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CAIRO — More than eight years after a two-vehicle accident killed a high school student, speed detection signs will be installed on both sides of the entrance to Cairo-Durham Middle and High School. But Cairo’s representatives on the Greene County Legislature said the state Department of Transportation should have done more. Greene County lawmakers approved a resolution Monday to advertise for bids on the project. The signs, which will detect but not record or report a

driver’s speed, will be funded by a $50,000 grant secured by state Sen. George Amedore Jr., R-46. Plans to install the speed signs date back to July 2018 when former Cairo-Durham Superintendent Anthony Taibi met with Assemblyman Chris Tague, R-102, to find a way to make the Route 145 entrance to the school less prone to accidents. Tague described the speed detection signs as a win in a statement on Tuesday. “I’m thrilled to see that these signs are going up at the CairoDurham high school,” Tague said. “Protecting our children is what should always be on the

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forefront of our minds regardless of whatever else is going on in the world. Because the students themselves took it upon themselves to ask for these signs, I’m absolutely delighted to see their concerns addressed. This is a win for the school, the students and the county at large.” The signs have been a long time coming, Amedore said Tuesday. “Safety issues at this intersection have been a concern for far too long, and I’m glad to see this project moving forward,” See SIGNS A8

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ALBANY — The start of the second year of a Democraticcontrolled state Legislature has the majority excited and optimistic about the passage of bills on their agenda, and on Tuesday, some Democratic lawmakers were certain the Protect Our Courts Act would be one such bill. Joined by dozens of advocates and activists, Assembly members and state senators gathered at the Million Dollar Staircase in the State Capitol to support the legislation that

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would bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making civil immigration arrests in and around state courthouses without a judicial warrant or order of authorization. “Our courthouses should be sanctuaries for justice, not hunting grounds for federal ICE agents to round up our immigrant community,” Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-27, and Senate sponsor of the bill, said at the rally. “It’s up to New York to stand up to this irresponsible, un-American behavior.” See COURTS A8

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Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-109, speaks at a rally Tuesday at the state Capitol to support the Protect Our Courts Act, which would bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from arresting immigrants in or near courthouses.

Committee nixes tax on paper bags By Sarah Trafton Patti Sapone/NJ Advance Media for Sapone/NJ Advance Media/TNS

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CATSKILL — County lawmakers decided Monday not to exercise their right to impose a county tax on paper bags. A statewide law, effective in March, not only bans single-use plastic bags but gives counties and cities the option to impose a 5-cent fee on paper bags. Ulster County initiated the plastic bag ban in July and included the 5-cent fee. The Legislature discussed the tax during a Government Operations Committee meeting and decided against the tax, although no formal vote was taken. Legislator Patricia Handel, R-Durham, wondered how the tax might impact small businesses. Legislature Chairman Patrick Linger, R-New Baltimore, said that in addition to the 5-cent county tax, business owners could implement a fee of their own to turn a profit. The tax would be split 60/40 between the state and

State lawmakers are considering banning plastic bags in New Jersey. A Greene County committee of lawmakers decided not to impose a 5-cent tax on paper bags when the statewide plastic bag ban goes into effect in March.

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WASHINGTON - From the Rust Belt to the Pacific Northwest and from the Gulf Coast to Niagara Falls, the outlook could not have been brighter for American chemical companies. Then President Donald Trump nearly two years ago launched his trade war with China. On Wednesday, Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He are scheduled to sign a partial trade deal, calling a truce in a conflict that has shaken the global economy. Yet as the chemical industry’s experience shows, many of the trade war’s casualties have been left on the battlefield. Even as the White House celebrates the president’s negotiating accomplishment, the “phase one” deal offers little relief for countless American businesses - including chemical makers, apparel retailers and auto parts manufacturers - that will still face the same punishing tariffs they have confronted for some time. “There was an assumption that this was a short-term situation,” said Ed Brzytwa, director for international trade at the American Chemistry Council, an industry group. “We’re now at the point where we’re telling our members they should expect these tariffs are going to stay in place for a long time. This has become the new status quo for us.” In March 2018, when the president began imposing tariffs on Chinese goods -in a bidto force Beijing to abandon its discriminatory trade policies - chemical companies were building dozens of new plants and creating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs around the country. Thanks to inexpensive shale gas, American chemical makers finally were poised to shed their high-cost reputation and become the world’s preferred supplier. But among the targets of the president’s tariffs were the Chinese raw materials that American plants use to produce industrial chemicals and plastics. China retaliated with its own import taxes, closing off the industry’s fastest-growing export market. Chemical makers like Eastman laid off workers or delayed investments. Unable to find alternatives to their Chinese suppliers, others such as Celanese passed along price increases to their customers in the automotive, agricultural and construction industries, as the trade war’s impact rippled across the economy. Wednesday’sWhite House ceremony will mark a political triumph for the president as he prepares for a reelection fight. His long-sought deal with Beijing also could produce a windfall for American farmers, energy producers and manufacturers if $200 billion in new Chinese purchases materializes over the next two years as U.S. officials hope. To secure theinitial trade deal, Trump agreed to suspend a planned December tariff on about $162 billion in Chinese goods and to cut in half an existing 15 percent levy on imports worth an additional $110 billion. But the tariffs that remain in place will still cover the same $360 billion in Chinese goods that the administration taxed before the signing. Nearly twothirds of everything Americans buy from China will be tariffed, compared with less than 1 percent before Trump began his anti-China campaign, according to calculations by economist Chad Bown of the Peterson


China’s vice premier, Liu He, left, meets with President Donald Trump on April 4, 2019, in Washington, D.C.

Institute for International Economics. The trade war started on March 22, 2018, when Trump ordered the first round of tariffs on Chinese products. Accusing China of “economic aggression,” the president said his aim was to persuade Beijing to stop forcing American companies to transfer advanced technologies to their Chinese partners and to overhaul its state-directed economy. Since then, the two countries have traded tariff salvos and engaged in on-again, off-again negotiations. In December, after several false dawns, the president said he had reached a limited accord that would require China to halt its coercive technology transfer scheme; buy huge amounts of American farm and energy products; and open its financial services market to foreign companies. The deal eases - but does not eliminate - the trade-related uncertainty that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has blamed for weak business investment and a manufacturing slump. “We are now getting a degree of certainty in the China economic relationship that we haven’t had since mid-2017,” said Phil Levy, chief economist for Flexport, a freight forwarder. “Of course, ‘certainty’ is relative. Everything can be revoked with a tweet.” Indeed, the president said last week that talks aimed at a second deal that would address China’s industrial subsidies and other economic policies might not bear fruit until after the November election. “We’re keeping the tariffs on because we’ll use that for another one,” the president said at a Jan. 9 rally in Toledo, suggesting they could be adjusted as negotiating leverage. As a consequence, the tariffs that have reshaped nearly $700 billion in U.S.-China trade are hardening into an enduring feature of the economic landscape. Despite the pause in commercial hostilities, business executives said the outlook remains unsettled. Some tariffs could be rolled back if relations improve, or new tariffs could be imposed if China fails to abide by the accord, said business leaders who have followed the talks. Robert Lighthizer, the president’s chief trade negotiator, said last month that Chinese officials want U.S. tariffs to be eliminated gradually as specific elements of the phase one deal are implemented. But he stopped short of saying that the administration had agreed to that phased reduction. “They want to get the tariffs down, and we want to get the

barriers down and the problems resolved,” Lighthizer told reporters. The uncertainty complicates investment and hiring decisions, according to Ann Wilson, senior vice president for government affairs with the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association. “Most of our members are planning for a longer-term tariff structure of some kind while they negotiate phase two,” she said. “We’re finding our larger members are delaying some investment decisions they have to make because of that uncertainty.” Business groups also fear that even if the trade war’s China front remains quiet, the administration could impose new tariffs in a looming confrontation with the European Union. The president repeatedly says that China is paying the cost of the tariffs, a claim that is contradicted by several studies and most economists. Already, Trump’s tariffs have been a net drag on the economy and have failed to achieve his stated goal of boosting domestic manufacturing, according to a new study by two Federal Reserve Board economists, Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce. Any jobs saved or created in U.S. industries protected by tariffs are more than offset by jobs lost in companies that suffer higher input costs or lose export sales because of retaliatory tariffs, the study, which was released last month, concluded. “The tariffs have not boosted manufacturing employment or output, even as they increased producer prices,” the study found. The chemical industry is a microcosm of the levies’ continuing impact. Its products are prevalent throughout the economy, including plastics and coatings for the automotive and aerospace industries; fertilizers for the nation’s farms; and flame retardants for construction. On the eve of the trade war, the industry was capitalizing on the fracking revolution that had unlocked plentiful supplies of low-cost shale gas. Producing chemicals and plastics relies on natural gas both as a feedstock and as a source of energy. Increased domestic gas output turned U.S. chemicals and plastics production from a high-cost industry to among the world’s lowest-cost operators, the American Chemistry Council says. Global petrochemical companies over the past decade poured $204 billion into new U.S. production, aiming to use cheap American gas to fuel production both for the domestic market and customers

overseas. But the tariffs scrambled that calculus, casting a shadow over the fast-growing industry’s future. Trump’s tariffs hit about $20 billion in precursor chemicals that American plants imported. Many could only be obtained in China, and alternative suppliers in Europe already were fully booked, Brzytwa said. As a result, chemical makers passed along some of their higher costs to their customers in the auto and aerospace industries and in the farm sector. “This all has a trickle-down effect on the rest of the economy,” he said. U.S. companies in 2018 exported nearly $18 billion of chemicals and plastics to China. But when Beijing retaliated for Trump’s tariffs with trade barriers of its own, some American chemical exports declined by about one-quarter, Brzytwa said. The trade war’s impact could be seen in the stock prices of major chemical companies. Since March 2018, the S&P chemicals industry index has risen less than half as much as the overall stock market. Years of rampant piracy, trade secrets theft and discriminatory treatment left many American executives eager for a confrontation with Beijing. Many welcome the deal that will be unveiled Wednesday with White House fanfare. But the persistence of the president’s favorite negotiating tool means any applause will likely be muted. “There is an expectation that tariffs are going to be with us for a while. Nobody’s happy with that expectation,” said Stephen Lamar, president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association. “In fact, they’re quite upset.” 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 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 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 Wednesday, Jan. 15 n Catskill Central School District

BOE 6:30 p.m. High School Library, 341 West Main St., Catskill n Catskill Library Board 6:45 p.m. at either the Catskill Library, 1 Franklin St., Catskill or Palenville Library, 3303 Route 23A, Palenville n Catskill Town Board committee meeting 6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 439 Main St., Catskill n Greene County Legislature regular meeting No. 1 6:30 p.m. Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., Catskill

Thursday, Jan. 16 n Coxsackie-Athens Central School District Board of Education 6:25 meeting/hearing; 6:30 p.m. regular meeting High School Library, 24 Sunset Blvd., Coxsackie n Coxsackie Village Planning Board 7 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

Monday, Jan. 20 n Catskill Town Offices closed n Coxsackie Village Offices closed n Greenville Village Offices closed

Tuesday, Jan. 21 n Athens Village Planning Board

6:30 p.m. Village Hall, 2 First St., Athens n Durham Town Board 7:30 p.m. Town Hall, 7309 Route 81, East Durham n Hunter Town Board 7 p.m. Town Hall, 5748 Route 23A, Tannersville

Wednesday, Jan. 22 n Catskill Village Board 7 p.m. Se-

nior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill

Monday, Jan. 27 n Catskill Village Planning Board

7 p.m. Catskill Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill

Tuesday, Jan. 28 n Athens Village Board 6:30 p.m.

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BOE budget workshop 6:30 p.m. High School Library, 341 West Main St., Catskill

DA, defense rest their cases By Amanda Purcell Columbia-Greene Media

HUDSON — The defense and prosecution rested their cases Monday in Columbia County Court in the trial against Barry Goldstein, who is accused of hiring a Stuyvesant man to burn down his home for insurance money. Goldstein, 76, of Stockport, was arraigned Nov. 14, 2018 — more than a year after the fire — on charges of first-degree insurance fraud, a class B felony; third-degree arson, a class C felony; and first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony. Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka is prosecuting the case, alongside Assistant District Attorney Joyce Crawford. The prosecution argued that William Travis, 33, of Stuyvesant Falls, burned down the home at 290 County Route 25 for Goldstein, who wanted to collect $1 million after learning from a real estate agent that his home would sell for $300,000. Travis testified Tuesday that, on Oct. 1, 2017, he used a can of denatured alcohol and a dime-store lighter to set fire to some boxes in the attic and ran out of the house. A representative of Goldstein’s alarm company testified that the home’s burglar alarm system was not set at the time of the fire. Days prior, Travis said Goldstein showed him how to spread the denatured alcohol on the third floor. He also allegedly broke a light bulb to claim squirrels were responsible for igniting the blaze. Travis revealed the alleged plot to Columbia County Sheriff’s investigators under questioning for more than 10 hours. Travis said he had a “guilty conscience� and added police told him he could serve up to 30 years in prison if he did not confess. When Goldstein was questioned by police, he denied the allegations and said he was shocked when he learned what Travis did.


Stockport firefighters respond to a blaze at 290 County Route 25 in Stockport on Oct. 1., 2017.

The cause of the fire was deemed undetermined by state fire investigators because they were unable to inspect the interior of the home. But that does not rule out arson,

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meeting 6 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

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7 p.m. Catskill Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill n Coxsackie Village Board 7 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

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ervation Committee 6 p.m. Village Hall, 119 Mansion St., Coxsackie

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Editor’s Note: A charge is not a conviction. All persons listed are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Charges can be amended or dismissed.

STATE POLICE n Alexander Zivian, 45, of Hunter, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 8 in Tannersville and charged with fourthdegree criminal possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket. n Kenneth L. Farwell, 55, of East Durham, was arrested at 1:24 p.m. Jan. 8 in Greenville and charged with

operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08% and driving while intoxicated, both unclassified misdemeanors. He was issued an appearance ticket. n Sharone D. Mosley, 31, of Catskill, was arrested at 9:40 p.m. Jan. 8 in Germantown and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony; operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08% and driving while intoxicated, both unclassified misdemeanors. She was issued an

appearance ticket. n Everett G. Rasso, 37, of Oak Hill, was arrested at 9:15 p.m. Jan. 9 in Catskill and charged with tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket. n Michael D. Warcholak, 24, of Palenville, was arrested at 11:58 p.m. Jan. 10 in Catskill and charged with driving while intoxicated, an unclassified misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.

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n Veronica Santos, 27, of East Durham, was arrested at 12:31 a.m. Jan. 11 in Cairo and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class D felony; seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, both class A misdemeanors; and possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, an unclassified misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket. n Shanea E. Rubin, 34, of Delmar, was arrested at 6:15 a.m. Jan. 11 in Coxsackie and


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charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor. She was issued an appearance ticket. n Ashley Bodenstab, 31, of Mechanicville, was arrested at 11:25 a.m. Jan. 12 in Coxsackie and charged with second-degree introduction of contraband to prison and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both class A misdemeanors. She was issued an appearance ticket.

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Monday, Feb. 3 n Greene County Board of Electrical Examiners 1 p.m. Greene County Office Building, 411 Main St., 4th Floor, Room 469, Catskill

Homeland Security and Emergency Services Investigator Richard Daus and Investigator John Fairclough said in their testimony. Goldstein is accused of selling off

items in an estate sale and buying a mobile home to live in before the fire. Goldstein has denied the charges, and his attorney said that it would not make sense for Goldstein start a fire to destroy his beloved late wife’s home. The prosecution rested its case shortly after 9 a.m. Monday. A motion for dismissal by defense attorney Roy Nestler based on a lack of evidence was denied by Columbia County Judge Richard M. Koweek. Then it was the defense’s turn to call witnesses. The sole witness was Goldstein’s stepdaughter Beth Bagner. She testified that she knew Goldstein for 28 years. “He was an amazing stepfather,� Bagner said. Nestler asked Bagner if she had ever heard her stepfather use the term “Jewish lightning.� She said she did not. The derogatory term is allegedly what Goldstein used to describe the plot as he explained how to carry out the arson, Travis said in testimony. Travis, who said he had never heard the term before, defined the term incorrectly on the witness stand last week, saying that it meant lightning never strikes the same place three times. The prosecution opted not to cross-examine Bagner. Goldstein declined to testify. Defendants are not required to testify by law, as the burden of proof rests solely on the prosecution in a criminal trial. Koweek gave Goldstein the option to testify Wednesday morning if he changes his mind. The trial will resume with closing arguments from the prosecution and defense Wednesday at 9 a.m. After that, the jury will receive instructions on the law by the judge and then begin their deliberations.

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Literacy puts power in hands of children The internet and the popularity of audiobooks have given rise to a new slogan: Listening is the new reading. That kind of thinking is short on imagination and long on the promise of an illiterate future that suggests Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” Columbia County, Columbia Opportunities Inc. and Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood’s Early Literacy and Learning Network last week launched new literacy campaign to get books into the hands of more than 500 Columbia County children to encourage reading before they reach their first day of school. The campaign is sorely needed. The “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” campaign encourages parents and caregivers to talk, sing and read to their children, as young as infancy up to 5

years old, to nurture an important formative stage in their development. The campaign uses free books, posters, tote bags, totes to carry books, brochures, advertisements and other ways to encourage parents and caregivers to have simple, everyday interactions with small children, including descriptions of objects seen during a walk or car ride, singing songs or telling stories so they can be better prepared for school and a lifetime of learning. The commitment of the founding organizations to literacy is commendable, as is their decision to advertise the campaign in Greene County. Literacy is a goal of several Greene County organizations and we hope they will pick up on “Talking is Teaching” and apply it to their work to get children and adults interested in reading.

The numbers support the campaign, said Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, who previously worked on the campaign as co-director of Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood. “The rates for ELA [English Language Arts] are really around 47% in Columbia County across the board,” Johnson said last week. “Here in Hudson it is around 35%, to the point where Hudson City School District is looking at a two-year kindergarten. We really want to make sure we’re bolstering our students and helping out families.” We hope the campaign will produce a cultural shift across Columbia County and Greene County that teaches parents and caregivers that learning starts at home, that listening isn’t the same as reading, and that knowledge gained from books is a powerful tool.


