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DEA Sued Over Fake Facebook Account

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from t...

New York's Undemocratic Primary

Scott Blakeman | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Scott Blakeman

Republicans have an annoying habit of referring to the "Democrat" party, because they hate to associate it with being "democratic." Unfortunately today's Democratic primary for Governor in New York isn't particularly democratic at all.

David Lohr

Missing Woman's Mom: 'I've Got The Worst Thoughts In My Mind'

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime

A heartbroken mother in Indiana is pleading for help in the search for her missing daughter, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances three week...

Bakken Trains

J Henry Fair | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

There has been an alarming rise in the incidence of train accidents in the last two years involving the derailment of tanker cars carrying crude oil, spilling large volumes of toxic crude oil into waterways.

Doesn't Bella Deserve Better?

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Lauren Hersh

In New York, a person who commits statutory rape receives a higher penalty than a person who buys sex from that same child, signaling that the child who has been bought is less worthy of protection. It is time that Albany sets aside politics and protects people.

Did Verizon Short Change "Upstate" New York and are POTS Customers and Low Income Families Paying for Fiber Optic Services They Will Never Get?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.01.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Part III of a new series based on the new report: "It's all Interconnected." While America ponders the impacts that might happen if the Net Neutralit...

Embracing Technology Can Reduce False Convictions

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

New York State should require recording of interrogations for two very simple reasons. First, it makes policing more accurate. Second, it is necessary because research indicates that false confessions are quite common.

Investigating the West Coast Mafia

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Andrea Chalupa

Despite Michael's Tahoe compound, and the beautiful Fredo scene on the lake, I never thought of California, where I grew up, as mafia country. The mafia still seemed a world away and more at home on the crowded streets of Little Italy and the Corleone olive orchards. Turns out the mafia was closer to home than I could have ever imagined.

Please Tax Us: Airbnb Offers City $21 Million

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.25.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

Discouraging new forms of entrepreneurism that threaten established businesses, is a classic form of government interference that affects many different industries in the urban marketplace.

Eva Moskowitz's Shameful Misuse of Civil Rights

Camille Rivera | Posted 05.13.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Moskowitz is trying to paint herself as a defender of black and Latino children, but really her war on Mayor Bill de Blasio is not about children or civil rights. It's about Moskowitz wanting more power, more profit for her 22 schools and demanding to get everything she wants.

What Upstate New York Can Teach The Rest Of The Country About Living Well

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living

Our Living Well, On Location series explores cities and countries from around the world. How do other people pursue health and happiness? We're going ...

Interview With the Man Behind "Museum of Political Corruption" Project

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Wouldn't it be great to have a place where children and adults alike could learn about the sordid history of how American politics really works? If Bruce Rotor has his way, visitors to New York's state capital will indeed have this opportunity, at the "Albany Museum of Political Corruption."

Get Out What Vote?

Scott Levenson | Posted 11.09.2013 | New York
Scott Levenson

It is mind-boggling that winning candidates regularly assume office with mandates that are hardly representative of the diverse makeup of the city's population. Leaders cannot govern effectively with the support of such a paltry slice of the electorate.

'Everyone Else Running for Mayor Is Owned'

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 10.29.2013 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

I have always been attracted to rich, improbable candidates because they are often the tellers of inconvenient truths. The reason is simple. They have nothing to lose. They have no interest groups to offend.

Friday Talking Points -- The Dog That Didn't Bark, and Herding Stupid Insane Cats

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Dog-lovers will have to wait for their portion of that headline until the awards part of the column; but as for the cats, I was struck this week by a funny comment on an article I was reading on the continuing civil war within the Republican Party.

NY's Clean Indoor Air Act: 10 Years of Smoke-free Air

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 09.18.2013 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Despite our success in the last decade, tobacco use is still a major public health issue and there is still much to be done. What can we do to make even more progress in fighting tobacco and the disease it inflicts on New Yorkers?

Marijuana Arrests in NYC Cost One Million Police Hours

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

People arrested by NYPD for marijuana possession have spent 5,000,000 hours in police custody over the last decade.

Stimulating New York's Economy

Anthony Figliola | Posted 01.24.2013 | New York
Anthony Figliola

For many years New York state had a reputation of being openly hostile to business. Thinking outside of the box was not in the government handbook. The business culture is beginning to change under the leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Who Speaks for New York -- a Hurricane Sandy Discussion

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 01.05.2013 | New York
Daniel P. Malito

Albany, take a cue from New Jersey and start behaving like the people who need you most right now actually matter.

Local Governments and National Security Policy

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.23.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

This squeeze upon localities has led to a gathering revolt. Dozens of local jurisdictions have passed resolutions that call for ending the U.S. military role in Iraq and Afghanistan, reducing the Pentagon budget, and funding domestic programs.

Albany County Issues a Peace Dividend Proclamation

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Some simply dismissed the proclamation as the Democratic presidential campaign platform. Others said that they would be willing to sign it if the savings on military programs were not re-channeled to domestic social programs.

Offensive Anti-Obama Sign Signals 'Threat'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics

An anti-Obama sign posted next to a busy road in Albany, Georgia suggests the president is a "threat." The banner, owned by Richard Thomas, reads: ...

Vito Lopez Sex Scandal Unravels Secrecy Of 'Bear Mountain Compact'

AP | MICHAEL GORMLEY | Posted 11.27.2012 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — It was an odd assignment for the young, pretty staffer when she was ordered to go along on a trip to Atlantic City with her boss....

Are Lap Dances A Tax-Exempt Art?

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 11.05.2012 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — No one would confuse the Nite Moves strip club with the Bolshoi Ballet, but what the lap dancers do there is art and entitled to ...

Don't Frack NY!

Jamie Henn | Posted 10.27.2012 | New York
Jamie Henn

More than 1,000 people joined a massive protest against fracking in Albany, N.Y., this Monday afternoon.