12/04/16 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

A world expert on horseshoe crabs is worried about their extinction after 455 million years of life on Earth — largely because the crab has become a delicacy in some Asian nations. (more…)

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11/19/16 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The election of November 8, 2016 will have far reaching consequences in Suffolk County.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The election of November 8, 2016 will have far reaching consequences in Suffolk County.

The astonishing win of the U.S. presidency by Donald Trump on the Republican ticket has, to put it mildly, overshadowed all other political news out of the 2016 election.

In Suffolk County, which Mr. Trump carried with 52 percent of the vote, a percentage-point more than Democrat Barack Obama did in 2012, there was a variety of less astonishing but still interesting results. Foremost was the, not unrelated, first re-election victory of Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley). (more…)

11/13/16 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO/Grassroots Environmental Education

COURTESY PHOTO/Grassroots Environmental Education

For years debates have raged on Long Island and in the nation about the use of artificial or synthetic turf, also called plastic turf, and by critics, “toxic turf.”

The use of this stuff as a substitute for grass on sports fields began with its installation at the Houston Astrodome in 1966 of what was originally sold as “ChemGrass” and then “AstroTurf.”

As years have passed, there have been voices raised about artificial turf, the same as with any introduction of products made from problematic chemicals. (more…)

11/06/16 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. is going to war with County Executive Steve Bellone over the budget.

COURTESY PHOTO Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. is going to war with County Executive Steve Bellone over the budget.

The top fiscal watchdogs in Suffolk County government are critical of County Executive Steve Bellone’s recommended $2.96 billion county budget for 2017.

“It is constructed so poorly and so tenuously,” declared County Comptroller John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset). “It is fraught with peril. It is not unlike what we see to the west of us,” he added, referring to the financial mess that Nassau County government has been in for years, resulting in New York State imposing a Finance Authority to oversee Nassau’s fiscal matters. (more…)

10/29/16 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills)

COURTESY PHOTO Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills)

We all know about the horrors of heroin and the addictive pain-killing drug oxycodone, but what do we know about U-47700? (more…)