India threatens to tear apart any semblance of digital privacy The Washington Post

WhatsApp’s 400 million users in India send billions of messages a day. Now, the government has a request: It wants to see them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration proposed last year to give itself awesome powers over communications in the country, and those rules are expected to arrive this week. Internet platforms under the new regime would have to proactively filter unlawful content, as well as allow law enforcement access to any requested communications and ensure authorities can trace messages to their senders. If firms failed to comply, they would become liable for users’ actions. Or at least, that’s what was in the original proposal; the final draft has been kept secret. Officials say the aim is to catch criminals and stop the flow of misinformation. The law would almost certainly help with both, but it would

risk safety at the same time as it enhanced it - and it would tear apart any semblance of digital privacy. It’s not only Indians who might suffer. A mandate for filterable, observable and traceable messaging would effectively destroy the end-to-end encryption on platforms that makes conversations visible only to their participants. It’s true that terrorists may rely on this type of protection. But women plagued by intimate- partner violence rely on it, too, to escape abusive husbands or boyfriends. Protesters and the persecuted rely on it to avoid their persecutors. Companies for whom end-to-end encryption today isn’t an essential part of their model might comply with India’s law, and sacrifice security. Companies for whom it is essential, such as WhatsApp, will likely fight. If they lose, they will have to decide: make separate prod-

ucts for India and for the freer world, make one inferior product for everyone, or stick to their principles and pull out of a massive market? India’s government should consider other ways to address misinformation on encrypted platforms. One would be to stop spreading misinformation in the first place: It is Mr. Modi’s own party that coordinated a “cyber army” to spread propaganda onWhatsApp before the last election, and an official app dedicated to the prime minister himself that spread a flurry of false content. Countries such as China and Russia present unabashedly authoritarian models of Internet governance to the world — and most U.S. firms have declined to play along. India is a harder case: a democracy with a motherlode of users. Yet if companies cave there, they may soon find themselves caving elsewhere.

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All last week and moving onto this one, potential jurors have filed into a Manhattan courtroom, batches of 120 at a time, to determine whether they might be fit to judge Harvey Weinstein. “Jury of peers” is a surreal phrase when the defendant is a millionaire tycoon accused of assaulting 80-plus women — he’s currently facing five counts of rape or predatory sexual assault involving two women — but the legal system will do its best. Each would-be juror receives a 16-page questionnaire meant to examine their life and uncover any biases they’ve accrued in the act of living it. And so, after several pages inquiring after spouses and kids and jobs, and spouses’ and kids’ jobs, we land on question 57 at the top of page 12: “Have you, a family member or a close friend ever been the victim of sexual abuse, either as a child or an adult?” Followed by: “If YES, please explain.” It’s common practice in all kinds of cases for attorneys to suss out whether painful personal histories might complicate jurors’ ability to impartially serve. But question 57 raises an obvious question without an obvious answer: Should a person with intimate experience of sexual assault be tasked with judging a man like Harvey Weinstein? On Wednesday, a series of women didn’t wait to be dismissed based on their answers; they dismissed themselves. “I was assaulted in my past, so I don’t think I can be a fair juror,” one woman told the judge. “It’s going to be very hard for someone who’s been assaulted multiple times,” said

another. A third revealed that not only did she have a friend who had allegedly been the victim of something bad, but that friend’s “encounter” had been with Harvey Weinstein. There are two issues here: The first is whether an assault victim feels emotionally prepared to serve on a jury. The second is whether she or he can be “fair.” No juror should ever be forced to serve on a case that will uniquely traumatize her. No defendant should have his fate decided by a panel uniquely primed to hate him - just as an arsonist probably should not face off against 12 residents of the apartment building he burned down. But, bizarrely, some people now appear to see alleged victims of sexual assault as the ones starting the fires. Legal experts inundated cable news this week with speculation that Weinstein’s attorneys should look out for “secret #MeToo activists,” as if #MeToo were a radical ideologyheld by a small group of match-wielding saboteurs, rather than what it actually was: a blaring siren, made of the voices of stars and strangers and friends and family members, announcing that the flames are already everywhere around you. Can’t you smell the smoke? #MeToo was a wake-up to those who weren’t paying attention. It was an invitation for everyone to revisit their answer to question 57. At this point, if neither you, nor a family member, nor a friend has never been the victim of sexual abuse - phrasing that could encompass everything from subway groping to a spiked drink at a bar - are you an impartial juror? Or are you just really freaking lucky? And what does your good

luck have to do with justice? Who we want on a jury comes down to what we believe is “bias,” and what we believe is “perspective.” And on who we believe is a victim with experiences that have poisoned his or her worldview, vs. who we believe is just a human, with human experiences that might be revelatory on a jury. Cases involving sexual assault are notoriously trickier than those involving other crimes. According to statistics compiled by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, sexual assaults are four times less likely to result in felony convictions than robberies, eight times less likely than nonsexual assaults. That’s partly because in sexual assaults cases, the victim is often on trial as much as the alleged perpetrator: But what were you wearing? Why did you go to his room? Why were your texts with him afterward so polite? If you presume to know how a robbery victim should behave on the stand, you’re probably correct — they’ll behave as if they want their stuff back. If you presume to know how a rape victim should behave, you’re just as likely to be completely wrong. Because rape victims might cry, or they might be defiant. They might have tried to fight off their attacker, or they might have tried to placate him, or they might have just frozen. Truly, nobody understands how they might behave during (or after) an attack until they personally are attacked, or a loved one is. Does it make any sense that we’d aim to fill a jury only with people whose sense of victimhood is based on a weekend marathon of “Law & Order: SVU”? Naivete, after all, is its own kind of bias.


Trump has betrayed his voters Katrina vanden Heuvel The Washington Post

On the stump and in his tweets, President Donald Trump isn’t simply all bluster and self-pity. He takes time to claim he has fulfilled his promises to the working-class voters who were essential to his 2016 election. But, as the incumbent, Trump has a record. The betrayal of this part of his base is apparent. And the noise of his tweets, serial outrages and stump-posturing no longer can distract from this reality. By the president’s accounting, his accomplishments are legion. He boasts about his tax cuts — the “biggest in history.” He preens about his judges - “a historic transformation of the judiciary” — chosen to cater to the anti-choice passions of evangelical Christians. He brags about slashing regulations. He says his wall is being built. He promises once more to trash Obamacare and provide a much better alternative. He claims to still be avoiding endless wars. The truth is different. Deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide — deaths of despair — hit a new high in 2017. His assaults on Obamacare have left 2 million more Americans without health coverage, while he’s never come close to presenting a comprehensive alternative that would, in fact, meet his promise to provide “insurance for everybody.” On the economy, the number of “good jobs” in manufacturing has gone from boom to bust. Inequality reached new extremes, as Trump’s appointed swamp of lobbyists, CEOs

and operatives worm their way into the federal bureaucracy and create more corruption, rigged rules and rip-offs. His tax cut didn’t produce the “$4,000” pay boost he promised; rather it lined the pockets of the rich and the corporations. Chief executives used the corporate breaks mostly to buy back stock in an effort to please stockholders and boost the value of their stock options. And while his “wall” is arousing anger among homeowners whose properties are being requisitioned, he failed even to propose the rebuilding of America’s decrepit infrastructure that he promised. His trade tariffs and deals certainly challenged the lousy deals of the past, but the result to date contributed to what the Federal Reserve calls a “technical recession” in the manufacturing sector and increasing economic strain on small farmers. No wonder bankruptcies and suicides are rising among small farmers. And while the White House trumpeted aid to farmers, the Environmental Working Group reports that the top 10 percent of farms — “the largest and most profitable, industrial scale farms in the country” — received 50 percent of the money. The bottom 80 percent received an average of $5,136. Overseas, as Tehran’s restraint saves the president from stumbling into a war with Iran, he’s dispatching 3,500 more troops to the Middle East — on top of the thousands he already sent as the war in Afghanistan continues. U.S. soldiers remain at risk in senseless

deployments from Syria to Iraq, with the latter country’s parliament voting to ask our troops to leave. Even Fox News loyalists such as Tucker Carlson are chafing at Trump’s betrayal of his promises. Polls show Trump’s approval ratings are recovering from the impeachment inquiry. Trump’s Republican support is solid even as other Americans are repulsed by his crimes and outrages — from using public office for personal gain, to locking up kids in cages on the border, to cynically exacerbating America’s racial tensions, to the denial of the greatest threat to our security: catastrophic climate change. For Trump’s “people” — the working-class voters who backed a bumptious billionaire who they hoped would shake up things as their champion — the betrayal is clear and specific. Many of these Americans voted for Trump in 2016 despite thinking he was unfit for office. They knew he was a scoundrel, but they hoped he would be their scoundrel. As he nears the end of his first term, it is increasingly clear that they voted for a con man without realizing they were the mark. Vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of the Nation magazine, writes a weekly column for The Post. She has also edited or coedited several books, including “The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in the Age of Obama” (2011) and “Meltdown: How Greed and Corruption Shattered Our Financial System and How We Can Recover” (2009).



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Everett ‘Buck’ Robert Bowers On January 12, 2020, Everett “Buck” Robert Bowers, loving husband and father of four passed away at the age of 85 in Palm Coast, Florida. Buck was born on April 25, 1934 in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York to Everett William Bowers and Florence Stephens Bowers. Buck was an active member of the Ronkonkoma Fire Department starting in 1952. He was Fire Chief from 1962-1966; Commissioner from 1966-1970; and Deputy Fire Coordinator from 1966-1970. Buck then moved to upstate New York in 1970, where he settled and raised his family in South Cairo, New York. Buck was a builder by trade and ran a successful business for 30 years until his retirement in 1991. After his retirement in 1991, Buck moved to Perry, Florida, where he continued his passion for hunting, by raising, training and running his foxhounds. In 2002, Buck relocated to Palm Coast, Florida, to be closer to his family. This is where he spent the rest of his retirement. While in Palm Coast, Buck followed his other passion for motorcycles. He was a chartered member of the Red Nights Motorcycle Club, and enjoyed his rides with his family and friends.

Buck was predeceased by his parents, Everett and Florence and by his son, Everett William (Billy) Bowers and grandson, Austin Ray. Buck is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Maureen, his three children, Lauri (Jimbo) Rumph, Robert (Faith) Bowers, and Valerie Bennett, grandchildren, Michael, Jesse, Jayme, Courtney, Bryan, Brandee, and Skylar and 11 great grandchildren. Buck is also survived by his siblings, Betty Limov, Arnold, Jerry, and Alan Bowers. Buck was a loving, husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather and will be greatly missed. Viewing services will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm, reception to follow, and from 7 pm to 9 pm, with firematic service at 8 pm. On Saturday, January 18, 2020, funeral service will be held at 10:00 am with interment to follow at Ronkonkoma Cemetery. All services to be held at Moloney Lake Funeral Home, 132 Ronkonkoma Avenue, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. In lieu of flowers, donations in Buck’s memory can be made to the FASNY Fireman’s Home, 125 Harry Howard Avenue, Attention: Activities, Hudson, NY 12534.

Ernest William Gamble Ernest William Gamble, 76, formerly of Germantown, NY, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020. Mr. Gamble was born, December 28, 1943, in Watertown, NY, and was the son of the late, Herschel and Betty Gamble. Ernie graduated from Copenhagen Central School and went to college in New Paltz, NY. He taught Earth Science at Red Hook Central School for 32 years and retired in 2000. He was a member of the Poughkeepsie Yacht Club for many years and loved sailing. He also enjoyed golfing, camping, hunting and traveling. He is survived by his wife of 50 years,

Donna Cushing Gamble; son, Craig Gamble of Tilton, NH; daughter, Cara Gamble of Rockingham, VA; four grandchildren, Teagan Gamble Corriea, Caiden Gamble, Skylar Gamble Pagano and Nathaniel McCagg; two brothers, Harvey Gamble and Clair Gamble (Joan), and two sisters, Colleen Beckard (Andrew) and Debra Gamble. There will be no calling hours, but donations are welcomed to be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Capital, 8180 Greensboro Dr., Suite 400 Chapter, McLean, VA 22102. Condolences may be shared at kygers. com.

David Arthur Matthews David Arthur Matthews, 57, of Craryville, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 13, 1962 in Catskill to the late John A. and Naomi (Barnum) Matthews. David’s passion in life was working on cars or anything with a motor. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, and sitting around the camp fire with family and friends. His willingness to help will surely be missed by many. Dave is survived by his longtime companion Lincolna Talarico. His step children; Krystal (Carver) Cobbins, and Warren Carver Jr. His 6 siblings and their spouses; John (Peggy) Matthews Jr., Irene (Andy) Scheffer, June (Danny) Matthews, Sharon Kuhnow, George

(Jennie) Matthews, and Ralph Matthews. Also, by brother & sister in laws; Daniel (Becky) Talarico, Sophie (Derek) Alger, Lucinda (Daniel) Talarico. In addition to several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many cousins. David was predeceased by his parents; sister, Louise Matthews, his brother in law Charles Kuhnow, and mother in law, Elizabeth Talarico. Visitation hours will be from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 18, 2020, from the Bates and Anderson – Redmond and Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. To leave a message of condolence for Dave’s family please visit

American Air removes 737 Max until June, matching United Justin Bachman Bloomberg

American Airlines is removing the 737 Max from its flight schedules through early June, a type of delay that has become almost routine for customers of the beleaguered Boeing jet. Commercial flights with the Max will resume June 4, American said in a regulatory filing Tuesday, matching United Airlines’s planned return to service. Southwest Airlines, the largest Max operator, has yanked the plane from its schedule through April 13 while cautioning that further changes are possible. Once the aircraft is certified, American said it would

operate flights for employees and “invited guests” prior to June 4. American had been slated to receive 40 of the planes last year and 10 more in 2020. It had a fleet of two dozen when the flying ban took effect in March 2019. U.S. regulators barred flights of the plane after crashes at Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines killed 346 people. Last month Boeing ousted CEO Dennis Muilenburg as it seeks to win regulatory approval for changes it has made to the jet’s software. David Calhoun, a longtime board director, took over the top job Monday.

Rains are finally arriving in fire-ravaged Australia, but they bring new risks Andrew Freedman The Washington Post

A major weather pattern shift is coming to some of the bush fire zones of Australia, where a relentless, multiyear drought and record-shattering heat turned the landscape into a tinderbox this spring and summer. The rains are not expected to extinguish all the flames, nor will they end the drought, but they are sure to bring relief for the thousands of firefighters seeking to contain the blazes, which still number more than 100 in New South Wales alone. The rainfall, though, will also unleash new hazards, since the newly burned regions will be prone to flooding and landslides that could further damage forest ecosystems. This could be worsened by the slow-moving nature of some of the heaviest showers and thunderstorms, according to Sarah Scully, a meteorologist at Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM). While rainfall will be variable, given the episodic nature of the showers and thunderstorms, fueled by a frontal zone setting up across eastern Australia, drawing in moist, humid air from the ocean to the southeast, the BOM is predicting between 1.2 to 3 inches during the next several days across a large area, stretching from Victoria northward into New South Wales and Queensland. However, some areas could see considerably more rain than this, leading to weather whiplash. Other regions could see lighter rains, including southern Victoria and South Australia, where bush fire danger remains high. Computer models show the heaviest rain may fall in thunderstorms close to the coast, which could keep the


Two rescued koalas from bushfire affected areas rest in a wooden crate before being checked by veterinary services in the RSPCA triage van in the town of Bairnsdale, Australia, on Jan 9, 2019.

highest totals away from areas where large fires are still burning. However, some relief appears likely across a large area. The rains will be heaviest on Wednesday in Victoria and New South Wales, and will then spread further northward through late week, Scully said in an online video. “Hopefully some of this heavy rainfall will fall over the fire sites, and help control or even extinguish some of those fires. But it’s a bit of a double-edged sword, as heavy rainfall and gusty winds bring the potential for flash flooding, particularly in the burnt out areas of New South Wales and Victoria,” Scully said. She added that these areas are vulnerable to “landslips” and trees coming down due to sudden downpours. According to the Sydney

Morning Herald, officials are working to protect Sydney’s water supply against any mud or ash flows that could overwhelm reservoirs and other water systems. However, the coming rainfall will not be enough to end the drought, bring an end to the fire season or even extinguish more than a few of the blazes, given the massive extent of many of the ongoing fires. One so-called “megafire,” for example, has measured at least 1.5 million acres alone. The scale and scope of the bush fires is staggering. In New South Wales, the fires have destroyed more than 2,000 homes. Smoke from the fires, lofted to the stratosphere by towering fireinduced thunderstorms, is now circumnavigating the globe and the firestorms have wiped out unique

A disgruntled hotel chef who threatened a mass shooting could spend nearly four years in prison Kim Bellware The Washington Post

When a hotel chef disgruntled over a humanresources complaint came to work one day in August, he told a co-worker how he planned to retaliate: “Shoot up everyone in the hotel,” Long Beach, California, investigators said. Now, that man could spend nearly four years in prison for his threats. Rodolfo Montoya, 37, of Huntington Beach pleaded no contest Monday to two felony charges of making criminal threats to the Marriott hotel near the Long Beach Airport; he faces sentencing on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles County. Montoya initially pleaded not guilty when arrested in August on suspicion of manufacturing and distributing assault weapons, possession of an assault weapon and making criminal threats. By entering a no-contest plea, he avoids a trial in a case that drew headlines in the summer amid a slew of deadly shootings nationwide. Police credited Montoya’s co-worker with helping avert a mass shooting by taking the Aug. 18 threat seriously and alerting authorities. When Montoya was arrested at his home the next day, police found a stockpile of tactical gear and firearms, including high-capacity magazines and an AR-15 rifle. “In recent months, we have seen several tragic incidents that have resulted in many lives lost,” Long

Beach Police Chief Robert Luna said at the time of Montoya’s arrest. “The witnesses who came forward and the diligence of our employees involved in this investigation very likely prevented a threat of violence and saved many lives.” Shooters commonly target workplaces and commercial settings, according to a 2014 FBI study. The survey of 160 shootings between 2000 and 2013 found that nearly half occurred in business settings that were open to the public, including office parks, shopping centers, restaurants and movie theaters. According to the Los Angeles Times, Montoya had no prior criminal record that would have disqualified him for firearm purchases. The

Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to The Washington Post that all of the weapons were legally purchased and that the AR-15 was purchased before the state’s ban on assaultstyle weapons and modified to comply with the new law. As mass killings, predominantly shootings, hit a new high in 2019, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed 15 new gun-control laws by October, including ones that expanded the “red flag” laws that limit who can buy a gun. California was among the states to experience a mass shooting last year when a 19-year-old man opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival outside San Jose and killed three people, including two children.

