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LAKE LUZERNE The Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, August 27 was a huge success! Thank you to everyone in the community and in the church that supported it. We sold 100 dinners and proceeds will benefit Double H Ranch, the Hadley-Luzerne CSD backpack program, and the Welcome Home Initiative (for veterans with war trauma experience). Look for our ham dinner which is coming soon! Wednesday Evening Bible Study at 6:30pm has finished season one of The Chosen, a new series on the life of Christ, and season two will be starting soon. (https://watch. angelstudios.com/thechosen) Rev. Lou Midura’s installation as St. Mary’s Rector was on Saturday, September 11 at 11am. There was an outside reception that followed the installation. “Father Lou” came to St. Mary’s in February of 2021 initially as a deacon. He and his wife Patty have recently moved from Vermont and have been Episcopalian parishioners since 1996. Over the years, he has been involved in many aspects of parish life. He has served as a vestry member, senior and junior warden, treasurer, and stewardship chair. He has also served as a

worship leader, healing prayer member, lay Eucharistic minister, Bible study leader, lay reader, chalice bearer, acolyte, World Vision 30 hour famine leader, and ALPHA coordinator. Outside of church, he has been the VT ALPHA representative, Rutland VT Men’s Correctional Facility ALPHA leader, and New Canaan Society chapter leader. He has led or attended several mission trips to Uganda, Katrina, and Peru. On the diocesan level, he is a worship leader and a member of the Southern Adirondack Deanery. In the community, he has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Community Food Cupboard, the Sunderland VT select board as selectman and chair, and Little League as a coach for 13 years. He has been a foster care parent, international student homestay parent, Fresh Air Fund parent, and World Vision and Compassion child sponsor in his home. He is the recipient of the Manchester, VT Chamber of Commerce Unsung Hero Award in December 2012. Receiving his call to ministry somewhat late in life, Father Lou is a graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts, and was ordained to the priesthood in April 2021. In his secular life, he was

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Call for Kitchen Aprons That Have That Have a Story: LAKE LUZERNE - “Every apron has a story and I am looking for yours.” Please call if you have a vintage apron you would like to donate to the Lake Luzerne Town Historian’s Office. The catch is there must be a true heartwarming story to go along with it. “Short and Sweet is OK” and “As long as you like is OK.” Both a photo of the apron and the story will in turn be incorporated into a small booklet this fall. Aprons will also be displayed from time to time. For further information call Pam Morin 518-6967184.

Community Caregivers’ Lunchtime Chat Schedule CAPITAL DISTRICT September 2021 - All are welcome! Please dial-in to hear about interesting topics – it’s free and easy to join! Simply call 518-9926661. Or let us know if you want us to dial you in! Friday, Sept. 24. 1 pm - The Life of Jane Goodall and Her Work to Save the Chimpanzees Tuesday, Sept. 28. 1 pm - The Amazing Adventures of Mark Twain Friday, October 1. 1 pm - Five Rivers Environmental Center: A Local Gem - Carolyn Dunn, Development and Outreach Coordinator And Friends of Five Rivers, Inc.


4-H to Host Military Kids Fishing Derby SARATOGA COUNTY Saratoga County 4-H will be hosting a Fishing Derby for youth of military families on Saturday, September 25th from 10:00am2:00pm The FREE event will take place at the 4-H Training Center on Middleline Rd. in Ballston Spa. Youth participants will receive a free fishing pole, and youth and families will receive tee-shirts. Lunch will also be provided to all participants. “4-H has a long tradition of working with military families. The “Operation Military Kids” program when it existed was a great program. These families sacrifice so much for us, and any little thing that we can do in return for them is special”…said 4-H Issue Leader, Greg Stevens. This event is put on with support from the New York State Conservation Officer Association, Avery’s Trout Hatchery, and Wiggly Worm Bait Supply. Space is limited to 50 youth plus their families. You must pre-register! Please come out and enjoy a day of fishing and fun at the 4-H Training Center. If you have any questions or to register, please contact the 4-H at CCE Saratoga at 518-885-8995.

