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76ers take Simmons

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ben Simmons went from Down Under to the top of the NBA draft, and a record number of international players followed. The Philadelphia 76ers took the Australian with the No. 1 pick on Thursday night, making him the first of a record 1 ...
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Amsterdam native Rouse drills game-winning hit for Mohawks

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder To keep up their recent hot streak, the Amsterdam Mohawks needed to rebound quickly when they found their backs against the wall Thursday night against the Adirondack Trail Blazers at Shuttleworth Park. Despite domina ...

Trades are part of NBA draft day

NEW YORK (AP) -- The long wait to find out which NBA team would be in his future was over in a hurry for Domantas Sabonis. The sophomore forward from Gonzaga was chosen 11th in the NBA draft Thursday night by the Orlando Magic and by the time he di ...
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If Simmons is the question, Who's 'The Answer'?

By JIM LITKE The Associated Press If Ben Simmons is the question, who's The Answer? Allen Iverson, of course. No. 1 picks are always an expensive roll of the dice. Teams that make those selections are, by design, in need of real help, and ...

Obituaries

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Frohwald 'Fred' Walther

June 19, 2016 Frohwald "Fred" Walther, 1939 - 2016, passed away unexpectedly on June 19, 2016. He was born in Meerane, Kr, Glauchau, Germany, on March 8, 1939, to Kurt Herbert Walther and Emmi Dorothea Luise (Neukirch) Walther. He became a U.S. ...
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Edwarda 'Edie' Ratajczak

May 28, 2016 Edwarda "Edie" Ratajczak passed away on May 28, 2016, at the age 103. She was the oldest resident at the Edward L. Wilkinson RHCF, where she resided for a number of years. Edie was a happy, smiling person, and frequently entertained ...

Shirley Jean Childs

June 15, 2016 Shirley Jean Childs passed away peacefully on June 15, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C. She was born on Sept. 22, 1925, in Columbia, Missouri. She was the daughter of Cecil and Lotta (Tate) Smith. Shirley gradu ...

Angela L. Michalowski

June 16, 2016 Angela L. Michalowski, 92, of Niskayuna, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Ellis Hospital. Born in Amsterdam, N.Y., Angela was the daughter of the late Biaggio and Maria Metarazzo Aldi, and was a graduate of Amsterdam H ...

Entertainment

Led Zeppelin rocks copyright case over 'Stairway'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Music spoke louder than words of witnesses for a jury that decided Led Zeppelin did not lift a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven." The panel had heard the faded memories of rock royalty and band members who never achieved the same fame. They were inundated with expert testimony on chord progressions and record revenues. But before reaching a verdict Thursday ...

20 years later, 'Independence Day' invading theaters again

By JOHN ANDERSON Newsday We knew it would happen again. Yes, the alien attack. Also the movie about the alien attack. When "Independence Day: Resurgence" lands in theaters on Friday, carrying wanton, worldwide destruction in its wake, it will be reviving a long-dormant franchise that was never really a franchise: "Independence Day" -- the 1996 blockbuster that rained terror and spectacular explosions on New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Ange ...

'Free State of Jones' a gripping, frustrating Civil War drama

By MICHAEL PHILLIPS Chicago Tribune In so many Civil War-era photographs, a bone-weariness of spirit, coupled with a kind of faraway intensity, lurks in the soldiers' eyes. Plenty of actors can fake that sort of thing, but Matthew McConaughey really does have it. He looks right and convincing in a period drama such as "Free State of Jones," the historical biography, equal parts intrigue and frustration, written and directed by Gary Ross. McConaugh ...

Los Angeles Times Movie Guide

OPENING IN HOLLYWOOD THIS WEEK "The Duel" -- A Texas Ranger investigates a mysterious death in a small town ruled by a charismatic preacher. With Emory Cohen, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, William Hurt. Written by Matt Cook. Directed by Kieran-Darcy Smith. (1:50) R. "Eat That Question -- Frank Zappa in His Own Words" -- Documentary on the eccentric musician, composer and free thinker uses archival footage to explore his legacy. Directed by Thorst ...
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