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The burning of the Henry Clay, Part 2

By David n Dorpfeld, Greene County Historian For Columbia-Greene Media n week I am pleased to This

present Part II of a guest column by Jonathan Palmer n about the burning of the steamship Henry Clay and a family from Oak Hill that n perished as a result. Jonathan Palmer is the capable archivist nat the Vedder Research Library in Coxsackie and deputy Greene County historian. At the nconclusion of last week’s column, Palmer opined that many people buried in the Oak HillnCemetery were pioneers of the nation’s new industrial frontier and the era to follow. n He continues as follows.

BURNING OF THE HENRY CLAY, PART II By Jonathan Palmer Itnis a grievous irony therefore that this same social class would end up being the vicn tims of one of the great tragedies of their time, and that this tragedy would be brought about by the invention that typified the age. n Henry Clay and ArmeThe nia left Albany on the morning of July 28, 1852 racing n neck-in-neck. These two ships were products of the same celebrated owner and builder n (Thomas Collyer), a fact which only raised the stakes for the crews who knew victory or defeatnwould rest solely on their shoulders. Several hours into the race the Henry Clay held

a comfortable lead of almost four miles over the Armenia, and such a distance could not be closed with the boats so near the finish line in New York. Just off Yonkers, as the Clay steamed towards victory, somebody on board noticed flames roaring up from the vicinity of the engine compartments. Efforts to suppress the fire were insufficient, and the fire quickly engulfed the midship. The vessel’s pilot made for shore and drove the Henry Clay at speed upon the banks of the Hudson where those near the bow could make good their escape. Unfortunately, those who found themselves trapped in the comfortable accommodations in the after section of the boat could not make their way forward to the shoreline and faced a terrifying choice between the approaching inferno and the roiling water below. The class of passengers traveling on the Henry Clay that day was of a particularly affluent nature. On board were statesmen, judges, artists, authors, and relations of the great notables of the era. Andrew Jackson Downing, one of the 19th century’s most influential architects and a pioneer in landscape architecture and horticulture, was counted among the passengers. His charred remains would not be found until several days after the accident. The flames themselves a



Burning of the Henry Clay by Currier and Ives.

The Steamship Henry Clay.

number of others, but drowning would take the lion’s share of victims. The ship’s paddle wheels didn’t stop turning in time for many who had chosen to leap from the aft section into the Hudson - the engines, out of control since flames had driven the engineers from their stations, washed victims in the water away from shore out into the channel. This continued until the boilers themselves succumbed, releasing a scalding breath of steam which killed others that the Hudson and approaching flames had so far spared. It was in the water that the Ray and Cook families of Oak Hill hedged their bet. Mrs. Cook pleaded to her husband that he escape, and probably found small comfort in knowing her grandchildren at least made it to the water. At this

point there is conflict in extant accounts, but by all indications Mr. and Mrs. Cook would end up surviving the calamity only to find that their daughter Abbe Ann, son-in-law William Ray, and granddaughter Caroline met their end in the water that had seemed sure salvation from the burning wreck. In the same newspaper which carried this tale of the Cook family’s tragedy the editor of the Greene County Whig ran a statement that he was hedging bets on the Alida as contender for the fastest and most reliable boat on the River, clearly oblivious to the tastelessness of the juxtaposition. The burning of the Henry Clay, followed by a similar and equally tragic explosion on the Reindeer that September, sparked uproar at the management of the steam

passenger and freight industry on the Hudson. Similar to the calamitous sinking of the Titanic sixty years later, the people most affected by the burning of the Henry Clay were of the same social class that thought themselves impervious to such tragedies by nature of their money, influence, and importance. Indeed, these people ended up reaping the bitter harvest of their industrial speculations and business practices, and it would be but a short time after the Rays were laid to rest at St. Paul’s that reformists would call for a reassessment of the industry - the silver lining to a tragedy whose victims were celebrities and notables. The Ray family would never know it, but the accident which claimed their lives paved the way for a golden age of steamships on the Hudson.

In the face of new regulations passed by Congress and the New York State Legislature operators found themselves incapable of running their companies in a fly-by-night manner. With the practice of racing outlawed the steamship industry grew into a safe and reliable operation which offered legitimate competition with rival rail lines in the Hudson Valley for nearly another eighty years. In the end this legendary industry would simply fall victim to the same technological innovation which had brought the steamboat to the forefront a century previously, relegating the Ray family to the footnotes in a story of bygone times. Reach columnist David Dorpfeld at or visit him on Facebook at “Greene County Historian.”


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Thomas Cole National Historic Site announces lecture series

ALBANY — The Hannaford n Healthy Shopper Patch program, which teaches children about n the significance of a well-balanced diet and lifestyle, marked a milestone this week n by awarding its 1000th badge during a nutrition class for Capital Region girl scouts. n Members of Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Troop 1429, which is based in Albany and comprised of scouts ranging from 7 to 9 years old, received the special Hannaford n Healthy Shopper Patch after taking part in an interactive and fun behind-the-scenes tour led by a Hannaford regCONTRIBUTED PHOTO istered dietitian at the Han- Hannaford Supermarkets Registered Dietitian Fran Weiss (right) naford store on Central Av- speaks with scouts from Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Troop 1429 about the importance of a healthy lifestyle during a enue in Albany. In addition to learning nutrition class at the Hannaford store at 900 Central Ave., Albany, about the importance of a on Jan. 9. healthy diet, the program teaches children about where to help them become cham- dairy products,” said Cabot food comes from and why pions and role models for Creamery Co-operative DiHannaford works with local healthy eating and behaviors rector of Community and farms; how to achieve a well- in their communities,” said Wellness and Registered Dibalanced meal by eating a Weiss. etitian Sara Wing. “Girl Scouts of Northeastvariety of foods; and tips on To set up a Hannaford making healthy choices while ern New York is so grateful to Healthy Shopper Patch tour grocery shopping, including Hannaford for providing pro- or for more information about using the Hannaford Guiding grams that help girls learn and the registered dietician proLet Us Make Your Life EZ-er... develop good food choices,” gram and other free classes Stars navigation system. “At Hannaford, we believe said Girl Scouts of Northeast- and seminars available at in making it as convenient as ern New York Troop 1429 Hannaford Supermarkets, possible for families to access Leader Jennifer Blanch. “This visit and affordable food. The type of program aligns with wellness/dietitians. Hannaford Healthy Shopper our commitment to helping Patch program provides chil- girls learn about the impordren with the skills necessary tance of healthy eating and to adopt healthy lifestyles in teaches our scouts how to be a fun and engaging setting,” healthy both today and tosaid Hannaford Supermarkets morrow.” The Hannaford Healthy Healthy Living Manager Sue Till. “We are very excited to hit Shopper Patch program was this milestone achievement first introduced in stores with for the program and look for- dietitians in fall 2018 and is ward to educating thousands organized in partnership with of more children in the years Cabot Creamery Co-operative. to come.” “We are so excited to celDuring the program, Hannaford Supermarkets Reg- ebrate the 1000th Healthy istered Dietitian Fran Weiss Shopper Patch milestone led the girl scouts in a variety with our partners at Hanof engaging activities, includ- naford. We collaborated with ing how to make a nutritious Hannaford on this program snack using fresh and acces- to teach youth about the importance of a healthy diet and sible ingredients. Meet CHOPPER Meet BIGGIE “Teaching children how to lifestyle and how their local make healthy food choices Hannaford dietitians can help Breed Redbone Coonhound Breed Terrier, American sets the stage for a lifetime of them. We know that the more Age 11 Old PitMonths Bull / Mix health. This program helps young people who complete Age Gender Male – Neutered 4 Years Old educate kids about what food this program, the healthier Gender Male -isNeutered Desc. Biggie playful and a joy! choices exist, how to seek our local communities will Desc. Looking for lots He gives smiles andofkisses We828-1616 love supporting information about avail- be. (518) Ext 2415 the fun? Chopper the to all who meet ishim. able food options and how to work that the Hannaford team pup for you! Shelter CGHS/SPCA make wise decisions about does, since many of those loShelter food. I hope the girl scouts cal communities are where had fun during the interactive our farm families live and program, which is designed make our Cabot cheese and

CATSKILL — The Thomas Cole National Historic Site announced the schedule for its 2020 “Sunday Salons” lecture series. The series presents leading national scholars on major topics that offer a fresh take on history and connect contemporary issues with the life, work, and legacy of Thomas Cole (1801-1848), founder of the nation’s first major art movement, now known as the Hudson River School of landscape painting. The “Sunday Salons” schedule is as follows: Jan. 26 – Maggie M. Cao, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will



speak about environmental concerns in the landscapes of Martin Johnson Heade; Feb. 23 – Elizabeth W. Hutchinson, associate professor of American art history at Barnard College and Columbia University, will discuss the complex meaning of Native Americans in Cole’s art; March 15 – Jean Dunbar, leading historic interiors expert overseeing the restoration of Thomas Cole’s 1815 Main House, will reveal new sources for Cole’s designs; April 19 – Dorothy M. Peteet, adjunct senior research scientist at the LamontDoherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, will

illuminate the ecology of our contemporary landscapes in connection with the 2020 exhibition, “Cross Pollination,” which will be presented in partnership with Olana and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. The lectures will take place at 2 p.m. in Thomas Cole’s New Studio building at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill. Admission is $10 for members; $12 for general admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at, and memberships are available at

ESAM’s fly-in breakfast on Jan. 18 GLENVILLE — The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville, will be hosting its monthly all you can eat breakfast 8:30-10:30 a.m. Jan. 18. Enjoy pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea and more. At 10 am, local pilot and Certified Flight Instructor

Ken Haefner will speak on his experience “Flying the F-86 Sabre Jet.” Haefner learned to fly in the Air Force and received his wings in a T-33 before going for advanced combat crew training in an F-86D. He currently flies with Condair Flyers, is an active member of the distinguished group Quiet Birdmen and

a few years ago, became a card carrying member of the United Flying Octogenarians (UFO). Fly in, if you would like. Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM.


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Can my husband use the ‘restricted application?’ Dear Rusty: My question is about the “restricted application for spousal benefits only,” which I saw referenced in an article. I will turn 66 in February and have applied for my “full retirement benefit” and will continue to work full time. My husband turned 66 this month and has not yet applied for his benefits. According to the Social Security paperwork sent to us, I will receive about $1,900 a month and my husband, who is self-employed, would only receive $500 to $600. If my husband claimed “spousal benefits only” using the restricted application, would I still receive my $,1900 and he would receive 50% of that for an estimated total of $2,850?



GLOOR Doesn’t seem to make sense to me! As you can see, we must be in denial of our age and are not knowledgeable about Social Security!! Signed: Inquisitive Senior Dear Inquisitive: Based on the amounts you quoted in your email (which I assume were recent estimates

from the Social Security Administration), your husband should claim his own benefits this month and then claim his normal spousal benefit in February when your benefits start. Since your husband has already reached his full retirement age of 66, his spousal benefit will be the full 50% of the benefit you are entitled to when you reach your full retirement age in February. Although your husband qualifies for and can submit a “restricted application for spousal benefits only” (as described in the article you read), there is little reason for him to do so because his own benefit, even if he delays claiming it until he is 70, will be less than his spousal benefit from

your record. Instead, since his spousal benefit from you will be the highest amount he will ever be eligible for, he can just claim his own benefit first and then claim his regular spousal benefit to begin when your Social Security retirement benefit starts. Here’s why: If your husband’s current benefit at his full retirement age (FRA) would be $600 and he’s not yet collecting, he could earn delayed retirement credits (DRCs) at a rate of 0.667 per month of delay (8% per year of delay). That will mean his own benefit would be 32% more at age 70 then he is now eligible for at his FRA, which means his maximum benefit on his own earnings record will be $792/month

($600 plus 32%). The only reason to file the restricted application (for which he is eligible only because he was born before January 2, 1954) is to let his own benefit grow while he collects a spousal benefit, so he can switch to his own higher benefit later. But since his spousal benefit from you will be about $950 - more than the maximum benefit he can get from his own record at age 70 - his most prudent choice would be to simply claim his own benefit now and apply for his normal spousal benefit to start when your SS benefit starts in February. No need for him to file the restricted application because his own benefit will never be higher

1:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at the Coxsackie Senior Center, 127 Mansion St., Coxsackie.

Hensonville Town Building, 371 Route 296, Hensonville.

challenge such as cancer and the ending of a relationship. Grief is a very personal and individual emotion. Support groups provide many benefits to those who are grieving. Those who are experiencing grief early on can connect with others in the group who have successfully managed their grief and are further along on their road to feeling happy once again. More information can be found at the face book page at Coxsackie Grief Support Group and also by contacting Jeffrey Haas at 518478-5414 or jhaasrph@aol. com.

than his spousal benefit. And just for complete clarity, your husband collecting his spousal benefit from you will not affect your own Social Security retirement benefit in any way. This article is intended for information purposes only and does not represent legal or financial guidance. It presents the opinions and interpretations of the AMAC Foundation’s staff, trained and accredited by the National Social Security Association (NSSA). NSSA and the AMAC Foundation and its staff are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Social Security Administration or any other governmental entity. To submit a question, visit our website ( or email us at

Senior Briefs We want to hear from you. To send information to be included in Senior Briefs, email to; mail to The Daily Mail, Atten: Senior Briefs, One Hudson City Centre, Suite 202, Hudson, NY 12534; fax to 518-828-3870. For information and questions, please call 518-828-1616 ext. 2490. We would like to have information at least two weeks in advance.

second and fourth Wednesday of the month at the Acra Community Center, Route 23, Acra.

ATHENS SENIOR CITIZENS ATHENS — The Athens Senior Citizens meet at 1:15 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at the Rivertown Senior Center, 39 Second St., Athens.

COXSACKIE — The Coxsackie Area Seniors meet at 1:30 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month in Van Heest Hall, Bethany Village, 800 Bethany Village, West Coxsackie.



CAIRO — The Cairo Golden Agers meet at 1:30 p.m. the

COXSACKIE — The Senior Citizens of Coxsackie meet at

CATSKILL SILVER LININGS SENIORS CATSKILL — The Catskill Silver Linings Seniors meet at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Robert C. Antonelli Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill.


GREENVILLE GOLDEN YEARS CLUB GREENVILLE — The Greenville Golden Club meet at 1:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the American Legion Hall, 54 Maple Ave., Greenville.

MOUNTAIN TOP GOLDEN AGERS TANNERSVILLE — The Mountain Top Golden Agers meet at 1:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Tannersville Village Hall, 1 Park Lane, Tannersville.

WAJPL GOLDEN AGERS HENSONVILLE — The WAJPL Golden Agers meet at 1:30 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month at

AUXILIARY MEETS GREENPORT — The Greenport Branch of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will meet at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Greenport Town Hall, 600 Town Hall Drive, Greenport, weather permitting. Plans for the coming year will be discussed.

SUPPORT GROUPS COXSACKIE — A grief support group will start meeting at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at the Bethany Village in Coxsackie. While the loss of a loved one is a common source of grief other reasons include the loss of a job, the death of a beloved pet, experiencing a major health

CATSKILL — The Alzheimer’s Association holds support group meetings at 3 p.m. the first Wednesday of the

month at The Pines, Jefferson Heights, Catskill. COXSACKIE — The Alzheimer’s Association holds support group meetings at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Heermance Memorial Library, 1 Ely St., Coxsackie. CATSKILL — The Pines at Catskill and Columbia Memorial Health will host a Stroke Survivor and Caregiver monthly support group at 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at The Pines at Catskill Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation, 154 Jefferson Heights, Catskill. For information, call 518-943-5151.

Senior Menu CATSKILL — The following is the weekly nutrition menu offered by the Greene County Department of Human Services’ Senior Nutrition Program. Served daily with each meal are bread or alternative with Promise Spread; low fat milk, coffee or tea. All persons 60 and older and their spouses are invited. The suggested donation for each meal is $4. The menu will be the meal that is delivered to all Greene County home bound meal clients. Those wishing to receive lunch at a center are asked to call the respective location at least a day in advance. Rivertown Senior Center, 39 Second St., Athens; 518-9452700. Acra Community Center, Old Route 23B, Cairo; 518-6229898. Jewett Municipal Building, Route 23C, Jewett; 518-2634392. Washington Irving

Senior Center, 15 Academy St., Catskill; 518-943-1343. Town of Coxsackie Senior Center, Mansion Street, Coxsackie; 518-731-8901.

JAN. 15 THROUGH JAN. 22 WEDNESDAY: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, spinach puff, birthday cupcake. THURSDAY: Linguini with white clam sauce, Italian green beans, fresh salad, fresh fruit. FRIDAY: Roast pork with gravy, applesauce, braised cabbage, winter squash, chocolate mousse. MONDAY: Closed. TUESDAY: Baked chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, tropical mixed fruit. WEDNESDAY: Sweet and sour pork, rice, broccoli, blondie.

JAN. 22 THROUGH JAN. 30 WEDNESDAY: Sweet and sour pork, rice, broccoli, blondie.

THURSDAY: Cranberry chicken salad, fresh greens and cucumbers, potato salad, yogurt parfait. FRIDAY: Salmon with dill sauce, cole slaw, California mixed vegetables, baked potato, lemon mousse. MONDAY: Chili con carne, brown rice, wax beans, fruit cocktail. TUESDAY: Cook’s choice, California mixed vegetables, chocolate mousse. WEDNESDAY: Roast turkey with gravy, brussels sprouts, sweet potato, pears.

JAN. 30 THROUGH FEB. 5 WEDNESDAY: Roast turkey with gravy, brussels sprouts, sweet potato, pears. THURSDAY: Meatloaf with gravy, green beans, mashed potatoes, oatmeal raisin cookies. FRIDAY: Eggplant Parmesan, spaghetti, fresh salad, broccoli, tiramisu. MONDAY: Baked chicken

with gravy and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, carrot coins, butterscotch pudding. TUESDAY: Broccoli/cheddar quiche, hash brown potatoes, tomato juice, pineapple delight. WEDNESDAY: Pork chop with gravy, red cabbage, applesauce, scalloped potatoes, spice cake.

