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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

Just because folks around here can’t seem to build a new Peace Bridge doesn’t mean bridges can’t be built.

News staff reporter Robert J. McCarthy’s Tuesday article pointed to bridges built over the past several years – 10 local spans – with much public input and shepherded by the state Department of Transportation. A noteworthy accomplishment.

The designs offer a nod to history and culture. The Elmwood Avenue bridge over Scajaquada Creek and the Scajaquada Expressway will recall a bridge from the Pan-American Exposition. A pedestrian crossing over the Niagara Thruway near the Peace Bridge has nautical flourishes. The ECMC access bridge over the Kensington Expressway has a medical theme.

We’ve learned how to do small-scale signature bridges. Next, a new Peace Bridge … someday … maybe.

Even the father, Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen as April the Giraffe finally gave birth to her baby a week ago at the Animal Adventure Park, a privately owned zoo near Binghamton.

The birth seemed to viewers – the park’s “Giraffe Cam” had more than 1.2 million watching the birth in real time – to take an eternity (livestreaming since February). Eventually, the baby giraffe emerged from the standing mother and, perhaps to the needless alarm of some humans, dropped safely to the ground. Both are in fine form.

Next up is a name. Geoffrey seems a bit mercenary. We’ll go with something simple like Stretch.

How To Be a Successful Author, by Andrew M. Cuomo: Get elected governor of a big state. Write a book. Sell 3,200 copies. Earn $783,000.

Don’t ask how it worked, because we can’t figure it out. But that’s what HarperCollins has paid New York’s governor since it published the memoir, “All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life.” That works out to a payment of $245 per book to Cuomo, who must be one of the world’s cagiest authors, given the books were originally selling for just $29.99.

Those who doubt the governor’s abilities in economic development, take note.

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