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Eric Stevenson. Photo: <a href="">NYS Assembly</a>
Eric Stevenson. Photo: NYS Assembly

Yet more corruption, bribery charges for NYS politicians

Two days after a state senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, an assemblyman has been accused of accepting payments to sponsor legislation that would benefit developers of an adult day care center in the Bronx.

It was déjà vu all over again, as US Attorney Preet Bharara stepped to the microphones yesterday to announce that yet another New York State lawmaker has been accused of bribery and corruption.  Go to full article
Sen. Andrew Lanza, a sponsor of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act in the New York State Senate. Photo: <a href="">Sen. Lanza website</a><br />

Fighting sex trafficking in New York state

Forcing young women and men into a life of prostitution is a very lucrative business.

It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood, but the sex trafficking trade is alive and well in Central New York, but a movement to end it in New York State is gathering momentum, with a bill in the legislature to protect those who are trafficked, and bring traffickers to justice.  Go to full article
Part of the 7.2 mile contaminated stretch of the Grasse. Photo: David Sommerstein

Mohawks rip EPA's Grasse River cleanup plan

Update: The EPA released its final plan for the Alcoa Grasse River cleanup late this morning. More information is at The Inbox.

Just ahead of the release of a plan to clean up toxic chemicals from the Grasse River near Massena, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe blasted federal officials for putting the economy ahead of the environment.  Go to full article

VT Senate considers driver's licenses for migrant workers

A bill in the Vermont Senate would allow migrant farm workers access to driver's licenses.

Vermont is home to approximately 1500 migrant workers - many of whom...  Go to full article
Loretta Thayer at her hamburger place, the Silver Leaf. Photo: Julie Grant

A safe haven, and homemade pie, at the Silver Leaf

North Country highways are full of diners, cafes, and coffee shops. The sign on the Silver Leaf in DeKalb Junction calls it a diner. But owner Loretta Thayer says it's really...  Go to full article
Sara Lynch carves details into a ceramic cat bowl that will later be glazed and fired in her kiln.  Photo: Todd Moe

How a young artist is creating her niche in the art world

Over the next few months, we'll bring you some of the voices of the many folks in the North Country who make a living in their own workshops, basements and spare rooms. It...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article
"Report Card," artist:<a href=""<br />>Regina Holliday</a>, CC some rights reserved<br />

North Country schools get high marks

An education advocacy group has issued report cards to schools across New York, and the North Country had some high marks for student performance.

Abraham Wing...  Go to full article
Dollar bills blast from the horns on the political bandwagon in this allegorical artwork "Money and Politics." Artwork: <a href="">Carl Glover</a>, CC some rights reserved

Smith scandal reverberates through NY political circles

The scandal centered around new York State Senator Malcolm Smith is setting off repercussions in both political parties and at every level of New York state's government....  Go to full article
Nick Planty, owner of Wiseguys Sports Bar and Grill, speaks to the Lake Placid village Board of Trustees Monday about an Essex County proposal to change the closing time for bars from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m. Planty, as well as Zig Zags Pub owner Dave Sheffield, who is seated wearing the plaid shirt, oppose the change. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Essex County mulls earlier closing time for bars

In the coming weeks, the Essex County Board of Supervisors will debate whether to change the countywide closing time for bars from 4 am to 2 am.

The proposal has...  Go to full article
Sonostics CEO Chuck Schwerin says his company's treatment offers a way to resolve knee pain before going to surgery. Photo by Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail.

Startup looks for a way around knee surgery

Knee pain is among the most common medical complaints across age groups from young athletes to aging baby boomers. Often, the trouble is in the meniscus cartilage, and often,...  Go to full article
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