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Record breakers: Mohawks throttle DiamondDawgs

By MICHAEL KELLY michael.kelly@recordernews.com With a display of offensive might and several dazzling defensive plays in a 20-5 win against the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, the Amsterdam Mohawks recorded their record-breaking 36th win of the season T ...

Vin Scully to return for 66th season in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team in 2015. The announcement was made by in Korean, Spanish and English by ...

NBA players union elects new executive director

By BRIAN MAHONEY The Associated Press Michele Roberts has watched basketball for as long as she can remember. It was an easy choice growing up in a home with one TV and two older brothers. When she saw an interview last year with an NBA play ...

ESPN's Smith off air after abuse remarks

NEW YORK (AP) -- ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don't do anything to provoke an attack. Smith's commentary occurred duri ...

Obituaries

Bertha E. (Betty) Dingman

July 28, 2014 Bertha E. (Betty) Dingman, 91, passed away July 28, 2014. She was born February 14, 1923 in Junius, New York, the daughter of Harry Rackmyer and Alta Parsels Rackmyer. Bertha married Alton H. Dingman on June 29, 1940, and had a ...

Linda M. Graff Ruback

July 26, 2014 Linda M. Graff Ruback, 62, passed away Saturday at Nathan Littauer Hospital with her loving family at her side. Born in Amsterdam on Sept. 1, 1951 she was the daughter of the late Walter and Jean Murray Graff and a 1969 graduate ...

Joan M. Downey

July 26, 2014 Joan M. Downey, 61, of Stonegate Drive, Rensselaer, NY; passed away Saturday afternoon, July 26, 2014 at home, with her loving family by her side. Born in Amsterdam, NY; on January 11, 1953, she was the daughter of the late Matth ...

John E. Bloomer Jr.

July 23, 2014 John E. Bloomer, Jr., of State Highway 162, Esperance, NY, passed away peacefully at the Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta, NY. Born September 21, 1929 in Cooperstown, New York he was the son of the late J. Emory and Wilma Curry Bloom ...

Opinion

Letters to the editor

No feeling for the kids To the editor: It's time for a change. I get The Recorder but like most, just read the obits and sports. Today the headlines about hoop dreams caught my eye. I have a group of kids across the street from me. They range in ...

Letters to the editor

All we get is more of the same To the editor: I'm so relieved that the Common Council has been dealing with the difficult issues facing our city. This year alone they have solved the controversy of those rowdy golfers at the municipal golf course ...

An apple a day ...

By JAMES SHERIDAN For The Recorder Many years ago I signed a two-year contract to run the kitchen of a large hotel in York Beach, Maine, just up the road from President Bush's estate. It was an antiquated facility which no longer exists, but i ...

Main Street

Why Cause Alarm? At the time the $136 disappeared from the County Clerk's office, some people were of the opinion that county offices in Fonda should be equipped with burglar alarms. It seemed like a good idea. But, on the other hand, if they di ...

Entertainment

Maggie Gyllenhaal glows as 'The Honorable Woman'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "The Honorable Woman" is a meditative thriller that investigates a woman's inner life and a global hot spot. Poised between dream-state and tough reality, it exposes timeless truths while remaining as current as the next Israeli-Palestinian clash. An eight-hour miniseries premiering Thursday at 10 p.m. on SundanceTV, "The Honorable Woman" is a virtuoso effort by Hugo Blick, who wrote and directed it. And in the lead role of Barones ...

Entertainment news in brief

Ronstadt gets answer to the question WASHINGTON (AP) -- Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?" The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, "I had a little crush on her back in the day." The honor was a particularly special moment for Ronstadt, who didn't make it to her induction to the Rock and ...

Reality television is not skimping on the reality

NEW YORK (AP) -- A male contestant on a new VH1 dating show didn't beckon a woman to walk in front of him out of politeness. He wanted to check her out from behind, and didn't need to use his imagination. The "Dating Naked" series is the latest example of reality television's newest trend. Nudity is hot, no longer confined to late-night premium cable. Leading the way is Discovery's "Naked and Afraid," where a man and woman who don't know each other fen ...

Scarlett Johansson crushes The Rock

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. The Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Hercules," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and produced by Paramount Pictures and ...
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