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Grades scandal leaves an ugly stain

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Eighteen years.
That’s the lifespan of a college freshman.
If you were born in 1993, you could be old enough to enroll at the University of North Carolina by 2010 and thus step onto a campus rich in sports tradition.
I’m talking most notably, of course, about the Tar Heels’ success on the basketball court, where the men’s team has won the NCAA tournament five times, most recently in 2009.
Well, no, that’s not what I’m talking about.
Terrific Friday features Menegon, Fleck

Terrific Friday features Menegon, Fleck

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
What a great Friday night! Local shows scheduled include Johnny Mathis, Primus, John Menegon, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn playing together and Lip Talk.

Hunt for sika deer a Bucket List trophy

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
I was surprised when I arrived last Thursday at the Davenport Game Preserve for my sika deer hunt — there was no one at the lodge. I was about an hour early and anxious. When that hour turned into an hour and a half, I called my friend and preserve manager Jerry Wilson to see where he was. “I’m home [Pennsylvania], Ed,” he said. “The hunt is tomorrow.”

Boscov’s tells story of century in ad series

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
I’ve been reading the history of Boscov’s in serial form, thanks to the vignettes the department store is publishing in its advertising circulars.

Sabres are doing it right

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The Schalmont football team is too good for its own good.
One of the creative challenges for the coaching staff, whose team is averaging 63 points a game, is figuring out how not to score.
Does that make any sense?

Siena perfect fit for Cole

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Patrick Cole didn’t want to get into much detail about why he missed a few days of practice this past week. There was a shooting back home, in Newark, N.J., a childhood friend died and he needed to leave the Siena College campus for a few days.

Winston needs to grow up

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
They say that the best defense is a good offense, and in the case of Jameis Winston, a good offense is one that stalls, kills clock and keeps the ball out of the opposition’s hands.
I’m not talking about Florida State’s huge game against Notre Dame tonight, which will hold a spotlight that puts the rest of college football in the shadows.
No, Winston and his high-profile lawyer, David Cornwell, have the lead in Florida State’s attempt to schedule a code-of-conduct hearing examining whether he committed sexual misconduct and/or endangerment.

John Philip Sousa and his St. Johnsville friend

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
John Philip Sousa, “The March King” who composed “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” unsuccessfully courted a woman from the Mohawk Valley and remained a close friend of hers through the years.

Holiday no day of rest for rangers

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Enough people had time off for Columbus Day weekend that it became a busy weekend for Adirondack Park forest rangers, who didn’t.

Women's pro tour returning

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
In an era when male bowlers are struggling to make a living on the PBA Tour, women bowlers are finally getting another chance at their own professional tour
Janis Ian at Eighth Step, says new album is about astonishment, survival

Janis Ian at Eighth Step, says new album is about astonishment, survival

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Promising new songs onstage at the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theater on Sunday, Janis Ian said on Monday that “I’m Still Standing."

Darden sweep a lesson for boards

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
At last Friday’s annual meeting, Darden Restaurants shareholders voted out all 12 members of the company’s board and elected a dozen new directors nominated by Starboard Value L.P., an activist hedge fund.

Fish still biting on local waters despite weather

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
It might be a bit colder and windy at times, but the fish are biting. Those tournament guys and gals are catching some very nice bass on our area’s lakes and rivers. Clifton Park anglers Jim Clyne and Dan Brinsko proved that Saratoga Lake still has some trophy-sized largemouths out there.

Scorch, we hardly knew ye

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
For the first time since a caveman rubbed two sticks together, fire has been fired.

A new king reigns at Union

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Unless you’re a big-conference FBS mega-program, a college frequently draws its athletic identity from one or two signature sports.
If you play word association with schools in the Capital Region, the answers come with Pavlovian immediacy:
UAlbany . . . basketball and football; Siena . . . basketball; RPI . . . hockey.
That association still exists at Union College, but there has been a seismic shift in what the answer is these days.

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