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Nowadays, secrets are often easily exposed

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), center, speaks

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), center, speaks to the media while flanked by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), left, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Sen. John Thune in Washington, DC. (April 9, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Who's wearing the wire in your office? If not you, it could be anyone. Secret recordings are suddenly everywhere.

I'm just back from Albany, where the whole capital city is playing a new guessing game: How many politicians will get indicted from the tapes made by Nelson Castro, the secret-agent/Democratic assemblyman from the Bronx? No one thinks the target list stops at one.

As Albany quakes, Mitch McConnell, Republican boss of the U.S. Senate, is deflecting reports that he and campaign aides conspired to smear country singer Ashley Judd, who almost had the nerve to challenge him. Worse than his campaign tactics, the Kentucky senator insists, are the dirty tricksters who caught his words on tape.

The fact of that matter is that people have always done smarmy, dumb and embarrassing things. What's different now is the technology for spreading our worse moments everywhere. Just ask Anthony Weiner, the former congressman, Twitter user and underwear model.

Weiner may soon test the premise that New Yorkers are at least as forgiving as South Carolinians, who recently put the moony Appalachian Trail enthusiast Mark Sanford at the top of a local congressional primary pack.

Whether we are as forgiving or not, one click or misclick of a mouse can cast any of us onto the ragged shoals of Facebook, YouTube or Twitter -- just hopefully not in our underpants.


1. Speak into the lapel, please.

2. Don't worry, only my Facebook friends can see this.

3. Say "cheesy."

4. Who cares about my boring life?

5. No way Google Maps can photograph my sunbathing deck!

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As a young black boy in Alexandria, La., Rodney Marve wasn't welcome at the local library. But at 14, he rode a train north and soon enough took a job as maintenance helper at the Bayshore-Brightwaters Public Library. Forty-three years later, he'd risen to library page, library clerk, chief of adult reference, assistant director and interim director and picked up a master's in library science at CW Post. At his recent retirement dinner at Captain Bill's in Bay Shore, some people said the library just won't be same without Mr. Marve's reading suggestions, obscure research facts and constant smile. But his glow will remain in what is now officially known as the Rodney G. Marve Reference Area. "Truly," he said, connecting his Louisiana boyhood and his library career, "God has a good sense of humor. He has taken good care of me."


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