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For decades, the nation’s media have covered, and amplified, the controversies of rap music, from the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that framed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, to last year’s murder of Los Angeles rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

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I didn’t get into documentary filmmaking on purpose. I stumbled in, and didn’t get out. It’s a lifelong school of hard knocks. You can try acting holier-than-thou to your brethren in Hollywood, but at the end of the day you have mostly maxed out your credit cards or your dad’s.

The Otsego County Energy Task Force initiative led by Meg Kennedy and Michelle Farwell of the Otsego County Board of Representatives is a positive initiative for our county. The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce supports this work and is proud to be part of the task force, in which I serve a…

With Karl Marx, tribalism returned with an unseemly ferocity. He turned the poor against the rich, and the results were gulags, killing fields and genocides. When I think of the poor and the rich, I think of opportunities. The rich need workers. The workers need employers. It would seem that…

Every year, on the Sunday afternoon before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, our Oneonta Chapter of the NAACP and our City of Oneonta’s Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights join forces in creating, presenting and hosting a birthday celebration in honor of the man most identif…

The allegations in Ronan Farrow’s recent book, “Catch and Kill,” that top execs at NBC News had squashed his revelatory reporting on Harvey Weinstein — NBC’s loss was The New Yorker’s gain — ripped open in me old psychic wounds. I thought I had put these to bed on my birthday in 2002, when I…

A listener of mine recently sent me the sweetest little souvenir from my past. It was a note that was sent home with grade school students telling of an upcoming event. A field trip. It was on the letterhead of my elementary school, Pearl Street School in Sidney. It is dated Nov. 15, 1957. H…

Let’s take a walk through Mitch McConnell’s graveyard. The graveyard is his desk in the Senate where nearly 400 bills, passed by the Democratically controlled House of Representatives, go to die. These commonsense bills never reach the 100 senators for a vote. Mitch strangles them at birth.

Recognizing the need to compete with social media, The Daily Star created “Sound Off” — a place where one can find meaningful anonymous commentary mixed in with mean-spirited personal attacks based upon statements true and false. While I am not a big fan of this type of thing, I will confess…

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WORCESTER - Ella M. Chase, 106, passed away on Feb. 20, 2020. Ella was born on Oct. 7, 1913, in Oneonta, the daughter of Burton and Margarett (Thayer) Miller. She attended Oneonta High School for three years, then graduated from Laurens Central School. Ella was a member of Elm Park United Me…

ROXBURY - Gloria Katherine Stewart, 95, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville. Gloria was born in Newton, New Jersey, on Dec. 17, 1924, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Rosselli) Scarsella. She graduated from Newton High School. She worked at …

MILFORD - Barbara A. Neff, 85, of Arnold's Lake, passed away on Sunday Feb. 2, 2020, following a long period of declining health. Born Oct. 6, 1934, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Lillian (Moffatt) Berner. She was raised on the family farm on Berner Hill Road. She attended Milford Central…