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The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="">JvL</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: JvL, CC some rights reserved

Control of NY Senate still uncertain two days after election

Control of the State Senate is still up in the air, and could be for weeks. Democrats are claiming victory, but Republicans are not conceding. They say they're waiting until the absentee ballots are counted.  Go to full article
The Locks. Photo: Jennifer McCluskey

Five-statistician family writes improbable textbook

Statistics isn't exactly the sexiest subject in school--for people who aren't mathematically inclined, taking a statistics class usually means doing a lot of equations that don't seem to have any relevance to your life, and then then forgetting everything you learned almost immediately.

Now, a family of statisticians has written a new text book that's looking to change that reputation, by teaching statistics in a different way.

Patti Fraser Lock and her husband, Robin Lock, are both professors at St. Lawrence University--and their three grown children are also statisticians. Their book is called "Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data"--A little nod to the five co-authors. It focuses on how statistics plays out in real life situations, not just on paper.

The five Locks wrote the book over a few years, including a summer spent working in the family home in Hannawa Falls. Nora Flaherty asked Patti Lock what it was like having all her kids back home and working together.  Go to full article
Pre-game KanJam in at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo: <a href="">Dennis Crowley</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

"KanJam": once a "waste" of time, now a sport

"Trash Can Frisbee" dates back to the late 1980s, when a few college friends in Buffalo started tossing discs toward, not surprisingly, trash cans.

For years, the game was mostly played in backyards around the city.

But now, it's a sport, known as KanJam, and is played at tailgates and parties all over the country. It's also a company, based in Buffalo, where the KanJam world championships also take place.  Go to full article
This artsy neon sign hangs in the window of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council in Potsdam.  Photo: Todd Moe

Studio Tour: artistry and creativity up close

Todd Moe talks with Hillary Oak, director of the St. Lawrence County Arts Council, about this weekend's 25th annual Artists' Studio Tour. It's opportunity to meet artists...  Go to full article
The Calefax Reed Quintet will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 in Hosmer Hall at SUNY Potsdam.

Preview: Calefax reed quintet in Potsdam

One of the finest woodwind quintets in the world will give a concert this weekend in Potsdam. Community Performance Series will host the CALEFAX Reed Quintet on Sunday...  Go to full article
Kristeen Colby under a blue sky near Gabriels. Archive Photo of the Day: Jason Colby, Saranac Lake, NY.

Natural Selections: Why is the sky blue?, take 2

Dr. Curt Stager tries once again to answer the classic child's question. It is a poser that was worthy of Einstein's time, who eventually came up with the best answer. But...  Go to full article

Gift Books and Winter Reading Call-in

Our annual winter books call-in is hosted by Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, with guest book maven John Ernst. Callers and visitors share their favorite picks for holiday...  Go to full article
Owens supporters and staff reacting to hearing Bill Owens announce that Matt Doheney had just called him to concede the election. Photo: Mark Kurtz

NY21: What does Owens' win say about the district?

Brian Mann has reported and blogged throughout the 21st District congressional race. He joined Martha Foley on the line Wednesday morning, after a long night, to talk about...  Go to full article
Owens making his victory speech just after midnight Wednesday morning. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Owens wins NY21 after tough race

Democrat Bill Owens survived one of the most costly and bitter political campaigns in North Country history Tuesday night.

The Plattsburgh congressman traded blows...  Go to full article
Matt Doheny thanks supporters Tuesday night. Photo: David Sommerstein

NY21: Doheny hustle falls short

Jefferson County businessman Matt Doheny lost a second straight close election to Democratic Congressman Bill Owens. With the race neck and neck most of the night, Owens took...  Go to full article
Kirsten Gillibrand. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Gillibrand winds landslide victory in US Senate Race

Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand won a landslide victory over Republican Wendy Long on Tuesday. By some reports, Gillibrand won the largest percentage in New...  Go to full article
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