Call to Volunteers HADLEY - It’s time to plan the Holiday on the Hudson event for the first weekend of December and perhaps beyond. ALL community enthusiasts, department heads, organizational chairpersons and church leaders are encouraged to gather on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at the Hadley Smead Park Pavilion 6:30PM to enjoy a cup of soup and discuss our upcoming winter activities. Questions or to share ideas contact Sue Wilder 518-696-4947 or Roni Shuman 518-696-3694.

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Plan to address bus driver shortage Hochul’s effort will reach out to licensed commercial drivers ByLINE: LAUREN STANFORTH

ALBANY - Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office Sunday announced what it calls a multi-agency plan to try to get desperately needed drivers into school buses across the state. The effort includes reaching out to already licensed commercial drivers to gauge their interest in being hired by school districts and independent bus companies, as well as using Department of Labor information to possibly recruit drivers who are currently unemployed. Also, the state Department of Motor Vehicles is expediting the process for CDL completion by removing the 14-day waiting period between the permit test and the road tests, and will work with county DMVs to increase capacity to administer written exams and road tests.

Traditionally, it can take up to 12 weeks for a new candidate to be able to drive a bus. Hochul’s office also said New York will also open up new CDL driver testing sites by partnering with SUNY, the Thruway Authority, New York Racing Association, and the Office of General Services to use large lots on their various sites for the road test. For school staff who currently hold a CDL, the state will set up expedited testing to obtain a permit to drive vans and buses temporarily. The shortage of bus drivers, which is part of overall employment shortages during the coronavirus pandemic, has greatly impacted some school districts and their ability to once again provide full in-person school in the wake of the pandemic shutdown in March 2020. One of the most dramatic fallouts was in Rochester city schools, where the first day of Please see DRIVERS 5

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Man who killed wife fights for job Teacher, serving 5-year probation, working to keep his certification ByLINE: WENDY LIBERATORE

LAKE GEORGE - In 2019, a seventh-grade science teacher who accidentally shot and killed his wife fought to stay out of jail. Now, he’s fighting to keep his teaching certification. Eric Rosenbrock, who was sentenced to five years probation in the death of his wife, Ashley, will have to face a state Education Department hearing to determine his right to teach in New York, said David Taffany, the attorney who represented him when he pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the November 2018 shooting. And while he awaits the hearing, it appears Rosenbrock continues to work for the district. While the district’s interim superintendent, all of its Board of Education

members and the head of the local teachers’ union, will not speak about Rosenbrock’s status at the district, two parents in the district and a retired teacher, all of whom agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, said he’s back “helping out,” but not teaching. One parent said he is signing in students who work remotely during the pandemic. Rosenbrock’s work in the district appears to have caused no outward signs of controversy. One parent who spoke to the Times Union said he was fine with it, while another admitted she’s “not so sure.” Rosenbrock, who shot his wife in the torso in November 2018 while cleaning a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, had been paid by the district throughout his arrest, indictment on second-degree manslaughter charges and now probation after his guilty plea on Sept. 23, 2019. The New York State Teachers’ Retirement System has indicated that Rosenbrock had no interruption in his Please see TEACHER 12

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The Town of Hadley will be picking up leaves and brush the week of November 1 through the 5th •DO NOT BAG LEAVES •BRUSH No larger than 4 inches in diameter and no longer than 6 feet •Keep brush separated from leaves •No streets designated for certain days •Please have your leaves and brush by the road on November 1st. Submitted by: Highway Superintendent, Andy Gilbert Thank you, Pauline G. Smead, Town Clerk

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Tri-Town Seniors Trip The Tri-Town Seniors has one last trip for 2021, it is to the Log Cabin in Holyok, MA on October 14, 2021. It is a luncheon served family style with a show after. The show is American Bandstand with music of the 50’s and 60’s. The bus loads at the Corinth Fire House at 7:45 AM and returns around 6:45 PM. We will stop enroute for a break. If interested please call Linda Walsh 518-654-2506 or Judy Hughes 518-6963391.

