

a whimsical note. The preconcert talk, “Florence Price and the Emergence of African American Composers in the 21st Century,” is with James Bagwell; Whitney Slaten, Assistant Professor of Music; Kyle Gann, Taylor Hawver and Frances Bortle Hawver Professor of Music; and and Myra Young Armstead, Vice President for Academic Inclusive Excellence and Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies.

‘Irishman’ a throwback to Scorsese’s golden age By Raymond Pignone Columbia-Greene Media

“The Irishman” is a melancholy ode to the Mob. It feels like a memory play about the notso-good old days when being a mobster meant the drudgery of mechanically carrying out violent tasks that seemed more compulsive than meaningful. Netflix shelled out a record $150 million to finance Martin Scorsese’s riveting yet deeply introspective farewell to the mobster genre he helped usher into the 1970s. The movie is a majestic, pulse-pounding epic that is also startlingly intimate. It lacks the nihilism of “Goodfellas” (1990), but that picture was a different animal. A quiet feeling of sorrow lingers here a long time after the credits roll. Steven Zaillian’s thoughtfully constructed script is based on the life of Frank Sheeran, a mob hitman whose memoirs were collected and adapted by lawyer Charles Brandt into the 2004 book “I Hear You Paint Houses,” code for a hired killer. Sheeran (Robert De Niro) was a Philadelphia meat delivery truck driver who was influenced by two Mob bosses, Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci) and Angelo Bruno (Harvey Keitel). Among

Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro is a scene from “The Irishman”.

the movie’s many intriguing implications is that Sheeran’s time fighting in Italy in World War II and an appetite for following orders without question or conscience turned around his moral compass. Sheeran was the go-to guy if somebody wanted the dirty work done. He ended up working for Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino), leader of the powerful Teamsters Union, with deep ties to America’s criminal organizations. Rodrigo Prieto’s smooth, elegant camerawork fits perfectly with Scorsese’s signature visual style. The violence explodes in short, sharp bursts. Zaillian’s script realistically dramatizes the details of mobster business, including a lesson in what to do when the target of a hit flees,

seriously wounded, from a restaurant to the street. In this sense, “The Irishman” harkens back to Scorsese’s golden age of “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “Goodfellas.” This movie reunites two of Scorsese’s greatest actors, De Niro and Pesci, and adds Pacino, who has never worked with Scorsese before. It’s like watching the Mount Rushmore of cinematic mobster lore together for the last time. De Niro and Pacino haven’t been choosing quality scripts recently, while Pesci is today best remembered as the comic con man of the “Lethal Weapon” series. But here, Scorsese has lit a fire in their bellies again. These are powerhouse performances.

De Niro is quiet and sturdy, which conveys Frank’s menacing presence. Pacino feels more alive than he’s been in years and his acting here never collapses into self-parody. Pesci is a revelation; his Russell Bufalino is at his most powerful when he doesn’t say a word. An imperceptible nod of the head and a quick flash of the eye is enough to seal a man’s doom. “The Irishman,” at nearly three and a half hours, is direct and intense, but it’s different from what Scorsese has done before. The opening tracking shot is not of a casino or nightclub crackling with energy, but through the hushed, austere white corridor of a nursing home, where Frank tells his anecdotes directly, sometimes disturbingly, to Scorsese’s incisive camera. In a way. Scorsese has made his wiseguys more human. Some live long lives, some die young, some go to prison and still others watch helplessly as their worlds crumble around them. “The Irishman” tells us, in ways more elegiac than in any of Scorsese’s earlier movies, that a mobster’s most terrifying executioner is advancing age.

CALENDAR LISTINGS TSL Movies December 5 December 12 n American Dharma — No stranger to interviewing some of the most controversial figures of our time, Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Unknown Known) trains his lens on Stephen K. Bannon, questioning him closely about his beliefs, current feelings about President Trump, and films that shaped and continue to animate Bannon’s understanding of the world. Morris concludes that whatever one thinks of Bannon, ignoring him is the most dangerous course of action. 2019. 1h37m. n The Kingmaker — Centered on the indomitable character of Imelda Marcos, the documentary examines, with intimate access, the Marcos family’s improbable return to power in the Philippines. The film explores the disturbing legacy of the Marcos regime and chronicles Imelda’s present-day push to help her son, Bongbong, win the vice presidency. To this end, Imelda confidently rewrites her family’s history of corruption, replacing it with a narrative of a matriarch’s extravagant love for her country. In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda’s comeback story serves as a dark cautionary tale. 2019. 1h40m n Varda by Agnes — The final film from the late, beloved Agnès Varda is a characteristically playful, profound, and personal summation of the director’s own brilliant career. At once impish and wise, she acts as our spirit guide on a free-associative tour through her six-decade artistic journey, shedding light on her films, photography, and recent installation works while offering her one-of-a-kind reflections on everything from filmmaking to feminism to aging. Suffused with the people, places, and things she loved – Jacques Demy, cats, colors, beaches, heartshaped potatoes – this wonderfully idiosyncratic work of imaginative autobiography is a warmly human, touchingly bittersweet parting gift from one of cinema’s most luminous talents. In French with subtitles. 2019. 2h. n The Servant (1963) — Posh Tony (James Fox) hires the seemingly proper and very attentive Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) as his manservant. Tony’s lady friend, Susan (Wendy Craig), disapproves of the ever-unflappable Barrett, which causes a strain in the couple’s relationship. When Barrett’s “sister,” Vera (Sarah Miles), arrives to stay, the situation descends into depravity, with the servant vying to become the new master of the house. 1963. 1h55m. n Mickey and the Bear — It’s April in Anaconda, Montana, and headstrong teenager Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone) is doing what she can to keep her veteran father, Hank (James Badge Dale), afloat, navigating his mercurial moods, opioid addiction, and grief over the loss of his wife. Secretly, Mickey fantasizes of going to college on the west coast and finally living life on her own terms. When Hank’s controlling, jealous behavior turns destructive, Mickey must decide between familial obligation and personal fulfillment as she puts everything on the line to claim her own independence. 2019. 1h29m. n Synonyms — Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale, the latest from Nadav Lapid (The Kindergarten Teacher) features a dynamic lead performance from newcomer Tom Mercier, whose feral intensity practically bursts out of the frame. Mercier plays Yoav, a disaffected young Israeli who flees Tel Aviv for Paris to start a new life. Desperate to erase his origins, Yoav sees becoming French as his only hope for salvation. Step one is to replace his language. From now on, he will not utter a single word of Hebrew and his dictionary becomes his constant companion. His work at the Israeli embassy is a burden, but studying for his naturalization test also has its pitfalls. And the young French couple he befriends has some rather strange ideas about how to help him. Based on writer-director Nadav Lapid’s own experiences, Synonyms explores the challenges of putting down roots in a new place. In French with subtitles. 2019. 2h03m. n The Hottest August — A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what

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DECEMBER 5 Songs, Stories and Pictures Thursday, December 5, 8 p.m. Anne Heaton and Natalia Zukerman: An Evening of Songs and Stories Join Natalia Zukerman and Anne Heaton for a multimedia evening of songs and stories excerpted from Natalia’s latest show “The Women Who Rode Away” and from Anne’s upcoming album and storybook “To the Light” Singer-songwriter and pianist Anne Heaton has captured audience imaginations for over fifteen years with her songs that are, by turns, “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). She’s been featured by the New York Times Popcast, played numerous times on NPR and shared the stage with artists such as Jewel, Sarah McLachlan and jazz drummer Max Roach. The New York Times music podcast called her music “absolutely gorgeous” and with “To the Light,” her seventh studio album, due out this November, Heaton is surrendering to her love of collaboration more than ever before. $18, Thursday, December 5, 8 p.m., https://helsinkihudson.ticketfly. com/e/anne-heaton-and-nataliazukerman-an-evening-of-songsand-stories-77138947669/ Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, 518-828-4800 www.helsinkihudson.com Holiday Gnome Workshop Thursday, December 5, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Materials, instruction, snacks, and lots of laughs! 20% OFF on all pre-made holiday decor during this workshop These lil gnomes will last all winter and look so adorable in your garden! $80, Thursday, December 5, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., https://www.eventbrite. com/e/holiday-gnome-workshoptickets-73769258839?aff=eba pi&fbclid=IwAR3df4T3Ax0pUB Anzwvu0jq0WvXKXAXaWhE1P XJ_jiYAzrb4G7jq_M-1d1c Flower Blossom Farm, 967 County Route 9, Ghent, 518-567-9266 www.flowerblossomfarm.com The Van Rensselaer Garden Club & the Hart Cluett Museum present: The 63rd Holiday Greens Show – Holidays Around the World! TROY — The 63rd Holiday Greens Show – Holidays Around the World! In the Hart-Cluett House Enter at 57 Second St., Troy. The Greens Show – A holiday tradition showcasing 12 rooms of the elegant 1827 Hart-Cluett House with holiday displays utilizing fresh greens, flowers and more. Self-guided Tours Daily Thursday, December 5th thru Sunday, December 8th, Noon to 5 p.m. Free Community Night Thursday 5 to 8pm (Sponsored by Duncan & Cahill and Stewarts) Crafts, Storytime & Santa! 5 – 7:30pm Lantern Tours Friday 5:30 – 7pm by reservation only Holiday Gift Shop | Decorated fresh wreaths & Creative Expression arrangements for sale Tickets & Info: tinyurl.com/2019H olidayGreensShowHistoric Rensselaer County Open Figure Drawing for Adults Thursday, December 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Gather in the Newmark Gallery on Thursday evenings to sketch, draw, and render from a live male or female nude model. Open to artists of all skill levels ages 16 +, each two-hour sessions is self-guided and intended to provide time and space for members of our local community to share in the exploration of this traditional art practice. We supply drawing boards, paper, and basic drawing pencils. Participants are encouraged to bring preferred tools and materials. $8/class drop-in (pay at the door); ages 16 and up. Model Schedule: Dec 5 – female model, Dec 12 – male model, Dec 19 – male model [Dec 26 – group does not meet], [Jan 2 – group does not meet] Jan 9 – male model, Jan 16 – male model Thursday, December 5, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., https://www.facebook.com/ events/749731742191486 Art Omi, 1405 County Route 22, Ghent,518-392-4747 www.artomi.org


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the lighthouse,” said Carol Gans, president of the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society. “The truth is that HALPS is responsible for everything other than the navigation beacon.” Replacing the entire cable was ruled out as too costprohibitive, volunteers said. A solar array was found to be the only viable option to provide year-round energy requirements. Volunteers sought advice from David Borton, a retired Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute associate professor of electrical engineering and

