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The Ads on the School Bus Go Round and Round

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 2:04 PM

Public school districts have upped the ante when it comes to marketing to school kids. Administrators in states like Arizona, Florida and Texas are allowing school buses to carry paid advertising. Schools in New Jersey and Ohio are also considering the advertising move.

Generating new streams of revenue is a...

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New York State Lawmakers Just Failed Public School Kids

(14) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 1:27 PM

They blew it. When New York State Legislators barely made yesterday's deadline to submit an application for federal "Race to the Top" education grants, they did so without including the key component of the application: a plan to increase the cap on charter schools in the state. That's sort of...

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Delay of State Aid a Blow to NY Schools Already Burdened by Unfunded Mandates

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 4:23 PM

Withholding of promised funds, fiscal uncertainty and now a lawsuit from embattled educators? It's not exactly The Most Wonderful Time of Year for school districts across the state of New York.

Governor David Paterson's decision last week to withhold some $146 million in state aid to schools -- part of...

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The Deer Hunter, Westchester Style

(8) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 5:44 PM

For anyone handy with a bow and arrow there is good news: Westchester needs you. The county is counting on a few good marksmen to help rid the area of deer herd that are roaming the area, ruining vegetation and testing the patience of even those inclined towards Bambi sentiment.

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Who to Believe in Diane Schuler Taconic Tragedy?

(41) Comments | Posted August 7, 2009 | 11:39 AM

Who should we believe?

On the one hand we have a distraught husband who now says his wife did not drink and a lawyer known for antics both inside and outside the courtroom who would have us believe that Diane Schuler killed herself and seven others when she drove in...

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A Sobering Development in Crash of Mother and Kids

(7) Comments | Posted August 5, 2009 | 1:08 PM

So now we know: She was drunk.

The case of Diane Schuler, the Long Island mother who drove her minivan almost two miles in the wrong direction of Westchester County's Taconic Parkway in the middle of a recent Sunday afternoon before crashing into another SUV and killing eight...

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Fertilizer Chemical Linked to Toxic Blaze

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2009 | 11:34 AM

A toxic brew erupted last week, and not just of the political kind. As the nation preoccupied itself with beer consumption at the White House, an incendiary event of a different sort took place some 1,200 miles away in Bryan, Texas.

In this small city north of Houston, tens of...

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Illegal Septic Dumping a Sordid Mess

(6) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 1:10 PM

Stephen Bauer arrived at his home on a September afternoon, looked out onto the creek that lies in a secluded section of his property -- a place where he and his kids regularly wade, fish and canoe -- and saw the floating remains of a septic tank purge. Not the...

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Curbing Our Enthusiasm for Perfect Lawns

(10) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 4:36 PM

Americans love their lawns. Cultivating a well-tended patch of green is etched in many a homeowner's DNA as an indication of civility and a sign of respect - not only for the value of your own home, but for the neighborhood itself. When my husband and I first moved into...

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Clean Marinas

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 5:35 PM

We are a boat-loving nation and for good reason: There's a lot to like about leisurely making your way across a body of water, whether by thrum of a motor or the snap of a sail -- why do you think they refer to them as pleasure craft? With some...

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