FEB. 5 THROUGH FEB. 12 WEDNESDAY: Pork chop with gravy, red cabbage, applesauce, scalloped potatoes, spice cake. THURSDAY: Crab topped cod, green beans, baked potato with sour cream, fruited gelatin. FRIDAY: Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken, fresh salad, broccoli, fresh fruit. MONDAY: Sweet and sour chicken, brown rice, Monaco mixed vegetables, mandarin oranges. TUESDAY: Meatloaf with

gravy, mashed potatoes, California mixed vegetables, pears. WEDNESDAY: Battered fish, peas, beet salad, au gratin potatoes, chocolate mousse.

FEB. 12 THROUGH FEB. 19 WEDNESDAY: Battered fish, peas, beet salad, au gratin potatoes, chocolate mousse. THURSDAY: Italian sausage, tortellini, Italian mixed vegetables, peaches. FRIDAY: Roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, sweet potato, peanut butter swirl brownie. MONDAY: Closed. TUESDAY: Cook’s choice, cauliflower, peaches. WEDNESDAY: Roast pork with gravy, applesauce, mashed potatoes, California mixed vegetables, chocolate mint pudding.

FEB. 19 THROUGH FEB. 26 WEDNESDAY: Roast pork with gravy, applesauce, mashed potatoes, California

mixed vegetables, chocolate mint pudding. THURSDAY: Chicken Dijon, mashed potatoes, spinach, cherry pie. FRIDAY: Beef stew, cole slaw, broccoli, fresh fruit. MONDAY: Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, carrots, peaches. TUESDAY: Shrimp jambalaya, brown rice, green beans, king cake. WEDNESDAY: Linguini with white clam sauce, broccoli, tropical mixed fruit.

FEB. 26 THROUGH FEB. 28 WEDNESDAY: Linguini with white clam sauce, broccoli, tropical mixed fruit. THURSDAY: Salisbury steak with gravy, baked potato with sour cream, winter squash, vanilla pudding with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. FRIDAY: Vegetable lasagna with white sauce, fresh salad, Italian mixed vegetables, fresh fruit.

New York State Office for the Aging launches new website ALBANY — The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) announced the launch of its new website,, featuring improved design, navigation, search functions and accessibility from virtually any device. “Older adults are increasingly using technology to connect to news and information, health and wellness resources, and social supports,” said Acting Director Greg Olsen. “The newly redesigned website puts vital information about aging programs and services into the hands of older New Yorkers, families, and caregivers, and is

yet another way that New York, as the first age friendly state, is helping older adults remain independent, healthy, and engaged in their communities.” According to the Pew Research Center, 73% of adults over the age of 65 use the internet and 88% of people between the ages of 50 and 64 use the internet. And while smartphone ownership was uncommon at all ages 20 years ago, about half (53%) of people age 65 and older now own smartphones. These numbers will only continue to increase as the aging population grows. There has been a

dramatic shift in the way 21st century citizens of all ages look for and obtain information. With much of today’s interactions happening over the Internet, the newly redesigned NYSOFA website offers a convenient way for older New Yorkers and their loved ones to easily connect to information and services. The new site follows the format of the official state website and features streamlined information about programs and services, improved search functions, intuitive navigation, and a modern, visually appealing design. In addition, the website links to the

state’s powerful navigation tool, which enables visitors to conveniently bookmark relevant services and return to them later using the My Services feature, enhancing the customer service experience for users. The site also provides valuable information and guidance for the aging services provider network on forms, issuances, reporting, and training opportunities to help ensure that aging services professionals have the tools they need to best respond to the current and emerging needs of older New Yorkers and caregivers. Site visitors can also

interact with on any device and digital screen, reflecting the large number of users who access information from a mobile device. Social media features allow visitors to easily share and discover information through various social media platforms. In response to evolving technology and the overall increase in the use of smartphones, in 2017, under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s leadership, New York state launched the first in the nation statewide Aging Services mobile app, which provides New York’s more than 4.3 million older adults with easily accessible material

about benefits, programs, and services, including information regarding health and wellness, housing, and transportation options. The Aging Services app also links users with live information and assistance through NY Connects, the state’s “no wrong door” system for communitybased long-term services and supports, which is designed to help older adults and those with disabilities remain healthy and independent. The free app is compatible with both iOS and Android platforms.



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The rally took place the same day the nonprofit organization Immigrant Defense Project released a report detailing an exponential rise in ICE arrests in and near courthouses under the Trump administration. Arrests across the state have skyrocketed by 1,700% since 2016, according to the report. And despite a directive issued by the New York Office of Courts Administration that required ICE to issue judicial warrants to make arrests in New York courthouses, ICE continued to make a large number of arrests within the area — 80% of which were conducted outside courthouses. Massarah Mikati/Columbia-Greene Media “These are human beings Bryan MacCormack, executive director of Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, addresses a rally behind all these numbers,” to support the Protect Our Courts Act. The legislation would bar U.S. Immigration and Customs said Mizue Aizeki, deputy diEnforcement agents from making immigrant arrests in and around courthouses. rector of the IDP. “These are practices of an agency that There is a pending lawsuit reviewed in the Codes Com- said. “We know that we gotta doesn’t care about human rights, all they care about is against ICE in the Southern mittee, will pass. There are 34 pass this legislation to ensure District of New York, filed by co-sponsors of the Protect Our that courthouses are viewed their deportation quota.” The bill has earned sup- state Attorney General Letitia Courts Act in the Senate, in- as sanctuaries of justice by our port from public defenders James and Brooklyn District cluding Senate Deputy Major- immigrant populations.” Massarah Mikati covers the and district attorneys, who Attorney Eric Gonzalez, over ity Leader Michael Gianaris, D-12, and 80 more co-spon- New York State Legislature have said the chilling effect of making such arrests. and immigration for Johnson As advocates and legisla- sors in the Assembly. ICE arrests among immigrant “We had an incredibly posi- Newspaper Corp. Email her communities has obstructed tors stood at the microphone their criminal cases as immi- to speak at the rally, though, it tive response to this legisla- at mmikati@columbiagreengrants are afraid to appear in was clear they believed this is tion and I’m hopeful we will, or find her on court as victims or witnesses. the year the bill, which is being get it passed soon,” Hoylman Twitter @massarahmikati.

Amedore said. “Each day, hundreds of students, faculty and staff of Cairo-Durham High School travel this road, and it’s critically important to make sure proper safety measures are in place. These speed signs will help ensure the safety of students, the staff and the entire community.” County lawmakers from Cairo wanted DOT to do more, they said at the meeting Monday night. “This is not the solution we hoped for, but it is a solution,” Legislator Harry Lennon said. Legislator William B. Lawrence, a retired Cairo-Durham science teacher, agreed. “The Department of Transportation did not feel there were enough accidents there to warrant a turning lane,” he said. The speed signs will not resolve the blind spot drivers face when they are looking toward East Durham at the intersection, Lawrence said. Two serious accidents occurred there in the last eight years — one on Aug. 1, 2011, which resulted in a student fatality, and one on May 3, 2016, which injured a staff member. In the 2011 accident, 17-year-old Erika A. Cook was a passenger in a car turning left into the school while headed north on Route 145. The vehicle was struck by an SUV traveling south. Cook was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver, Samantha Pagan, another student, was critically injured. Cook’s death sent shock waves through the Cairo-Durham community. At the time of the crash, former Cairo-Durham Superintendent Sally Sharkey described Cook as inspirational. “She was an inspirational girl and dedicated her time to others. She really focused on helping other people,” Sharkey said. After the accident, DOT reduced the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph and eliminated the passing lane in front of the school. “The reduction from the 55 mph speed limit to 45 mph has had little impact on the actual speed people are driving,” Taibi said in an August 2018 interview. In May 2016, former high school principal Nick Fitzgerald was involved in an accident at the intersection. He was taken to Albany Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries. After each accident, the DOT conducted traffic studies to investigate drivers’ speeds. The 2011 study, when

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the county, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said, with the county’s 40% share going toward the purchase of reusable bags. When distributing the bags, priority would be given to lowand fixed-income communities, according to the New York State Association of Counties. The state share goes to the state Environmental Protection Fund. Customers using Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or the Women, Infants and Children Program are

exempt from the paper bag tax, according to NYSAC. Legislator Matthew Luvera, R-Catskill, opposed the tax. “It’s the state’s mess,” he said. “They created this problem.” Linger noted that in some communities, nonprofits have taken up selling reusable bags. “You are not only buying a reusable bag, but helping a notfor-profit out,” he said. Legislator William B. Lawrence, R-Cairo, inquired about bringing his own bags. “So can I bring a plastic bag to the store?” he said. Greene County Deputy Administrator Warren Hart told lawmakers that the Economic Development and Planning

Department plans to raise awareness about the upcoming plastic ban. In his State of the State address last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed confidence in the state’s decision to ban plastic bags and announced new goals. “Last year we banned plastic bags and we were exactly right,” Cuomo said. “And this year we must end the thousands of tons of Styrofoam that are creating toxic contaminants and littering our waterways. Let’s get it done this session.” Lawrence commended the governor for setting this goal. “I think it’s a good move,” Lawrence said. “Styrofoam is a

very dangerous material.” Lawrence proposed a countywide ban on Styrofoam last year. “The bill was meeting some resistance because people don’t want to affect small businesses,” Lawrence said. “I think it would be better for people, landfills and the health of New York state.” Lawrence’s resolution allowed a 6-month period for businesses to use up their Styrofoam materials. Many businesses are already switching to paper alternatives, Lawrence said. Lawrence said he plans to bring up his bill one more time for a vote.

National Security Agency discovers flaw in Microsoft windows Dina Bass and Alyza Sebenius Bloomberg

The National Security Agency alerted Microsoft Corp. that it had found a vulnerability in Windows operating systems that could enable cyber intrusions, according to two people familiar with the matter. The news comes hours before Microsoft is scheduled to release a security update, which is part of a company practice of disclosing newly found software vulnerabilities in hardware. There isn’t an active

cyber-attack, according to Microsoft. Anne Neuberger, the NSA’s director of cybersecurity, has scheduled a press briefing on Tuesday, amid an agency push to be more transparent and friction between tech companies and the government in recent years over vulnerability disclosure. The flaw lies in a part of Windows software known as Crypt32.dll, according to one of the people who requested anonymity because the information isn’t yet public. That

file is used by the Windows and Windows Server operating systems - to implement “many of the Certificate and Cryptographic Messaging functions in the CryptoAPI, such as CryptSignMessage” - according to Microsoft. This means that the flaw could affect a broad range of users. Microsoft has a policy of regularly releasing security updates on the second Tuesday of each month, and this update aligns with that schedule, according to a Monday statement by Jeff Jones, a Senior Director

at the company. “We follow the principles of coordinated vulnerability disclosure as the industry best practice to protect our customers from reported security vulnerabilities,” Jones said in the statement. “To prevent unnecessary risk to customers, security researchers and vendors do not discuss the details of reported vulnerabilities before an update is available.” News of the NSA’s discovery was previously reported by The Washington Post and Krebs on Security, a cybersecurity blog.

the speed limit was 55 mph, found that 85% of drivers were going 58 mph or less. A letter from DOT Regional Director Mary Ivey in 2012 stated that between about 27% and 41% of drivers exceeded the 55 mph limit at two survey points during the study. Drivers in the 85th percentile drove at speeds between 57 and 58 mph. In 2016, after the speed limit was reduced to 45 mph, 85% of drivers were going 55 mph or less, according to the second traffic study. The DOT generates speeding statistics based on the 85th percentile. The 85th percentile speed is defined as the speed at or below which 85% of all vehicles are observed to travel under freeflowing conditions past a monitored point. Over the years, the school district’s requests for a traffic light at the intersection have not been heeded. The DOT considers the following factors when requests for a traffic signal are made: the accident history of the area and whether a light would reduce accidents; whether heavy traffic causes drivers to pull out when it is unsafe; if school children use the area for crossing; whether a large number of pedestrians in the area cause confusion; if the traffic signal relieves congestion and confusion; and whether a light allows cars to maintain a uniform pace and prevents unnecessary stopping. Average daily vehicular traffic on Route 145 was in the 4,001 to 10,000 range in 2015, according to the DOT traffic data viewer. The accident rate at this location is lower than the statewide average and does not warrant a traffic light and turning lane, DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani said in an interview in August 2018. In the 2016 traffic study report, 17 accidents occurred at the intersection in 5 1/2 years, giving an average of 1.86 acc/ mvm, or accident rates in the section in accidents per million of vehicles of travel, compared to the statewide average of 2.81 acc/mvm. “Law enforcement officials were in agreement that the best way to increase safety at this intersection is to increase enforcement of the posted speed limit as well as distracted driving, which they plan to do this coming school year [2018-2019],” Viggiani said at the time. The speed signs are on track to be installed sometime this spring, Highway and Solid Waste Superintendent Robert Van Valkenburg said Monday. “Anything we can do to increase the safety for the school and community is welcomed,” Cairo-Durham Superintendent Michael Wetherbee said Tuesday.

U.S. stocks continue to post big gains. But what about wages? Christopher Ingraham The Washington Post

As we enter the 127th month of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, Wall Street continues to post impressive gains. Its record run has propelled the Dow toward the 29,000 mark and been enthusiastically promoted by President Donald Trump as an argument for his reelection. But the stock market is not the economy. Roughly half of Americans own no stock, either directly or via retirement accounts like 401(k) s. In fact, well over 80% of the stock market is owned by the wealthiest 10% of American families, according to the federal Survey of Consumer Finances. A booming stock market therefore has little bearing on the day-to-day lives of most people. This becomes all the more apparent when you compare those gains with the increase in wages over the same period. Since Trump took office, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index - widely regarded as a barometer of the health of the total market - has climbed about 40%. Wages, on the other hand, have advanced just 9% during the same period. What’s more, those modest pay gains were largely eaten up by the swelling costs of medical care, housing, education and other necessities. Relative to prior presidents, Trump is unique in his efforts to claim credit for the market’s performance under his watch. But the underlying trends in the market and in wage growth

predate his administration by several decades. Let’s zoom back as far as the data sets allow, in this case to 1964. Ballooning market returns are the primary feature of this chart: Since 1964, the S&P 500 has surged by a whopping 4,116%, while wages have climbed a relatively paltry 852% (neither series is adjusted for inflation). But it also

reveals an interesting shift: Stocks rapid surge past wages didn’t begin until well into the 1990s. Before that, the two series were much closer. Here, for instance, is the same chart showing only the three decades from 1964 through 1994. Given the economy of the past quartercentury, it may seem natural to us that growth

in the stock market rapidly outpaces wage growth. But it’s clear this wasn’t always the case - in fact, for much of the 1970s and 1980s, wages surpassed stocks. There are, of course, any number of factors that bear upon either of the two data series. They’re influenced in myriad complex ways by things like recessions, inflation rates, policy choices and the health of the global economy. But it’s nonetheless clear that starting some time near the end of the past century those complex interactions began producing a starkly different wage/stock trajectory. There is plenty of reason to suspect, as many economists increasingly do, that policy choices made in the 1980s and 1990s are big drivers of the income and wealth trends we observe today. Tax rates on the highest earners were slashed dramatically, while lawmakers made (and continue to make) concerted efforts to weaken unions. Decisions made by the leaders of major corporations also are a key factor. Companies began funneling more of their profits to shareholders, for instance, and less to their workers. In short, throughout much of the latter half of the 20th century you could plausibly argue that what’s good for the stock market is good for the rest of the economy. Market returns and wages danced around each other and had their ups and downs, but largely followed the same trajectory. In today’s economy, that’s emphatically no longer the case.




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TH swimmers defeat BerlinNew Lebanon Columbia-Greene Media

CRARYVILLE — The Taconic Hills boys and girls swim teams posted victories over Berlin-New Lebanon recently. The Titan boys earned 76-63 win, while the girls prevailed, 91-73. In the boys meet, Neil Howard won the 100 backstroke in 1:12.21 and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team, along with Chris Russell, Eli Russo and Josh Sena, that finished in 2:17.86. Dylan Foutch took the 100 freestyle in 1:06.64 for the Titans, while Aaron Bonci won the 200 freestyle in 2:36.24. In the girls meet, Emma Avenia won the 200 freestyle (2:17.69) and 500

freestyle (6:01.50) to highlight the Titans’ victory. Daisy Plaza won the 100 backstroke (1:11.79) and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay team, along with Katelyn Hotaling, Lily Russo and Mayah Manan-Singh, that finished in 2:32.0. Clare Howard won the 100 freestyle in 1:03.75 and was part of the winning 200 free relay team, along with Emma Avenia, Lauren Madsen and Maya Manan-Singh, that finished in 1:55.11. Lauren Madsen finished first in the 200 intermediate in 2:49.87.


Hudson pulls away from Coxsackie-Athens

VOLLEYBALL Greenville 3, Chatham 0 See ROUNDUP B3


Hudson’s Nevy Anderson (1) looks to drive against Coxsackie-Athens’ Tim Simmons during Monday’s Patroon Conference boys basketball game.

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Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow (left) talks to manager AJ Hinch (right) before game one of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park.

Hinch and Luhnow fired by Astros after MLB suspension, fine in sign-stealing scandal Dave Sheinin The Washington Post

The Houston Astros on Monday fired manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow, an hour after Major League Baseball suspended both for a year for their roles in an extensive sign-stealing scheme. It was

a swift and powerful downfall for the duo that turned the Astros into a winning machine that produced a World Series title in 2017, now tainted by scandal. An investigation by MLB found that the Astros used See HINCH B3

HUDSON — The Coxsackie-Athens Indians were in Hudson to play the Bluehawks Monday night, to make up a game from back in December. Hudson defended their home court successfully here, earning a 73-59 Patroon Conference boys basketball win. The Bluehawks had four players in double figures, Dayquan Griffin leading that group with 26 points. The Indians were competitive early in the first quarter, boxing out for rebounds and second chance points, tough on defense, and effectively aggressive. By the end of the first period, the Bluehawks’ slim 15-13 lead was certainly not insurmountable. Both sides kept pace with their performances in the previous quarter, as they entered the second. After a few sloppy possessions, Hudson was being more careful with the ball, and got it to Griffin in the paint on multiple occasions where he was unmatched. After a very hard foul on Hudson’s Charles Daly, the


Hudson’s Dayquan Griffin (32) scored a game-high 26 points in the Bluehawks’ 73-59 victory over Coxsackie-Athens on Monday.

