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Suffolk Closeup With crash and burn of space probe set for Sept. 15, a reminder that NASA’s nuclear space follies must...

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On Sept. 15, the Cassini space probe and its 72.3 pounds of Plutonium-238 fuel — which is 280 times more radioactive than the Plutonum-239 used in atomic bombs — will be crashed into Saturn.

Suffolk Closeup: Coping with the thieves among us

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When backyard varmints strip all the fruit from more than 40 trees, there's only one thing left to do.

Must STEM focus come at the expense of the humanities at Stony Brook?

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A major university should offer a broad education. Learning in literature, theatre, cultural studies are important to a student’s education, and her or his understanding of the world.

Looking back on 50-plus years reporting the news in Suffolk County

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In the rear-view mirror: Karl Grossman reflects on his decades of reporting on Suffolk County issues, government and politics.

Suffolk Closeup: Keys to a successful congressional campaign according to this district’s longest-serving congressman

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Otis Pike's campaigns were notoriously frugal, hard-hitting, intelligent and witty — like the congressman himself. He represented the NY-1 from 1961 to 1979.

Suffolk Closeup Thiele introduces measure that would help fund advanced septic sytems

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Like the legislation sought by County Executive Steve Bellone last year, State Assemblyman Fred Thiele's proposal would create a fund with a $1-per-thousand water surcharge for public water customers. The fund would help homeowners install costly advanced septic systems.

Suffolk Closeup Signs, signs, everywhere the signs – It’s time to end New York’s visual pollution

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It's time to purge New York's roads and highways of the billboards and signs that litter and mar the landscape — starting with the state's own roadside ad campaign.

Suffolk Closeup Civil rights on Long Island: Local history includes slavery, a strong and active KKK, legal discrimination against minorities

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The history of the civil rights of blacks, Jews and Catholics on Long Island was examined in a talk by Prof. Christopher Verga at the Suffolk County Historical Society Jan. 21.

Suffolk Closeup Closing the aged, dangerous Indian Point nuclear plants will spur green energy

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The agreement to close the Indian Point nuclear power plants less than 50 miles from western Suffolk and between 60 and 100 miles from the East End — as the crow flies and radioactivity spreads — “is a huge step forward in protecting the health and safety of all New Yorkers.”

Suffolk Closeup Tuition-free public colleges give working and middle class a much-needed leg up

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Free tuition at New York's public colleges has a history going back nearly two centuries and has played a pivotal role in the upward mobility of middle and working class youth.