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Volodymyr Zelensky to do him “a favor” and look into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. The now-famous July 25 call came one week after the U.S. froze nearly $400 million in security aid to the Ukraine, which foreign service officers have testified was a clear move to pressure Ukraine into doing Trump’s bidding — or, as Fiona Hill, top Russia expert on the National Security Council, described, a “domestic political errand.” Trump and the White

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vehicles from the state of Florida. After receiving the money, Dick never produced the vehicles, police said. Dick also gave the false name Richard Gagnon to the buyer. An arrest warrant was issued by New Baltimore Town Court. Dick is also wanted by the Bethlehem Town Police in Albany County. Police there are seeking Dick on a felony warrant for grand larceny. Dick allegedly asked the alleged victim to invest in a scheme to buy and sell cars, police said. The alleged victim made a large down payment of several thousand dollars and then Dick took off, police said. Police are warning anyone who spots Dick not to approach him, but to contact state police at 518-622-8600 or send an email to crimetip@ troopers.ny.gov. Dick is described as having brown eyes, bald, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. Dick has several prior felony criminal convictions related to theft. Dick was sentenced to state prison in April 2019 on a thirddegree grand larceny charge, a class D felony, but was released on parole four months later in August. He has since failed to contact his parole officers, police said.

designer of the first and only U.S. Coast Guard-approved 100% solar-powered boat, the Solaris, and Mike Stengle, an electrical engineer who is cofounder of one of the first solar PV system installers in the state, before designing a solar array and purchasing solar panels and batteries for the lighthouse. “This [the solar array] was to be a basic, temporary solution to power the winter lights, and will be evaluated in the spring for future upgrades,” according to a statement from the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society. By Nov. 17, component parts had arrived; a panel mounting system was designed and fabricated by the

Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society volunteers; and the volunteers and electricians were available. So, armed with a little modern ingenuity and a cando attitude, six volunteers, including the two electricians who worked on the generator, and electrical engineer Peter Rowland, set out on the river from the Athens Boat Launch to the lighthouse on Nov. 22 to install the equipment. And on Nov. 23, the holiday lights were turned on for the first time. This year’s light display is reduced from that of prior years, but the lights are shining a little brighter to the volunteers who worked extra hard to make the holiday tradition happen.

“We installed fewer lights this year as, frankly, with the rapid approach of winter, we didn’t know if we could get the project done or how many lights the system would support,” longtime HudsonAthens Lighthouse Preservation Society member Joe Kenneally said. Kenneally, with Bill Palmer and Van Calhoun, were appointed to a committee to help find a solution to the cable’s loss. “We can’t go out in mid-winter and fix it. A minimalist approach seemed best to assure there would be lights all season.” “Without the commitment of the volunteers and the folks from Hudson Power Boat Association, it would not have happened,”

Kenneally said. The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society operates the lighthouse entirely by grant funding and donations. The purchase of the generator and the purchase and installation of the solar power system were unanticipated expenses, according to the society. “The combined cost of the generator and solar system was significantly less than originally anticipated,” Gans said. “This is due entirely to our volunteer consultants, “experts” from Hudson Power Boat along with our dedicated volunteers putting in many hours and bringing this project from an idea to completion.” Gans estimates nearly 750

volunteer hours were involved in switching the holiday lights back on. “You can’t put a monetary value on that. We have filed two grant applications to hopefully cover most of the cost of materials involved.” Anyone interested in helping the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society and their mission to preserve one of the remaining Hudson River lighthouses can mail a donation to HALPS, P.O. Box 145, Athens, N.Y. 12015.

House have also been accused of obstruction of Congress and obstruction of justice for not allowing his close aides to comply with subpoenas to testify at the House Intelligence Committee hearings, as well as the Department of State not releasing documents requested for the investigation. “The President said, ‘I will not cooperate in any way, shape or form with your process,’ which robs the House of Representatives of its basic constitutional power of impeachment,” Feldman said. “The same president says, ‘My Department of Justice cannot charge me with a crime.’ A president who will not cooperate with an

impeachment inquiry is putting himself above the law.” “It’s the core of an impeachable offense,” Feldman added. Michael Gerhardt, a law professor at the University of North Carolina who also testified at President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, said there has been “very strong evidence of obstruction of justice” in the Mueller report and throughout the House Intelligence Committee’s hearings. The third Democrat invitee, Pamela Karlan, a Stanford law professor, underscored major concerns throughout her testimony of betrayal of national interest and corruption of the

electoral process. “I see a pattern in which the president’s views about the propriety of foreign government intervening in our election process are the antithesis of what our framers committed to,” Karlan said. She went on to warn that in soliciting aid from a foreign power — Ukraine, China, Russia or otherwise — in a domestic national election undermines America’s right to be a “self-determining democracy.” But Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, said he had fundamental disagreements with his colleague, namely over interpretation of the Constitution.

Turley said, unlike his colleagues, he didn’t believe there has been strong enough evidence that Trump committed impeachable offenses, considering that the articles of impeachment were “written broadly” by the Founding Fathers and “are subject to interpretation.” Turley also said the House was moving too quickly with the impeachment inquiry, and hence was unfair to accuse Trump of obstructing Congress or justice. “It’s a perfect storm,” Turley said. “You set an incredibly short period for investigation, demand a huge amount of information, and when the president goes to court you then impeach him.

Does that track with the rule of law we’ve talked about?” His colleagues argued the contrary, stressing the House has standing to draw articles of impeachment, and that they should. “This is an abuse that cuts to the heart of democracy,” Karlan said. “If you don’t impeach a president that’s done what this president has done, then you’re saying it’s fine to go ahead and do this again.”

Dick was first charged June 9, 2017, in Stockport after he allegedly stole more than $10,000 from customers for mechanic services and merchandise they did not receive, state police said. An investigation into the first incident began in November 2016 after a man contacted state police to report he paid Dick several thousands of dollars for two tractors that he did not receive. State police investigators determined several area residents also were victimized by similar scams dating back to 2013, state police said. The fraud schemes were

conducted out of Factory Tire Outlet at 133 Rossman Road, Stockport, and Dick’s previous employer, Jack’s Towing, formerly located in Hudson, state police said. Dick was sentenced April 23 in Columbia County Court to 1 to 3 years in state prison and ordered to pay restitution of $77,172 to his customers. Dick’s other priors include an arrest on two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, in April 2004, for which he was sentenced to up to three years in state prison. He was released to parole in November of that same year.

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Catskill Teachers to hold Run/Walk for a Claus Columbia-Greene Media

CATSKILL — The Catskill Teachers Association is holding its 7th Annual 5K Run/Walk for a Claus race on Saturday. The course starts and ends at Catskill High School. The race begins at 10:30 a.m., with registration from 9-10:15 a.m. Pre-registered racers are given a long sleeve t-shirt, and most day of the race registrants also receive a shirt until supplies are exhausted. The race course goes from Catskill High School, to the Black Bridge, to Water Street, then down Main Street to the Catskill Point, then back up Main Street to Bridge Street, and over the Uncle Sam Bridge to the high school. The top ten male and female

runners are given a Santa and times are recorded. In addition, a trophy is given to the best holiday attire for an individual and another for best group attire. The race has had over 100 registered runners each year. The Catskill Teachers Association sponsors this race in order to raise money for the local food pantries in Catskill. Over the last six years, over $25,000 has been raised and donated to Matthew 25 Food Pantry, Community Action of Greene County and God’s Storehouse. Hundreds of toys have been collected and given to the food pantries for distribution. Runners are asked to donate an unwrapped toy as part of their entry fee. Also, teachers in the

district donate to the toy drive. In addition to raising money through registration fees, the Teachers Association holds a raffle as part of this event. Over 30 items have been donated to this raffle from businesses in the community and from teachers. The teachers also collect sponsors’ fees for the race shirts from local businesses. Over 50 businesses and people have donated by being a Gold, Silver or Bronze Sponsor and through raffle donations. The Catskill Teachers Association would like to thank everyone in the community for making our past 5K Run/Walk races a success. We look forward to having another great event this year.

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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks during media availability at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia.

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For devout NFL fans, heaven glows a burning red. It comes to life every fall Sunday inside a broadcast center in Marina del Rey, where Andrew Siciliano hosts DirecTV’s Red Zone, simultaneously monitoring every football game during the day and narrating the most exciting and interesting moments. Flanked by two on-stage researchers in headsets, Siciliano never stops pacing the studio’s glossy black floor — a place about the size of half a tennis court — and his eyes seldom stray from a wall of 10 high-definition screens showing the

games. Red stage lights bathe everything in a ruby hue. It’s Week 13 of the regular season, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and the playoff picture is coming into focus. There are eight games in the morning — none bigger than San Francisco at Baltimore — and three in the afternoon, virtually all with postseason implications. Red Zone shows two, three, even four screens at once, ideal for fantasy football, and catering to an audience with an ever-dwindling attention span. “We’ve raised a generation of young fans that has a hard time sitting still for one game at a time,” said Siciliano, 45. “We didn’t create America’s short

attention span, but we came along at the right time.” Siciliano works with Bill Wagner, the producer in his ear, to direct the show on the fly and choose which games to cut to at a given moment. Siciliano seldom trips over names or statistics. When he does, he jokes about it as if he’s sharing the living-room couch with the viewers. At times, he speaks as quickly as an auctioneer, relaying information with the urgency of a quarterback running a two-minute offense. Frequently, his glib irreverence shows through. Fueled by an endless supply of coffee See FOOTBALL B5

Why the New Jersey Devils finally fired Hynes Abbey Mastracco The Record

After adding several major pieces this offseason, the New Jersey Devils were expected to be among the NHL’s most exciting and improved teams. Instead, they are looking for a new head coach. John Hynes has been fired as head coach of the Devils, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Assistant coach Alain Nasreddine has been named interim coach and one of the organization’s pro scouts, Peter Horachek has been added to the coaching staff. “The start to the season, 0-4-2, was not what anybody anticipated. And I think that set a lot of things back,” Shero said. “A win was followed by a bad loss or we had maybe a two-game winning streak and then a bad game. Obviously, the Ranger game was not good and the Buffalo game was, I’m not even going to try and describe it. Those were the two.” The team played Tuesday night in Newark against the Vegas Golden Knights, just

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New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes on the bench during a recent game against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center. The Devils fired Hynes on Tuesday afternoon.

one night removed from a disastrous 7-1 blowout in Buffalo, but there was no consideration to giving Hynes one more game and making a clean break Wednesday on the team’s scheduled off day.

