New York Today: Where to Ski Near the City

Good morning on this winter-ready Thursday.

While the city has yet to see its first significant snow of this autumn, ski and snowboard season is well underway across New York’s 51 ski resorts and just outside the state’s borders.

Elaine Glusac, who writes about ski travel for The New York Times, told us about some of the best places for New Yorkers to hit the slopes without having to set foot on an airplane or drive a car.

So grab your goggles, buckle your boots and heat up those hand warmers.

Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid, N.Y.

“As a former Olympic venue, Whiteface Mountain is a bucket-list place for skiers with respect for history,” Ms. Glusac told us.

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Hours from the city: 5

How to get there: By bus, take Adirondack Trailways. By train, take Amtrak to Westport, N.Y., about 40 miles from Lake Placid, and then hop on a scheduled shuttle. More transit information here.

One great date: This Sunday, when you can ski for free if you are dressed as Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus.

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Twitter accidentally killed @ names in replies on iOS today

If you use the official Twitter iOS app, you may have noticed something missing today: @username handles in replies. I wasn’t a fan of the reworked style when it popped up on my Android device recently, and neither were many of the people affected by the change today. The one upside however, was that since @names no longer applied to the character count, some users created a massive “Twitter canoe” mentioning everyone they could. Anyway, it has now reverted back to normal for all users, and in a tweet, the company explained: “an experiment around replies accidentally went out to everyone on iOS briefly.”

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One stop home for gardening solutions

When Cyclone Hudhud flattened 350 plants at Ravipati Kumuda’s residence two years ago, she felt helpless that she could save only one of them.

Though it took quite a while for her to come to terms with the loss, she breathed life into her entrepreneurial skills by launching ‘Green Twigs’.

With an initial capital investment of just Rs. 5,000, she gave wings to her plant retail venture that provides a one-stop solution to gardening and landscaping needs. Today, her home-cum-green world is a place where over 2,000 ornamental, medicinal and flowering plants have been housed.

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Trump, Baldwin trade jabs after latest ‘SNL’ skit

President-elect Trump wasted little time to denounce the latest “Saturday Night Live” cold opening, which featured the return of Alec Baldwin portraying Trump during a national security briefing retweeting random people across the United States.

“Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad,” Trump tweeted early Sunday morning.

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10 Tasks For Your Winter Garden

Winter is finally here in Utah and I was fortunate to be picking tomatoes right up to Thanksgiving! However, a blanket of snow doesn’t stop a keen gardener; there are plenty of jobs you can do in the garden and around the homestead to get your plot ready for the next growing season.  Read on to find out my main 10 tasks for winter.

1.  Keep Composting

Composting slows down as the temperature plummets in winter, however it doesn’t mean that you should stop adding kitchen scraps to the heap.  We’re very keen composters and are expanding the large compost bin to allow for a second heap to get started in winter which will be finished and ready to spread on the garden next fall.

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Georgia man convicted in son’s hot-car death gets life, no parole

Jurors last month convicted Justin Ross Harris of malice murder and other charges in the June 2014 death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. The malice murder conviction means they believed Harris left the young boy to die on purpose.

Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley Clark sentenced the 36-year-old Harris at a hearing Monday.

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Disney’s Moana tells an emotional, funny story worthy of its luminous heroine

Whether or not Moana (pronounced Moe-AH-na) is the movie we need right now I can’t say definitively, but I think it was the movie I needed. And I suspect I won’t be alone in that feeling.

A tale of a courageous young woman who learns to lead from her ancestors and takes on a lava monster, Moana has a lot things going for it. Its sunny island setting lends itself to magical realism to great effect, similar to this year’s outstanding Kubo and the Two Strings. The film’s imagination runs rampant, and the results are funny and unpredictable. It has a great heroine. It calls for young people to embrace their family and community while also being brave and authentic. And the songs are mostly written by Opetaia Foa’i, Mark Mancina, and Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and whew are they catchy.

All these factors taken together and topped off with a great voice cast means Moana punches way above the weight class typically assigned to children’s movies with a fairly boilerplate plot about figuring out who you truly are. It’s delightful.

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