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Bob Andrews feeds the heifers in his barn in Fowler. Photo by David Sommerstein.
Bob Andrews feeds the heifers in his barn in Fowler. Photo by David Sommerstein.

Gillibrand pushes ways to preserve small dairy farms

The US Senate is preparing to take up the federal Farm Bill again in the coming weeks.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants it to include a plan to protect and encourage New York's dairy farms, especially smaller farms.  Go to full article
The Carousel Center, Syracuse, NY. Photo (detail): <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/j26/6381137451/">John Marino</a>, CC some rights reserved

Carousel Mall, Syracuse settle legal snags

Syracuse's development agency and the developer of the Destiny USA shopping mall have reached a settlement to avoid several legal battles.

This week's agreement shuts down three different threats of legal action between Destiny USA's owner - The Pyramid Companies - and the City of Syracuse and its industrial development agency, or IDA.  Go to full article
Sen. Malcolm A. Smith. Photo: NYS Senate

Senator, others indicted in wide ranging corruption scandal

State Senator Malcolm Smith, a former Senate Majority Leader, has been arrested and indicted in a far reaching bribery and corruption scandal.

The corruption case against Senator Malcolm Smith spans village, county, state and New York City governments, as well as both major political parties.  Go to full article
Frank Forney, Philadelphia, cutting wood with his nephew on Route 11 in Antwerp. Photo: David Sommerstein

Heard Up North: the guy who painted the Thousand Islands bridge

You never know who you're going to meet by the side of the road in the North Country. David Sommerstein stopped to chat with a guy sawing firewood recently. It turns out he...  Go to full article
Aaron Calderon, Malik McKenzie, and Sabel Bong, of SUNY Canton, prepare to march down Main Street. Photo: David Sommerstein

How human trafficking happens all around us

According to a study by Hofstra University, more than 11,000 people in New York State have been victims of human trafficking since 2000. They may have been sex workers, or...  Go to full article
SLU students Claude Mumbere as the Lion, and Sara Cushing as Maggie in "Hush: An Interview with America".  Tickets are free. To reserve a seat: 315-229-5748. Photo: Charlie Pepiton

Preview: "Hush" at St. Lawrence University

The spring theater production at St. Lawrence University this week examines the challenges of growing up, the power of the media and the struggle to remain unique in an...  Go to full article