“I don’t know that it would have done anything, I don’t,” he said. “I just thought that after the last couple games, last night, in particular, it just wasn’t fair to him and it wasn’t fair to us. It was going

to do my recommendation to Josh Harris and David Blitzer. And so I think that was the timing to do it was today and not tomorrow. It wouldn’t be fair to John. So it was time to See DEVILS B5

The Yankees are in desperate need for a top of the rotation starter who can be depended upon for seven innings; there is no way around it. This idea has echoed in the hallways of the Yankee Stadium dugout and clubhouse since the trade deadline passed on July 31. The Yankees decided to pass on trading away assets on a few starters that were not top of the rotation guys by any stretch of the imagination. And gambling on a shell of himself Madison Bumgarner was apparently not a risk worth taking. Unfortunately for the Yankees, Severino was not the same pitcher he was when he came back from injury. The zip on his fastball was there, but he had difficulty locating his slider, and it often flattened out when he was able to hit his spots. Tanaka is usually the most dependable, but he continued his string of, if he’s on he’s on, if he’s not, get him out EARLY, pitching appearances. The pleasant surprise at the end of the year, was last off-season’s biggest acquisition, James Paxton. The ‘Big Maple’ was the Yanks’ best pitcher in the second half of the year, after an all but unpredictable first half. But, with no postseason experience and this season being the first he ever pitched over 160 innings, Paxton became unreliable enough for only about five consistent innings before needing the bullpen to bail him out. This was going to continue to be the New York’s plan for the playoffs, but the old cliché of great pitching beating great hitting worked against the Yankees’ formula. So this means a few things. The best thing, most likely being, that Brian Cashman did not have to trade away the coveted youngsters in the minor leagues that he is holding so close to his chest like a poker hand. Except in baseball, you cannot hide a player’s talent and ability like you can with cards. With the Yankees not making the World Series this decade, and most fans not giving Cashman any credit whatsoever for the success from 1997 through 2001, he very much needs to turn into the Cash-Man. The Yankees are holding meetings this week with top pitching free agents this week, Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, the Bronx Bombers would most assuredly, if they could, get both of these pitching studs. But owner Hal Steinbrenner has said over and over, in so many words, that he does not want to go out and buy players and go over the luxury tax threshold that the Yankees would do almost every year. While that is

admirable for fans, that’s not what it boils down to what they actually care about. The Yankee brand, because they’ve built a culture of winning for so long, is not satisfied with Aaron Boone being the first manager in history with 100-win seasons in his first two years ever being a Major League manager. The way success is measured now for the New York Yankees, is what did you do for me in the playoffs? And despite Boone already showing signs of a belonging in the winning culture, a first round bounce by the Red Sox last year, and losing to the supposed cheating Astros this year, has left the Yankee fanbase hungry for more. In order to do this, the Yankees have to go out, squeeze their stress ball, and start writing checks. They did it with a couple extensions last year, giving Aaron Hicks and Luis Severino seven and four year extensions respectively. Unfortunately, this last season was basically wasted for Severino, and essentially this and next year was lost for Hicks too, since he already had Tommy John surgery and is expected to be out until August at the earliest, and was battling injuries all of 2019. The contracts that will come around to bite them, I believe, are the Giancarlo Stanton contract, and the remaining money on J.A. Happ’s contract, the latest of whom has a moment or two here and there, but is quickly proving to be the latest case of someone who “cannot pitch in New York.” Happ’s deal shouldn’t be too much to worry about, since he’s not under contract after the 2021 season, but if he can be used as trade bait, that would be fantastic. They managed to get rid of Sonny Gray, who was the last failure, and he blossomed again when he arrived in Cincinnati, as he did when he was in Oakland. Maybe Happ just needs a scenery change. If the Yankees can knock $34 million off their payroll however, it will only account for money already allocated in one season for Giancarlo Stanton. In his first season in pinstripes, Stanton was very much the “home run or bust” guy in the Yankees’ lineup. The time he wasn’t injured this season, he actually seemed to show that he developed a better approach at the plate. If he can continue that way, stay healthy for 85 to 90% of his remaining contract, and have most of that time in the form he was at his peak in Miami, then there’s no reason to cut him the $30 million check he’s contracted through 2027. 30 million dollars is 30 million dollars, but if Stanton can come anywhere close to putting together seasons like his 2017 See YANKEES B5


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Pro basketball NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic W L Pct GB Toronto 15 5 .750 — Boston 14 5 .737 .5 Philadelphia 15 6 .714 .5 Brooklyn 10 10 .500 5.0 New York 4 17 .190 11.5 Central W L Pct GB Milwaukee 18 3 .857 — Indiana 13 7 .650 4.5 Detroit 8 13 .381 10.0 Chicago 7 14 .333 11.0 Cleveland 5 15 .250 12.5 Southeast W L Pct GB Miami 15 5 .750 — Orlando 9 11 .450 6.0 Charlotte 8 14 .364 8.0 Washington 6 13 .316 8.5 Atlanta 5 16 .238 10.5 Western Conference Northwest W L Pct GB Denver 13 5 .722 — Utah 12 9 .571 2.5 Minnesota 10 9 .526 3.5 Oklahoma City 8 11 .421 5.5 Portland 8 12 .400 6.0 Pacific W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 18 3 .857 — L.A. Clippers 15 6 .714 3.0 Phoenix 9 10 .474 8.0 Sacramento 8 11 .421 9.0 Golden State 4 18 .182 14.5 Southwest W L Pct GB Dallas 14 6 .700 — Houston 13 7 .650 1.0 San Antonio 8 14 .364 7.0 Memphis 6 14 .300 8.0 New Orleans 6 15 .286 8.5 Monday’s games Phoenix 109, Charlotte 104 Philadelphia 103, Utah 94 Atlanta 104, Golden State 79 Indiana 117, Memphis 104 Milwaukee 132, New York 88 Chicago 113, Sacramento 106 Tuesday’s games Detroit 127, Cleveland 94 Orlando 127, Washington 120 Miami 121, Toronto 110, OT Dallas 118, New Orleans 97 San Antonio 135, Houston 133, 2OT L.A. Lakers 105, Denver 96 Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10 p.m. Wednesday’s games Golden State at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Detroit, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Orlando, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Chicago, 8 p.m. Indiana at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Utah, 9 p.m. Sacramento at Portland, 10 p.m. Thursday’s games Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m. Denver at New York, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Pro football NFL American Football Conference East W L T Pct PF PA New England 10 2 0 .833 322 145 Buffalo 9 3 0 .750 257 188 N.Y. Jets 4 8 0 .333 204 280 Miami 3 9 0 .250 200 377 South W L T Pct PF PA Houston 8 4 0 .667 293 271 Tennessee 7 5 0 .583 276 234 Indianapolis 6 6 0 .500 261 257 Jacksonville 4 8 0 .333 220 292 North W L T Pct PF PA Baltimore 10 2 0 .833 406 219 Pittsburgh 7 5 0 .583 236 225 Cleveland 5 7 0 .417 246 272 Cincinnati 1 11 0 .083 179 298 West W L T Pct PF PA Kansas City 8 4 0 .667 348 265 Oakland 6 6 0 .500 237 324 L.A. Chargers 4 8 0 .333 244 241 Denver 4 8 0 .333 198 237 National Football Conference East W L T Pct PF PA Dallas 6 6 0 .500 310 236 Philadelphia 5 7 0 .417 274 284 Washington 3 9 0 .250 173 290 N.Y. Giants 2 10 0 .167 230 339 South W L T Pct PF PA New Orleans 10 2 0 .833 298 248 Tampa Bay 5 7 0 .417 340 346 Carolina 5 7 0 .417 280 320 Atlanta 3 9 0 .250 260 323 North W L T Pct PF PA Green Bay 9 3 0 .750 289 255 Minnesota 8 4 0 .667 319 242 Chicago 6 6 0 .500 212 208 Detroit 3 8 1 .292 280 315 West W L T Pct PF PA Seattle 10 2 0 .833 327 293 San Francisco 10 2 0 .833 349 183 L.A. Rams 7 5 0 .583 283 250 Arizona 3 8 1 .292 255 351 Week 13 Thursday, Nov. 28 Chicago 24, Detroit 20 Buffalo 26, Dallas 15 New Orleans 26, Atlanta 18 Sunday’s games Baltimore 20, San Francisco 17 Washington 29, Carolina 21 Cincinnati 22, N.Y. Jets 6 Tennessee 31, Indianapolis 17 Tampa Bay 28, Jacksonville 11 Miami 37, Philadelphia 31 Green Bay 31, N.Y. Giants 13 Pittsburgh 20, Cleveland 13 L.A. Rams 34, Arizona 7 Kansas City 40, Oakland 9 Denver 23, L.A. Chargers 20 Houston 28, New England 22 Monday’s game Seattle 37, Minnesota 30 Week 14 Thursday’s game Dallas at Chicago, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec, 8 Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. San Francisco at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Detroit at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Denver at Houston, 1 p.m. Washington at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. L.A. Chargers at Jacksonville, 4:05 p.m. Tennessee at Oakland, 4:25 p.m. Kansas City at New England, 4:25 p.m. Pittsburgh at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Seattle at L.A. Rams, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m.

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THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE FBS Friday’s game WEST Oregon vs. Utah, at Santa Clara, Calif., 8 p.m. Saturday’s games SOUTH UL Lafayette at Appalachian State, Noon UAB at Florida Atlantic, 1:30 p.m. Cincinnati at Memphis, 3:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Louisiana State, at Atlanta, 4 p.m. Virginia at Clemson, 7:30 p.m. MIDWEST Miami (Ohio) vs. Central Michigan, at Detroit, Noon Baylor at Oklahoma, Noon Ohio State at Wisconsin, 8 p.m. WEST Hawaii at Boise State, 4 p.m. FCS Saturday’s games EAST Monmouth at James Madison, 1 p.m. SOUTH Southern at Alcorn State, 4 p.m. MIDWEST Northern Iowa at South Dakota State, 2 p.m. Illinois State at Central Arkansas, 3 p.m. Nicholls State at North Dakota State, 3:30 p.m. WEST Kennesaw State at Weber State, 3 p.m. Southeastern Louisiana at Montana, 3 p.m. Albany at Montana State, 3 p.m. Austin Peay at Sacramento State, 9 p.m.

