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Fourteen-year-old Netta Schreiber landed two of her first triple lutzes Thursday at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford.
"It's because she knows the media is here," said Schreiber's choreographer, Michela Boschetto. The Rye teenager had been practicing the jump for the past few weeks, but had been unable to perfectly execute it until her routine was being captured...Read more »
The Rockland Boulders, the independent-league professional baseball team based in Pomona, announced Monday that baseball camps for kids ages 7-14 will return this summer.
For $249, campers can get five days of baseball instruction from current Boulders manager Jamie Keefe and his players. The fee pays for lunch each day, a T-shirt and six ticket vouchers to any 2013 Boulders home game. The...Read more »
Skeptics have claimed in recent years that 9/11 was an inside job and that President Barack Obama was not born in America. Now a similar conspiracy theory is quickly gaining steam -- that Dec. 14’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn., was a hoax perpetrated by gun control advocates.
A 30-minute Youtube video called “The Sandy Hook Shooting -- Fully Exposed,” which was flagged by Youtube for...Read more »
As Beltway lawmakers weigh new gun restrictions in the wake of the Newtown massacre, a former congressional candidate plans to hold a "gun appreciation day" rally in White Plains on Saturday to protest tougher gun control.
Frank Morganthaler, a Hawthorne conservative who ran unsuccessfully against Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey in the November elections, is organizing the rally, which...Read more »
Remember “planking” -- the wacky Internet trend of people posting photos of themselves stretched horizontally in the oddest of places? That’s long gone, but because of Tuesday night’s winter weather advisory, Westchester, Rockland and Hudson Valley residents might get the opportunity to join a similar trend: frosting.
The Facebook page Frosters Anonymous showcases pictures of people in the...Read more »
Move over Rachael Ray. Chef Schumer is heating up the kitchen.
When Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) was tapped as chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, he may not have known that cook and taste tester went along with the job, but that's the role Schumer found himself in recently when he joined head chef Shannon Shaffer to help prepare one of the inauguration...Read more »
Two Hudson Valley school districts are among just six statewide that have not submitted teacher and principal evaluation plans to the state Education Department, according to a news release Friday.
School districts have until Thursday to receive state approval for their plans and secure their state school aid increases for 2012-13.
Just six of 691 school districts statewide -- including...Read more »
An interactive map released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows that more than 4,000 homes were affected by superstorm Sandy storm surges in the Hudson Valley.
Although precipitation amounted only to 1 inch, the storm surges -- which reached up to 15 feet in some areas -- packed a real punch.
Westchester and Rockland counties -- in the red or high-impact zones -- were affected...Read more »
South Orangetown secondary school students may not be getting enough sleep and that may be affecting their ability to focus in the classrooms in the morning, according to a study by the school district released in December.
The district began studying changing start times to see if it could save money by consolidating school bus runs, Superintendent Ken Mitchell said in an email. However,...Read more »
Did you hear the one about the supercomputer that swore like a drunken sailor? It may sound like the opening of a joke, but a research scientist at Armonk-based IBM programmed Watson, the supercomputer that trounced humans on "Jeopardy," to say words that cannot be reproduced in polite conversation. The scientist, Eric Brown, was trying to teach Watson the nuances of human language two...Read more »