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The City has fallen!

The City has fallen!

Here are the latest intelligences from the City, which hath been retaken by the King’s soldiers. The Continentals, giving a spirited fight, were forced by strength of numbers to flee into the mountains. The Mayor, Gallo, was taken, still in his Banyon and Cap, and tried before a Court-Martial for Treason, but due to a...

With YouTube video, Sean Eldridge makes House bid official (Updated)

Sean Eldridge, CEO of Kingston-based investment concern Hudson River Ventures and spouse of Facebook multimillionaire Chris Hughes, posted a YouTube video late Sunday night formally announcing his campaign for the Democratic nomination for next year’s New York’s 19th Congressional District race. Eldridge, a Shokan resident, has been holding fundraisers for months toward an expected Congressional...

Editorial: A solution to mass shootings

The Aaron Alexis story is depressingly familiar. Someone with mental problems has a few run-ins with the law, reaches out for help, doesn’t get help, or not enough help. Twelve people (13, if you want to look at Alexis as a victim as well) pay with their lives. Next time, it could be you or...
Johann Christoph Arnold takes on the ultimate reality in his final book

Johann Christoph Arnold takes on the ultimate reality in his final book

We live in an ever-more-customizable world and enjoy more power than ever to shape our realities to suit our preferences, but a few things about the human experience, for now, anyway, remain universal: All of us will get older, then all of us will die. While we have no choice in those matters, we can...
UPDATED: Congressman Gibson says he'll vote no on Syria attack

UPDATED: Congressman Gibson says he’ll vote no on Syria attack

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, in an interview Tuesday, Sept. 3, stuck by his Aug. 31 statement saying he will vote against authorizing President Obama to use force in Syria and added he will work to convince his fellow lawmakers that diplomacy and humanitarian aid, not military action, is the way to bring fighting there to...
Mayor slandered me, says Shabazz

Mayor slandered me, says Shabazz

Ismail Shabazz, one of three candidates in next month’s Democratic primary for the Fourth Ward’s Common Council seat, this week angrily denied Mayor Shayne Gallo’s claim that he’s a racist and said he plans to sue the mayor for slander. “I challenge him to prove it,” Shabazz said in an interview Monday, reacting to Gallo’s...
Free monthly clinics bring alternative remedies to everybody and anybody

Free monthly clinics bring alternative remedies to everybody and anybody

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as free care. Dozens of local practitioners of holistic and alternative treatment methods have been giving it away for years, under the name Health Care is a Human Right. Each month, the collective of healers holds clinics in a...
Editorial: Points on the honesty spectrum

Editorial: Points on the honesty spectrum

Events right up here in Kingston and down there in New York City last week illustrated some things about honesty, and its related virtue, integrity. Did you hear about the homeless guy who found a wallet full of cash and turned it in to the police? Of course you did — a feel-good story like...
Courthouse rally seeks justice for Trayvon

Courthouse rally seeks justice for Trayvon

There were many different kinds of speakers at Wednesday evening’s rally at the steps of the county courthouse: black, white, male, female, young, middle-aged, older. What tied them together, and what was behind the gathering in the first place, was their anger at the acquittal of George Zimmerman for any form of guilt in the...

Make me wanna challah – Challah on the Hudson, that is

What started out as a labor of love when her son asked her to bake a few loaves of a certain kind of bread, has turned into Challah on the Hudson, a local name gaining some fame in Kingston’s foodie-verse. Two years or so ago, Uptown mom Rhona Schiffres, who’s resumed a 20-year career in...
Editorial: The Zimmerman trial

Editorial: The Zimmerman trial

Yet another chapter in the seemingly endless epic of how we deal with guns in this country is being written as this is written, down in Florida where George Zimmerman is being tried for murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. As happens with many things in today’s super-hyper mediaverse, the trial is being dissected...
BREAKING: Public Service Commission approves Fortis takeover of Central Hudson

BREAKING: Public Service Commission approves Fortis takeover of Central Hudson

The New York State Public Service Commission on Thursday, June 13 voted to approve the $1.5 billion takeover of CH Energy Group Inc., owner of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, by Fortis, Inc. of Canada. The proposed merger, first announced in February 2012, came under significant local public criticism, with residents and lawmakers on...