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St. Louis Winnipeg Colorado Dallas Minnesota Nashville Chicago Edmonton Arizona Vegas San Jose Vancouver Calgary Anaheim Los Angeles

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Tuesday’s games Boston 2, Carolina 0 Montreal 4, NY Islanders 2 Minnesota 4, Florida 2 Vegas 4, New Jersey 3 Philadelphia 6, Toronto 1 Arizona 4, Columbus 2 Tampa Bay 3, Nashville 2, OT Winnipeg 5, Dallas 1 Ottawa at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Washington at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday’s games Colorado at Toronto, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. Ottawa at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Washington at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Thursday’s games Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m. Colorado at Montreal, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Vegas at NY Islanders, 7 p.m. Arizona at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. San Jose at Carolina, 7 p.m. NY Rangers at Columbus, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Buffalo at Calgary, 9 p.m. (Tuesday’s games)

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riding a 12-game point streak (9-0-3) and remains the only team undefeated in regulation at home (12-0-4). James Reimer stopped 32 shots for the Hurricanes, who have lost three of four. Wild 4, Panthers 2 Rookie defenseman Carson Soucy scored the go-ahead goal and Kaapo Kahkonen won a battle between newcomer goalies. Minnesota, which overcame a 2-0 second-period deficit to win its fourth straight game, also got goals from Jason Zucker, Mats Zuccarello and Luke Kunin (empty-netter). Zucker also had an assist, and Zuccarello has 24 points in 22 career games against the Panthers. It was the second career goal for Soucy, who gave Minnesota a 3-2 lead with 15:11 left in the third period. Flyers 6, Maple Leafs 1 Travis Konecny had one goal and one assist to lift host Philadelphia. Scott Laughton, Claude Giroux, Joel Farabee, Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each added a goal, while Phil Myers had three assists for the Flyers, who won their fifth in a row. The Flyers also improved to 9-1-4 at home. Flyers goaltender Carter Hart stopped 27 shots. Coyotes 4, Blue Jackets 2 Carl Soderberg collected a goal and two assists and Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves as Arizona defeated host Columbus. Clayton Keller, Christian Fischer and Lawson Crouse also tallied for Arizona, which snapped a modest two-game skid overall and improved to 9-3-3 on the road this season. Defenseman Dean Kukan scored his first career NHL goal, Alexandre Texier also tallied, and Joonas Korpisalo turned aside 24 shots for the Blue Jackets, who fell to 8-2-0 in their past 10 encounters with the Coyotes. Lightning 3, Predators 2 (OT) Nikita Kucherov scored 2:35 into overtime, and Tampa Bay ended a three-game losing streak. Kucherov, stationed to the right of Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne, tipped a pass from Steven Stamkos for his 10th goal of the season. The reigning Hart Memorial Trophy winner (MVP) also had an assist in the game, and he has

four goals and eight assists during a sixgame point streak. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay. Stamkos had two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves. Kyle Turris had a goal and an assist, and Calle Jarnkrok also scored for Nashville, which lost its second straight game. Rinne made 28 saves. Jets 5, Stars 1 Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists to help host Winnipeg defeat Dallas. Nikolaj Ehlers, Josh Morrissey, Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck, who came in tied with Boston’s Tuukka Rask for the second-best save percentage in the NHL (.933), made 27 saves. Miro Heiskanen scored and Anton Khudobin made 25 saves for Dallas, which came into the game with the same record after 28 games as last season (15-10-3). Capitals 5, Sharks 2 Garnet Hathaway and Jakub Vrana both scored twice to pace Washington to a victory at San Jose. John Carlson added one goal and two assists, and Nic Dowd registered two assists for the Capitals. Braden Holtby provided a 23-save performance in the win. Melker Karlsson and Evander Kane scored for the Sharks. Kane, however, is likely facing a suspension after he was given a major penalty and game misconduct for a third-period elbow to the head of Radko Gudas. Canucks 5, Senators 2 Antoine Roussel, Tanner Pearson, Elias Pettersson and Zack MacEwen scored first-period goals, and Thatcher Demko had a career-high 40 saves to lead host Vancouver past Ottawa. Oscar Fantenberg also scored a goal, and Adam Gaudette and Chris Tanev each had two assists for Vancouver on a night when the team inducted Alex Burrows into its Ring of Honour. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Tyler Ennis scored goals for Ottawa, which lost its fifth straight game. Vancouver has won two of three. Senators goalie Anders Nilsson stopped just 11 of the 15 shots he faced before being replaced at the start of the second period by Marcus Hogberg, who finished with 13 saves.

NBA roundup: Spurs edge Rockets in 2OT

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Jonathan Marchessault scored a natural hat trick in a span of less than nine minutes before the midway point of the third period Tuesday night for the visiting Vegas Golden Knights, who beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in Newark, N.J. — just hours after the Devils fired head coach John Hynes. The win was the season-high fourth in a row for the Golden Knights, who also received a second-period goal from Chandler Stephenson in his first game with the club. Stephenson was acquired from the Washington Capitals on Monday. Goalie Malcolm Subban made 32 saves for Vegas. Kyle Palmieri, Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier scored for the Devils, who have lost three straight and six of eight. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood recorded 26 saves. The Devils, whose 22 points leave them mired in 30th place in the 31-team NHL, replaced Hynes with Alain Nasreddine a day after the team allowed five goals in the first period of a 7-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. New Jersey lost Hynes’ last two games by a combined 11-1 and gave up 11 goals over a two-game span five times this season. Canadiens 4, Islanders 2 Phillip Danault, Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as Montreal snapped an eightgame winless streak with a victory over visiting New York. After going 0-5-3 in their previous eight games, the Canadiens ended their slump with one of their best all-around efforts this season. Montreal also got a goal from Jeff Petry, and Carey Price made 21 saves. The Islanders took their first regulation loss in their past 16 outings (14-1-1) against Eastern Conference opponents. New York got goals from Scott Mayfield and Mathew Barzal. Bruins 2, Hurricanes 0 Charlie Coyle and David Krejci scored late in the third period to back Jaroslav Halak in net as host Boston blanked Carolina. Halak made 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the season in his 500th NHL game as the Bruins extended their winning streak to eight. Boston also is

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DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, including the game-winning free throws with 3.3 seconds to play in the second overtime, as the San Antonio Spurs came back from 16 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the visiting Houston Rockets 135-133 on Tuesday. Lonnie Walker IV scored a career-high 28 points, 19 of them in the fourth quarter, to pace the Spurs. Bryn Forbes added 25, Rudy Gay had 14 points, Derrick White scored 12 and Jakob Poeltl pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. James Harden poured in 50 points, making all 24 of his free throws, to pace Houston. Clint Capela scored 22 points and grabbed 21 rebounds for the Rockets while Russell Westbrook

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contributed 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Austin Rivers added 19 points, Ben McLemore scored 11 and P.J. Tucker had 10. Heat 121, Raptors 110 (OT) Jimmy Butler scored the first eight points of overtime and finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as Miami rallied for a win at Toronto. Duncan Robinson added 22 points for the Heat, who have won three in a row and ended the Raptors’ seven-game winning streak. It was also the Raptors’ first home loss of the season in 10 games. Bam Adebayo had 18 points for Miami, Justise Winslow added 17 points and nine rebounds, and Kelly Olynyk had 16 points.

Norman Powell scored 23 points off the bench to lead the Raptors, who were held to two points in overtime. Fred VanVleet added 19 points, and Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Lowry, who missed the previous 11 games with a fractured thumb, scored 12 points and had 11 assists. Clippers 117, Trail Blazers 97 Montrezl Harrell had 26

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November, the second month of the NHL season, brought changes behind the bench and in the broadcast booth that reflected a cultural upheaval in the sport that may reverberate for years. The league’s highest-paid coach found himself out of a job, and another established coach resigned amid accounts of racial bigotry and physical abuse. In the broadcast booth, one of the longesttenured figures in the hockey media was ousted from his post after the latest controversy his statements generated. The transformation began with a broadcast of “Hockey Night in Canada” on Nov. 9, when the former coach and longtime media personality Don Cherry denounced immigrants, saying they were refusing to honor Canadian veterans of war. “You people love, that come here, whatever it is, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey. At least you could pay a couple of bucks for poppies,” Cherry said, referring to the poppy lapel pins worn in Canada for Remembrance Day. Cherry’s comments were interpreted by some as defending veterans but

by many others as xenophobic. His tendency toward jingoistic remarks about hockey and Canadian society had caused disputes since the 1980s, and on Nov. 12, he was fired by Rogers Sportsnet. Eight days later, Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock, who had the most lucrative deal ever for an NHL coach, lost his job. Ostensibly, this was a case of an underperforming team firing its coach. Toronto has not reached the second round of the playoffs since 2004, and the Leafs’ fortunes did not improve in that regard under Babcock since he took over in the 2015-16 season. But the move took an unexpected turn when his coaching methods came under fire. Canadian news media outlets reported that he had once asked forward Mitch Marner, then a 19-yearold rookie, to rank his teammates from hardest working to most lackadaisical and then shared the list with the team. Players Babcock had coached, including Mike Commodore and Johan Franzen, used the occasion of his firing to criticize him on Twitter and in news media interviews, calling him “a terrible human being” and a “bully.” Criticism of Babcock sparked

discussion about hazing and abuses of power at the junior, minor league and professional levels in hockey. And then it ensnared one of his protégés, Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters. Five days after Babcock’s firing, Peters was accused by a former NHL player of using racial slurs in a tirade against the player 10 years ago. This occurred when Peters was coaching the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate and Akim Aliu, whose parents were born in Nigeria and Ukraine, was breaking into pro hockey during the 2009-10 season. Two of Aliu’s teammates supported his claims, and the Flames and the NHL announced they would investigate. During the inquiry, the former NHL defenseman Michal Jordan, now playing in Russia’s top league, said Peters kicked him and punched one of his teammates while the coach was with the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour, then an assistant, and the former Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis confirmed Jordan’s story. Both said the situation was dealt with internally at the time, though Peter Karmanos Jr., the Hurricanes’ principal owner at the time, told The Seattle Times last week

“It’ll change forever the way that coaches are going to be picked,” he said. “And people could realize that it doesn’t matter how much you make, athletes also get abused sometimes. They’re not invincible.” On Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks suspended the assistant coach Marc Crawford pending an investigation into multiple allegations of physical abuse from former players during his time with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks. On the ice, here are some of the notable trends: — After two months, overall scoring is on a pace to increase for the fourth season in a row. Individually, there are five 40-point scorers already. It is the sixth November in league history that has passed with five players hitting that total and the first since 1992-93. Four of those 40-point scorers are 24 or younger, including the leading point producers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers. Entering Tuesday’s games, the top goal scorer, David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins, had 25 in 27 games, a rate that would put him at 76 goals for a full season. That would tie the fifth-highest singleseason total in league history.

that he was not aware of the incidents and would have fired Peters if he had been. Peters resigned Friday, after apologizing to the Flames — but not directly to Aliu — for using “offensive language.” His departure has hardly stemmed the fallout from the incident. The NHL’s investigation continues, and Peters’ conduct has opened the floodgates of former players sharing anecdotes of physical, psychological and sexual abuse in hockey, as well as racism and homophobia within the sport. On Saturday, three weeks after Cherry’s anti-immigrant comments, “Hockey Night in Canada” featured discussions of diversity, inclusion and abuse by coaches. “It’s kind of like the #MeToo movement,” said Georges Laraque, a Haitian-Canadian who played 12 seasons in the NHL. He added: “Akim had the courage to speak up about what happened to him because it’s like, ‘Maybe this is the time where players can express themselves and there’s going to be justice.’” Laraque said the Peters incident in particular could end the silence surrounding abuse.