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school had to be delayed while local and statewide leaders scrambled to come up with a plan that would get all students to school in-person. In the Capital Region, Bethlehem schools sent out a parent survey in late August asking people to be honest about their transportation needs - and to drive their children to school if they could. State Assemblyman Michael Lawler, R-Pearl River, Rockland County, recently advocated for activating the National Guard to bus students, as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker did. “Our schools and public health officials have moved mountains to ensure our children receive an in-person education this year, and we are leaving no stone unturned to make sure schools have

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Town of Greenfield Historical Society - Saratoga County Small Museum Open House GREENFIELD - The Town of Greenfield Historical Society will be participating in the Saratoga County Small Museum Open House, which is being organized by Brookside Museum. The event will be held the weekend of September 25 and 26, 2021 from noon – 5 PM Purchase a passport from Brookside Museum for $5 for the car load. There will be a list of all museums open in Saratoga County. Have your passport stamped at each museum you attend. Each museum will have a displayed artifact able to be photographed by participants as part of a digital treasurer hunt. The Town of Greenfield Historical Society Museum is the IOOF Hall / Chatfield Museum of local history and is located at 440 Middle Grove Rd Middle Grove NY. Please stop

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22nd Annual Halloween Pug & Pumpkin Party LAKE LUZERNE - “The Wonder of Warlocks, Witches & Wizards Part II Live. Sunday, September 26, 2021. 11am-3pm. At Pavilion Park, Rt. 9N, Lake Luzerne. 10 contests including Non-Pug and Best Kisser. For info. Pam Morin 518-696-7184, pammorin@frontiernet.net

The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County - National Voter Registration Day SARATOGA COUNTY - The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Saratoga County is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. On September 28, 2021, LWV Saratoga County volunteers, with the assistance of the Adirondack Women’s Bar Association, will register voters at the following locations: Clifton Park, Stewarts, Crescent Rd, 1pm to 6pm Gansevoort/Wilton Stewarts, Ballard Rd, 2:30pm to 5:30pm Saratoga Springs, ACC Wilton Campus, 10:30am to 2pm Presbyterian NE Congregational Church, Circular St, 11:30am to 1:30pm SSPHA Vanderbilt Parking lot, 9am to 2pm Saratoga YMCA, 290 West Ave, 8am to 12pm Stewarts 402 Lake Avenue, 10am to 2pm Saratoga Hospital, 8am to 2pm Schuylerville, Ben and Jerry’s , 1pm to 4pm Stewarts 208, Broad St, 1pm to 5pm This year, the LWV of Saratoga County is partnering with Stewarts

