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Opinion column by Greg Blass, a retired public servant who served as Suffolk County social services commissioner, NYS family court judge and Suffolk County legislator.

CBDs: Are these wonder meds for real?

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Research into the value of CBDs shows some pretty powerful results: they relieve pain, aid sleep, reduce tension, ease nerve pain, slow aging, revitalize skin tissue, even balance blood sugar. They've even been called "the most promising drug that has come out for neuropsychiatric diseases in the last 50 years."

A daredevil first: Six men row across the Drake Passage to reach Antarctica — but why?

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The spirit of adventure lies within each of us. Why do some people embrace it and go where it takes them?

Corruption laid bare — now what?

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There was one chilling disclosure after another in the corruption trial of former Suffolk DA Thomas Spota, who, along with former chief of investigations and chief of the DA’s government corruption bureau Christopher McParland, was convicted this month of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and other charges in federal court.

Where have all the bluefish gone?

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Vanishing bluefish bring to mind the compelling metaphor on a grand scale of the canary in the coal mine. Common sense dictates that we act far more decisively with restraint, care and rationality as fish in the wild face their unprecedented peril.

A meat-eater’s quandary

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Given what we now know about animal sentience, is consuming meat immoral?
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Laughter is the medicine for what ails us

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Laughter is good for us and may even provide healing refuge in a culture where arguments and attacks prevail.

The power of forgiveness in an unforgiving world

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“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping that it will kill your enemies.” - Nelson Mandela, who spent nearly 30 years in prison for anti-apartheid activism, shown here shaking hands with State President of South Africa Frederik de Klerk in 1992.

Alexei Leonov, space artist and pioneer

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Trailblazing voyager cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, 85, the first person to walk in space (in March 1965) died Oct. 11 — as two astronauts worked outside the International Space Station.

Local folklore: the common wisdom, customs and superstitions that shaped the way our ancestors lived

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A look at the the beliefs and practical knowledge that guided people's lives in a bygone era.

In Suffolk’s jail, a nun with a heart for those behind bars

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A chaplain at the Suffolk County jail for 26 years, Sister Michelle Bremer counsels, teaches and restores trust in the hearts of the incarcerated.
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