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"Report Card," artist:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/45128746@N04/8225894773/"<br />>Regina Holliday</a>, CC some rights reserved<br />
"Report Card," artist:>Regina Holliday, CC some rights reserved

North Country schools get high marks

An education advocacy group has issued report cards to schools across New York, and the North Country had some high marks for student performance.

Abraham Wing Elementary school in the Glens Falls area ranked first in the state for student performance among low income districts. Voters in Abraham Wing recently voted no on a proposal to merge with Glens Falls Central School.

No middle or high schools from the region were among the top 10 in their categories. But many North Country high schools received a mark of "A" for student performance.  Go to full article
Dollar bills blast from the horns on the political bandwagon in this allegorical artwork "Money and Politics." Artwork: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/34239598@N00/8160244085/">Carl Glover</a>, CC some rights reserved

Smith scandal reverberates through NY political circles

The scandal centered around new York State Senator Malcolm Smith is setting off repercussions in both political parties and at every level of New York state's government.

The state's Republican Party Chair is calling on two top party officials in New York City accused of taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to resign their posts. Governor Cuomo, on an upstate tour to promote the recently passed state budget, is dogged by questions about the scandal instead.  Go to full article
Nick Planty, owner of Wiseguys Sports Bar and Grill, speaks to the Lake Placid village Board of Trustees Monday about an Essex County proposal to change the closing time for bars from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m. Planty, as well as Zig Zags Pub owner Dave Sheffield, who is seated wearing the plaid shirt, oppose the change. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>

Essex County mulls earlier closing time for bars

In the coming weeks, the Essex County Board of Supervisors will debate whether to change the countywide closing time for bars from 4 am to 2 am.

The proposal has broad support from law enforcement officials and groups that work to protect children from substance abuse. But the time change itself will only impact a small number of bars, mainly in the resort community of Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Sonostics CEO Chuck Schwerin says his company's treatment offers a way to resolve knee pain before going to surgery. Photo by Matt Richmond, Innovation Trail.

Startup looks for a way around knee surgery

Knee pain is among the most common medical complaints across age groups from young athletes to aging baby boomers. Often, the trouble is in the meniscus cartilage, and often,...  Go to full article
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner. Photo: Mayor's office

Is Gov. Cuomo feuding with the mayor of Syracuse?

Governor Andrew Cuomo says his relationship with Syracuse's mayor is just fine. But two haven't talked in several months.

Last year Cuomo picked Mayor Stephanie...  Go to full article
Eric Stevenson. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?ad=079&sh=photos"> NYS Assembly</a>

Corruption accusations for NYS assemblyman

Two days after a New York state Senator was arrested for trying to bribe his way onto the New York City mayoral ballot, a state Assemblyman has been accused of accepting ...  Go to full article
"Whirligig" water beetles. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/zen/8368638463/">Zen Sutherland</a>, CC some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Whirligig Beetles

Watching whirligig water beetles, found in circling clumps on the surface of calm fresh water, is a favorite childhood activity of many, including one-time child Martha...  Go to full article