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152 MOUNTAIN LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/22/19. Office: Greene County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, P.O. Box 11105, McLean, VA 22102. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. A&CO. Botanicals LLC, Art. of Org. filed with SSNY on 7/15/2019. Off. loc.: Columbia Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served & shall mail: 67 Finkle Rd, Ancramdale, NY 12503. Purp.: any lawful purpose. APEX Remodeling LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with the SSNY on 10/2/19. Office: Columbia County. United States Corporation Agents, Inc designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to United States Corporation Agents, Inc, 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. Bellus Domos LLC, Art. of Org. filed with SSNY on 4/2/19. Off. loc.: Greene Co. SSNY designated as agent upon whom process may be served & shall mail: 28 Summit Ave., Catskill, NY 12414. Purp.: any lawful. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON AN APPLICATION FOR AN AREA VARIANCE TO MINIMUM 25’ SIDE YARD SETBACK ON A SITE PLAN FOR A 2LOT SUBDIVISION Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Cairo, Greene County, will meet at the Town Hall, 512 Main Street, Cairo, New York 12413, on the 19th day of December, 2019, at 6:00 PM, prevailing time, for the purpose of conducting a public hearing upon an application for an area variance to the minimum setback for a 2-lot subdivision site plan by Woodland Rt. 39 Owners LLC and Linda Sansiveri relating to property located at 41 CR 39, Round Top, New York, Tax ID #117.00-2-28.12. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hear all persons interested in the subject. By Order of the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Cairo, New York Diane M. Newkirk Zoning Board of Appeals Clerk of Cairo

CITY OF HUDSON, NEW YORK PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Planning Board of the City of Hudson, New York will conduct Public Hearings on December 10, 2019 at 6 p.m. in Hudson Hall, Warren Street, Hudson, New York, on a site plan application from Site plan application from Galvan Initiatives Foundation to convert a vacant train depot into a brewery/tasting room at 708 State Street, Tax ID #110.91-66.1; a site plan application from Helsinki on the Hudson for a lot line adjustment due to an overhang encroachment from a building on the property line at 413-415 Columbia Street, Tax ID #109.522-46; and continuation of Public Hearings on a conditional use permit with a site plan component from A. Colarusso and Son Inc. for a replacement bulkhead at 175 South Front Street, Tax ID #109.15-1-1; and a conditional use permit with a site plan component from A. Colarusso and Son Inc. for haul road improvements at 175 South Front Street, Tax ID #109.15-1-1. All those interested parties will have an opportunity at this time to be heard in connection with said applications. Greenville Central School District 4982 State Route 81 P.O. Box 129 Greenville, New York 1083 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES The Board of Education of the Greenville Central School District in Greene County, New York, hereby invites responses to the Request for Proposal (RFP) for Architectural Services. The RFP document may be obtained at the District Business Office, 4982 State Route 81, Greenville, New York. Responses will be received no later than January 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the District Office, 4982 State Route 81, Greenville, New York at which time and place all bids will be publicly opened. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids. Robyn Bhend Business Official LEGAL NOTICE 2019-2020 District Special Transportation Run The Catskill Central School District requests sealed bids for a 2019-2020 Out of District Transportation Run. Sealed bids should be submitted to

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the Transportation Coordinator, William Muirhead, Catskill Central School District, 347 West Main Street, Catskill, New York 12414 until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at which time and place they will be publicly opened and read. Specifications will be available on December 4, 2019 and may be obtained from the Business Office by calling 943-2300 ext. 1472 or 1413. The Board reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. By order of the Board of Education Catskill Central School District William Muirhead, Transportation Director Amanda McCabe, District Treasurer NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Dog’s Country, LLC, Articles of Organization filed with SSNY on 8/8/18. Business location: Greene County. Address for process: The LLC, 275 Flats Road, Athens, NY 12015. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF PLAYING HOOKY, LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/10/17. Office location: Columbia County. SSNY has been designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The Post Office address to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC served upon is Playing Hooky, LLC 5 Stever Hill Rd Chatham, NY 12037. Purpose of LLC: To engage in any lawful act or activity NOTICE TO BIDDERS The Board of Education of the Greenville Central School District will receive separate sealed bids for: CONTRACT TRANSPORTATION FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all bids and waive any informalities or defect in such bid. Sealed bids will be received in the Business Office of Greenville Central School until: DATE: Thursday, December 12, 2019 TIME: 10:00 AM Specifications and bid forms may be obtained by calling 518-9665070 ext. 511 or at the Business Office, Greenville Central School, 4982 SR 81, Greenville, NY 12083. Robyn Bhend Business Official

NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY FIRST: The name of the Limited Liability Company is FOS Productions, LLC, (hereinafter referred to as the “Company�). SECOND: The Articles of Organization of the Company were filed with the Secretary of State on October 23, 2019. THIRD: The County within the State of New York in which the office of the Company is located is Columbia County. FOURTH: The Secretary of State has been designated as agent upon whom process against the Company may be served. The post office address to which the Secretary of State shall mail process is P.O. Box 151, Spencertown, New York 12165. FIFTH: The Company is organized for all lawful purposes. DATED: November 1, 2019 GUTERMAN SHALLO & ALFORD, PLLC 21 North Seventh Street Hudson, New York 12534 (518) 828-5400 Notice of Qualification of The Maker Group Brands LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/25/19. Office location: Columbia County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/14/19. Office of LLC required to be maintained in DE: 614 N. Dupont Highway, Suite 210, Dover, DE 19901. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC to Kristal Heinz, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 1331, Hudson, NY 12534. Arts. Of Org. filed with State of DE, Secy. of State, 401 Federal Street, #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, the Town of Catskill Planning Board will hold a public hearing in accordance with Town Law § 276 and the Town of Catskill Subdivision Regulations on December 10,2019 at 8:00 PM at Town Hall, 439-441 Main Street in the Town of Catskill, to consider a proposed two lot minor subdivision of land located on 350 Cairo Junction Rd, Catskill, proposed by William Monteverde . Written and oral comments will be accepted until the close of the public hearing.

Notice of Qualification of TMH Real Estate LLC. Authority filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/25/19. Office location: Columbia County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/14/19. Office of LLC required to be maintained in DE: 614 N. Dupont Highway, Suite 210, Dover, DE 19901. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC to Kristal Heinz, Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 1331, Hudson, NY 12534. Arts. Of Org. filed with State of DE, Secy. of State, 401 Federal Street, #4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. Notice of Qual. of 106 Ridge Lessee LLC, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/17/19. Off. loc: Greene Co. LLC org. in DE 10/16/19. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc.: Four Winds Real Estate, 5 White Way, Windham, NY 12496. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp: any lawful activity. Notice of Qual. of 110 Ridge Lessee LLC, Auth. filed Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/17/19. Off. loc: Greene Co. LLC org. in DE 10/16/19. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc.: Four Winds Real Estate, 5 White Way, Windham, NY 12496. DE off. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on file: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp: any lawful activity. Town of Austerlitz Columbia County New York PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Town Board of the Town of Austerlitz will hold an organizational meeting on January 6, 2020 starting at 101P:00 am. Meeting will be held at the Austerlitz Town Hall, 816 Route 203, Spencertown, NY. By Order of the Supervisor Susan Haag, Town Clerk December 4, 2019 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COLUMBIA COUNTY

NEWREZ LLC F/K/A NEW PENN FINANCIAL, LLC D/B/A SHELLPOINT MORTGAGE SERVICING, Plaintiff against THOMAS J. FOX, III A/K/A THOMAS FOX, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Druckman Law Group PLLC, 242 Drexel Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered September 24, 2019, I will sell at public auction to the highest bidder at Columbia County Courthouse, 401 Union Street, Hudson, NY 12534 on January 6, 2020 at 10:30 AM. Premises known as 91 Decker Road, Claverack, NY 12513. Sec 132. Block 2 Lot 10. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate upon the Northerly side of the present "Black Road" formerly known as the Columbia Turnpike, East of the Hamlet of Hollowville, in the Town of Claverack, Columbia County, New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $130,149.00 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 19-14212. For sale information, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800) 280-2832. Margaret E. Donnelly, Esq., Referee 38213

Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated October 2, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Greene County Courthouse, 320 Main Street, Catskill, New York on January 8, 2020 at 12:30PM, premises known as 621 Scribner Hollow Road, Unit ID D-3, Hunter, NY 12442. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Hunter, County of Greene, State of NY, Section 164.58 Block 2 Lot 3. Approximate amount of judgment $376,759.06 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 15-0570. Jon Kosich, esq, Dorner & Kosich, Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: November 7, 2019 #97953 ZCorp LLC Filed with SSNY on 10/9/19. Office: Columbia County. SSNY designated as agent for process and shall mail to: 160 Fairview Ave, Suite 812195, Hudson, NY 12534. Purpose: any lawful.

TOWN OF CATSKILL PLANNING BOARD Town of Catskill Town Hall NOTICE OF SALE 439 Main Street SUPREME COURT Catskill, New York COUNTY OF GREENE 12414 Wells Fargo Bank, (518) 943-2141 N.A., Plaintiff PLEASE TAKE NOAGAINST TICE, the Town of Ezriel Schwartz; et al., Catskill Planning Defendant(s) Board will hold a pub-

lic hearing in accordance with Town Law § 276 and the Town of Catskill Subdivision Regulations on December 10, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Town Hall, 439-441 Main Street in the Town of Catskill, to consider a two lot minor subdivision of land located on 649 Rt 32A. , Catskill, proposed by Jeffrey Lucas Written and oral comments will be accepted until the close of the public hearing.

TOWN OF CATSKILL PLANNING BOARD Town of Catskill Town Hall 439 Main Street Catskill, New York 12414 (518) 943-2141 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, the Town of Catskill Planning Board will hold a public hearing in accordance with Town Law § 276 and the Town of Catskill Subdivision Regulations on December 10, 2019 at 7:10 PM at Town Hall, 439-441 Main Street in the Town of Catskill, to consider a three lot minor subdivision of land located on Castle Rd. , Catskill, proposed by William Xedis. Written and oral comments will be accepted until the close of the public hearing.