Indians managed to tie the game at 31. However, the Bluehawks had time left for one

shot before halftime, and hit a clutch three point shot to take back the lead 34-31 going into

the locker room. Hudson went on a 8-2 run to start the second half, and this gave the Bluehawks the cushion they needed to maintain their lead for the remainder of the game. The Indians could not play as intense defense in the third period due to being in foul trouble, and this resulted in the lead widening even further. Starting the fourth quarter, Hudson was up by 17 points and Coxsackie-Athens suddenly increased their intensity once again. The Indians tried their best to mount a comeback, but it was not in the cards this night. The Bluehawks got a handle on things and took their 73-59 lead down to the final buzzer, earning their sixth Patroon Conference win on the season, and dropping Coxsackie-Athens below .500 in conference to 3-4. COXSACKIE-ATHENS (59): Kiefer 3-3-9, Boehm 3-3-9, Killian Schrader 3-2-9, Kane Schrader 10-0-21, Roe 2-0-4, Carroll 2-2-7. Totals 23-10-59. See HUDSON B3

LSU beats Clemson in college football’s national championship game Chuck Culpepper The Washington Post

NEW ORLEANS — Concluding five football months as one of the damnedest football comets anybody ever saw, LSU on Monday night won arguably the most exhilarating national championship any fan base ever witnessed. When its unforeseen 15-game storm of gorgeous lightning wound up filling a giant goose bump of a Louisiana Superdome, even a dynastic Clemson wound up looking amazed and bedraggled. Once LSU’s now-usual flurry of kinetic stats and pinball-machine points landed on a 42-25 final score, it had done to mighty Clemson what it had done to haughty Texas, to resurgent Florida, to rugged Auburn, to the great Alabama and the brawny Georgia and the supersonic Oklahoma. All along from September, it had thrown and caught the ball with such rarefied precision that it probably should have brought along not a band but a symphony. “I think this team is going to be mentioned as one of the greatest teams in college football history,” said Ed Orgeron, the 58-year-old head coach with the stirring story arc from out of the game in 2014 to the top of it in early 2020, owing much to the humility he and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger showed in welcoming last offseason from the New Orleans Saints a then-29-year-old passing coordinator, Joe Brady. It ended with the confetti falling and the whole lot of them rising into a height forever in


Bill Hancock presents LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron with the national championship trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night.

Louisiana consciousness. “So many people put so much work into

this,” Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow said on the field, and then he

mentioned everyone from the offensive line to the football-center chefs and dining-room assistants. From the interview dais, he said, “This doesn’t happen - this doesn’t come around every year.” Nobody in the sport could do a bloody thing about the purple-and-gold blur of them, a reality pretty much amusing when considering that LSU spent a chunk of the young century lampooned for stagecoach football, as plodding through a futuristic era. LSU’s third national title in the last 17 seasons (all clinched at the Superdome) looked nothing like the first two and nothing like anybody imagined when the school promoted Orgeron to head coach as a choice that seemed secondary or tertiary. In becoming the second 15-0 team ever from college football’s top tier, following Clemson last year, LSU left even Clemson (14-1), that five-time College Football Playoff participant, four-time finalist and two-time champion with a 29-game win streak and a quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, who had never lost a college game, deluged in numbers. Those included the 31-for-46 passing for 463 yards and five touchdown passes with zero interceptions from Burrow, who left his final college game strewn with his gasp-worthy precision and collected the most touchdown passes (60) anybody has ever had in a season. They included the now-accustomed churn of numbers See LSU B3



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Pro basketball NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic W L Pct Boston 27 11 .711 Toronto 25 14 .641 Philadelphia 25 16 .610 Brooklyn 18 20 .474 New York 11 29 .275 Central W L Pct Milwaukee 35 6 .854 Indiana 25 15 .625 Chicago 14 27 .341 Detroit 14 27 .341 Cleveland 12 27 .308 Southeast W L Pct Miami 27 12 .692 Orlando 18 21 .462 Charlotte 15 27 .357 Washington 13 26 .333 Atlanta 8 32 .200 Western Conference Northwest W L Pct Denver 27 12 .692 Utah 27 12 .692 Oklahoma City 23 17 .575 Portland 16 24 .400 Minnesota 15 24 .385 Pacific W L Pct L.A. Lakers 32 7 .821 L.A. Clippers 27 13 .675 Phoenix 16 23 .410 Sacramento 15 24 .385 Golden State 9 32 .220 Southwest W L Pct Houston 26 12 .684 Dallas 24 15 .615 Memphis 18 22 .450 San Antonio 17 21 .447 New Orleans 15 26 .366 Sunday’s games New York 124, Miami 121 Utah 127, Washington 116 Brooklyn 108, Atlanta 86 San Antonio 105, Toronto 104 Memphis 122, Golden State 102 Denver 114, L.A. Clippers 104 Phoenix 100, Charlotte 92 Monday’s games New Orleans 117, Detroit 110, OT Indiana 101, Philadelphia 95 Boston 113, Chicago 101 Oklahoma City 117, Minnesota 104 Charlotte at Portland, 10 p.m. Orlando at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s games Phoenix at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Houston at Memphis, 8 p.m. New York at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Dallas at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

GB — 2.5 3.5 9.0 17.0 GB — 9.5 21.0 21.0 22.0 GB — 9.0 13.5 14.0 19.5 GB — — 4.5 11.5 12.0 GB — 5.5 16.0 17.0 24.0 GB — 2.5 9.0 9.0 12.5

College basketball USA TODAY COACHES POLL Record Pts Prv 1. Gonzaga (16) 18-1 775 1 2. Baylor (10) 13-1 764 4 3. Duke (6) 15-1 757 2 4. Auburn (0) 15-0 685 5 5. Butler (0) 15-1 660 6 6. San Diego St. (0) 17-0 622 7 7. Kansas (0) 12-3 586 3 8. Oregon (0) 14-3 543 9 9. Florida St. (0) 14-2 508 10 10. Louisville (0) 13-3 469 11 11. Dayton (0) 14-2 452 15 12. Kentucky (0) 12-3 449 13 13. W. Virginia (0) 13-2 432 18 14. Michigan St (0) 13-4 391 8 15. Villanova (0) 12-3 356 16 16. Wichita St. (0) 15-1 309 23 17. Maryland (0) 13-3 301 14 18. Seton Hall (0) 12-4 279 25 19. Ohio St (0) 11-5 137 12 20. Michigan (0) 11-5 131 19 21. Colorado (0) 13-3 120 16 22. Memphis (0) 13-3 73 22 23. Texas Tech (0) 10-5 72 21 24. Iowa (0) 11-5 60 NR 25. Stanford (0) 14-2 59 NR Others receiving votes: Creighton 53, Virginia 51, Arkansas 44, Indiana 38, Arizona 37, Illinois 33, Penn St. 23, LSU 22, Rutgers 19, Houston 18, Wisconsin 17, Purdue 15, N. Iowa 10, TCU 7, St. Mary’s 6, Marquette 6, Xavier 4, New Mexico 3, Liberty 2, Providence 1, Yale 1.

Pro hockey GF GA 159 125 162 130 166 153 166 152 136 147 145 148 121 154 100 175 GF GA 166 138 154 122 124 117 150 125 146 142 121 124 152 151 120 156 GF GA 152 125 121 107 162 134 141 140 150 145 135 150 134 150 GF GA 131 141 136 125 155 143 149 145 144 148 126 153 118 146 116 147

College football LSU 42, Clemson 25 Clemson LSU

Gilgeous-Alexander notches historic triple-double Field Level Media

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander produced his first career triple-double, finishing with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 117-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night in Minneapolis. Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder’s second-year guard, hadn’t pulled down more than 10 rebounds in any of his first 121 career games. At age 21 and 185 days, he is the youngest player ever with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game (topping a mark held by Maurice Stokes since 1956), and he is the youngest with a 20-rebound triple-double (breaking a mark set by Shaquille O’Neal in 1993). Danilo Gallinari led OklaBRAD REMPEL/USA TODAY homa City with a season-high Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) and Minnesota Timberwolves guard 30 points. The Thunder post- Shabazz Napier (13) chase a loose ball on Monday at Target Center. ed their 12th win in 15 games, Nikola Vucevic scored 26 handed host Detroit its third while the Timberwolves fell Cavaliers, who had opened a for the third time in four six-game trip with victories at points and grabbed 15 re- straight loss. bounds, and Aaron Gordon Detroit and Denver. The Pelicans were missing games. added 19 points, including a Celtics 113, Bulls 101 three starters, including leadRookie center Naz Reid ing scorer and power forward three-point play with 1.1 secJayson Tatum scored 21 scored a season-high 20 points off the bench to lead points and Jaylen Brown onds remaining, as Orlando Brandon Ingram (right knee the Timberwolves. Minneso- chipped in 19 to lead host Bos- pulled out a victory at Sacra- soreness). Derrick Favors (right hamstring strain) and ta’s Robert Covington added ton past Chicago for its second mento. straight victory following a Evan Fournier scored 25 Jrue Holiday (left elbow con18 points. three-game losing streak. tusion) were also sidelined. points and Markelle Fultz Lakers 128, Cavaliers 99 Chicago sputtered to its added 16 as the Magic earned Detroit has been playing withAvery Bradley ignited a third-quarter run with a seventh loss in eight games the victory in a game between out three of its projected start3-pointer as host Los Angeles, despite a game-high 30 points teams struggling with injuries. ers in recent weeks. Nicolo Melli had 20 points after trailing the entire first from Zach LaVine. Thaddeus Gordon (calf) and D.J. Augustin (knee) each played after and Lonzo Ball supplied 17 Young scored 17 points for half, blew past Cleveland for Chicago, while Tomas Sa- missing Orlando’s Friday loss points, 12 rebounds and nine its ninth straight win. assists but also committed LeBron James scored a toransky (12) and Daniel Gaf- at Phoenix. Nemanja Bjelica scored seven turnovers for New Orgame-high 31 points while ford (10) also produced doua career-high 34 points and leans. Derrick Rose led DeDwight Howard recorded 21 ble-figure totals. Enes Kanter (15 points), De’Aaron Fox added 31 for the troit with 23 points and eight points and 15 rebounds off the assists while Christian Wood bench as the Lakers snapped Kemba Walker (14), Marcus Kings. Pelicans 117, Pistons 110 supplied 18 points and nine Cleveland’s two-game win- Smart (12) and Grant Williams (11) posted double-figure (OT) rebounds. ning streak. Pacers 101, 76ers 95 Little-used Jahlil Okafor Kevin Love (21 points, 11 re- scoring totals for the Celtics. Malcolm Brogdon scored bounds) and Tristan Thomp- Kanter grabbed a game-high had 25 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocks 21 points in his return from a son (17 points, 10 rebounds) nine rebounds. had double-doubles for the Magic 114, Kings 112 as short-handed New Orleans sore back and strep throat as

Indiana posted a victory over Philadelphia in Indianapolis. T.J. Warren also tallied 21 points, and Domantas Sabonis collected 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Pacers, who improved to 16-5 at home this season. Myles Turner and Justin Holiday each had 14 points for Indiana, which overcame an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to post its third win in the past four games. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half and finished with 14 rebounds for the game. Eastern Conference Player of the Week Josh Richardson scored 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter for the 76ers, who have lost six of eight overall and six in a row on the road. Trail Blazers 115, Hornets 112 Damian Lillard recorded 30 points and nine assists as Portland posted a victory over visiting Charlotte. CJ McCollum added 27 points and Carmelo Anthony notched 17 as the Trail Blazers won for just the third time in the past 11 games. Anthony Tolliver came off the bench to score 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting while also collecting 11 rebounds. Devonte’ Graham made eight 3-pointers and had 27 points and 10 assists for the Hornets, who have lost five straight games and 11 of their past 13. Terry Rozier registered 25 points and seven rebounds, P.J. Washington added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Charlotte, which lost its 12th straight game in Portland since last winning there on March 29, 2008.


Ovechkin alone at No. 11 on goals list Field Level Media

NHL Eastern Conference Atlantic Division GP W L OT SO Pts Boston 47 27 8 5 7 66 Tampa Bay 45 27 14 4 0 58 Toronto 46 24 16 3 3 54 Florida 45 24 16 2 3 53 Buffalo 46 20 19 6 1 47 Montreal 47 20 20 6 1 47 Ottawa 45 16 22 4 3 39 Detroit 46 12 31 2 1 27 Metropolitan Division GP W L OT SO Pts Washington 47 31 11 3 2 67 Pittsburgh 45 28 12 5 0 61 NY Islanders 44 27 13 3 1 58 Carolina 46 27 17 2 0 56 Philadelphia 46 24 16 1 5 54 Columbus 46 22 16 6 2 52 NY Rangers 45 22 19 2 2 48 New Jersey 45 17 21 3 4 41 Western Conference Central Division GP W L OT SO Pts St. Louis 47 30 10 4 3 67 Dallas 45 26 15 2 2 56 Colorado 45 25 15 4 1 55 Winnipeg 46 24 18 3 1 52 Nashville 44 21 16 4 3 49 Minnesota 45 20 19 4 2 46 Chicago 46 20 20 2 4 46 Pacific Division GP W L OT SO Pts Calgary 48 25 18 5 0 55 Arizona 48 25 18 2 3 55 Vancouver 46 25 17 3 1 54 Vegas 48 24 18 6 0 54 Edmonton 47 24 18 4 1 53 San Jose 47 21 22 3 1 46 Los Angeles 47 18 25 3 1 40 Anaheim 46 17 24 4 1 39 Monday’s games Montreal 2, Calgary 0 NY Rangers 6, NY Islanders 2 Philadelphia 6, Boston 5, SO Washington 2, Carolina 0 St. Louis 4, Anaheim 1 Tuesday’s games Vegas at Buffalo, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Detroit at NY Islanders, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Boston at Columbus, 7 p.m. Chicago at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Dallas at Colorado, 9 p.m. Nashville at Edmonton, 9 p.m. San Jose at Arizona, 9 p.m.


Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and moved into sole possession of 11th place on the NHL’s all-time goal-scoring list as the Washington Capitals defeated the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 Monday night. Ovechkin broke out of a tie with Teemu Selanne (684 goals) when he scored 11:58 into the game, and he added his second of the night about five minutes later. His 686 goals leave the Washington captain just four goals behind Mario Lemieux, who is alone in 10th place overall. Capitals goalie Ilya Samsonov posted his first career shutout with 23 saves and improved his record to 13-2-1 this year. Samsonov has won eight straight while backing up starter Braden Holtby, tying the franchise’s longest victory streak by a rookie goalie. Petr Mrazek made 28 saves for Carolina, which saw its three-game winning streak end. The Capitals snapped a two-game skid. Rangers 6, Islanders 2 Artemi Panarin scored twice in the third period and collected three assists for the second five-point game of his career as the host Rangers won the first meeting of the New York City rivals this season. Jesper Fast scored in the first period for the Rangers, while Chris Kreider and defenseman Adam Fox scored in the second period, and Jacob Trouba accounted for the Rangers’ sixth goal during a power play in the third period. Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev made 32 saves.


Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at Capital One Arena.

Jordan Eberle scored 18 seconds into the game, and Brock Nelson added a power-play goal in the third for the Islanders, who are 11-10-2 since a team-record 17-game point streak (15-0-2) from Oct. 12-Nov. 23. Semyon Varlamov allowed six goals on 35 shots and was pulled after Trouba’s goal. Thomas Greiss finished up with one save over the final 9:45. Canadiens 2, Flames 0 Jordan Weal scored early, Ryan Poehling scored late, and Carey Price made 31 saves for his 46th career shutout as host Montreal cooled off

Calgary. The Canadiens were the aggressor most of the evening, outshooting Calgary 37-31. Price and the defense in front of him were solid enough to help Montreal win back-to-back games following an 0-7-1 slide. With his second shutout of the season, Price tied Hall of Famer Ken Dryden for third place on Montreal’s career shutout list. Calgary, meanwhile, was blanked for the sixth time this season and saw its five-game winning streak come to an end. David Rittich stopped 35 shots for the Flames, who entered winners

of three straight on the road and amid an 8-1-1 stretch away from home. Flyers 6, Bruins 5 (SO) Travis Konecny scored in the fifth round of a shootout to complete Philadelphia’s come-from-behind victory over visiting Boston. Brad Marchand then had a chance to score in the shootout, but he overskated the puck to end the game. Travis Sanheim scored two goals, Sean Couturier added one goal and two assists, and Kevin Hayes and Connor Bunnaman had one goal apiece for the Flyers, who improved to 5-5 in shootouts this season. Jake Voracek also had two assists, and goaltender Carter Hart made 26 saves for Philadelphia. David Krejci scored two goals, and Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork had one goal and one assist each. David Pastrnak contributed one goal, and Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk registered two assists apiece. The Bruins, who got 34 saves from Jaroslav Halak, fell to 0-7 in shootouts this season. Blues 4, Ducks 1 Tyler Bozak scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and St. Louis defeated visiting Anaheim for its ninth consecutive home victory. Alexander Steen, Jaden Schwartz and Ivan Barbashev also scored for the Western Conference-leading Blues, who are 12-2-1 on their past 15 games overall. Brayden Schenn had two assists for St. Louis, and Jake Allen made 20 saves. Max Comtois scored, and John Gibson stopped 30 of 34 shots for the Ducks, who are 1-6-1 in their past eight games.

