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Shumlin, Scott, take "ice bucket challenge"

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Gov. Peter Shumlin and Lt. Gov. Phil Scott are drying out after taking the "ice bucket challenge," in which participants get a bucket of water and ice cubes dumped on their heads to raise money to fight ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The two did so Thursday morning on the Statehouse steps, where they were doused by Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon and a team of dousers working from a crane above.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomma/4906491235/">Thomas Marthinsen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NJ to central NY heroin ring busted, 19 charged

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say they've broken up a heroin ring that was moving large amounts of the drug from New Jersey to the Syracuse area.  Go to full article
Massena Memorial Hospital. Photo: p4hinc.com

Massena hospital explores partnership with Canton-Potsdam

Massena's financially troubled hospital is reaching out to Canton-Potsdam hospital for help. Massena Memorial Hospital is a not-for-profit facility owned by the town of Massena.

Massena Town supervisor Joseph Gray says he's met twice with Canton-Potsdam hospital officials and those of its parent company, St. Lawrence Health Systems.  Go to full article
The entrance to Canton-Potsdam Hospital's detox unit. Photo: Sarah Harris

Canton-Potsdam Hospital Detox: after heroin, a first step

Heroin use has skyrocketed in the North Country over the past couple of years. The good news is drug treatment is available in the region. But before an addict can go to...  Go to full article
Students march to "Take Back the Night." Photo: Tulane University

SUNY backs bill combating campus sexual assaults

NEW YORK (AP) New York's public university system is the first to support a law that would strengthen colleges and universities' assistance for sexual assault victims while...  Go to full article
From the Virginia National Guard and the DEA's "Drug Take-Back Initiative." Photo: Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs

With opiate addiction on the rise, here's a safe way to trash meds

Walk over to the cabinet over your bathroom sink and take a look. Chances are you have at least one bottle of medication dusting over. But what should you do with it?...  Go to full article
Answer the Muse will perform a music workshop on Thursday (5-7 pm) and a concert on Friday (8 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Preview: "Answer the Muse" in Lake Placid

An Ithaca-based group will bring its brand of indie rock with a yoga twist to the Adirondacks this weekend. Answer the Muse's visit to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts...  Go to full article
"Powdered alcohol" is made using cyclodextrins, which can absorb an estimated 60 percent of their own weight in alcoho. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_powder">Stanis&#322;aw Skowron</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY senator takes aim at powdered alcohol

HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing legislation to ban powdered alcohol.

He's also calling on retailers to boycott its sale when the product...  Go to full article
E-cigarette display. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/elycefeliz/6871369114/">elycefeliz</a>, Creative COmmons, some rights reserved

Attorneys general want flavored e-cigarette ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's attorney general has joined counterparts from two-dozen other states urging federal regulators to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes...  Go to full article
Photo: Ebola in Guinea <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/69583224@N05/13717624625/">European Commission DG ECHO</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

FDA lifts hold on experimental Ebola drug

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal health authorities have eased safety restrictions on an experimental drug to treat Ebola, a move that could clear the way for its use in patients...  Go to full article

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