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and chocolate chip cookies, he doesn’t sit for seven hours, until the final game of the day finishes. He wraps up before the Sunday night game begins on NBC. On this Sunday, he has a plate of chicken and rice but checks with Wagner each time he’s about to take a bite to make sure there’s sufficient time to chew. The job is truly nonstop. “If someone’s going to be talking about the moment in the game, whether it’s a wow play, a pivotal down, a key challenge, a coaching blunder, someone in a wacky costume in the stands ... we want to show that,” Siciliano said. “We want to show it as quickly as possible without missing anything else in the game. “It’s impossible, honestly, with eight games. You’re going to see things on tape. But the one thing we will never do

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He’s the best overall hitter on the team, most versatile defender, and was the most clutch performer in the majors all year, by far. He can stay at second base, keep Gio Urshela at third, Gleyber Torres is a shortstop at ground zero, he was playing shortstop in the Cubs’ and the Yankees farm systems, before he was forced to move to second with Didi Gregorius already replacing Derek Jeter for a few years. That leaves first base a

continuous question mark for the New York Yankees. With the only noteworthy free agents out there being guys like Matt Adams, Yonder Alonso, and C.J. Cron, the Bronx Bombers are better off letting a position battle ensue for starting at first base. Mike Ford and Luke Voit have both proved capable of playing the position at the major league level, but if they can get Miguel Andujar back and playing a serviceable first base,

his hitting ability far exceeds the aforementioned players already in his short career. The only decision would be who to bring on the roster as a backup. So after all of that, the Yankees do have quite a number of scenarios to consider. Do they try to just throw money at both of these top-notch pitchers? When you can afford to get a Cy Young runner-up, and the World Series MVP, I think it is safe to say you want to get both.

Another asset I failed to mention was signing Dellin Betances; sign him Cash-Man, please? They do have to consider who they are going to have to pay in the future if they continue to be franchise players. Names like Gary Sanchez, who I will air my grievances with in another article, Aaron Judge, and Gleyber Torres are going to command huge contracts if they continue on their trajectories. Aaron Judge will

most likely end up getting the largest contract in MLB history if he can stay healthy and put up another crazy season like his rookie year when he hit over 50 homers. Even guys like Andujar, James Paxton, and especially Severino, if he can return to Cy Young candidate form, money is going to add up, and the Yankees just hope that will add up in championships as well.

is show you something and act as if it’s live.” There are actually two such channels, one launched by DirecTV in 2005 and an NFL Network version, NFL RedZone, hosted by Scott Hanson, that started four years later. Both have the same aim: football without the fluff. No punts, unless they’re blocked or run back for touchdowns. No waiting around for replay reviews. No commercials. “I equate the job to Indiana Jones running across a suspension bridge, and the enemy has cut one side of it loose and the bridge is collapsing behind him,” Hanson said. “You can’t slow down. You can’t stop. You can’t turn your head back and wonder what’s going on back there. Because if you stop for a moment, you’re lost. It is constant action going forward. You have to keep it going no matter what. And it’s like that for seven hours.” Siciliano and Hanson, onetime classmates at Syracuse, are the NFL’s answer to air-traffic controllers — and

Hanson even uses the corresponding terminology. NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano discusses how he and channel’s production team approach football coverage every Sunday during the season while speaking to The Times’ Sam Farmer. “We might have three touchdowns that happen in three other stadiums than the one we’re watching, which is third and goal from the five-yard line,” Hanson said. “We’re like, ‘We’ve got to get that Cowboys touchdown off the runway. Got to get that Falcons touchdown off the runway.’ We’ve got to get those out to our audience. We can’t let them stack up, because the whole thing could grind to a halt.” The NFL declined to release its actual number of red-zone viewers, except to say that audience comprises less than 10% of the entire viewership. By the league’s count, more than 170 million people have watched games this season. “What we see in the red

zone viewing is that, relative to game viewership on a Sunday afternoon, it’s a small number and it hasn’t substantially grown, which is fine with us,” said Brian Rolapp, chief executive of NFL Network and the league’s executive vice president of media. “It’s such a wonderful product that people who watch it talk about it religiously and love it.” Rather than being a threat to the NFL’s broadcast partners airing games in a particular market, red zone complements the over-the-air games and gives viewers an alternative that holds their attention on football. “What happens is people watch the games in their market, and if the game’s not that good, maybe years and years ago they would sit through it because there weren’t a lot of alternatives,” Rolapp said. “Today, you’re one click away from a million Netflix shows and YouTube and whatever you want. This gives them an alternative to watch more football, and we like to keep

them in the NFL ecosystem.” The seeds for a channel with full coverage of the NFL were planted in the early 1990s, when Chase Carey and David Hill were starting Fox Sports. They wanted to find a way to incorporate all the games under one umbrella. In 2001, Eric Shanks was in Italy creating Sky Italia’s sports networks for NewsCorp. Hill would make frequent trips there to check in, and liked the way La Liga soccer games were covered in whip-around fashion on the radio. So when NewsCorp’s Rupert Murdoch bought DirecTV, which had all the “Sunday Ticket” games, that provided the inventory for Red Zone Channel. “One day, David Hill came into my office and said, ‘I’ve got something for you. We’re going to call it the Red Zone,’ “ recalled James Crittenden, a former Fox Sports producer who’s now vice president of sports production at AT&T, parent company of DirecTV. “I said, ‘Red Zone? What’s that?’ He said, ‘You’ll figure it out.’ “

And Crittenden did. He and Siciliano have worked on the show since its inception. Siciliano starts his Sundays at 5:45 a.m., watches a few segments of NFL Network’s “Game Day Morning,” then leaves his Hermosa Beach home for Starbucks, where he orders a five-shot Americano and an oatmeal, and touches base with his parents in Virginia. Then, he’s off to the studio for makeup and rehearsals on his introduction before the first games kick off. Soon enough, the action is underway. “We came along at the right time,” he said. “We came along as everyone was getting a smartphone and a tablet, and can’t keep focused on just one thing. Every week, I get fans and viewers tweeting at me, saying, ‘We need more games. Two games isn’t enough. Three games isn’t enough.’ They need seven, eight, nine, 10, as many games as they can get. That’s what we’re giving them.”

a 6-13-2 record. MacLean was fired later that year after just 33 games. It left a bad taste in the mouths of many in the organization and in the locker room. “It was hard to get over that start, it really was,” Shero said. “If we had started the season 9-7-2, then OK. But I think with the expectations, for some reason it kind of set us back and the way we lost those games was certainly very disappointing. It really had us questioning a lot of things.” It will be up to Hynes’ longtime assistant coach and defenseman coach Nasreddine to figure out how to extract more from a talented roster of underperformers. “I think first they’ve got to get some more out of themselves,” Shero said. “I’m sure there will be some tweaks and some things like that but this is a challenge for the players and I think they’ll adapt as we go along... There are always

players and are always some guys that think they should be playing more or different roles. And you know what, everybody here has a clean slate, and they do. Nothing is predetermined. And they’re going to have opportunity. And I think it’s for the players to really embrace whatever role it is and it’s an internal competition, but to really start trusting each other.” Hynes finished his tenure in New Jersey with a 150-15945 record and one playoff appearance in 2018. The Devils gave Hynes a multi-year contract extension in January. The 44-year-old Warwick, Rhode Island native was in his fifth year behind the Devils’ bench. He was tasked with changing the culture and bringing the Devils into a new era during a massive rebuild. He came to New Jersey in 2015 after working as the head coach for the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre Penguins of the

American Hockey League, the primary development affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins. This was where his relationship with Shero began, as the current New Jersey GM then held the same position with the Penguins. Hynes was brought on because of his development background and inherited a farm system bereft of highend talent. Under Hynes, Hall was named the club’s first Hart Trophy winner in 2018, Blake Coleman became a 20-goal scorer, Nico Hischier blossomed into one of the top twoway centers in the game and Hughes appears to be on the same path. That playoff appearance in 2018 was somewhat surprising and a five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs exposed a thin roster. The club chose not to wade into free agency the

following season and hoped young players would improve enough to help the team take the next step, but ultimately the roster was still deficient and the team wasn’t able to overcome injuries to top players like Hall and the decline of goalies Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, both of whom are currently playing in the AHL (Schneider with Binghamton, Kinkaid with Laval/ Montreal). Hynes was the 17th coach in franchise history. He replaced Scott Stevens and Adam Oates, who was named dual interim coaches after former GM and team president Lou Lamoriello fired Peter DeBoer on December 26, 2014. Shero issued a statement earlier in the afternoon: “John played an integral role in the development of this team in establishing a foundation for our future and we are grateful for his commitment, passion and unmatched

work ethic. We are a team that values and takes pride in accountability to the results we produce. We are collectively disappointed in our performance on the ice and believe changes were needed, starting with our head coach.” Shero’s inclination to keep Hynes and provide some continuity during a turbulent time was a stark contrast to the way Lamoriello hired and fired coaches on a whim, but time will tell whether or not it cost the Devils the 2019-20 season. This is the first time in his career as a general manager he has fired a coach that was a direct hire of his in the middle of a season. Though the team is in much better shape than it was the last time there was a regime change, rebuilding is an arduous process. It appears as though this once-storied franchise is still in the midst of it.

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Phillies have a lot of vacancies to fill after Hernandez and Franco depart Bob Brookover The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — It was addition by subtraction, but there was some risk involved. It was not surprising that the Phillies parted ways Monday night with second baseman Cesar Hernandez and third baseman Maikel Franco, the two longest tenured members of the team as well as lightning rods for all the things that went wrong for the ballclub during this aboutto-end decade. Hernandez, who had been with the organization since 2007 and part of the big-league club since 2013, showed signs of being a staple at second base during his Phillies career. The numbers are kind to him and make the case that he has been among baseball’s top 10 second basemen over the last four years. FanGraphs.com has him ranked seventh with an 11.0 fWAR since 2016. But if you watched him every day, you saw the flaws. There were too many mental lapses in the field and on the basepaths and not enough power to compensate for those faults. Given a chance to be a leader as the longest tenured member of a team that had a heavy Latin presence, he instead opted to remain mostly quiet, speaking publicly only when absolutely necessary. Still, there’s a chance the Phillies will one day regret Hernandez’s departure. Despite the fact he has been around so long, he will only be 29 when next season begins and he will have no problem finding a job, although it will likely be for less than the close to $12 million the Phillies would have likely had to pay him in salary arbitration. Hernandez could have some very good years ahead and even prove to be a better option at second base than Scott Kingery, whose future we will discuss in a moment. As for Franco, the Phillies had to say goodbye to him. It was best for them and best for him. Franco arrived in the big leagues in 2014 just seven days after his 22nd birthday and ranked

