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BOB KORNEGAY: I'll take the long route

Outdoors: The long route has taken me through places I would have missed

The express routes and the fast lanes have their places and sometimes even I can’t avoid them, but the long way back, I’ll take it whenever I can.

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BARRY LEVINE: Test yourself on rock 'n' roll tragic day

THE OLD ROCKER: Tuesday marks the 56th anniversary of crash that killed three stars

Feb. 3, 1959, is, arguably, the most-tragic day in rock ‘n’ roll history as three stars were killed in an airplane crash that also claimed the life of Roger Peterson, the pilot.

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Bright Side of the Day - Feb. 1, 2015

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

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Squawk of the Day - Feb. 1, 2015

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking Back at February 1934 Albany area news

HISTORY: Albany's President';s Ball raised a total of $527.30 for the Warm Springs Foundation

Fifty-eight dogs participated in the opening event of the Southern Amateur Field Trials in Albany.

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MICHAEL GERSON: The invasion of artificial outrage

OPINION: In our politics, ideological assertions tend to gain an immediate, massive velocity

The use of apocalyptic language is often a form of self-elevation. It allows a politician to embrace the role of lonely truth seeker.

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MANDY FLYNN: It happens to all of us

FEATURES COLUMN: Lost puppy tugs at the heart strings and the tear ducts

As if I’m not already freakish enough crying all the time, now I’m going to have a goatee, too, at least according to a former friend.

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CAL THOMAS: Alert the media! It's snowing during the winter!

OPINION: Forecasters and politicians shout 'Snowmageddon!' at the drop of a snowflake

For those not buying into the cult of climate change, formerly known as “global warming,” the website climatedepot.com is an excellent source for authoritative science and reporting that debunks the claims of climate alarmists.

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DICK YARBROUGH: Juvenile Justice System 'going to the dogs' is a good thing

OPINION: Kids get a purpose training dogs scheduled to be euthanized, making the animals adoptable

Maybe one dog scheduled to die because nobody wanted it will end up in a good home and bring someone a lot of pleasure and companionship because it was well-trained. Maybe a youthful offender will discover the feeling of success and self-worth and can take that experience into the outside world and become a productive citizen.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 31, 2015

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STEVE & COKIE ROBERTS: Gen. Market vs. Mr. Putin

OPINION: Vladimir Putin seems undeterred by economic penalties

Putin is a bully, at times a dangerously deranged one, who fantasizes about restoring the Soviet Union to its former glory — dominating smaller and weaker states from the Baltics to Central Asia. And like all bullies, he has to be challenged and confronted. Otherwise he’ll never stop.

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HAL BRADY: The story you leave behind

FAITH: How you will be remembered is an important aspect of your life

Most normal human beings want to leave something worthwhile as they “finish the race” and depart this world. It has to do with life’s meaning. Simply stated, we are writing our story every day and the truth is — it matters. It matters to the Divine, and it matters to the betterment of this creation.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 30, 2015

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CREEDE HINSHAW: An app to track worship attendance?

FAITH: Although the spirit is willing, sometimes the flesh weakens

This congregational attendance app could revolutionize attendance at the principal weekly worship service so that at the final exam nobody will shriek in horror having skipped all the worship services.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Republicans tread immigration minefield

OPINION: GOP presidential hopefuls avoid major miscues at Iowa summit

The greatest hazard to Republican prospects with rising demographic groups came in the form of an argument rather than an epithet.

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