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CARLTON FLETCHER: Local artist: Music scene in Albany? What music scene?

OPINION: Musician registers complaints about local music venues, promoters

An Albany musician offers his own state-of-the-music report on area venues and gig opportunities.

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MICHAEL LOMAX: A journey 'Into the Woods'

FILM COMMENTARY: Happy endings are not always what they seem

The big screen treatment of children’s fairy tales includes grown-up consequences for the characters.

LORAN SMITH: Better technology gives us worse behavior

FEATURES COLUMN: I came into possession of my first iPhone about two years ago

Sometimes, gadgets that are brand-spanking new bring a lift to your day, giving you that buying-a-new-car feeling. With technology, however, it is a double-edged sword.

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RONDA RICH: Southerners love nicknames

THE DIXIE DIVA: Nicknames are a show of affection

For some reason, Southerners, more than any other region, love nicknames. It’s really a show of affection when we care enough to bestow a nickname rather than call a person by his Christian name.

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MANDY FLYNN: The squirrel, my enemy

FEATURES COLUMN: The squirrel is my nemesis, and he knows it

I’m not one to wish death on anything (except maybe snakes and lizards and roaches … definitely roaches.) But there is this squirrel, this one incredibly horrible squirrel, that I wish would die of old age or be captured in the dark of night by undercover operatives seeking to do whatever secret undercover operatives would do to a squirrel.

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BARRY LEVINE: Four more who should be in the Hall of Fame

OLD ROCKER: Rydell, Francis, Mathis and Houston overlooked by Hall of Fame

This column explains why Connie Francis, Whitney Houston, Johnny Mathis and Bobby Rydell deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The fight for the middle class

OPINION: State of the Union speech was layered with cockiness, preachiness and delusion

Presidential leadership on defense and foreign policy usually consists of preparing Americans for the unsought but necessary struggles of a dangerous world. Obama provides assurances of global progress and order at a minimal cost, so Americans can turn their attention within.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 25, 2015

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Bright Side of the Day - Jan. 25, 2015

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out about the Bright Side of life.

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KRAUTHAMMER: Iran's emerging empire

OPINION: Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked

While Iran’s march toward a nuclear bomb has provoked a major clash between the White House and Congress, Iran’s march toward conventional domination of the Arab world has been largely overlooked. In Washington, that is. The Arabs have noticed. And the pro-American ones, the Gulf Arabs in particular, are deeply worried.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Stand up for overcoming 'sitting disease'

HEALTH & FITNESS: For good health, spend less time in the chair

Most of us realize we need to be more active, but there is evidence that we need to spend less time sitting down also. A recent report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined 47 studies showing that “heavy sitters” were in poorer health, regardless of how much exercise they did.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at January 1940 news

HISTORY: In January 1940, a five-room apartment could be rented for $30 per month.

From sugar sacks to socks, business was brisk in Albany.

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DICK YARBROUGH: The State of the Column has never been stronger

OPINION: And it's less boring than the State of the Union

In order to keep my national certification as a modest and much-beloved columnist, it is required that I submit to you at the first of every year my State of the Column message.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: The State of the Bubble address

OPINION: You did not have to watch the State of the Union speech to know what was coming

To pander to his liberal Democrat base, President Obama promised his usual wish list of unrealistic ideas that not three Republicans in the House and Senate will support.

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STEVE AND COKIE ROBERTS: The right to be ordinary

OPINION: Gay couples embrace traditional values

Steve received an email the other day from a colleague announcing the birth of her son Brinton. She attached a photo of a red-faced tyke in a striped stocking cap, and co-workers responded with a cascade of “wows” and “bravos.” Ordinary family. Obvious fanfare. Except for one thing: Brinton has two moms — Nikki and Shelly Layser.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 24, 2015

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HAL BRADY: Terrorists cannot be allowed to hold our freedoms hostage

FAITH: Americans cannot be so fearful that cherished freedoms go by the wayside

As I have listened to all this terrorism business, I have begun to think seriously about life in the United States — about how easy it would be to listen to all these reports and become so fearful and paranoid that we would be afraid to go anywhere or do anything. We could, in fact, become hostages in our own land.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 23, 2015

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CATHERINE RAMPELL: Dangerously in denial on climate change

OPINION: Last year was the hottest on record, scientists have determined

Passionate anti-evolution skepticism was clearly borne of biblical teaching. But the motivations behind climate denialism — which, to my knowledge, remains unaddressed in Genesis — are a bit blurrier.

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