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"Proof of Corruption: Bribery, Impeachment, and Pandemic in the Age of Trump" is the final book in Seth Abramson’s Proof series following "Proof of Collusion" and "Proof of Conspiracy," both national bestsellers.

"Proof of Corruption" looks to connect the dots between worldwide headlines to create a comprehensive history and analysis of the Trump administration. The book is a searing indictment of Trump’s brazen behavior in office and the dire consequences for the world.

Seth Abramson is a former criminal defense attorney and criminal investigator who teaches journalism and legal advocacy at the University of New Hampshire. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is a political columnist at Newsweek and the author.

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Some of the most hard hit folks in this pandemic are those in the arts. Theaters, concert halls, and many cultural offerings are suffering great financial hardship without an audience to attend in person. That also goes for the Guthrie Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

The Guthrie Center at the Old Trinity Church was founded by Arlo Guthrie to honor the legacy of his parents, Woody Guthrie and Marjorie Mazia-Guthrie. The Guthrie Center seeks to cultivate cultural preservation, promote educational achievement and foster community outreach to meet the ongoing needs of the community. However, since the pandemic began, the Guthrie Center has struggled to keep up financially.

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On Monday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a message to laborers in New York State. In his address Cuomo mentioned the pandemic:

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With SUNY Oneonta shutting the campus down for the semester due to COVID-19, Albany area colleges have safety plans in place for the holiday weekend.

Joe Donahue: Emma Donoghue's new novel "The Pull of the Stars", brings us to Dublin 1918, in a maternity ward at the height of the great flu. With the country doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center where expecting mothers who have come down with influenza are quarantined together. Into Julia's regimented world steps two outsiders: Dr. Kathleen Lin, a rumored Rebel on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney. Over three days, these women change each other's lives in unexpected and profound ways. Emma Donoghue is the author of several novels including "Akin", "Landing", "The Wonder", and the international best-seller "Room", in which her screen adaptation was nominated for four Academy Awards. 

How do you do great work while sitting near the same spot where you watch Netflix? How can you be responsive without losing the focus necessary for getting things done? How can you maintain and grow your network when you spend less time face to face?

Long before the pandemic and public health concerns pushed many of us indoors, some of the most successful people fueled their careers with carefully perfected work-from-home routines.

Laura Vanderkam's new e-book is "The New Corner Office: How the Most Successful People Work from Home."

Vanderkam is the author of several time management and productivity books, including "Juliet’s School of Possibilities," "Off the Clock," "I Know How She Does It," "What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast," and "168 Hours." Her work has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune. She is the host of the podcast "The New Corner Office" and "Before Breakfast" and the co-host, with Sarah Hart-Unger, of the podcast "Best of Both Worlds."

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy announced today that as of this morning, there have now been 2,007 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Albany County to date
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Although coronavirus cases remain relatively low in Albany County, good news is hard to come by on the financial front.

Senator Chuck Schumer addresses reporters as Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy looks on.
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Senator Chuck Schumer was in Schenectady today calling for immediate fiscal relief for cash-strapped local governments throughout the Capital Region.

Joe Donahue: In the new thriller “The End of October” from the Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Lawrence Wright, Dr. Henry Parsons an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees. The novel has a virus that starts in Asia, sweeps across continents, cripples the healthcare system wrecks the economy and kills scores of people worldwide. Yes, eerily prescient. And Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. 

Joe Donahue: Emily St. John Mandel is the award winning author of “Station 11”. Her new novel, “The Glass Hotel” is set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events, a massive Ponzi scheme collapse and the mysterious disappearance of a woman from a ship at sea. In the story of crisis and survival, Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes, campgrounds for the near homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping service and luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. “The Glass Hotel” is a portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will send absentee ballot applications to all eligible state voters for the June 23rd primary to give them the option of voting by mail if they don’t feel comfortable going to the polls in person due to the pandemic.

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and author of the book "Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency."

He just published a related piece in The Atlantic on why America’s COVID-19 disaster is a setback for democracy. In dealing with the crisis, Diamond says China was able to implement drastic measures to get its house in order while democracies around the world are floundering.

Here in the United States, where we are preparing for a Presidential election, Diamond argues that COVID-19 threatens to undo our social fabric and our political process.