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First Quarter CLEM—T.Lawrence 1 yard rush (BT.Potter kick), 6:34. LSU—Ja.Chase 52 yard pass from Burrow (Cd. York kick), 2:20. Second Quarter CLEM—BT.Potter 52 yard field goal, 13:43. CLEM—T.Higgins 36 yard rush (BT.Potter kick), 10:38. LSU—Burrow 3 yard rush (Cd.York kick), 9:17. LSU—Ja.Chase 14 yard pass from Burrow (Cd. York kick), 5:19. LSU—Th.Moss 6 yard pass from Burrow (Cd. York kick), 0:10. Third Quarter CLEM—T.Etienne 3 yard rush (A.Rodgers pass from T.Lawrence), 10:49. LSU—Th.Moss 4 yard pass from Burrow (Cd. York kick), 5:13. Fourth Quarter LSU—Marshall Jr. 24 yard pass from Burrow (Cd. York kick), 12:08. INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING-CLEM, T.Etienne 15-78, T.Lawrence 9-37, T.Higgins 1-36, Ly.Dixon 1-(minus 1). LSU, Edwards-Helaire 16-110, Burrow 14-58. PASSING-CLEM, T.Lawrence 18-37-0-234. LSU, Burrow 31-49-0-463. RECEIVING-CLEM, Js.Ross 5-76, T.Etienne 5-36, T.Higgins 3-52, B.Galloway 2-60, A.Rodgers 2-8, Ly.Dixon 1-2. LSU, Ja.Chase 9-221, Ju.Jefferson 9-106, Edwards-Helaire 5-54, Th.Moss 5-36, Marshall Jr. 3-46.

Giants to hire Dolphins’ Schuplinski as QB coach Pat Leonard New York Daily News

Joe Judge is hiring his quarterbacks coach, plucking a second former Patriots colleague from the Miami Dolphins. Jerry Schuplinski, a sevenyear NFL assistant in his mid40s, is expected to be Daniel Jones’ new QB coach, the Daily News has confirmed. NFL Network first reported the expected hire. Schuplinski (pronounced

shu-PLIN-skee) was Miami’s assistant QB coach last season under Brian Flores. He follows Dolphins defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to New York. Graham will be Judge’s DC. Judge also is adding Ole Miss D-line coach Freddie Roach as the Giants’ new defensive line coach. Roach was Alabama’s strength and conditioning coach in 200810, overlapping two years with Judge in his time as Nick

Saban’s special teams assistant (2009-11). Prior to Miami, Schuplinski was an offensive assistant and assistant QB coach with the Patriots (2013-18). So he worked with Judge (2012-19) for six of his eight seasons in New England, winning three Super Bowls. Schuplinski last season worked with Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Rosen, a promising young QB who had gotten a raw deal his rookie

year in Arizona, started only three games and appeared in just five for the Dolphins. Miami quickly replaced him with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Schuplinski, interestingly enough, played at John Carroll, where he was college teammates with former NFL linebacker London Fletcher, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio and offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach Josh

McDaniels. McDaniels is reporedly staying in New England. Caserio’s contract with the Patriots is up, however. And after the Houston Texans announced no plans to add to their current structure (they courted Caserio last year), will Judge take a run at Caserio? And what would that mean for GM Dave Gettleman? It’s all an evolving process as Judge continues to form his new staff.


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Coxsackie-Athens’ Aiden Boehm shoots a free throw during Monday’s Patroon Conference boys basketball game against Hudson.


Coxsackie-Athens’ Killian Schrader (35) and Hudson’s Caleb Romano (11) during the opening tip of Monday’s Patroon Conference boys basketball game.

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CHATHAM — Chatham dropped a 3-0 decision to Greenville on Panther PRide Day at Chatham High School on Saturday. Mike Roblez had 6 service points and 10 kills for Chatham. Alex Tuthill contributed 7 kills, 4 service points and 2

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for a a frightening band of receivers, from Ja’Marr Chase’s nine catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns, to Justin Jefferson’s nine for 106, and tight end Thaddeus Moss’s five for 36 and two touchdowns, running back Clyde EdwardsHelaire’s five for 54 (with 110 rushing yards, too), and the three for 46 for Terrace Marshall Jr., whose catches peaked on one notable play. When Burrow sent yet another unimaginably pretty thing up to the right corner of the end zone with 12:08 to go, Marshall headed for the sky and then returned to earth with the thing snared. It gave LSU a 42-25 lead that seemed too much of a deluge. It meant it had fended off a Clemson third-quarter push that had closed a 28-17 halftime deficit

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cameras and video monitors to steal the signs of opposing catchers at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, then signal those signs to their hitters before pitches throughout the 2017 regular season and postseason, and at least part of the 2018 season. In addition to the suspensions of Hinch and Luhnow, Commissioner Rob Manfred fined the team $5 million and took away its top two draft picks in both 2020 and 2021. About an hour after MLB’s announcement, Astros owner Jim Crane told reporters he had terminated Hinch and Luhnow, saying, “We need to move forward with a clean slate. [We] will not have this happen again on my watch.” According to a statement from Manfred, Crane had been unaware of the scheme and was “extraordinarily troubled and upset” about his employees’ conduct. MLB’s investigation also spread to the 2018 Boston Red Sox, whose manager, Alex Cora, formerly the bench coach for the 2017 Astros, could also face significant discipline once that phase is completed in the coming weeks. Manfred’s statement called Cora, as bench coach, an active participant in the 2017 Astros’ scheme, and implied that he had a role, as manager, in a similar electronic sign-stealing scheme allegedly perpetrated by the 2018 Red Sox. Both the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox won the World

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3-pointers: Kane Schrader, Killian Schrader, Carroll.

HUDSON (73): Hedgepeth 3-5-13, Maines 9-0-19, Anderson 5-1-11, Griffin 11-4-26, Romano 1-0-2, DeJesus 1-0-2. Totals 30-10-73. 3-pointers: Hedgepeth 2, Maines.


Coxsackie-Athens’ Casey Carroll brings the ball up the floor during Monday’s Patroon Conference boys basketball game against Hudson.

Millbrook 53, Germantown 36 GERMANTOWN — Millbrook jumped out to a 10-point lead after one quarter and went on to defeat Gemantown, 53-36, in Monday’s nonleague girls basketball game.

The Blazers led 12-2 after one quarter, 26-9 at halftime and 45-21 through three quarters. Erin Fox led Millbrook with 14 points. Emily Grasseler added 10. Riley Gibbons’ 10 points topped the Clippers. Jen Ljutich chipped in with eight. MILLBROOK (53): Harkenrider 3-0-9, Morgan 1-0-2, Thompkins 3-0-6, E. Fox 6-1-14, Wilson 2-0-4, N. Fox 3-0-6, Grasseler 5-0-10,

Vazquez-Vega 1-0-2. Totals 24-1-53. 3-pointers: Harkenrider 3, E. Fox. GERMANTOWN (36): Ljutich 3-1-8, Anderson 1-0-2, Hayes 2-0-6, Stagno 0-2-2, Denninger 1-0-2, Dunn 3-0-6, Gibbons 5-0-10. Totals 15-336. 3-pointers: Hayes 2, Ljutich.


Chatham 5, Rensselaer 0 EAST GREENBUSH — Tyler Beaudry fired a 225-642 to highlight Chatham’s 5-0 Patroon Conference bowling victory over Rensselaer on Monday. LJ Morse rolled a 191-555 for the Panthers. Andrew Duso added a 191-550. Vaida Hempsetead hit a 182 single (her all-time high) for Rensselaer. She finished with a 441 series. Tim Foust tossed a 170-490.

to 28-25. It left Burrow riding a sideline exercise bicycle while revving up the crowd, this transfer who came from Ohio State in spring 2018 to help them exceed even their daydreams. He had thrived even on a night when the renowned Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables threw some puzzles at Burrow, such that Burrow said, “I honestly couldn’t figure out where they were blitzing from all night.” Yet Burrow also spoke this truth: “We feel like you can’t hold us down forever. I think we’re too explosive. Our coaches are too good, our players are too good, our Oline is too good.” “They made some plays tonight that you’ve just got to tip your cap,” Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said. Most of those plays came after a juncture 10 minutes and change toward halftime, when Swinney exulted on the sideline and ran into a jumping

ram with an assistant, a sight looked almost like familiar choreography. Clemson led 17-7 on a 36-yard reverse run from receiver Tee Higgins, who took a pitch from running back Lyn-J Dixon and headed left toward open terrain, and it began to feel a little like January 2017 and January 2019, times of Clemson titles and Swinney’s considerable smile. Then the storm returned. From that 17-7 inconvenience, LSU tore through Clemson as if it had not read Clemson’s astounding recentyears CV. It went 75 yards in five plays, 87 yards in six and 95 in 11 as its halftime lead reached 28-17. It beautified the field with a stream of breathtaking football plays, mainly Burrow passes that traveled downfield and tucked themselves precisely into the right arms and guts. “Yeah, I mean, he’s great,” said Lawrence, the Clemson sophomore quarterback who took his first college loss after two

seasons of unbroken victories. “He’s unbelievable. He’s a great player - I’ve got a lot of respect for him and his (twoschool) journey.” As evidence of college greatness, there was the 56-yarder that dripped precisely over all the necessary shoulders to Chase, setting up Burrow’s three-yard designed run on third down. As the blur regenerated, there went 22 yards to Jefferson through the middle, 23 yards to Edwards-Helaire on a right-side fling that featured Edwards-Helaire’s typical dose of fight, 18 yards to Jefferson, 14 oh-my-God yards for a touchdown to Chase in the back corner of the end zone. Next came the audacious 95 yards, helped by an obvious interference penalty on third and 19, and steered along by 29 yards from another case of Burrow carefully and wisely choosing running lanes. That left LSU at the Clemson 6-yard line 14 seconds from

halftime and then, as Burrow took a hellacious whack from James Skalski, Burrow also zipped a pass to tight end Moss, standing alone just behind the goal line. Moss snared the ball and remained still, but the purpleand-gold fans did not. LSU had knocked down Clemson. Burrow had reached 58 touchdown passes by then to equal the 13-year-old single-season record Colt Brennan forged at Hawaii. Burrow had rushed eight times for 55 yards of importance. And LSU had done all that even after a muddled opening in which its little-known punter, a man named Zach Von Rosenberg, ventured out to the field to punt thrice in the first 18 minutes, equaling his total of attempts through the eight quarters against Georgia in the SEC championship game and Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl national semifinal. Early on, Clemson’s coverage looked thick, and Burrow’s

options looked thin. LSU spent two series camped out back near its own goal line. Meanwhile, Clemson took the wrappers off tight end Braden Galloway, back after a oneyear suspension for a positive doping test, and Lawrence lofted him a pass that found him unmarked and wound up accounting for 42 yards. Soon thereafter, Lawrence opened the scoring on a masterful fake and a brisk trip outside the right edge for a one-yard touchdown, and even after LSU got going with Burrow’s aria of a 52-yard pass up the right sideline to Chase, there came Higgins’s reverse with his closing dance along the left sideline. That looked like something everyone had seen before. Then LSU presented one last night of something nobody had seen before.

Series, in each case beating the Los Angeles Dodgers. The scheme - baseball’s biggest cheating scandal since members of Bobby Thomson’s pennant-winning 1951 New York Giants acknowledged decades later that players used binoculars and buzzers to steal signs - first came to light in November in a story by The Athletic, quoting former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers and other unnamed personnel, who confirmed its existence. According to those players, Astros personnel, after the catchers’ signs were decoded, banged on a trash can to signal to their batter whether the next pitch would be a breaking ball or not. Although sign-stealing is a long-standing and accepted tradition in baseball when executed by traditional means typically, a runner on second base watching the catcher’s signs and signaling pitches to the batter through subtle movements - MLB has had to confront an explosion of the practice, and a swelling tide of accusations and rumors, in the digital age. In part out of concerns over the lengthening time of games - as catchers and pitchers devised increasingly intricate signs to combat espionage - baseball has banned the use of electronic equipment to steal signals, a rule that was underscored in a memorandum Manfred issued in September 2017. Although Crane insisted the scandal did not taint the Astros’ title, and Manfred never seriously considered taking it away, the commissioner’s strong penalties and the Astros owner’s swift actions

suggested that they both saw the scheme as an affront to the sport’s integrity. During the 2017 postseason, the Astros went 8-1 at their home stadium - where the scheme was found to have occurred - but just 3-6 on the road. The Astros’ actions have “caused fans, players, executives at other MLB Clubs and members of the media to raise questions about the integrity of games in which the Astros participated,” Manfred said in the statement. “And while it is impossible to determine whether the conduct actually impacted the results on the field, the perception of some that it did causes significant harm to the game.” Concerns over the integrity of individual games have been heightened with the spread of legalized gambling throughout all major sports, and may have contributed to the severity of penalties handed down in this case. The investigation determined that the Astros’ scheme was abandoned at some point during the 2018 regular season - because players no longer believed it was effective - and was not used during the 2018 postseason, when the Astros lost to the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, or in 2019, a season that ended with the Astros losing to the Washington Nationals in the World Series. Although there was no punishment of individual players, the investigation found most of the team’s position players “either received sign information from the scheme or participated in the scheme by helping to decode signs.”

“Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both difficult and impractical,” Manfred’s statement said. “It is difficult because virtually all of the Astros’ players had some involvement or knowledge of the scheme, and I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability.” Some Astros players who were interviewed by investigators “stated that if Hinch told them to stop engaging in the conduct, they would have immediately stopped,” the statement said. But Hinch, according to the statement, was aware of the scheme, and while he made clear his disapproval on occasion - twice destroying the video monitor used by players to decode signs - he did not take action to stop it. Hinch said in a statement Monday: “I regret being connected to these events, am disappointed in our club’s actions within this timeline, and I accept the Commissioner’s decision. As a leader and Major League Manager, it is my responsibility to lead players and staff with integrity that represents the game in the best possible way. While the evidence consistently showed I didn’t endorse or participate in the sign stealing practices, I failed to stop them and I am deeply sorry.” Luhnow, in both Manfred’s statement and one he issued late Monday through a Houston law firm, denied knowledge of the sign-stealing

scheme. But MLB’s investigators, according to Manfred, found both “documentary and testimonial evidence” that he “had some knowledge of those efforts, but . . . did not give it much attention.” “I am not a cheater . . . I did not know rules were being broken,” Luhnow’s statement said. The scheme, he added, “was executed by lower-level employees working with [Cora]. I am deeply upset that I wasn’t informed of any misconduct because I would have stopped it.” Manfred last month called MLB’s investigation “the most thorough” in the sport’s history, encompassing not only interviews with the primary figures but also an examination of tens of thousands of emails, Slack messages and other communications. In his statement Monday, Manfred credited Crane with providing “unfettered access” to any information MLB requested. Hinch, 45, has long been considered one of the best and most personable managers in baseball, projecting a deep sense of humanity that often stood in contrast to the front office’s cold, analytical culture. It was no surprise the Astros tabbed Hinch to be their public voice when they played their first emotional games after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area in 2017, and when a controversy involving a now-former assistant general manager exploded before the start of last fall’s World Series. The one-year suspension Manfred handed Hinch was the longest imposed on a baseball manager since Pete Rose

was banned for life in 1989 for gambling on the sport. Manfred, in his statement, gave Hinch credit for his “contrition” and “remorsefulness,” and he will almost certainly land another managing job in 2021, when his suspension is over. Luhnow’s future in the game, however, is much murkier. During his tenure as GM, the Astros cultivated a data-driven identity that has produced 311 regular season wins, three straight division titles and two World Series appearances. However, the team’s nontraditional approach, which has included replacing scouts with video analysts across the organization, has subjected it to criticism within the industry. As part of Monday’s discipline, former Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman - who was fired by the team in October for unleashing a threatening, vulgar tirade at female reporters during a clubhouse celebration was placed on baseball’s ineligible list until the end of 2020. Manfred’s statement Monday took direct aim at the Astros’ culture under Luhnow, saying, “[W]hile no one can dispute that Luhnow’s baseball operations department is an industry leader in its analytics, it is very clear to me that the culture . . . has been very problematic. At least in my view, the [front office’s] insular culture - one that valued and rewarded results over other considerations . . . led, at least in part, to [the] environment that allowed the conduct described in this report to have occurred.”

blocks and Will Hogencamp had 10 service points and 2 aces. On Friday, Chatham fell to Germantown, 3-2. The Clippers took the first two games, 26-24 and 25-23, but Chatham fought back to win the next two, 25-23 and 25-18. Germantown was able to pull out the victory in the fifth and deciding game, 15-6. Roblez led the Panthers with 11 service points,2 aces,14 kills and 2 blocks. Alex Tuthill had

6 service points and 10 kills and Vinnie Marasco 4 service points, 1 ace, 6 kills and 6 digs.





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Brian T. Johnson, Builder, LLC, Arts of Org. filed with Sec. of State of NY (SSNY) 12/31/2019. Cty: Columbia. SSNY desig. as agent upon whom process against may be served & shall mail process to P.O. Box 671, Philmont, NY 12565. General Purpose. COLUMBIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION NOTICE OF MEETING Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Loan Committee held on January 22, 2020 at 9:30am at One Hudson City Centre, Suite 301, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Committee for consideration. Dated: January 15, 2020 Sarah Sterling Secretary Columbia Economic Development Corporation COLUMBIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION NOTICE OF MEETING Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Governance and Nominating Committee held on January 22, 2020 at 8:30am at One Hudson City Centre, Suite 301 Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Committee for consideration. Dated: January 15, 2020 Sarah Sterling Secretary Columbia Economic Development Corporation LEGALS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Town of Athens Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town of Athens, Town Hall, 2 First Street, Athens, New York. All residents are welcome to attend this hearing to voice their opinion on the following matter: The lands of Hudson River Development Corporation Tax Map #104.00-3-22, located at Rt 9W in the Town of Athens on an application for a subdivision of property. Margaret Snyder, Secretary Town of Athens Planning Board Notice of Formation of a Limited Liability Company (LLC): AUTISM PLAY TODAY, LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/31/2019. Office Location: Columbia County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 767 Gahbauer RD, Hudson, NY 12534. Purpose Any Lawful Purpose. NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. Name: SOPHIE WEDD DESIGN LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on December 30, 2019. Office Location: Columbia County. SSNY has been designated as agent for service of process on LLC. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: c/o Sophie Theresa Wedd, P.O. Box 348, Philmont, N.Y. 12565. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. Notice of formation of Whisper Creek Hospitality, LLC Arts. of Org. filed with the Sect'y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/23/2019. Office location, County of Greene. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Condon & Forsyth LLP, Attn: Stuart E. Berelson, Esq., 7 Times Square, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any lawful act.

