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Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new NY SAFE act into law Tuesday. Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/page2/">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the new NY SAFE act into law Tuesday. Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office via Flickr

New gun law prompts mental health concerns

Mental health advocates have some concerns over portions of the new gun control rules that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law this week.

During debate over the gun control legislation approved in the State senate and Assembly, the issue of mentally ill people using guns to kill others came up a number of times, particularly among legislators who are opposed to restricting access to assault weapons and other guns.  Go to full article
A Seaway freighter passes under the bridge near Massena in December 2012.  Photo: David Sommerstein.

Seaway digs out from recession

The St. Lawrence Seaway, and its commerce between Great Lakes ports and countries around the world, got hammered by the recession.

Craig Middlebrooks, acting administrator for the U.S. side of the binational waterway, says the steep drop was between 2008 and 2009. "It was almost a 25 percent drop. And I think '09 tonnage was among the lowest for decades."

Middlebrooks says the Seaway's been creeping back to pre-recession levels since then. Last year helped. Tonnage rose almost four percent, driven by coal and iron ore exports to China and Europe and U.S. steel imports. Industrial wind components also continue to be strong.  Go to full article
Doctoral student Izabela Sokolowska demonstrates the mass spectrometer, one of the pieces of equipment the research team at Clarkson University uses to study proteins in autistic children. Photo: Joanna Richards

Clarkson team hopes for earlier autism diagnosis and treatment

About one in 88 children in America is thought to have some form of autism. The illness affects communication and social abilities.

It's usually diagnosed when children show slower language development than other kids. But a team at Clarkson University in Potsdam is hoping their research might make earlier diagnosis and intervention possible.  Go to full article
Remington Arms in Ilion, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/loonyhiker/">loonyhiker</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

Remington Arms home ignored in gun law passage

The central New York home of a historic, and major, gun manufacturer felt a little ignored as the state quickly passed new gun control legislation this week.  Go to full article
Mike Lynch skis across a bridge in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness in the central Adirondacks. Photo: Chris Knight

Skiing into Hoffman Notch

The snowpack in the Adirondacks took a big hit with this weekend's rain and 50-plus-degree temperatures. But before the thaw arrived, ski conditions in the Adirondack...  Go to full article
Star-nosed Mole. Photo: US National Park Service.

Natural Selections: More about moles

Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager talk more about three different types of moles that inhabit the region, and their habits. The Eastern American Mole and the Hairy-tailed Mole...  Go to full article