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as the No. 17 prospect in the game by Baseball America. Despite a promising rookie season in 2015 – he hit .280 with 22 doubles and 14 home runs in 80 games – Franco never lived up to his star potential and by the end of the 2019 season it was clear his time in Philadelphia was over. After being demoted to triple-A Lehigh Valley in early August, he is likely thankful his time with the Phillies has expired. He is still only 27 years old and there is power in his bat. It will be interesting to see if another team can get Franco to become the 30-plus home run guy that he was expected to be here. To Franco’s credit, he played the best defense of his career last season. He does not have a lot of range, but if he can hit 30 home runs and 25 doubles while

catching everything hit at him, he will become an everyday player again. Those are big ifs, but not impossible to imagine. The object now for the Phillies, of course, is to get better without Hernandez and Franco, which brings us back to Kingery. Before they start putting the pieces together for the 2020 season, the Phillies must first decide how to best use Kingery. Even though he has played third base, shortstop and center field far more than he has played second base during his first two big-league seasons, his best value is still at the position he played the most in the minor leagues. His combination of power and defense – provided he can still play the position the way he

did at Reading and Lehigh Valley and provided he continues to take steps forward in 2020 – will make Kingery an elite second baseman. As a third baseman, his power tool is below average and at shortstop his defense is just average. Kingery, 25, has shown the ability to play center field, too, and he could help them most at that position right now because there are no freeagent stars available. Two of the biggest free-agent stars, on the other hand, are available at third base in Washington’s Anthony Rendon and Atlanta’s Josh Donaldson. Kris Bryant of the Cubs might also be on the trade block, but the talks for the three-time All-Star and former MVP probably start with Alec Bohm and Spencer Howard, the Phillies’ two best prospects. I don’t make that deal. If I’m the Phillies, I finally give Kingery a chance to play his best position on a daily basis. With Kingery at second base, the offseason focus moves to third base and center field among the position players. It seems logical that the Phillies, with new manager Joe Girardi, could go after Didi Gregorius and let him become the shortstop while moving Jean Segura to third base. That’s not a perfect solution because Segura has never played third base and he’s not a power hitter, but Gregorius is capable of hitting 25 home runs and is an upgrade defensively at shortstop. A year from now, Bohm should be ready to play in the big leagues and he could give the Phillies two corner infielders capable of hitting 30-plus homers. The solution in center field is not so clear right now, but maybe Adam Haseley gets the first chance after showing signs of being a quality player during his rookie season. With Hernandez and Franco both gone, the Phillies’ position-player puzzle has become a little more unclear, but there are some enticing solutions, which should make for a fascinating few months before pitchers and catchers report in February.

Campbell staying at Iowa State, taking big name off football coaching carousel Matt Bonesteel The Washington Post

The college football regular season was barely a memory before struggling programs started firing coaches Sunday. And, considering the early signing period in recruiting begins in less than three weeks, those programs are likely to move fast. “The early signing [period] has complicated football searches,” Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk, who fired coach Barry Odom on Sunday, told Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports. “Speed is important.” By Monday, programs both successful (Washington with Chris Petersen) and struggling (Old Dominion under Bobby Wilder) had announced their coaches were moving on. Tuesday, Matt Campbell agreed to a contract extension to remain at Iowa State, taking off the market a coach who was reportedly coveted by both college and NFL teams. Here’s a look at who’s hiring and who could be hired: THE JOBS Arkansas Fired: Chad Morris (4-18 in less than two seasons) Arkansas got a jump on everyone by firing Morris on Nov. 10 amid a second straight dismal campaign. Whomever the Razorbacks hire will have to reignite a spark in the program: Only 42,985 fans showed up for a late-November home game against Western Kentucky, the smallest crowd to witness a Razorbacks game at their 76,000-seat on-campus stadium since it was expanded before the 2001 season. The season finale against Missouri in Little Rock drew only 33,961. Boston College Fired: Steve Addazio (44-44 in seven seasons) Addazio went 7-6 or 7-5 in five of his seven seasons in Chestnut Hill and achieved bowl eligibility in six of them but still was fired Sunday. Whether there’s a living coach who can break through the ceiling of respectable mediocrity at Boston College which doesn’t have the same resources as its ACC competition and is in a recruiting desert - remains to be seen. Florida State Fired: Willie Taggart (9-12 in less than two seasons) Some Seminoles players want Odell Haggins - a Florida State lifer who has gone 4-1 in two separate stints as its interim coach - to be given the job

on a permanent basis. But the school may be looking to land a bigger name such as Penn State coach James Franklin or Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Florida State originally said it wanted a new coach in place by the end of the November. That deadline obviously has come and gone, and now the Tallahassee Democrat reports that an announcement isn’t expected before this weekend’s championship games, perhaps suggesting that Florida State is targeting a coach whose team still has a conference title game to play. Mississippi Fired: Matt Luke (15-21 in three seasons) The Rebels’ Egg Bowl loss to rival Mississippi State on Thanksgiving - one in which an Ole Miss player pretended to urinate like a dog in the end zone, drawing a penalty that pushed back the potential game-tying extra-point attempt - was apparently the last straw for Luke, who led the Rebels out of NCAA sanctions but failed to lead them to a bowl game. The move was something of a surprise, considering Athletic Director Keith Carter had voiced support for Luke, and Rebels players were not happy with the news, some of them exiting a team meeting with Carter before it was finished. Missouri Fired: Barry Odom (25-25 in four seasons) The Tigers were picked third in the preseason SEC East poll but stumbled out of the gate with a loss at Wyoming, then lost five straight at one point. Odom was fired, and whoever replaces him has one of the toughest tasks in all of Power Five football: competing in the SEC despite having few geographic ties to the conference. Oh, and Odom was the SEC’s lowestpaid coach. But still, coaching in the SEC East is easier than coaching in the SEC West. Sterk told Dodd that he’s looking for someone with a good amount of experience as either a head coach or coordinator. New Mexico Resigned: Bob Davie (35-64 in eight seasons) Davie led the Lobos to a nine-win season and a bowl victory in 2016 but went 8-28 in three seasons since then. Old Dominion Resigned: Bobby Wilder (77-56 after 11 seasons) Wilder, who shepherded the Monarchs’ program into

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existence and then oversaw its ascendance from FCS to FBS, stepped down Monday after three straight losing seasons, the final one a 1-11 campaign. Rutgers Fired: Chris Ash (8-32 in less than four seasons) Hired: Greg Schiano After initial negotiations fell apart, Rutgers announced Sunday that Schiano would return to the program he coached from 2001 to 2011, finding success rarely seen on the Banks of the Old Raritan (bowl appearances in six of his final seven seasons and a No. 7 national ranking in 2006). The New Jersey native has a massive task ahead of him, as Rutgers is in no way close to competitive in the Big Ten. On Tuesday, Rutgers announced that Schiano has agreed to an eight-year, $32 million deal. South Florida Fired: Charlie Strong (21-16 in three seasons) The Bulls went from 10 to seven to four wins over Strong’s tenure, and he was shown the door Sunday after going 4-14 over his final 18 games in Tampa. Taggart could return to the job he held from 2013 to 2016, according to Bruce Feldman. UNLV Fired: Tony Sanchez (20-40 in five seasons) With a move to the new Oakland Raiders stadium on the horizon, UNLV decided to look elsewhere after winning no more than five games in Sanchez’s tenure. UTSA Fired: Frank Wilson (19-29 in four seasons) The Roadrunners won’t be hiring former Baylor coach Art Briles. Athletic Director

Lisa Campos said he isn’t a candidate because of how he handled sexual assault allegations with the Bears. Washington Stepping down: Chris Petersen (54-26 in six seasons) Promoted to head coach: Jimmy Lake Washington stunned the college football world Monday, announcing that Petersen is stepping down to “recharge,” as he said in a statement. After eight highly successful seasons at Boise State, Petersen, 55, led the Huskies to their first top-10 ranking in 14 years and the College Football Playoff in 2016. But Washington won just seven games this season, its first without double-digit victories since 2015. At a news conference Tuesday, Petersen sure didn’t sound like he’s done coaching. “My whole plan is to get recharged, redirected and rested,” he said. “I’m not ready to do nothing. I’ve just got to figure out where all this passion, energy and inspiration goes. I don’t want it to be on a football field. I’m excited to see where this takes me.” Lake, who garnered interest from Colorado last year, has been on Petersen’s Washington staff since 2014 and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2016. THE CANDIDATES Many of the following names are going to be linked to multiple openings. Mike Norvell, Memphis: Norvell never has won fewer than eight games in his four seasons with the Tigers, who host Cincinnati on Saturday in the AAC title game with a New Year’s Six bowl berth likely on the line. Norvell is seen as an innovative

offensive mind who has proven able to recruit in the South, meaning he will be on the radar of SEC schools with openings, along with just about everyone else. Luke Fickell, Cincinnati: Urban Meyer’s former defensive coordinator at Ohio State is 21-4 over the past two seasons with the Bearcats. Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic: Arkansas officials reportedly talked to Kiffin in Boca Raton on Sunday even though Kiffin outwardly doesn’t seem to want the job, telling a hopeful Razorbacks fan on Twitter that “I guess u have never been to boca.” Just 44, Kiffin already has been a head coach at Tennessee and USC and with the Oakland Raiders, was Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator at Alabama and is 25-13 over three seasons with the Owls, who will play for the Conference USA title on Saturday against UAB. Billy Napier, Louisiana Lafayette: The Cajuns are 10-2 and face Appalachian State for the Sun Belt title Saturday. Napier has spent time on the coaching staffs at Alabama and Clemson, and at 40 he’s another young, offensiveminded coach who will garner a lot of attention. Willie Fritz, Tulane: Fritz is 59, a good bit older than most of the names on this list, but he’s also the first coach to lead the Green Wave to consecutive non-losing seasons since Tommy Bowden in the late 1990s. If you can win at Tulane, you probably can win anywhere. It will be interesting to see if any Power 5 school takes a chance on Fritz’s modernized take on the triple option. Bill Clark, UAB: Clark has gone a remarkable 34-17 as the Blazers’ coach, a tenure that included two seasons without football after the school shuttered the program. He has never coached outside of Alabama - Clark was a longtime high school coach in the state - but that probably won’t stop the SEC schools that have vacancies from giving him a good look. Josh Heupel, Central Florida: Heupel was Missouri’s offensive coordinator for one season before taking the Knights’ job, and he’s 21-4 over two seasons. But UCF might be a better job right now than some of the Power Five openings. Joe Brady, LSU passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach: Only 30, Brady will be a hot commodity after

his night-and-day transformation of the Tigers’ offense. But LSU probably will pay him enough that he would only leave for a major head coaching job. Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott, Clemson co-offensive coordinators, and Brent Venables, Clemson defensive coordinator: Venables won the Broyles Award, given to the nation’s top assistant, in 2016, and Elliott won it the next year. They’ve been on Dabo Swinney’s coaching staff for years and probably are just waiting for the right opportunities, though Venables’s son is a Clemson linebacker who is finishing his redshirt freshman season. STAYING PUT Kevin Sumlin, Arizona: UA Athletic Director Dave Heeke said Saturday night that Sumlin - 9-15 in two seasons in Tucson and coach of a team that lost seven straight games to end the season - is “our head football coach” heading into the 2020 season. Sumlin’s $10 million buyout might have something to do with that. Matt Campbell, Iowa State: Iowa State announced Tuesday that Campbell had signed a contract extension through the 2025 season. He reportedly had been targeted by a few college teams - Florida State and Arkansas, specifically and attracted the attention of NFL teams. Campbell, 40, is 26-24 in four seasons leading the Cyclones with three straight bowl appearances, the first time that’s happened at Iowa State since 2000-02 and only the second time it’s ever happened, period, in Ames. “Both Matt and I wanted to send a message to our fans and recruits and their families, that he is excited about the future of our football program,” Athletic Director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. “We are fortunate to have Matt leading our student-athletes and look forward to the continued success of our football program.” Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State: A 6-6 record and a bowl game were enough to keep Moorehead in Starkville for another season. Derek Mason, Vanderbilt: Athletic Director Malcolm Turner announced last month that Mason will be back in 2020 even though he has yet to field an above-. 500 team in his six seasons. The Commodores finished 3-9 in 2019.


