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Daily Freeman Life Editor Ivan Lajara talks about journalism, living in the Hudson Valley, language, the Web, cats and even politics. But he shouldn't.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Mysteries on the side of the road

The Davis Tavern on Route 209. 
There's a 'REPEAL THE SAFE ACT' sign next to the Davis Tavern on Route 209 in the town of Marbletown. After trying to find out, among other things, why a historic site has clear opinions about controversial New York gun regulations, I landed on a million-dollar mystery and fight with the county involving a late actor who happened to be the first one ever to play James Bond and also the hotel manager who interviews Jack Nicholson in 'The Shining.'

Yeah, that guy. Also, wow.

But if you want to find out how this story ends, you'll have to wait a bit.
I've tasked Paula to investigate.

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I expect this Columbia Journalism Review investigation into the failures of a Rolling Stone investigation to be mandatory in journalism classes everywhere.
And yes, reaction to the magazine's post-scandal response has been swift:

* "This is accountability laundering."
* "The only possible conclusion is that the magazine’s personnel that failed miserably."

It's bad. Don't click on those links.
Click on these instead:

Edward Snowden, the statue.
Who's that guy? John Oliver investigates that (and surveillance), masterfully.
Nothing to see here, obvs.

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The Four:
* The Kingston School District failed to secure state aid before putting a very expensive high school renovation project up for a vote and oh boy oh boy oh boy.
* Meanwhile, the city and town want state aid for infrastructure, a topic that is not boring, but only if John Oliver tackles it.
* Talking about infrastructure, here's this story about construction on the Tappan Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
* Imaging living in Kingston in 1665.

One cat: Or two!



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