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Fair mounted patrol unit celebrates 50th anniversary amid uncertainty

In the 32 years he's served on the Wisconsin State Fair Police's mounted patrol unit, Joe Volz has seen a lot. There was the time Volz and his horse Montana chased a purse snatcher out of the fairgrounds, across Greenfield Avenue and into the alleyways – "he'd go through the backyards; I'd go through the backyards" – until the suspect finally surrendered. Then there were the racially charged mob attacks in 2011. Mostly, though, Volz and Montana, at 19 years the longest serving horse in the unit, have met many, many people. This year is no different. "Can anyone get kicked by one of these things?" one woman asked, gingerly stroking Montana's head. "Yes, they can. I've seen it," Volz affirmed. "People fly. They fly without wings."

Cranford High School graduate plays key role in bringing ‘The Call of the Wild’ to life

CRANFORD, NJ — Moviegoers who happened to visit Cranford Theater at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, stumbled upon an odd sight: a group of more than 20 people, young and old, carrying dirt-caked shovels, minnow buckets, oil lanterns and rusted pans. Most wore long-sleeved plaid shirts and wool hats. A few boasted fake beards. Even more mysterious was the item sitting on the wooden easel in the midst of the crowd: a giant black-and-white photograph of a steely gazed, bearded man wearing....

Yale researchers advance search for dark matter

Decades after dark matter was first discovered, a Yale-built detection device is leading the search for the invisible phenomenon. --------One reader's comment on the article: "AHMED ELBENNI deserves special recognition for his success in translating some very deep science into terms understandable to the YDN readership, including careful selection and arrangements of relevant bits from the HAYSTAC of information this story encompasses."

The Academy of Our Lady of Peace saves itself from closure

Patricia Payton was reliving a nightmare. Just three years ago, the Diocese of Paterson had closed Holy Family School, the Catholic elementary school her fourth-grade daughter had been attending since kindergarten. Payton and others fought the closure for a year, launching a fundraiser and reaching out to alumni, to no avail. At the time, she had felt sadness and melancholy. Now, though, she burned with anger.

Animating Alternatives

Seth Jacobowitz, associate Yale professor of East Asian Languages and Literature, was not expecting much of a turnout for his newest class, EALL 357: Anime and the Posthuman. Class sizes in his department typically range from five to ten students, and anime, traditionally defined as “Japanese animation,” seemed too niche a subject to attract a large audience. But once he held the first class session in William Harkness Hall, Jacobowitz quickly discovered that he had miscalculated.

Not a Note Out of Place

“Yale is the only Ivy League university that lacks a formalized jazz studies program, concentration, or emphasis,” said Kane. “By the phrase jazz studies, I do not mean simply a few performance classes in jazz or in improvisation, but the rigorous study of jazz as a cultural, artistic and musical phenomenon, one that demands critical investigation, archival research and imaginative scholarship. Jazz Studies is really an interdisciplinary project — not the province of one single department or professional school. It requires support from the administration. Their inaction has effectively hindered the possibilities.” ---------------------One of the sources for this story had this to say after reading it: "Your article is fantastic - the jazz collective has been covered a bunch of times by the YDN before but no one has ever hit so many important points in one article. Thank you for writing it!"
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