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Police will crack down on underage drinking and retailers that serve or sell alcohol to patrons under the age of 21, the legal drinking age. The crackdown will put retailers that risk breaking the law or do not check IDs on alert and, as a vital by-product, keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. Under the plan announced Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, police will work with the state Liquor Authority and the state Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct underage drinking checks at establishments suspected of selling alcohol to minors, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores. Police will join forces with the Liquor Authority to check with local retail stores that sell beer and other forms of alcohol. There will be surprise sting operations employing underage people. More often than not, these snap inspections find stores are complying with the law. But some operations turn up establishments that flout the law. In Saratoga County, for example, a dozen establishments were cited in February following a two-day, underage alcohol sales sting. According to the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, drinking alcohol before age 21 can interfere wit...

How the Hanseroth twins and Brandi Carlile became a Grammy-storming ‘misfit’ family

MAPLE VALLEY — Phil and Tim Hanseroth were milling around the lobby of the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Seattle last month. Guitars in tow, Brandi Carlile’s longtime bandmates — endeared to fans as simply “the twins” — were waiting on the folk star and Dave Grohl. The Seattle rock heroes were en route to an impromptu busking session at Pike Place Market that would be viewed by scores of lucky tourists and a couple of million fans on Carlile’s Facebook Live feed when the brothers got a call. Carlile was on the line with a last-minute request. Apparently, Grohl wanted to know if they’d learn AC/DC’s “Let There Be Rock,” a staple in Grohl’s Foo Fighters cover-song arsenal, shortly before they’re about to post up beneath the farmers market sign. “It’s like the one AC/DC song that’s like eight minutes long — not really an intuitive AC/DC song,” Tim says. “So, we’re like ‘[Expletive].’” With the clock ticking, the twins pulled up the song (six minutes, for the record) on their iPhones and got to work in the hotel lobby. While video of the mini concert at the market instantly went viral and is bound to live on in Seattle music lore, it seems the hotel staff was less impressed with t...