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Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
Bud Fowler as a member of the 1885 Keokuk, Iowa, baseball team. Photo courtesy the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

A century later, African-American baseball hero gets his due

Jackie Robinson is getting the big time Hollywood treatment with the new blockbuster "42". Meanwhile, a much lesser known African American baseball hero is getting his due in the cradle of baseball history.

In 1878, John Jackson - aka Bud Fowler - became the first African-American to play professional baseball with white men. His career spanned more than 30 years as a player, manager and entrepreneur.

Fowler grew up in Cooperstown, NY, the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Last weekend, the town recognized his story of perseverance in the face of bigotry.  Go to full article
State police inspect the crime scene. Photo: Sarah Harris

Officer-involved shooting in Winooski, VT

An independent investigation is planned in Winooski, Vermont, after police there shot a man accused of trespassing.  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens

Owens upset by inaction on background check bill

North Country Congressman Bill Owens says he's disappointed that an effort to expand background checks for gun buyers was voted down in the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Plattsburgh Democrat says he's frustrated that House Republicans are blocking a repeal of the medical device tax contained in 2010's Affordable Care Act.  Go to full article
Rafting the Hudson River. Photo: Beaver Brook Outfitters

Will Cuomo tap Indian Lake for Adk Challenge?

In his State of the State address in January, Governor Andrew Cuomo promised a whitewater challenge for the Adirondacks. The Challenge would promote the region, he said, and...  Go to full article
US Treasury building. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/geetarchurchy/5069177460/">Matt Churchill</a>, Creative Commons, Some Rights Reserved

Why US Rep. Bill Owens is returning $75,000 to US Treasury

North Country congressman Bill Owens says he's returning roughly $75,000 of his congressional office budget to the US treasury.

Owens has made the gesture toward...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25947183@N04/5728324248/">Ove Overmeyer</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo pushes for local gov't restructuring board

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he hopes to soon create a statewide board to help fiscally strapped local governments restructure.  Go to full article
The bridge from Cornwall, ON into Massena, NY. Photo: Lucy Martin

North Country, VT reps: Canada to US entrance fee "bad idea"

Members of Congress from the North Country and Vermont are urging the Homeland Security Department to drop a proposal that could add new fees for travelers entering the US...  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: new music, classic sound

New York City has always held a special place in the American imagination. For generations, it has inspired more than its fair share of musical dreams.

Christopher...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: George Bilgere, "The White Museum"

Our guest is George Bilgere, author of The White Museum, Haywire, The Good Kiss and other collections of poetry. A new collection, Imperial, is due out this...  Go to full article