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Revised state rules aim to ensure debt is legitimate

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
More than 100,000 credit-card cases are filed annually in state courts, many of which result in what New York’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman of the Court of Appeals, says are unwarranted judgments against ordinary people because the debt is old, undocumented or incorrect.
 

Smaller area lakes offer plenty of action

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
All summer, the majority of the fishing reports I have published have been about the good bass fishing in the bigger lakes and rivers. These include Lake Champlain, which may be the best bass water in the Northeast. Then there is Lake George, which also has plenty of bass, as does the St. Lawrence River. There are six little lakes, all less than 750 acres. They all offer more than just bass, and are less than an hour from home, and the recent fishing reports tell me that the fall bite has definitely begun.
 
ALBANY

Success leads to high expectations

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The one sneaky guy on the roster, 5-foot-zilch walk-on Steve Cruz, graduated last spring.
At the annual schmoozefest for Siena basketball season-ticket holders on Tuesday, coach Jimmy Patsos updated the crowd that Cruz is pursuing his MBA at night and working on Wall Street during the day.
“Cruz was always a sneaky guy,” Patsos told the fans, suggesting that he would fit right in on Wall Street.
So, minus Cruz, Siena’s stealth division is not only woefully understaffed but also obsolete now, anyway, since the Saints are hiding in plain sight.
 

Paint this wagon Royal blue

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
I hate baseball. Specifically, Major League Baseball. I like to be the Baseball Contrarian. The Baseball Curmudgeon.
 

Amsterdam mayor was noted ally for FDR

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
During the 1920s, Arthur Carter of Amsterdam worked as an auditor for the state Comptroller’s Office in Albany and got to know Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 

Price of history getting higher in national parks

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
In August, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis rather quietly told every park to reconsider its fees, as the agency looks to fund a $12 billion backlog of major maintenance ahead of its centennial in 2016.
 
SCHENECTADY

Union starting a new journey

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Many of the faces were familiar, some of them were not and several were conspicuous by their absence.
The sweater remains the same.
There’s a garnet “U” on the front, a number on the back and scant room for this supposed bull’s-eye that by popular opinion must be on this shirt somewhere.
 

Series trying to lure scratch bowlers

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Bowling is back with the Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York’s Huck Finn tournament series, and qualifiers for both scratch and handicap competitors are underway at area centers.
 
Some venues start season, others rev it up

Some venues start season, others rev it up

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
The Eighth Step, Steamer No. 10’s Eclectic series, and the Sanctuary for Independent Media start new seasons this week, while The Low Beat, The Egg and the Palace rev up theirs.
 

Local shooting ranges getting crowded

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
T’is the season! Sportsmen’s clubs’ shooting ranges are beginning to get crowded because of the opening of a number of firearms hunting seasons. Wednesday was the opening day of seven small-game seasons, four with fur, three with feathers.
 

Region survives state’s ‘restacking’

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
For many years in the Capital Region, if New York sneezed, we caught a cold. That seemed to be the case, too, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided in 2010 to cinch the state’s belt by moving office workers from leased quarters in privately owned buildings to vacant state-owned space.
 

Never a dull moment in NYC

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
If you’re like me, you hate packing for a trip more than unpacking after it’s over.
For instance, I got back from four vacation days in New York on Sunday, and it only took one day of procrastination before I emptied my suitcase. Only one.
With that vessel purged, it’s time to also unpack some random thoughts from a fun week in the Big Apple that included midweek racing at Belmont Park, raising a cold pint downtown while Derek Jeter’s Final Act unfolded in the Bronx, a few runs on iconic elements of the New York landscape and the Notre Dame-Syracuse football game at MetLife Stadium.
 

19th century inventor’s impact still felt

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The man who invented a hose-coupling device used by America’s railroads and automakers spent most of his life in Fort Plain.
 

Ballston to test new farmland program

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The town of Ballston looks like it will be the first in the state to actually adopt a transfer of development rights law as a way of protecting farmland.
 

Pizzarelli, Harris lead a busy jazz weekend

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
I was right to call this Live Jazz Month in a previous Jukebox, but wrong to list the John Pizzarelli Quartet as playing The Egg: They play the Massry Center on Saturday.
 
 

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