A Bird Of Courage And A Bash In Denmark: The July 4 You Didn't Know

Independence Day is typically filled with revelry — many people drink American beer, shoot explosives into the sky and rock red, white and blue apparel that may not be appropriate for everyday wear. It's also a day full of interesting, quirky history that people usually don't talk about between filling their mouths with hot dogs and singing The Star Spangled Banner off-key.But if you're destined to spend your holiday at, say, a company cookout, here are five things you may not have known...
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As they rapidly run out of cash, Greece's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position.For months, as this crisis has intensified people have been slowly withdrawing their money. The banks have been able to do business only because of emergency loans from the European Central Bank.But when Greece missed a payment to the International Monetary Fund this week, the ECB decided not to lend any more money."That puts the Greek banks in a tremendous squeeze. Because money keeps coming out and...
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"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics to think about the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

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Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy’s fourth “State of the County” tour gets underway next week.

Several dozen people will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States during naturalization ceremonies being held on the Fourth of July at three upstate New York locations.

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It turns out Thomas Bull wasn't much of a patriot after all.

Authorities in western Connecticut have identified a man found dead inside a well after an apparent accident.

Independence Day is typically filled with revelry — many people drink American beer, shoot explosives into the sky and rock red, white and blue apparel that may not be appropriate for everyday wear. It's also a day full of interesting, quirky history that people usually don't talk about between filling their mouths with hot dogs and singing The Star Spangled Banner off-key.

But if you're destined to spend your holiday at, say, a company cookout, here are five things you may not have known about Independence Day that you can use as conversation starters:

I finally reached the outskirts of my community after a 5-mile, uphill bike ride from the town where I go to buy groceries.

Hot, exhausted and loaded down with rice, bananas and mangoes, I didn't have the energy to go the final few hundred yards to reach the compound where I live.

Luckily, I didn't have to.

From the distance I heard cries of "n be Wumpini lo lo ni." That means "Welcome home my sister Wumpini." (That's my local name; it means God's gift.)

(Airs 7/3/15) The Legislative Gazette is a weekly program about New York State Government and politics. On this week's Gazette: A wage board appointed by the Governor says it will authorize a substantial raise for fast food workers, our political observer Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on his conversation with John Kaeney, the Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, and residents of Northern NY are looking forward to getting back to normal after two prison escapees freedom comes to an end.

As they rapidly run out of cash, Greece's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position.

For months, as this crisis has intensified people have been slowly withdrawing their money. The banks have been able to do business only because of emergency loans from the European Central Bank.

But when Greece missed a payment to the International Monetary Fund this week, the ECB decided not to lend any more money.

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