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Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo courtesy Biodiversity Research Institute's Center for Loon Conservation
Researchers Rick Grey and Nina Schoch weigh an adult loon. Photo courtesy Biodiversity Research Institute's Center for Loon Conservation

Loons sound alarm on mercury pollution

The Adirondacks' beloved icon, the Common Loon, has left for its winter home on the Atlantic coast.

Loons have enjoyed unprecedented population growth over the last 30 years. They outlived DDT and a time when people used to shoot loons for sport. But a recent study says things could have been even better. This time the culprit is mercury pollution.  Go to full article
An aerial shot from Gov. Cuomo's tour of areas affected by Sandy. Photo: Governor's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/page2/">Flickr</a>

Cuomo, representatives push for Sandy aid in Washington

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is joining with leaders of New York's congressional delegation to urge Congress to finally act on a federal aid package for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

It's been seven weeks since the destructive storm. The debate is set to begin Monday, and the measure faces complications and political hurdles.  Go to full article
Guns and ammo at a Arizona gun shop. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saechang/">Mike Saechang</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

New York leaders call for gun control

New York's top politicians reacted quickly to Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

New York Gov. Cuomo is pledging to work for gun control in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, calling it "yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns."  Go to full article
Dr. Dan Mitchell, a psychologist at the North Country Children's Clinic, demonstrates his practice's new electronic medical record system at the clinic's offices in Watertown. Photo: Joanna Richards

InfoTech project aims to improve health care in North Country

While lots of industries turned to information technology long ago to improve efficiency, accuracy and collaboration, until now, health care has lagged behind. Now, a big...  Go to full article
Poinsettias. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/depredator007/">Fernando Cuenca Romero</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Plants to brighten the holiday season

Rows of poinsettias, clusters of cyclamen--favorite seasonal plants are crowding florist shops and supermarkets.

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy...  Go to full article