February 15, 2018

Abrahamson: Shiffrin, with 'nothing to lose,' wins Olympic giant slalom gold

Mikaela Shiffrin made it look — almost — easy.

Mikaela Shiffrin | Photo: USA TODAY Sports.
February 15, 2018 02:54 AM
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - As the late, great Tom Petty said, the waiting is the hardest part.
Confronted with weather-related delays that pushed back the start of her 2018 Winter Games. the American ski star captured the keen mental edge it takes to ski on the edge, but not beyond, to win Olympic gold in the women's giant slalom.
In Sochi, an 18-year-old Shiffrin won gold in slalom but finished fifth in GS. She vowed to become No. 1 in GS, too.
Turning 23 next month, she is now a two-time Olympic champion, winner of a first medal for the United States in women's giant slalom since Julia Mancuso's Torino 2006 gold. Shiffrin is also just the sixth woman in Olympic history to win gold in both the slalom and giant slalom, joining the likes of Andrea Mead-Lawrence of the United States and Croatia's Janica Kostelic.


February 12, 2018

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Questar III & NYS Parks partner to offer student art exhibit

Feb 9, 2018 | Questar III BOCES, School District, School Library Service |

For the second year, Questar III and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation are partnering to create a student art exhibit at Schodack Island State Park. The group is seeking local Pre-K to grade 12 student works to display at the 1,052-acre site located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River. The exhibit is open to all students in grades Pre-K to 12 in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene Counties.

The park has been designated an estuarine sanctuary, and a portion of the park shelters a bird conservation area that is home to bald eagles, cerulean warblers and blue herons that nest in the cottonwood trees. Eight miles of multi-use trails wind through a variety of ecological communities.

To highlight the rich cultural and environmental history of this park in the heart of the Questar III region, student-created work will be displayed throughout the park in weatherproof cases, built by students in Questar III’s Constructional Technologies program last year. Entries should focus on the park’s natural or cultural history, recreational opportunities, or natural beauty.

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PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games

February 6, 2018

What’s Next After the Repeal of Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to discard so-called net neutrality rules that prevented broadband providers from slowing sites or demanding payments from them for fast delivery. The decision opens the door for very different consumer experiences on the internet. The rules will go into effect in the coming weeks.

Here is a guide to what will happen next:

“People should not be intimidated by the F.C.C. simply saying it has preemptive authority..."