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Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser with Betsy and The Byegons SARATOGA/WILTON - Come welcome Autumn with our own fundraiser “Oktoberfest 21,” for Cerebral Palsy, on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge from 6-10PM. Put on your dancing shoes and casual attire while movin’ and groovin’ with Betsy and the ByeGons. This band entertains crowds, playing 60,s and 70’s Pop, Classic Rock and Country music in Saratoga and the Capital bread and Black Forest cake is included in the ticket price. A cash bar and Fall themed raffle baskets Region. The cost for the evening is $20 per person. Reservations only; call Judy- 518-587-5568 for table seating with your friends. A German meal of pulled pork, red cabbage, sausage/bratwurst, potato salad, pumpernickel will be available for your enjoyment, along with some SURPRISES. Your donations will support services and programs for individuals with CP and resources for their families. Join with the Saratoga/Wilton Ladies Auxiliary for Fun, Friendship and Fundraising! Unvaccinated persons should be masked and any other recommendations that might be set for October 1st.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Letter to the Editor The taxpayers of Corinth should see the truth regarding the PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes) and Real Property Tax Law (RPTL)-485-B business exemptions awarded to local companies and nonprofits by the Village and Town Boards. PILOTs are exemptions from property taxes in exchange for lump sum payments, and the business exemptions are partial exemptions from taxation. These PILOTs and exemptions are extorting Corinth’s tax paying public. Indeck Energy, which operates a power plant in Corinth, held a 20-year PILOT, which recently ended. The full assessment value of the plant at today’s rate is $71 million. Indeck is currently suing the Village and Town to lower its assessment to $41 million, and thereby lower its tax payments. If Indeck paid taxes based on its full assessment ($71 million), the Corinth School District, Village and Town of Corinth would receive a combined total of $1,813,720 in tax revenue (see table below for breakdown). If Indeck prevails in its lawsuit, the Corinth School District, town and village will lose a total of $766,200.00 in tax revenue. Today’s Tax Rate Tax Revenue Corinth School District $12.36 / $1,000 $877,560.00 Village of Corinth $5.20 / $1,000 $369,580.00 Town of Corinth $7.98 / $1,000 $566,580.00 Total - $1,813,720.00 In 2014, the Hudson River Community Credit Union, a not-for-profit cooperative, received a business exemption for renovations to their headquarters, located at 1 Third St. in Corinth. Approval of the exemption was contingent upon spending at least $10,000 on renovations, which was no small feat, considering that the building was BRAND NEW at the time and could not possibly need renovations. Nonetheless, the exemption took effect in 2014 and won’t expire until 2023. For just $10,000 in building improvements, HRCCU got a ten-year tax cut on a brand-new building. The full assessment value of HRCCU’s office headquarters at today’s rate is $1.87 million. HRCCU sued the Village and Town of Corinth and lost, but the local boards still dropped their assessment to $1,432.500.00. Why??? As a result of the lowered assessment, the Corinth School District, Village, and Town are experiencing yearly losses of $11,173.74, for the 10-year exemption period. All these PILOT agreements and exemptions are negotiated behind closed doors, and at great cost to the taxpayers, who also happen to pay the attorneys that agree to these losses. Why aren’t Corinth’s elected officials working for the people who elected them? Assuming the Village Planning Board approves the Site Plan application of RISE, a not-for-profit organization that is looking to build a 60-unit, low-income housing project on Pine St. in Corinth, RISE will be seeking a 20-year PILOT agreement. The proposed building has a price tag of $15 million OR $250,000 per apartment, not including the assessment value of the acres of Hudson River waterfront property upon which the building would be situated. At today’s current assessment value, the Corinth School District could receive $185,400.00 per year; the Village of Corinth could receive $78,000.00; and the Town of Corinth could receive $119,700.00, but only if the local Boards do not agree to a PILOT for RISE. RISE’s proposed project offers just eight jobs and no other specific benefits to the community. A PILOT for eight jobs is not a fair deal. If everyone paid their fair share of taxes, including the above companies and nonprofits, our community would see sustainable economic growth. It's time to go to the Corinth Village and Town Boards and demand transparency and accountability, as we are on the brink of venturing into another PILOT agreement. John Tangora 16 Wall St Corinth, NY 12822 Phone # (518) 331-2676 1 The information in this letter was obtained from the clerks of the Village and Town of Corinth and the tax assessor of the Town of Corinth.

