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It seems to us: It’s a new era for cap maker, Bay State time machine and a cosmic hiccup

It’s been a New Era summer in Western New York. First, the local cap maker purchased the naming rights for the former Ralph Wilson Stadium – still affectionately known as The Ralph. With that, the company that makes high-quality caps for all Major League Baseball teams hit the Even-Bigger Time by associating itself with the Buffalo Bills.

Then, this past week, New Era Cap Co. announced a deal to produce caps for all NFL teams as well. The agreement makes New Era even more of a national company, protects the 250 jobs at its Derby manufacturing plant and accounts for 17 new ones to be added by the end of the year.

It’s great to see a local company playing in the big leagues.

Fun in Massachusetts: The state legislature in the Bay State is thinking of toying with time travel. Lawmakers there want to explore the possibility of abandoning the Eastern Time Zone for the four bleak months starting in November. Instead, the state would join outposts such as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and parts of Greenland that inhabit the Atlantic Time Zone.

The problem, the lawmakers say, is that Boston and other parts of the state are so far east in the Eastern Time Zone that, come the dead of winter, the sun sets as early as 4:12 p.m. The early darkness, they say, is a bummer, and we’re sure it is.

But why stop there? The Atlantic Time Zone is too obvious. Instead, they should have the state rejoin the mother country – England – by adopting Greenwich Mean Time, pushing the December sunset to a summery 9:12 p.m.

We’re not sure how well that would work out, since the sun wouldn’t rise until around noon, but it would be fun to watch them try to cope.

Not content with meddling in American politics, the Russians, it turns out, are mucking up intergalactic issues, as well.

It’s possible that from somewhere in the constellation Hercules, about 400 million light years away, someone has been trying to say “hello.” Russian radio astronomers picked up a two-second burst of radio waves from that stellar neighborhood in May 2015, but kept the information secret. Now, the world’s astronomers are trying to puzzle out what happened.

The consensus is that it was probably not an “intelligent signal,” which would jibe with the decision to keep it secret.

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