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Liam Rodee, age 9, with his creation at the TAUNY workshop. Photo: Julie Grant
Liam Rodee, age 9, with his creation at the TAUNY workshop. Photo: Julie Grant

Sweet holiday tradition has scary roots

Over the past decade or so making gingerbread houses has gained popularity in the North Country, in large part because of a workshop and contest organized by TAUNY. Making a candy house brings the some families together every year for something deliciously fun. But the history of candy houses also has some darker roots.  Go to full article
Where drillers want to use hydrofracking in New York: pending well permit applications for high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Image: Innovation Trail

Legal, health experts weigh in on latest fracking delay

A legal expert says that the Cuomo Administration's decision to delay action on making the decision about hydraulic fracturing in New York for another 90 days makes sense.

Meanwhile, some health care professionals say a review underway on the health effects of fracking is a sham.  Go to full article
Taxpayers and Essex County officials listen to a presentation on the tentative 2013 Essex County budget at a public hearing in Elizabethtown Monday night. Photo: Chris Morris via <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Few speak out at Essex County budget hearing

Essex County lawmakers say they will keep working to chip away at a proposed 26 percent tax hike currently included in the tentative 2013 budget.

The county's Board of Supervisors held a public hearing on the tentative budget Monday night.  Go to full article
Weather data helped scientists predict the peak timing of flu outbreaks more than seven weeks before they happened. Photo: <a href="">US Army Corps of Engineers Europe District</a> via <a href=>Flickr

Researchers predict flu with weather forecasting techniques

Someday your local weatherman may also be able predict the latest flu outbreak.

That's according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the...  Go to full article
Modern abolitionist Ken Morris.  Photo: courtesy of Frederick Douglass Family Foundation

Preview: Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The Long History of Emancipation

Frederick Douglass' great-great-great grandson will be the one of the speakers at this weekend's "Freedom Then, Freedom Now: The Long History of Emancipation" event in Lake...  Go to full article
Bactrian Camel. Photo: <a href="">Michael Pereckas</a>, CC <a href="">some rights reserved</a>

Natural Selections: Camels

Do camels really store water in their humps? Well, not really. And they aren't native to the deserts of the Middle East and Asia, either. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager...  Go to full article