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service to the district in the time between the shooting and June 2021. The retirement system, however, does not have any reports on service beyond that date and can’t say if Rosenbrock is being paid now. Seethroughny.org indicates that the district paid him $63,034 in 2019, the year the criminal case was resolved in Saratoga County court. As reported by The Post-Star in a September 2020 article, the district agreed to pay Rosenbrock while on leave and that “he may be assigned work, which will be structured and provided by the district’s superintendent of schools or designee’ as long as the work takes place off site.”I t is unclear what jobs he’s held in the district. The district’s then-superintendent, Lynne Rutnik, would never address his status. Rutnik left the school district over the summer to take a job with the Schenectady school district. On Tuesday, the Times Union called the high school office, asking to be connected to Rosenbrock. After being put on hold, the receptionist said “he wasn’t in the room” that she thought he would be and took a message. He did not call back. The state Department of Education website indicates Rosenbrock is still certified to teach science in grades 7-12. It also indicates that “upon receiving notification of conviction from a district attorney, the Commissioner of Education must begin proceedings against the convicted individual.” And that “the determination may result in additional action taken against the individual related to his or her license or certification.” State education officials would not “confirm or deny the existence of an investigation” into Rosenbrock’s license as a means to “protect the fairness and integrity of our processes.” However, in a written statement, officials said, “we take all allegations of misconduct against educators extremely seriously.” “Part 83 of the commissioner’s regulations authorizes the Education Department to investigate allegations of lack of good moral character lodged against certified educators. An educator facing charges in accordance with Part 83 is afforded the opportunity for a full due process hearing. At issue when the Department initiates a Part 83 proceeding is whether the certified educator has the ‘good moral character’ to retain the certificate they hold.” Douglas Gerhardt, who has practiced education law for 25 years, said “good moral character” is not defined by the law and therefore remains fuzzy. “It’s not clear what it is,” Gerhardt said. “Someone gets a DWI. Is that a question of moral character? If it’s a single DWI with no accident, no one injured, generally speaking, in case law, the answer is no. Someone has a repetitive, four or five

DWIs, that becomes a moral character question.” He also said that the process at the Education Department can be initiated by the school district itself and that a teacher can lose his or her certification either permanently or temporarily, depending on what the Education Department decides. When asked if there are teachers in the state system who have felony convictions, he said he couldn’t say because if a teacher is found to have “good moral character” the decision is not disclosed “because it would have a negative impact on the person.” Rosenbrock, who lives in Corinth, is in his second year of a five-year probation sentence. The plea agreement allowed him to avoid up to 15 years in prison for an indictment on a charge of second-degree manslaughter. The felony complaint against Rosenbrock stated he was “aware of and consciously disregarded a substantial and unjustifiable risk that his action may cause the death of an individual in gross deviation from the standard of conduct a reasonable person would observe in a situation.” A brochure from the New York City Bar Association notes that state law makes it illegal to deny a job or fire someone from an existing job based solely on a criminal record unless “there is a direct relationship between your past conviction(s) and the job you want; or hiring you would involve an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety of others.” Rosenbrock always said the shooting, which took place at the family’s home, was an accident, saying the gun discharged while he assembled the weapon to prepare for a hunting trip. Ashley Rosenbrock, the mother of his three children, was taken to Saratoga Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Rosenbrock’s in-laws supported him throughout the case, with his mother-in-law, Lorraine Tefft, saying at sentencing that she never blamed Rosenbrock for her daughter’s death. However, Judge James Murphy III said that Rosenbrock was negligent when he cleaned a loaded gun inside of his home while watching television. “There are far more reasonable ways of cleaning a firearm: outside the house where no one is present, away from people,” Murphy said. “These are common-sense things to think about, but for some reason at the time that was not going through your head. So unfortunately, you appear here today in this very strange circumstance, having not intended the consequences, but being held responsible for the conduct.” This was the second death to strike the Rosenbrock home. In January 2013, the couple’s 1-year-old baby Vivienne Rosenbrock died of sepsis pneumonia. A scholarship in her name is awarded to a Lake George high school senior each spring.


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OPINION Why Democrats Can't Pay for Their Ambitions By Rich Lowry

Benjamin Franklin was right about death and taxes, but new taxes only become inevitable when a Democrat is elected president, and here we are. The House Ways and Means Committee released an outline of tax proposals to offset President Biden's jaw-dropping spending plans, and it's the expected assortment of tax increases on business and the affluent that Democrats like to pretend can fund a social welfare state of the sort that Bernie Sanders has long pined and advocated for. The individual tax rate would increase from 37% to 39.6%, the capital gains rate from 20% to 25%, and the corporate tax rate from 21% to 26.5 %, among sundry other provisions befitting the hideously complex U.S. tax regime. It's a sign of the scope of Biden plans that the committee version represents a step back from his tax proposals, yet still clocks in at an enormous $2.2 trillion in estimated new revenue over ten years. The corporate taxes are particularly noxious. Democrats love the politics of taxing corporations, based on the lazy and wrongheaded idea that the corporate tax is the way to stick it to executives and shareholders. To the contrary, if businesses are taxed at a higher rate, they have less resources available the capital investments that improve worker productivity over time. This ultimately means lower wages for workers. It is telling that no one is talking about going back up to the pre-Trump rate of 35%. According to the Tax Foundation, a top corporate rate of 28%, the level that Biden favors, would once again give the U.S. the highest rate in the OECD at 32.3% once state level corporate taxes are factored in as well. France currently has the highest rate but is set to reduce it next year. What's the sense in instantly making the business environment in the United States less favorable and giving a competitive advantage to foreign countries? While the Way and Means draft rejects Biden proposals such as taking the