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Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the city faces unique challenges during the pandemic, but operations are continuing.

Terry Tempest Williams is renowned for her singular body of literature on the environment and our experiences of home which makes her a perfect guest for this 50-th Anniversary of Earth Day Celebration.

Her last book “Erosion: Essays of Undoing,” explores this connection, particularly to her home state of Utah, as an evolutionary process and how our undoing of the self, self-centeredness, extractive capitalism, fear, tribalism can also be our becoming, creating room for change and progress.

Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of numerous books, including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place and When Women Were Birds. She is the co-editor of Library of America’s brand-new: American Birds: A Literary Companion. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School.

This Special COVID-19 Siena College Poll was conducted April 3-14, 2020 by internet interviews with 307 Business Leaders from across Upstate
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Due to the pandemic, business confidence has hit the floor in New York state. Here's a look at the latest Siena College poll of upstate business leaders.

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York is associated with summer in our region, but over the last few years, SPAC has begun offering programming year-round through collaboration with other community venues and organizations.

But, these are tough times – especially for the arts. CEO of SPAC Elizabeth Sobel is here to discuss the huge threat to survival all artists and arts organizations are confronting right now – and also discuss some of the ways art brings us together in times of uncertainty – and how one engages with art in an era of pandemic.

Elizabeth Sobol is the President and CEO of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking March 25, 2020.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is freezing scheduled pay raises of 80,000 state workers due to the deficit caused by the coronavirus. 

Mark Honigsbaum is a medical historian, journalist, and author of five books including "The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris."

In the book, Honigsbaum narrates the last century of scientific struggle against the enemy we face today: deadly contagious disease. He would argue that our current crisis is representative of the cycle of neglect that has characterized our responses to epidemics and pandemics over the last 100 years.

Today’s situation contains uncanny parallels with 1918’s Spanish flu pandemic, not least in the virus’s stealthy, silent spread around the world, before erupting suddenly in multiple urban centers at the same time.

Medical leaders and the media practice social distancing during a press conference at Albany Med.
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The first coronavirus patients from the greater New York City area have begun arriving upstate.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced last week that he was bringing on the firm run by retired General Stanley McChrystal to oversee the city's emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic as cases rise in the city.

McChrystal is a retired four-star Army general who is best known for leading the Joint Special Operations Command in the 2000s and commanding the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. For the next two months, the team at the McChrystal Group will focus on the coordination of city agencies, integrating theirour response plans, and ensuring effective and transparent communication of those plans to city residents.

McChrystal’s advice on how to lead the nation through the coronavirus pandemic is instill confidence, tell the truth, be unified and fight it like a war.

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. Coronavirus is here and before it we heard about Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia―but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern.

The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. In his new book, "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, Science" journalist David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field―netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo―with the world’s leading disease scientists.

The day after officials announced the first deaths in the state related to the coronavirus, Vermont officials provided updates on efforts to control the outbreak.

The dawn of genetic engineering has opened new doorways of possibility for both medical researchers and patients once thought long beyond help. But there is a dark side to the radical frontiers of science.

In his new medical thriller, "Pandemic," Robin Cook proves once again why he is the master of medical suspense with a timely, terrifyingly believable novel of great suspense.

Doctor and writer Robin Cook started his medical career as a general surgical resident and finished with an ophthalmology residency at Harvard. He is the author of thirty-four bestsellers including: "Coma," which was published 40 years ago, and most recently: "Host," "Cell," "Death Benefit," "Cure," and "Charlatans."

The Fireman By Joe Hill

May 17, 2016

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2, Horns and Heart-Shaped Box comes a chilling novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes and a band of improbable heroes who battle to save it, led by one powerful and enigmatic man known as the Fireman.

Joe Hill’s new novel is The Fireman. No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. It is known as Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames.

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Baystate Health  has put new visitor policies in place at its three hospitals in Springfield, Greenfield and Ware.  Patients can have no more than 2 visitors at a time and none  under the age of 14. Patients are asked to come alone to doctor’s appointments.   Dr. Sarah Haessler, an infectious disease specialist at Baystate said the last time these precautions were taken was during the flu pandemic in 2009.