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Bugs — a satire

Bugs — a satire

New York State’s political world was turned upside-down this week by the abrupt resignation of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has been credibly accused of being a meat suit filled with centipedes.

Kids’ Almanac (5/10-5/17)

Kids’ Almanac (5/10-5/17)

Young Eagles Day at the Kingston Airport features free 20-minute plane rides for kids; make-your-own kaleidoscope at the Emerson; free admission for community residents at Olana; Spring Family Days at Poughkeepsie Farm Project and KTD Monastery in Woodstock

Habits of the heart

Habits of the heart

In his remarkable Democracy in America, published in an English translation in 1840, Alexis de Tocqueville famously wrote about the importance of popular participation in private associations and local authorities in encouraging “habits of the heart” through performing civic tasks such as serving on school boards. These intermediary institutions between a central government and its citizens, he wrote, were essential to maintaining individual liberty.

Moving on up

Moving on up

“En garde!” the director called. The gym echoed with the clang of blade on blade, and the squeak of shoe on polyurethane. My heart hammered in my chest — was that nerves, or just the tight embrace of the fencing jacket I hadn’t tried to squeeze into since 1998? One point, I prayed, with fervor. Don’t fall, don’t die, don’t be a wreck. Just land one touch.

Hugh Reynolds: A farewell to John Bonacic

Hugh Reynolds: A farewell to John Bonacic

Bonacic’s retirement announcement last week did not come as a huge surprise to those who follow these things. He’s been inching toward the door for at least the last two terms, allowing speculation to foment before returning to the lists. He will be 76 in June. His signature achievement after 20 years in the House of Lords was the opening this year of the near-billion-dollar Resorts World Catskills in Sullivan County.

Fascinating facts about the Evening Star

Fascinating facts about the Evening Star

The night’s brightest object is the Moon, of course. But the second-brightest? Surprisingly, most people don’t know. That’s why a dazzling apparition can now dominate the western sky, shining a hundred times more brightly than the brightest stars, and yet travel incognito. It’s Venus, the Evening Star, and she’s in her glory from now through August.