capital gains rate all the way up to 39% (!), it does everything it can to try to hold anyone making less than $400,000 harmless. As The Washington Post puts it, "The efforts are designed to avoid even the appearance of affecting middle- and lower-income households." This is where the Democrats are willing to talk the talk about a cradleto-grave welfare state, but not walk the walk. There can be no European-style welfare state, at least not sustainably so, without European-style taxes. The dirty secret about the Scandinavian countries that the left constantly holds up as a model is that they aren't afraid to tax the middle class. These alleged models of social justice tax more than we do and tax much more broadly, realizing that taxing the rich and corporations isn't enough to fund extensive and generous social programs. The Tax Foundation calculates that if the U.S. had a tax system comparable to Denmark, we would be taxing all income over $70,000 at 55.9%, Denmark's top rate. The Ways a nd Mea ns ta x hi kes wou ld , su re enoug h, create Denmark-like rates. As Robert Frank of CNBC notes, the combined state and federal top tax rates in New York City would be 61.2%, in California 59.7%, and in New Jersey 57.2%. But the rates wouldn't reach down into the middle class. In fact, Democrats from high state taxes are determined to raise the cap on federal tax deductions for state and local taxes -- limited in Donald Trump's tax reform -- to reduce the tax bite on their relatively affluent constituents. Maybe don't increase taxes in the first place? Indeed, rather than trying to spend historic amounts of money while their slender majorities last, it'd be better for the country if Democrats sought to fund their priorities by reallocating dollars within the already vast federal budget. But standing the aforementioned Benjamin Franklin on his head, they believe that a trillion saved is a trillion wasted. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.

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Where were you the day Elvis died? If you a re you nger t ha n 4 4 you were just a gleam in your daddy's eye, or your momma's, but back in the day, those of us in TV news biz used to amuse ourselves by debating the lineup, the order of stories, of the evening broadcasts on the three networks. That's back when there were just three who carried the prestigious (translate pompous) national and international news, with their 800-pound gorilla anchors Walter Cronkite at t he "CB S E ven i ng News," John Chancellor of " N B C Nig ht ly News," ABC's grand experiment with Barbara Walters and Harry Reasoner. They were called 800-pound gorillas because as highly paid anchors they got their way, except for Waters and Reasoner, who didn't get along at all. As a personal aside, I inter v iewed for my first network job in 1979 at NBC with the news d i v i s i on's pr e s i d e nt Bill Small, who had a well-deserved reputation wavering between hard-nosed and downright nasty. I expected the question: "What did you think of the 'Nightly' lineup last night?" And I expected he'd respond that whatever I said was wrong. So rather than giving a tactful, wishy-washy interview critique, I was fully honest and argued point by point w ith Small. We parted on what I thought

were bad terms, but a week later I got the job. The point is that the network shows' lead story often made for a lively discussion. It was sometimes obvious, but not necessarily. On Aug. 16, 1977, in late afternoon, the word seeped out and then was confirmed: Elvis Presley, the "King of Rock and Roll," had died of a heart attack at age 42. By today's cable news reality, it would have been a no-brainer. Not only would that be the lead story, but it would have been the ONLY story. But back in yesteryear, 1977, those who ran the broadcasts considered themselves journalistic saviors. And while NBC and ABC led with Presley, the lah-di-dah news lords at CBS led with some microscopic, inside-the-beltway development in the debate over the Panama Canal Treaty. Fast-forward to today's high-tech 24-hour cycle and social media where each and every one of us is a news lord, and a bitter argument between conspiracy theorists who strenuously argue that Elvis never died and those who don't give a damn. In modern times, the conspiracy theorists are represented by QAnon, and their Elvis is Donald Trump. But even after his loss at the polls (he really did lose) and Joe Biden's victory (he didn't really steal the election) there still is a network nightly newscast and producers and anchors who decide

