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12:52 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Rob Edelman: Time Passes

Could the year 1992 be that long ago?

In 1992, a film titled MR. BASEBALL came to movie houses. Tom Selleck starred as Jack Elliot, an aging New York Yankee first-sacker who just four years earlier was the World Series Most Valuable Player. But the previous season, Elliot hit a paltry .235. His superiors are displeased with his penchant for boozing, sleeping around, and giving unsuspecting rookies hotfoots. He may be contrasted to a newcomer, a hot prospect who is described by management as “the real thing.” It’s spring training, this young player is burning up the grapefruit league and he is fated to replace Elliot as the Yankees’ new first baseman. So Elliot’s contract is sold “not to Canada, not to Cleveland” but to the Chunichi Dragons, a Japanese baseball team.

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New York News
7:47 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Local Best-Selling Author And Speechwriter Joseph Persico Has Died

Local best-selling author and speechwriter Joseph E. Persico.
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A best-selling author, historian and speechwriter for then-New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller has died. Joseph Persico was 84.

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Hudson Valley News
7:16 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Annual Labor Day Rally Is Scheduled For Poughkeepsie

An annual Labor Day rally is scheduled in Dutchess County for Monday afternoon.

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Weather
6:44 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Meteorologist Jason Caterina's Morning Forecast

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Today:  Areas of dense fog this morning, otherwise partly to mostly sunny, warm and humid with highs in the low to mid 80s.

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Sports
6:43 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Sports Report: Tony Stewart Hits Wall Twice In NASCAR Sprint Cup Loss

NASCAR:

Tony Stewart will now start focusing on next weekend's NASCAR race in Richmond, Virginia. His return to the track Sunday night ended only a little over halfway through his race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart hit the wall twice. He skipped three NASCAR Sprint Cup races after his car struck and killed a fellow driver in upstate New York. Meanwhile, Kasey Kahne earned his first Sprint Cup win of the season, grabbing the lead on a restart with 23 laps remaining before holding off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout. Both Kahne and Kenseth earned spots in the Chase for the Championship. Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:52 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

David Nightingale: August 2014

It's still summer time, but there've been a few unwelcome yellow leaves in our road.

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New York News
11:54 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Report: New York Can Do More To Prevent Smoking

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking. 

The Cancer Action Network at the American Cancer Society analyzed the state's efforts to combat cancer through screenings, tobacco taxes, smoking bans and restrictions on tanning booths.

While the state won high marks for breast and cervical cancer screening programs and restrictions on where people can smoke, the group says the state should reverse recent cuts in funds for programs to prevent tobacco use.

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New York News
11:51 am
Sun August 31, 2014

Scale Will Matter For NY Casinos

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Less may be more when it comes to opening casinos in New York amid an increasingly competitive gambling environment.

More than a dozen contenders are proposing upstate casino projects. Developers say they've carefully studied the local market to ensure they don't overbuild.

That's a problem that's happened elsewhere as gambling options grow and customers favor casinos within a few hours' drive. This year, four casinos are closing in Atlantic City after facing increased competition from smaller casinos in nearby states like Pennsylvania.

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Hudson Valley News
9:29 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Riverkeeper Holds Beer-Naming Contest

The public has a chance to a name a new beer in the Hudson Valley.

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Hudson Valley News
9:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Orange County Receives HUD Funding For Storm Recovery

Credit Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Three years after Hurricane Irene hit the Hudson Valley, a New York Congressman and other elected officials announced more funding for Orange County for recovery efforts.

Elected officials stood in Middletown Thursday to announce $11.5 million in additional Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief funding for Orange County. Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney says he pushed through a lot of bureaucratic red tape to secure federal investment, and worked with HUD to reallocate funds to fulfill unmet Hurricane Irene recovery needs.

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