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Girlfriend closely attached to son is distant to family Dear Abby, One of my sons is dating a young woman who seems to care deeply for him, but is very cool and distant to our family. He goes to nearly all of her family’s events, but she seldom comes to any of ours. She has been to one birthday DEAR ABBY get-together at a restaurant, a wedding and a play where I bought the tickets for her, myself and all my daughtersin-law. She has been invited to family dinners at one or another of our homes, Christmas celebrations, Thanksgivings, birthdays — you name it — but has not come to any of them. My husband and I hand-make our gifts to her, which require a lot of time and effort. Last year, she sent us each a gift for Christmas. They have been dating for several years. When they are apart, she texts him constantly. I am confused and troubled by her indifference to us. We have been more than welcoming to her. Is there anything I or we could do to help her warm up to us? Flummoxed Mom In The South

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Have you talked with your son about this? If not, you should. You are already doing everything you can, so prepare to batten down the hatches. If your son eventually marries this insecure young woman, she will continue isolating him from his family and absorb him into her own. When the grandchildren come, they will spend the majority of their time with her family and not yours. It is harsh, but it’s the truth. Unless your son is strong enough to put his foot down, it’s exactly what will happen. You have my sympathy. Dear Abby, I am a naturally thin young woman. Oftentimes, especially when I’m working in offices with older women, my co-workers comment on their dissatisfaction with their weight and how they wish their body could be more like mine. To be honest, I don’t equate thinness with beauty or fat with ugliness. But when I try to tell these women I think they are beautiful as they

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are, it’s received with suspicion, as if they think I don’t mean what I say. How can I respond to those who are unhappy with their weight without sounding insincere? I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings. Thin In Florida When your co-workers compliment you about your figure, smile and say thank you. Period. If they express dissatisfaction with their appearance, do not allow yourself to be drawn into the conversation. You can’t alleviate their insecurities; they haven’t believed you when you tried. Because the subject makes you uncomfortable, try changing the topic to another one.

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Dear Abby, Is there a place where I can donate puzzles? I always make sure all the pieces are there. I put them in a zip bag inside a taped box so anyone who gets them would be getting something that’s as good as new. I have a whole closet full, and I need to find a place to donate them. They are too nice to throw away. Wanting To Share In Washington I am sure that if you call around you will discover that senior centers, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, churches, schools and rehabilitation facilities could put those puzzles to good use. It’s worth a try.

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Dear Abby, My husband refuses to memorize my cellphone number. He says as long as it’s in his phone he doesn’t need to. I feel he should know it so if he loses the phone or the battery goes dead, I can be reached. What do you think? Logical in Kansas Experience is the best teacher. I think you should stop arguing with your husband and let him suffer the consequences. An option might be for him to jot the number on a small piece of paper and keep it in his wallet.

Blondie

Must a person stay put to have a movement? I am in my early 90s and have read your column and those before yours, and have not seen this topic covered. Long ago, my primary doctor told me that many people suffering from constipation are not aware that they are ignoring the natTO YOUR ural urge for a bowel moveGOOD HEALTH ment that comes within 15 to 30 minutes after every meal, often because it’s not convenient or they are rushing off to work, school, etc. He said that his wife had this problem, being a schoolteacher and having to return to the classroom soon after lunch. It was the same for the students. He said that when the urge is ignored, the stool retreats in the colon, and gets firmer each time as more moisture is drawn out. In older people it can be less intense and not noticeable. For this reason, I have never gone on a bus tour, assuming after stopping for a meal, that the driver is not going to wait for all of the passengers to “go.” Now in these days when many of us try to increase and balance the amount of fiber we eat, to make the stool more predictable, I can

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schedule my appointments accordingly—and that works well for me. Yes, after every meal. Not everybody will have the urge to have a bowel movement after every meal. Over 95% of healthy people report a bowel movement between three times daily and three times weekly. It’s helpful to know one’s own pattern in order to identify a potential problem, but also for the reason you identify: If you ignore the sensation of needing to defecate, it can lead to difficulty passing a bowel movement later on. It’s unfortunate that you have had to limit your social choices around your bowel movements. People who have functional bowel issues that change bowel frequency (I especially mean irritable bowel syndrome) often need to change their social lives around the demands of their colon. It sounds as though you have had to make some sacrifices as well. Still, if you really want to go on a tour, you might still try.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You may fear a personal setback, but it can be avoided as long as you’re willing to raise a difficult issue with your teammates. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — A conflict is likely to erupt today quite unexpectedly — but the issue upon which it is based is nothing new. You may have to step in. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You may want

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Horoscope By Stella Wilder Born today, you have a way with words that simply cannot be matched by anyone else born under your sign — or, quite likely, any other sign as well. You are able to weave remarkable tapestries of ideas and feelings in the most straightforward of ways, pulling other people into your orbit who are eager to hear what you have to say — and who place great stock in the meanings you are trying to convey. You pay a great deal of attention to what is happening in the world, as you feel that to be connected with the world and to comprehend what makes it turn day after day is essential to your own ability to take part in the world’s affairs. Ignorance is, to you, something that should disqualify one from any active role in society! Also born on this date are: Joan Didion, author; Morgan Brittany, actress; Carrie Hamilton, actress; Walt Disney, cartoonist; Jim Messina, rocker; Little Richard, musician; Fritz Lang, filmmaker; Frankie Muniz, 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. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

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to broaden your perspective today in order to see things that have lately been hidden from view. Decisions can be made. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — You will likely have no idea how your attitude is affecting others until someone speaks up and tells you. You mustn’t overreact! ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You may not have all the facts at your fingertips today, but it’s not a know-it-all that others need right now — it’s moral support. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — You’ll want to look directly at anything coming your way today, and not try to avoid it. Strength and confidence are on display. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — Events in the background may be more important than anything in the foreground — which means that you’ll have to look closely for important signs. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You’ll likely receive more attention today for something unintended than for anything you’ve done intentionally. You answer a few key questions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — You’re going to have to determine just how you will use the resources made available to you, as you can’t simply “wing it” today! VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — A recent decision was expected to clear the way for you, but in fact it may actually throw a wrench in the works, but only temporarily. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You’ll receive praise for something done spur of the moment — but it’s the criticism you receive that you’ll want to study carefully. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — An emotional situation mustn’t be allowed to get out of hand today. You can stand your ground without endangering anyone close to you. COPYRIGHT 2019 UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE, INC.

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THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME By David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek Get the free JUST JUMBLE app • Follow us on Twitter @PlayJumble

Unscramble these Jumbles, one letter to each square, to form four ordinary words.

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“Me” in the middle Level 1

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Each answer is a six-letter word with “me” in the middle. (e.g., A large pear-shaped fruit. Answer: Pomelo.) Freshman level 1. Used to take photographs. 2. A very short period of time. 3. Ships of the desert. Graduate level 4. Happening at the right moment. 5. Concrete. 6. A medicine that cures a disease. PH.D. level 7. A cry of sorrow and grief. 8. To make people have less respect for someone. 9. To encourage people to have angry feelings or to protest.

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Now arrange the circled letters to form the surprise answer, as suggested by the above cartoon.

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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.

(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: AGAIN WINCH RIDDLE THWART Answer: Regarding the invention of latex surgical gloves in 1894, William Halstead — HAD A HAND IN IT

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Solution to Wednesday’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. Camera. 2. Moment. 3. Camels. 4. Timely. 5. Cement. 6. Remedy. 7. Lament. 8. Demean. 9. Foment. 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 Mother Goose & Grimm ACROSS 1 Twosome 5 Indian social class 10 Puncture 14 __ beans; flat legumes 15 Choir members 16 __ or false test 17 Acting award 18 Leading the way 20 As fit __ fiddle 21 Make a cup of tea 22 Very funny people 23 Huck Finn’s creator 25 11th of 12: abbr. 26 Martin and Charlie 28 Tightwads 31 Removed an apple’s center 32 Prayer before meals 34 “Please Don’t __ the Daisies” 36 Ardent 37 Pet __; sore point 38 Epiphany visitors 39 __ culpa 40 Sunflower __; healthy snack 41 Actor Romero 42 Andean pack animals 44 Select 45 Hitchcock or Scorsese: abbr. 46 __ away; flabbergasted 47 Move over a bit 50 Boom of thunder 51 Author Doyle’s monogram 54 Atrocious 57 Ending for flex or convert 58 Heating chamber 59 First, second, third & home 60 Run-down urban area 61 Cribbage board inserts 62 Jittery 63 Pegs for Tiger DOWN 1 __-bargain; avoid a trial 2 Shoots carefully 3 Of no importance 4 Sunbeam 5 Women’s pants 6 E.T., for one

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7 __ away; put into storage 8 “Well, that went over like a __ of bricks!” 9 Suffix for Bengal or Japan 10 __ for; work to obtain 11 Musketeers or Stooges 12 Mother’s sister 13 Asks for an alms 19 Like a serrated surface 21 Group of musicians 24 Uninvited plant 25 Friendly 26 Con artist’s plot 27 Shanty 28 Dallas team, familiarly 29 Not extreme 30 Long stories 32 The Bee __; Gibb brothers 33 Blushing 35 Become fatigued 37 Bosc or Bartlett 38 Cat’s cry 40 Whack

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Wednesday’s Puzzle Solved

Non Sequitur

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41 Use an ax 43 Gussies up 44 Tasteful; dignified 46 Bessie Smith’s music 47 __ around; bargain-hunt 48 Small bay 49 Neighbor of Idaho: abbr.

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50 Price to acquire 52 Crossword definition 53 Clinton & Obama: abbr. 55 Org. for Spurs and Suns 56 Quayle or Rather 57 Suffix for violin or tour

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