Notice of Qualification of EPR Escape, LLC. Authority filed with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 10/30/19. Office location: Greene County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 5/8/13. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 28 Liberty St, NY, NY 10005. DE address of LLC: 1209 Orange St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Formation filed with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St. Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is C T Corporation System, 28 Liberty St, NY, NY 10005. Purpose: any lawful activity. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF COLUMBIA JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff AGAINST JAMES E. TYNAN A/K/A JAMES TYNAN, Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered 1028-2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Columbia County Courthouse, 401 Union Street, Hudson, NY on February 5, 2020 at 12:30PM, premises known as 68 HARRY HOWARD AVENUE, HUDSON, NY 12534. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the City of Hudson, County of Columbia, and State of New York, Section: 110.9 Block: 1 Lot: 17. Approximate amount of judgment $134,093.48 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index #13411/18. Jon Kosich Esq., Referee Fein, Such & Crane, LLP Attorneys for Plaintiff 1400 Old Country Road, Suite C103 Westbury, NY 11590 XCHNY236 66844 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF COLUMBIA JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiff AGAINST Columbia County Treasurer, as the Limited Administrator of the Estate of Michael Zeller; Dorothy Zeller a/k/a Lizbeth Zeller; Phillip Zeller; Christopher Zeller; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated December 6, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Columbia County Courthouse, Hudson, New York on February 19, 2020 at 2:00PM, premises known as 327 West Hill Road, New Lebanon, NY 12125. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of New Lebanon, County of Columbia, State of NY, Section 9. Block 1 Lot 68. Approximate amount of judgment $332,335.37 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 12624-18. Michael C. Howard, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: January 11, 2020 #98248 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF COLUMBIA Federal National Mortgage Association ("Fannie Mae"), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the United States of America, Plaintiff AGAINST Paul M. Podmijersky a/k/a Paul Podmijersky; Amanda Podmijersky; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 19, 2019 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Columbia County Courthouse, Hudson, New

York on February 19, 2020 at 11:00AM, premises known as 15 Podmijersky Road, Hudson, NY 12534. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Livingston, County of Columbia, State of NY, Section 140. Block 1 Lot 26. Approximate amount of judgment $247,172.43 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 13577-18. Sandra M. Colatosti, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 430-4792 Dated: January 10, 2020 #98194 NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids will be received by the Department of Public Works, City of Hudson, New York, until 10:00 E.S.T. on Friday, January 31, 2020 for refuse bags to be sold by the Department of Public Works for the period of January 31, 2020 through December 31, 2020. Bidder shall guarantee to make deliveries within 30 days of the quantities ordered to the point specified. Bidder must be prepared to furnish any or all of the items specified. Bid must be enclosed in a plain, sealed envelope bearing the following, and no other markings: “BID FOR REFUSE BAGS”. The Department of Public Works reserves the right to reject any or all bids. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS Robert W. Perry, Jr. Superintendent of Public Works The Greene County Economic Development Corporation (“GCEDC”) is requesting proposals from certified public accounting firms to audit its financial statements for four (4) fiscal years from December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2022, with an option of auditing its financial statements for the subsequent two (2) fiscal years. Firms should send the completed proposal to the following address by January 30, 2020 at 4 p.m. (EST): Greene County Economic Development Corporation c/o Karl Heck, Executive Director 411 Main Street, Room 419 Catskill, NY 12414 To obtain an RFP, please contact Karl Heck at 518-719-3290 or e-mail at Sealed bids will be received as set forth in Instructions to Bidders ( v/bids-and-lettings/constructioncontractors/importantinfo) until 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, February

06, 2020 at the NYSDOT, Contract Management Bureau, 50 Wolf Rd, 1st Floor, Suite 1CM, Albany, NY 12232 and will be publicly opened and read. Maps, Plans and Specifications may be seen at Electronic documents and Amendments which are posted to w w w. d o t . n y. g o v / d o ing-business/opportunities/const-notices. The New York State Department of Transportation, in accordance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation and Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 200, Title IV Program and Related Statutes, as amended, issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all who respond to a written Department solicitation, request for proposal or invitation for bid that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability/handicap and income status in consideration for an award. BIDDERS SHOULD BE ADVISED THAT AWARD OF THESE CONTRACTS MAY BE CONTINGENT UPON THE PASSAGE OF A BUDGET APPROPRIATION BILL BY THE LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK. Please call (518)457-2124 if a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the letting. Region 01: New York State Department of Transportation 50 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY, 12232 D264159, PIN 181067, FA Proj Z240-1810-673, Albany, Greene, Schenectady Cos., 27.1 Miles of Asphalt Concrete Rehabilitation on Routes 2, 9W, 397, 910B, 296, 20, 32, & 406 at Various Locations, Bid Deposit: 5% of Bid (~ $750,000.00), Goals: DBE: 10.00% Region 08: New York State Department of Transportation 4 Burnett Blvd., Poughkeepsie, NY, 12603 D264126, PIN 813128, FA Proj Z001-8131-283, Columbia Co., Route 22 Pavement Restoration Project: Town of Canaan, Bid Deposit: 5% of Bid (~ $200,000.00), Goals: DBE: 3.00% D264178, PIN 881361, FA Proj , Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester Cos., Cleaning, Wash-

ing and Sealing Bridges at Various Locations, Bid Deposit: 5% of Bid (~ $75,000.00), Goals: DBE: 3.00% D264192, PIN 881429, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, Westchester Cos., Biennial Roadside Vegetation Management for Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester Counties, Bid Deposit: 5% of Bid (~ $20,000.00), Goals: MBE: 0.00%, WBE: 0.00%

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Take 5: Contenders for next season’s CFP crown

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There have been 24 available slots in the College Football Playoff in the six seasons of its existence, with four programs accounting for 17 of those appearances. Expect more of the same next season. The elite tier of college football remains a tiny club in which one Power 5 conference (the Pac12) can barely earn an invite and two others (Big Ten, Big 12) rarely win, posting a combined 1-7 record. As the books close on the 2019 season and we peek ahead to next season – even with the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft about a week away – the landscape looks so familiar. The Pac-12 figures to get shut out of the semifinals for the fourth consecutive season, Clemson and Alabama will be back for their sixth time each, Oklahoma is still pounding on the door ... but maybe there will be a couple of tweaks to the familiar formula. Those four teams accounting for the 17 appearances? Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Ohio State have never battled it out in the same postseason. And a streak of five consecutive winners from the Southeastern Conference or the Atlantic Coast Conference, the latest coming with LSU’s 42-25 win over Clemson on Monday, will be snapped. The betting favorite, according to PointsBet, is Clemson at +175, followed by Ohio State (+200), Alabama (+550) and LSU (+800). The next four are Georgia (+1000), Florida (+1700), Oklahoma (+1900) and Auburn (+2000). We somewhat disagree. Here is an early look at our top 5 teams for 2020: 1. Ohio State The Buckeyes made a seamless transition to coach Ryan Day in 2019 and will be back to try to finish what they couldn’t in this year’s Fiesta Bowl semifinal against Clemson, when they lost 29-23 after being up 16 points in the first half. Quarterback Justin Fields (41 touchdowns, three interceptions) is back as no worse than the Heisman co-favorite, and a trio of draft-eligible offensive linemen – left tackle Thayer Munford, center Josh Myers and guard Wyatt Davis – all decided to return to ease concerns over losing


Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) runs the ball against the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday night.

2,000-yard rusher J.K. Dobbins and wideouts K.J. Hill and Binjimen Victor. The Buckeyes won’t be caught short on offensive skill, the assembly line of defensive end talent will churn out another star – watch for Zach Harrison in his sophomore year – and the return of defensive back Shaun Wade is the experience boost needed as a cornerstone for a reloading secondary. A Week 2 trip to Oregon and a midseason venture to Penn State should be fascinating. 2. Clemson No matter who leaves early for the NFL, the Tigers will have ample horsepower on offense behind the trio of quarterback Trevor Lawrence (the other preseason Heisman co-favorite, along with Ohio State’s Fields), wide receiver Justyn Ross and running back Lyn-J Dixon. Losing four starting offensive linemen is less than ideal, but Clemson still plays in the ACC, where resistance is slight amid any growing pains.

In 2020, the Tigers at least get a chance to fight off boredom with a Nov. 7 trip to Notre Dame. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables proved this season he can adjust and scheme his way to having another top unit after massive personnel losses, including the departure of one of the great defensive lines in college football history. Whoever leaves Clemson after this season, don’t sweat it. Dabo Swinney also will roll into the next season with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, including No. 1 prospect Bryan Bresee, a plug-and-play defensive lineman. The beat goes on. 3. Alabama Alabama wasn’t as slammed as badly as it could have been with early departures to the NFL, as wide receiver DeVonta Smith, left tackle Alex Leatherwood and linebacker Dylan Moses will be back in Tuscaloosa to help lead a roster built on the strength of five consecutive top-five recruiting classes. After some will-he-or-won’t-he drama,

quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his surgically repaired hip declared for the NFL draft, leaving the Tide’s offseason focus on a battle between 2019 replacement Mac Jones, Tua’s younger brother Taulia Tagovailoa and incoming five-star freshman Bryce Young. Alabama will have to navigate November payback games against LSU and Auburn, and a Sept. 19 home game against Georgia looms over the Tide’s playoff viability. But this is a certainty: Coach Nick Saban won’t rest until Bama is back in the playoffs after missing for the first time ever. 4. Oklahoma The Sooners have a problem. Getting to the playoffs isn’t one of them. Winning a semifinal game is a step Oklahoma has yet to take, mostly because its defense grows mushy on the biggest stage. In the Sooners’ four playoff losses, they have given up 37, 54 (in two overtimes), 45 and 63 points. But coveted coordinator Alex Grinch is still in charge of the defense for a second year after a season in which Oklahoma slashed its yards allowed by nearly 100 yards per game. Combine more expected defensive improvement with the fact that head coach Lincoln Riley isn’t off coaching the Dallas Cowboys or another NFL team, and the knowledge that 2019 five-star quarterback Spencer Rattler seems to be a ready successor to Oklahoma’s Heisman bloodlines – and that all five starting offensive linemen return – and there’s more than enough here for a sixth consecutive Big 12 title. 5. LSU The biggest college football question in 2020: How much of LSU’s 2019 success was simply Joe Burrow-related? The Tigers were much more than their Heisman-winning quarterback – and All-America talent on both sides return, including Biletnikoff Award-winning receiver Ja’Marr Chase and cornerback Derek Stingley – but is Myles Brennan (or a quarterback TBD) championship-caliber? A Week 2 home game against Texas could begin to point the way, and there’s an Oct. 10 deadline to figure it out as the Tigers play at SEC East hopeful Florida, which is one of a small handful of teams (hello, Georgia, Penn State, Oregon) looking to crash the playoff party.

Burrow showed an engineer’s precision, a wizard’s magic and went out a legend Barry Svrluga The Washington Post

NEW ORLEANS - It is a measure of the expectations that come with being Joe Burrow that the feeling for much of Monday night was that he was playing just fine, kinda sorta OK for him, and the final numbers show that he threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. That’s a performance almost any other quarterback would consider his signature in, say, a nonconference game just after Labor Day. Rank it among Burrow’s 28 starts for LSU and, well, that’s some stiff competition. This discussion - when was Joe Burrow at his best? - will forever be a topic in the saloons of this town. What we’re venturing into now, after LSU’s resounding 42-25 victory over Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game, is legendary territory. Burrow is so complete a player - part magical wizard, part lunch-pail worker - that his best works are cast against one another, because there’s no other competition. There’s just so much to like. In three months, he will be the first pick in the NFL draft. For eternity, he will be a leading character in football folklore in the bayou. “I don’t know about the whole ‘hero’ thing,” Burrow said afterward. Bounce down Bourbon Street as Tuesday dawned, and he would get an argument from anyone and everyone wearing purple and yellow beads. He won the Heisman Trophy. He won the national championship. That’ll win you the hearts of an entire region. Free gumbo for life. “We always knew this was Joe’s team,” linebacker Patrick

Queen said, “from the day he came in.” Pick a play from Burrow’s evening and LSU fans will treasure it. The 24-yard touchdown toss to sophomore Terrace Marshall that put LSU up three scores early in the fourth quarter stands out for its touch. The 52-yard bomb to Ja’Marr Chase, another sophomore, got LSU on the board and put aside the Tigers’ early jitters. And so much in between. But I’ll take something a little more innocuous. The play in question didn’t show off Burrow’s arm strength, which is tremendous. It didn’t really highlight his accuracy, which is astounding. And it didn’t lead to an LSU touchdown. But here, late in the third quarter, Burrow took a shotgun snap from center. With the protection breaking down, he skittered forward. He is a danger to run at any moment, fast and shifty and tough enough to take a hit. Indeed, he rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown Monday. Here, though, with Clemson defenders closing in, space was scant. Burrow found a slice, then sauntered parallel to the line of scrimmage. Eyes downfield - eyes always downfield - he saw wide receiver Justin Jefferson a few yards away. He flipped him the ball, with nothing more than a flick of the wrist. Thirty-five yards later, Jefferson had a first down. Right there was so much of what Burrow brings - inventiveness, savvy, sense. He is smart enough to run an elite offense at the highest level. No team averaged more yards or scored more points than LSU this season. That takes an engineer’s precision. But if he needs to make a play that looks as if it’s drawn


LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (9) holds the national championship trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday.

up in the sand, well darned if he can’t do that, too. “Joe was going to take the ball in his hands,” LSU Coach Ed Orgeron said. “Some of those plays were passes called that Joe ran. Some of those plays were runs that Joe passed. Just give great players an opportunity to make plays, and he did it.” A great player, with the greatest of achievements. For himself. For his team. “He’s at the top of the hill right now,” Jefferson said.

In Baton Rouge, he’ll never come down. Take in the measure of Burrow’s unlikely career. Remember that it started at Ohio State in Burrow’s home state, and that he transferred to LSU only because it became apparent that Dwayne Haskins - yes, that Dwayne Haskins, now of the Washington Redskins - was going to beat him out to be the Buckeyes’ starter in 2018. That his path was so circuitous somehow makes the outcome

- as an undisputed icon - more special. There are numbers to back all that up. “Got a lot of respect for him and his journey,” said his counterpart, Clemson sophomore Trevor Lawrence, who lost for the first time as a college player. Which says nothing of his interpersonal skills. It takes something for a character who arrived on campus as an unknown transfer - “Quiet,” in Jefferson’s telling - to essentially put his personality on an entire team. By this summer, though, that’s what Burrow had done. “Joe demanded everything he wanted as far as him being the starter and the ultimate team leader,” said mighty little running back Clyde EdwardsHelaire. “This was his team.” The results back that up, and they are in turn backed up by numbers. When Burrow found a statue-still Thaddeus Moss in the end zone just before halftime, giving LSU a 28-17 lead, it was his 58th touchdown pass of the season. Think about that for a second. It’s an average of nearly 3 3/4 scoring passes per game - and he still had a half to play. More than the math is the history. The pass to Moss - son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss - tied Colt Brennan of Hawaii (and, for a fleeting moment, those same Washington Redskins) for the most scoring tosses in a single season at the highest level of college football. Ever. Yeah, sure, Burrow had the advantage of playing a 15th game. (Remember, these “student-athletes” must be protected from playing too much football. Unless there’s more money to be made off them. Money that goes to other

people. But I digress.) Consider how out-of-place Burrow’s senior season looks in Baton Rouge. Before this year, no LSU quarterback had thrown more than 28 touchdowns in a single season. Burrow surpassed that total in seven games. And then he used the rest of the season to more than double that total. That final scoring toss to Marshall was his 60th. More data: Burrow led the country in completion percentage (.776). He led the country in passing efficiency (204.60). He was second in passing yards and completions per game. It’s an unassailable résumé. When there’s two weeks to hype an event, and the lead character was coming off a game in which he threw seven touchdown passes - as Burrow did against Oklahoma in the semifinal - it would seem natural for a lesser character to seize the spotlight. Burrow was unwilling to allow that Monday. Not for some selfish, lookat-me reason. Rather, because he is the difference between all previous LSU teams and this one. “A lot of work was put into this that nobody ever saw,” Burrow said. You could argue that Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence leads a more diverse offensive attack, what with running back Travis Etienne the school’s first 4,000-yard runner providing more balance and wide receivers Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross looking like first-round draft picks on the outside. Such an argument kind of makes Burrow look even better. Clemson had a million ways to beat teams. LSU had one. Or maybe two. Joe Burrow’s arm. And Joe Burrow’s legs.



