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SCENE:? We’re in the middle of a virtual sexual harassment group awareness workshop, moderated by Clinical Social Worker MELINDA CORNSTARCH. There are six male current and former New York politicians sharing the screen, and it is emotionally charged — a lot of pained expressions. Of local in…

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Scene:? The Inner Sanctum at 108 East Green Street: the office of Mayor SVANTE MYRICK.? It’s 9:00 AM, and His Honor is meeting with his Executive Assistant ANNIE SHERMAN to get a handle on the schedule for the coming day…

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February 22, 2021: The City of Ithaca and Tompkins County jointly released a draft report on their process to reimagine public safety in the community. Before that rollout had been shared with the Common Council or IPD, though, an interview of Mayor Svante Myrick appeared in GQ?outlining the…

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Sure, 2020's behind us but, as we're constantly reminded, we're not out of the woods yet. My own strategy for powering through to summer is to immerse myself in present-moment awareness. It's the very foundation of being centered in the Universe, or so says Ira Cornstarch of the Online Corns…

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Wasn't April supposed to be the cruelest month? Then came May, June, July, August, September, October, November...and here we are. I don't always have two free fingers to jam into my ears when the news comes on, so the grim bulletins of 2020 still occasionally penetrate my bubble. Wacko deni…

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SCENE: The Oval Office. Seated at the Resolute Desk is still-president DONALD J. TRUMP. Legal Advisor and hair-dye spokesperson Rudy Giuliani is maintaining a cadaverous presence behind the president's chair as GEORGE BAILEY, of Bedford Falls, is ushered in by a White House attendant. BAILEY…

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Some hell broke loose at Notre Dame University this month when, after a particularly exciting football game, 10,000 fans mobbed the field in a scene suggesting that no pandemic exists.?

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Not to be ungrateful, but I owe my bookie a fortune from betting against Cornell. I had them closing by Labor Day, then double or nothing on September 30, triple or nothing on Columbus Day. Did not see them pulling this off for so long. What's next? Safe driving on campus??

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It seems that Donald J. Trump, ignoring the cardinal rule of presidential politics ("Don't mix Bob Woodward and audio tapes."), has been outed as having downplayed the danger of the COVID pandemic while being fully informed of its seriousness.? While this came as a shock to precisely nobody,…

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We join chief of staff Mark Meadows in the Situation Room at the White House, recently converted into the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign headquarters.? The secure chamber is a hive of activity, with staffers and interns scurrying in and out.? One wall of the room is an enormous interactive electo…

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News item: Impatient to find relief for the city's 7,500 renters during a period of social isolation and sudden economic downturn, Ithaca’s Common Council voted 6-4 early last month to ask permission from the New York State to cancel three months of rent for all residential and small-busines…

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For 75-year-old Eleanor Cornstarch, June 17 began like any other socially-distanced Wednesday. A day of gardening and reading, feeding the cats, and basking in what promised to be glorious summery Ithaca weather. Staying on top of pruning her rose bushes and putting out the recycling counted…

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It was a late-May afternoon in Ithaca, a city with a reputation for well-heeled undergrads and Tibetan COVID masks. Down on the Commons, a tumbleweed of police tape bounced past the shuttered paraphernalia stores while tucked high above street level, in a forgotten fourth-floor corner of the…

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Last week, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined the guidelines for a phased plan to re-open New York on a regional basis. He also announced the creation of the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board to help guide the state's re-opening strategy. It might sta…

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News Item: (United States, April, 2020) Despite the continued concerns of medical experts over the country's COVID-19 testing capacity, some states are “reopening” public spaces and relaxing stay-at-home measures. "The rate of new cases has slowed for the last 45 minutes," said Florida Gov. …

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Hard to believe that it's been less than a month since we were directed, on nine minutes' notice, to stay home and practice social distancing. Granted, we're not hiding in the annex from the Nazis, and we're not staying inside because radioactive ash from Chernobyl is gently falling from the…

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No matter what, there is no denying that this is a historic time. How will future Americans look back on these days? I downloaded a scene from the Cornstarch household from Ithaca 2040 via TimeTunnel, my time-travel app, and got a glimpse. (It's sort of like a flat-screen crystal ball, but i…

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News outlets have always loved bad news. It sold papers in the old days, and keeps us glued to our phones now. That being said, doesn't it seem like we're being carpet-bombed with the stuff these days? And we're not doing well with it. I tried to buy some hand sanitizer at Wegmans and the ca…

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This really happened this morning in the Oval Office of the White House. I have a source. Having just finished the presidential breakfast of Froot Loops served in a Christofle china bowl emblazoned with the presidential seal, Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, had we…