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A dearth of downtown parking was disconcerting one recent night before realizing that a concert was the reason: a big show at the State Theater.

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After an all-time high of around $5 a gallon in June, gasoline has dropped to its lowest price since March, now that few people are planning any more long vacation trips.

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“How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away?” is the musical question from Dan Hicks’ old would-be standard.

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Summer is a formless time in Ithaca. Schools are out, thus the college students gone and the regional population more than decimated. A lot of school workers are furloughed or vacationing, thus also absent, or at least freed from the dictates of the academic calendar, its demands and routines.

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Each year at this time, Ithaca residents Krista and Theo (not their real names) have a gathering at their Northside home to celebrate the successful conclusion, back in the summer of 2013, of what Theo jokingly calls “my trip through Cancerland.”

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On June 18, a Saturday afternoon, the streets of Ithaca’s Southside neighborhood were packed with parked cars.

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Everyone needs help sometimes with mundane health issues such as rest and exercise, and I once read something that helped me with both, involving the olfactory.

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Cash money in commercial use has been declining for years, and in some places can be used hardly or not at all, in some cases by ignorance and in some by design.

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His daughter, an hour north of him in Middletown, was hearing from a son, four hours north in Ithaca, about a great home for seniors there.

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Last time, this column examined the skateboarding scene in Ithaca. The city built the first municipal skate park in central New York more than 20 years ago.

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ITHACA, NY -- A break in the action of winter, 50 degrees on a March afternoon, brings a jolt of activity to the Ithaca Skate Park.

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“American Masters” is a documentary series on public television that examines the life and work of noted artists. Among other programming for Black History Month, last month the Syracuse public television station reaching Ithaca, WCNY, re-broadcast a segment of the series on the musician and…

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Even we northerners who personally don’t mind winter mind its hardships for our cars.

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At break time at my workplace, like many these days I guess, someone mentioned Wordle, in this case with a buoyant air.

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ITHACA, NY -- For most people the news that Svante Myrick was resigning as mayor of Ithaca for another job was the big surprise. For others there was another.

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This column on New Year’s resolutions is dedicated to my friend Mal (as he will be known here), who believes in self-betterment through bile.

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The comic philosopher Linus Van Pelt famously said “I love mankind, it’s people I can’t stand,” and it’s easy to have a similarly conflicted feeling about holiday gifts.

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“A rabbi, an imam and a pastor were arrested together in front of the White House,” Todd Saddler said.

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Dr. Sandra Steingraber is a biologist and science writer who has taught at Cornell University and Ithaca College. She is a leading public health advocate and environmentalist.