B6 Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Astros were disgraceful, but MLB should have seen this coming Barry Svrluga The Washington Post

We live in a world in which, if a baseball player slides into a base safely but loses contact with it for the blink of an eye, he can be out. It is a world in which at least one team has been accused of using lasers to establish marks on the field so it could better position its outfielders. It is a world in which general managers without Ivy League degrees are now outliers. And it’s a world in which the sport takes in nearly $11 billion annually. Mix all that together — technology, creativity, brain power and money — and the scandal that resulted makes sense. The Houston Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch on Monday because they oversaw a team that prided itself on discovering every possible edge. Such an environment emboldened players to use elements both modern (real-time video) and archaic (banging on a trash can with a bat) to — how to put this? — outright cheat the game, cheat the opponents, cheat the fans who thought they were witnessing a fair fight. We should have seen it coming. Signstealing, using the human eye, has been baked into baseball culture for a century. Put millions of dollars on the line, outfit each team with frame-by-frame, high-definition video, and, lo and behold, the notion of using the available tools for unintended purposes proved to tantalizing to resist. Go figure. An hour before Astros owner Jim Crane dismissed his club’s two most visible leaders, Commissioner Rob Manfred had suspended each for the 2020 season because they failed to stop their club’s elaborate and electronic method to steal signs from its opponents. Hinch admitted he knew about it but did nothing. Luhnow claimed he didn’t know, which would be laughable even if Manfred’s report didn’t cite “at least two emails” to Luhnow mentioning the scheme, which it does. This, coupled with a $5 million fine and the stripping of first- and second-round draft picks for two years, was Manfred’s hammer. As many stars as the Astros have — from Justin Verlander to Alex Bregman to Carlos Correa — Luhnow and Hinch defined the organization, inwardly and outwardly. The Astros, then, are the villains, and while baseball can’t strip them of the 2017 World Series title they won — this isn’t the NCAA — they are forever stained. That’s indisputable. Yet remember, even while cursing Houston and bemoaning its victims, that MLB is not beyond reproach. As forceful and decisive as Manfred’s move seemed Monday, it shouldn’t be forgotten how lax the league office was about monitoring this stuff in the first place. Once there’s a phone in the dugout that goes directly to a video room, and once information is flowing from that room to the participants in the game - be they players, coaches or the manager — then someone should have put into place safeguards to make sure operations such as the Astros’ didn’t develop. Major League Baseball is perhaps our most quantified and analyzed sport, one in which teams now more than ever sift through the sands for even the slightest

Ben Frederickson St.Louis Post-Dispatch


Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred released a report on the investigation of the Houston Astros on Monday.

advantage. That the sport’s powers put into place mechanics that could easily be exploited seems obvious now. It should have been obvious in 2014, when the replay challenge system went into effect. It was not, and the Astros’ sinister ways developed from there. That it was Luhnow’s Astros that developed this methodology is hardly coincidence. Long before Houston’s franchise became the pariah that it turned into this offseason, I was talking casually to the head of baseball operations of another club. This was late in the 2015 season, Hinch’s first as manager, Luhnow’s fifth as GM. In describing his distaste for how Luhnow conducted his club’s business, this executive had one word: “binary.” Either a move helps the Astros win more games, or it does not. There is no room for gray areas. That description fits, and not just because of sign-stealing. It’s why Houston traded for reliever Roberto Osuna, accused of domestic violence, when other teams wouldn’t touch him. Osuna’s welcome to Houston — not as much by Hinch, but certainly by Luhnow and the front office — ended up revealing more of the Astros’ hubris. During their celebration after winning last season’s American League Championship Series, Brandon Taubman, one of Luhnow’s top assistants, screamed in the direction of three female reporters, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!” That the Astros initially stood by Taubman offered further insight into the culture Luhnow created. Eventually, they fired Taubman, a move Luhnow clearly wouldn’t have made on his own. The general manager never appeared to understand the intimidation tactics at work in that incident. He viewed Taubman as a piece that helped his club win more games. Why would he get rid of a baseball asset for a personal failing? Manfred’s report came to the exact same conclusion. “[W]hile no one can dispute that Luhnow’s baseball operations department is an industry leader in its analytics, it is very clear to me that the culture of the baseball operations department, manifesting itself in the way its employees are treated, its relations with other Clubs, and its relations with the media and external stakeholders,

has been very problematic,” Manfred wrote in his 10-page release. “At least in my view, the baseball operations department’s insular culture - one that valued and rewarded results over other considerations, combined with a staff of individuals who often lacked direction or sufficient oversight, led, at least in part, to the Brandon Taubman incident, the Club’s admittedly inappropriate and inaccurate response to that incident, and finally, to an environment that allowed the conduct described in this report to have occurred.” Who was hurt here? Plenty of people. The Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers that the Astros beat en route to the 2017 championship. The Indians, who the Astros swept in the division series in 2018. And the Rays and Yankees who the Astros beat last fall. (Thankfully, not the Nationals. Think this is a mess now? What if Anthony Rendon and Howie Kendrick hadn’t homered in the seventh inning of Game 7 in October?) Manfred’s report said the Astros stopped using their system at some point in the 2018 season — not because they had a moral epiphany, but “because the players no longer believed it was effective.” But who’s to say? You know who gets off easy here? The players. Manfred’s report said “most of the position players” at least knew about the scheme, but he called it “impractical” to discipline so many, particularly because some now play for other teams. The only player named in the report is Carlos Beltran, the new manager of the New York Mets. But MLB’s investigators, who interviewed 68 characters, have to know from whence the ideas and the orders came. Can’t those individuals be held accountable? What a mess. An organization that thought of itself as redefining how we should think about baseball is in a shambles because of the culture it created. A sport that has embraced technology and data analysis is reeling because it allowed those to mix, unchecked. And with spring training a month away, we’re left not only with the hope that such methods will be abandoned because of better policing and oh, I don’t know - a sense of morals and fair play but with the knowledge that all these shenanigans should have been prevented in the first place.

Analysis: Red Sox’s Alex Cora could be the next to fall in MLB electronic sign-stealing scandal Dave Sheinin The Washington Post

In Major League Baseball’s nine-page investigative report into electronic sign-stealing by the World Series-champion 2017 Houston Astros, which has tainted that title and led to major penalties for the organization and its former brain trust, only one person was called out by name as an “active participant” in the scheme — and he is not currently affiliated with the Astros. Alex Cora, the Astros’ bench coach in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox’s manager since 2018, was named 11 times in the statement from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Cora, according to Manfred, “was involved in developing” the scheme — in which Astros personnel used a center field camera and a video monitor to steal opposing catchers’ signs then transmit them to hitters, primarily by banging on a trash can — and actively “participated” in it. For now, Cora, who led the Red Sox to their own World Series title in 2018, has avoided the fates of former Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow, who were suspended for one year each

Ben Frederickson: Manfred’s hammering of Houston will make cheaters think twice

by Manfred, then subsequently fired by Astros owner Jim Crane on Monday. The Astros were also fined $5 million and forfeited their top two draft picks in 2020 and 2021. But the lack of punishment for Cora is simply a matter of circumstance, and a temporary one at that. MLB, Manfred confirmed in the report, has opened a separate investigation into an alleged similar scheme perpetrated by Cora’s Red Sox, due to be completed in the coming weeks, and is withholding punishment for Cora until then. But one thing is clear: The Red Sox will almost certainly need a new manager in 2020, if not beyond. Given Cora’s heavy involvement in launching and executing the 2017 Astros’ scheme, it is widely expected that he will receive at least as heavy a suspension as Hinch and Luhnow - who, to varying degrees, were found to have known about aspects of the scheme, and did nothing to stop it, but did not actively execute or oversee it. Luhnow, in a statement released through a Houston law firm Monday, placed blame for the scandal squarely on Cora,

saying, “[T]he video decoding of signs originated and was executed with lower-level employees working with the bench coach.” The bigger question is whether Boston’s management will sever ties with Cora in the same way Crane did with Hinch and Luhnow, and the answer could depend on the extent of MLB’s findings into the alleged Red Sox’s scheme. The Red Sox might not be so quick to fire Cora over something that occurred in his previous capacity with the Astros, but would have greater incentive to do so if the alleged Red Sox’s scheme was equally extensive. The existence of the alleged Red Sox scheme also gives Manfred an opening to impose the sort of discipline on Cora that he did not impose on other active participants - namely, the 2017 Astros players. Despite finding the scheme was almost entirely “player-driven,” Manfred did not penalize any of those players, saying such discipline would be “difficult and impractical,” in part because many of those players now play for other teams. That includes former Astros designated hitter Carlos

Beltran, who retired after the 2017 season and was named the manager of the New York Mets this winter. Beltran was the only player from the 2017 Astros cited by name in the report, which said he “discussed that the team could improve on decoding opposing teams’ signs and communicating the signs to the batter.” Beltran will not be disciplined by MLB for his role. Had MLB’s investigation been limited to the 2017 Astros, Cora may have been able to avoid punishment as well, with the Red Sox making the argument that, if players were not penalized in part because some had moved to other teams, Cora, having moved to the Red Sox, should be treated the same way. The 2020 Red Sox, in other words, should not be penalized for something perpetrated by the 2017 Astros. But the apparent existence of the 2018 Red Sox’s scheme, especially if Cora was actively involved, makes it easier for Manfred to justify a penalty for Cora at least as stiff as the one imposed on Hinch and Luhnow. Given his alleged involvement in both schemes, his suspension could be even longer.

Houston, meet humility. No more sneering. No more preening. No more pretending this was no big deal. Major League Baseball’s punishment of the Astros arrived Monday, and the so-called tin-foil-hat wearers turned out to be right. Commissioner Rob Manfred’s hammer fell hard. It had to. Manfred had to make a statement. The commissioner needed to do everything in his power to make it known that decisions that erode the integrity of the game — especially when those decisions are made after pointed warnings about potential ramifications — are going to be punished severely, with the heaviest of blows reserved for leaders who either should have known better, or should have known more. The NCAA could learn a thing or two from Manfred. Imagine if the NFL treated the videotaping Patriots this way. Manfred’s months-long investigation into Houston’s alleged electronic sign stealing during the 2017 season and beyond concluded with one of the most damaging commissioner-to-team punishments in sports history. — One season-long suspension for manager A.J. Hinch, who was fired after the ruling came down. — One season-long suspension for general manager Jeff Luhnow, who was fired after the ruling came down. — One $5 million fine, the highest allowed by the Major League constitution. — One docked draft pick in each of the first and second rounds in both upcoming drafts, totaling four stripped picks altogether. — One glaring and damning indictment of St. Louis native and Astros owner Jim Crane’s baseball operation, which was sharply criticized by Manfred not just for its broken ethical compass when it came to on-field competition, but for an ugly win-atall costs culture in general. More fallout will come. Former Astros bench coach turned Red Sox manager Alex Cora, protected (for now) by the league’s still-active investigation into sign-stealing allegations about the 2018 Red Sox, is mentioned prominently in the Houston report as a key player in the camera-based sign-stealing. The Red Sox should go ahead and fire him now. Why wait? Give Crane credit for that, at least. He correctly fired Hinch and Luhnow as soon as the commissioners report was released. “Neither one of them started this, but neither one of them did anything about it,” Crane said during his press conference in Houston. Luhnow had been told by Crane to locate and eliminate any wrongdoing after Manfred’s September 2017 warning to teams about the significant punishments that would await those caught violating the league’s signstealing policies. On top of that, the former Cardinals executive was largely responsible for a toxic culture that produced leaders like Brandon Taubman, the assistant general manager who was fired during the 2019 World Series after he

berated a group of female journalists after the American Championship League Series. Manfred went out of his way to take down an Astros approach that had turned off anyone who got close enough to smell the stench, calling Houston’s culture things like, “very problematic” and “insular” and “one that valued and rewarded results over other considerations.” It was this win-at-allcosts culture that helped lead to the existing rift between the Astros and the Cardinals, Luhnow’s former team. The belief that Luhnow, a former Cardinals vice president of scouting and player development, and the Cardinals employees he took with him to Houston took proprietary information from the Cardinals in the process was the launching point of the hacking scandal that landed former Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa in federal prison. Correa was wrong to pillage the Astros database. Duh. Anyone who argues otherwise is out of line. What was mostly ignored, though, was what evidence Correa said he found during his foolish and illegal operation. He claimed then he found proof the Astros sought an unethical edge off the field. We now know Luhnow’s teams created one on it. Correa was banned from baseball for life. His comments don’t sound as crazy as they once seemed. Hinch’s credibility has been shot. While he did not come up with the signstealing system, he did not stop it. And he certainly enjoyed the results. You will hear about how he twice damaged a monitor that players were using to cheat as an attempt to stop the sign-stealing. But don’t forget what he said about sign stealing as rumors of sign stealing stirred. “In reality, it’s a joke,” Hinch once said about the alleged sign-stealing. “It made me laugh, because it’s ridiculous,” was another of Hinch’s memorable lines. And then there was this gem. “The problem that I have is when other people take shots at us outside this competition,” Hinch once said. “When you guys ask me this question, my face, my name is by my quotes. My opinions, my reaction, is all for you guys to tweet out and put on the broadcast. But when we have people that are unnamed — or you guys have sources that are giving you information — I suggest they put their name by it, if they are so passionate about it to comment about my team or my players. There is nothing going on — other than the competition on the field.” Crane mostly said the right things Monday, but his attempt to defend his team’s 2017 World Series championship was laughable. The biggest, brightest star on Crane’s baseball resume has become an asterisk. Baseball’s rules have been bent and broken since the invention of the game. That won’t change. But Manfred’s hammering of Houston reinforces the risk cheaters take. The arrogant Astros have become a humbled and hard-toforget example.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 B7


Man’s explosive anger causes concern for fiancee Dear Abby, I’m engaged to a wonderful guy. He is very sweet, and I’m beyond thankful for him. I wouldn’t trade him for the world. But he has a character flaw that’s hard to ignore. When he gets frustrated, he screams out loud and takes a while to get himself together. DEAR ABBY When he lost his phone on a plane and was angry for hours, he pouted and scowled like the world had just ended. I have a very easygoing personality, and I don’t understand this type of behavior. (He contacted his phone provider, and a new phone was delivered to him within 24 hours.) When I talked to him about his anger, he said sometimes people get frustrated and show emotions. He added that he has noticed this issue, and it’s something he’s been working on for years. What should I do or say the next time we encounter a mishap and he becomes angry? Wondering In Washington, D.C.


Your fiance may be a perfectionist or even have a touch of OCD, which is why he is so hard on himself when he makes a mistake and becomes frustrated. For his own sake (and yours), he needs to find a better way of venting his emotions. While anger is something everyone experiences at one time or another, most people start learning to control it during childhood. While pouting and scowling are acceptable, your fiance “screaming” over losing his cellphone seems over the top. Not only that, it is intimidating. My booklet “The Anger in All of Us and

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The electrocardiogram looks at the electrical impulses in the heart. It is a critical tool for evaluating rhythm disturbances. Despite its limitations, it is a useful tool for looking at problems with blood flow to the heart. The EKG can show changes consistent with poor blood flow to a specific area of the heart (called ischemia, the cause of angina). These are different from the EKG changes of injury, when the heart cells are dying — which is what happens with a myocardial infarction, or heart attack. Over time, the injured cells die completely and form a scar. The scar may have yet another type of EKG finding. The EKG you had with your new doctor was likely this last one, consistent with a scar. So, the EKG can show both your present condition and your past, but it

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isn’t terribly good at determining how long ago the damage might have occurred. I say “consistent with” because the EKG is not perfect. In a recent study, about 5% of routine EKGs showed changes that the computer algorithm read as an inferior myocardial infarction — “inferior” being from the lower part of the heart. Comparing the EKG with more sophisticated testing of the heart, it was found that about Hagar the Horrible half of the people actually had had a heart attack, while the other half had not. A skilled cardiologist was better than the computer at determining old heart attack from a false positive test, but even in the ideal situation, the EKG is not a perfect test for diagnosing old heart attack. I can’t say whether your 2010 episode was a heart attack or if it really was heartburn, but there are at least two lessons. The first is that unexpected chest discomfort should prompt an evaluation. It’s far better to be reassured everything is OK than take the chance of having a catastrophic event, especially when driving. The second is that the Zits EKG isn’t perfect, and your doctor may want to do further testing to examine whether you are at risk for a heart attack now. The more risk factors you have for heart disease, the more likely the EKG was correct. If you are at higher risk, you should be on treatment, including diet, other lifestyle choices and usually medication to prevent another event. Expert groups, such as the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, recommend against EKGs for people at low risk, as it isn’t clear that the benefits outweigh the harms.

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How can an EKG show evidence of an old heart attack? When I went to my new doctor, whom I like very much, I found that they do a lot of things in their office for which I would normally be sent elsewhere. The nurse drew four vials of blood and gave me an EKG. The EKG showed I had a heart attack sometime in the TO YOUR past. After thinking about it, GOOD HEALTH I decided it was in 2010. My friend and I were driving home and I thought I had heartburn. I had terrible pain in my chest, but I managed to drop my friend off at her house and get myself home. I could have passed out and killed us both. What a scary thought! Could you explain how EKGs show past history? I always thought it was a determination of your present condition.

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B8 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 Close to Home


THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME By David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek

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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.

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

Big islands Level 1



(e.g., President Trump wanted to buy it in 2019. Answer: Greenland.) Freshman level 1. The world’s second-largest island after Greenland. 2. The largest island in Asia. 3. Located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. Graduate level 4. The largest of the British Isles. 5. The larger of New Zealand’s two main islands. 6. Tokyo is on this island. PH.D. level 7. Canada’s largest island. 8. The equator crosses this island in Indonesia. 9. The westernmost European country.


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

(Answers tomorrow) Jumbles: DRIFT KNIFE EUREKA HOLLOW Answer: When the sisters started a business together, much of what they did was — WORK-RELATED


Solution to Tuesday’s puzzle

Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit, 1 to 9. For strategies on how to solve Sudoku, visit

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SUPER QUIZ ANSWERS 1. New Guinea. 2. Borneo. 3. Madagascar. 4. Great Britain. 5. South Island. 6. Honshu. 7. Baffin Island. 8. Sumatra. 9. Iceland. 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 Come across 5 __ and ends; hodgepodge 9 Goose __; zeros 13 __ spades; high card 15 Give off a strong odor 16 Dictionary man Webster 17 About 39.37 inches 18 Put down; malign 20 Suffix for keen or mean 21 “__ Miss”; southern univ. 23 Plundered; ransacked 24 Recluse 26 Texter’s giggle 27 Fake 29 Chaos 32 Endures 33 Makes bootees 35 Beanie 37 Flying saucers 38 Chairs & benches 39 Soft cheese 40 Jewel 41 Marshmallow chicks 42 Lying face down 43 Renovate; make over 45 Baby’s underwear 46 “__ we there yet?” 47 Dirtiness 48 Follows stealthily 51 __, dos, tres… 52 Word attached to meal or cake 55 Last month’s holiday 58 __ scraps; meal remnants 60 Bumpkins 61 Finales 62 __ up; blunders 63 __ as an owl 64 Like pinkish cheeks 65 Ariz.-to-New Mex. direction

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DOWN 1 Achieves __; becomes wellknown 2 Frosts a cake 3 Irritating 4 Female animal 5 Neatness 6 Shameful grade 7 Lion’s lair 8 Frying pans 9 __ in; register for 10 Billy __; male animal 11 Fence opening 12 Small outbuilding 14 Palm leaves 19 Deliver the __; produce results 22 Actor __ G. Carroll 25 Pitcher’s delights 27 Sink stopper 28 Not as risky 29 Tiny pieces 30 Fear of heights 31 “The Pine Tree State” 33 Preserve 34 Short rest 36 One’s equal


Tuesday’s Puzzle Solved

Non Sequitur

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38 Part of the school year 39 Unruly youngster 41 Yellowstone & Yosemite 42 Lindbergh & Earhart 44 Suitcase 45 Racket


47 Persnickety 48 Cargo sailboat 49 Asian language 50 Kennel sounds 53 European range 54 Trial run 56 L-P center 57 Commercials 59 Tavern order


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