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Updated Jun 24, 2015 at 1:16 PM

A snake’s journey into a power substation shut off the lights in Apex, N.C., the News-Observer reports. That single snake’s misguided meandering sparked the power outage.This wasn’t the first time Apex residents were left in the dark, courtesy of a sneaky serpent seeking a snack. “This happened last year, too,” said the town’s spokesperson. “I’m serious. This exact same thing.”The town has mesh fencing around the...

Posted Jun 20, 2015 at 2:01 AM

In 1980, New York City had just emerged from borderline bankruptcy. The city was crime-ridden, full of abandoned buildings, streets overflowing with trash, its outer boroughs mired in depression and losing population. Times Square was virtually a...

Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 12:43 PM

Understanding that headline takes more reader patience than usual: First, the news behind the A-E Column. “Amid a sweeping corruption scandal that has rocked world football in the past week, Sepp Blatter announced that he will resign as...

Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 2:18 PM

The 2016 presidential election grows closer by the minute. Can you feel the excitement?Neither can I.

Updated Jun 14, 2015 at 8:55 PM

Even as local government budgets become leaner, policy makers struggle to balance the ledger. One area of spending continues to be a burden with no real end in sight—corrections.

Posted Jun 12, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Hard as it is to believe, the centennial year of World War I is upon us. In keeping with the events of that era, I have begun locating and photographing the burial places of the veterans of World War I in Ontario County.More than 2,000...

Updated Jun 10, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Turkey’s electorate has voted for democracy and the rule of law over incipient dictatorship, a most positive development. In June 7 parliamentary elections, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) was abandoned by many voters. The...

Updated Jun 9, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Time erodes the memory as do wind and rain the earth. Fortunately for us, in both environments, appreciable monuments remain as testimonials to the past.Fifty years ago, it was unimportant how I got where I was or that I had had little...

Posted Jun 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM

May is over now, and I hope that you were inspired, as I am sure the recent college graduates were, by all of those wonderful, positive commencement speeches that you have no doubt seen or heard clips of. Having had the privilege of delivering a...

Updated Jun 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM

 Twelve years into the American intervention in Iraq, the things opponents — yes, there were opponents to George W. Bush’s invasion, including me — warned about have come true: an Iraqi civil war, spreading...

Updated Jun 7, 2015 at 10:02 AM

What kind of government is best? Smaller? Cheaper? More accessible? More accountable? More responsive to constituent needs?  The question of whether a village government should exist — which the voters of Macedon will be...

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