the lineup. These days, it's a difficult choice or an easy one - - t he y c a n't b e wrong. On any given day this week, the lead can be Afghanistan, where Joe Biden's sudden withdrawal of troops was either a success story or an unmitigated calamity, or a weather disaster, hurricane high winds, followed by massive floods, forest fires or stif ling heat waves -- some sort of climate change apocalypse. There's a global pandemic, where in the United States, COVID has resurged just when we ex pec ted it to be tamped down because of a vaccine. It's consuming us once again because of American paranoia over shots. Occasionally there's a gruesome shooting massacre, and infrequently, there is something particularly outrageous about Donald Trump. Oftentimes, it's what happens last. When Elvis died late in the day, technical limitations made it impossible to fully give it the network treatment. So if it occurs too late, the nets will turn to local news "happy talk" reporters, and their "if it bleeds, it leads" mentality. It's not all that absolute, but the next time a rock 'n' roll superstar dies or a significant political event occurs, CBS will lead with the rock 'n' roll star. Bob Franken is an Emmy Award-winning reporter who covered Washington for more than 20 years with CNN.


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May shots fired case leads to arrest ALBANY -- A 26-yearold city man has been charged in a shots fired incident that occurred in May on Grand street, police said Friday. The man was arrested following an investigation by detectives from the Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigation Unit of a 6:25 p.m. report of shots fired on May 22 at Grand and VanZandt streets. Officers at the scene found evidence and "learned through their investigation that a man had fired several .40 caliber rounds at another man while on Grand Street," police said. No injuries were reported. The suspect was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a

weapon. He was arraigned Friday in Albany City Criminal Court and sent to the Albany County Jail. Kenneth C. Crowe II

Man facing drugs, weapons charges An Albany man was arrested in Newburgh Tuesday night after State Police said they found he had cocaine and a stolen, loaded pistol during a traffic stop. A State Police news release said troopers pulled over the 38-year-old man around 10:25 p.m. on I-87 in Newburgh for "multiple vehicle and traffic violations." The troopers established probable cause to search the man's vehicle, which led them to discover approximately 31 grams of cocaine, a Smith and Wesson M&P pistol loaded with seven rounds of ammunition and extra ammunition in a bag, according to the news release. The news release did not say how the troopers were able to establish probable cause. Police said they learned the gun was stolen through further investigation and confirmed it with the Lamar County Sheriff's Office in Barnesville, Ga. Troopers arrested the man and transported him to the Newburgh State Police facility where he was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree possession of stolen property among other related charges, authorities said. Shayla Colon

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HOUSE OF THE WEEK 16 Kings Road, Gansevoort

Photos by Christy B Photography The house was built in 2000 and has Arts and Crafts architectural features.

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his week’s selection is a home in Wilton, in the hamlet of Gansevoort. Built in 2000, the one-floor home has a deep porch inspired by Arts and Crafts style architecture and an open layout inside. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house and another bedroom and bathroom in a gest cottage on the 1.42-acre property. The main house has 3,100 square feet of living space. Highlights include a stone fireplace and a screened deck in the back, as well as landscaping replete with LEIGH stonework and perennials. HORNBECK The property also includes an in-ground pool and a garage. HOUSE OF Saratoga Springs schools. THE WEEK Taxes: $5,499. List price: $859,000. Contact listing agent Dona Federico of Select Sotheby’s International Realty at 518-421-6753.

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From top: the screened porch; the living space features a fireplace; the kitchen; At far left: the in-ground pool.

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