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Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Turningstonepoker.jpg">Pwrbanker</a>, public domain
Poker players at Turning Stone Casino. Photo: Pwrbanker, public domain

Hasidic village sues to block Orange County casino

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A Hasidic Jewish village has mounted a legal challenge seeking to halt a casino proposed for upstate New York.

The lawsuit filed by the village of Kiryas Joel in Orange County alleges that officials in two nearby communities offered support for the project without analyzing the impact it would have on the village.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam anthropology professor Karen Johnson-Weiner

Amish cope with tragedy and its "Big Media" aftermath

As the legal side of the kidnapping case kicks into gear, the St. Lawrence County Amish community is coping with the tragic ordeal.

An expert on Amish culture and religion says their coping hinges on the Amish sense of faith "by a deep belief that whatever is happening, they are in God's hands," says Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam who has written several books about the Amish. "I think that provides them with a kind of courage that some of us might not have that keeps them from giving in to the despair."  Go to full article

Man dead after disturbance at Indian Lake church

State police are investigating an altercation at St. Mary's Church in Indian Lake over the weekend that left one man dead and two parishioners injured. Officials say Hamilton County sheriff's deputies and state police were called to the church just before 5 pm Saturday.

They found 44-year-old Jason Berg of Indian Lake unresponsive. Efforts by the local volunteer ambulance crew to revive him were unsuccessful and Berg was declared dead at the scene.

According to a statement issued by state police, Berg allegedly entered the church and started "shouting obscenities and throwing objects" at parishioners.  Go to full article
Town Hall, Greece, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greece,_New_York_town_hall.jpg">Daniel Penfield</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Atheist to deliver invocation at Greece town board meeting

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) An atheist is set to deliver the opening "prayer" before the upstate New York town board where the U.S. Supreme Court's recent prayer case was centered....  Go to full article
Diana Beresford-Kroeger, among the hellebores. Photo: Sarah Harris

"Sacred and science go together" for botanist Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Travel half a mile down a tree-lined dirt road in southern Ontario, and you'll find an oasis, a wooden cabin surrounded by sprawling gardens. Diana Beresford-Kroeger lives...  Go to full article
Town Hall, Greece, NY. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greece,_New_York_town_hall.jpg">Daniel Penfield</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Town prayer case challengers: The debate matters

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) The upstate New York residents who challenged their town board's prayer practice before the nation's highest court say their disappointment in losing is...  Go to full article

NYC priest to be ordained Albany's Catholic bishop

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Rev. Monsignor Edward Scharfenberger of New York City is being ordained as the Catholic Diocese of Albany's 10th bishop.

The ordination Mass...  Go to full article

Islamic group's plan to cut off crosses draws ire

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Some neighbors and former parishioners of a century-old Catholic church are protesting plans to remove six crosses from the roof and spires so the...  Go to full article
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NY pastor raffles rifle during Sunday service

TROY, N.Y. (AP) After a sermon connecting the "Christian values" of America's founding fathers with the right to bear arms, an upstate New York Baptist minister has raffled...  Go to full article
Law would protect those wearing attire traditional to their religious practice, such as these Sikh men, from discrimination. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/eriksimages/7592692048/">Arjen Stilklik </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawmakers seek protections on religious attire

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Two New York state lawmakers from Queens are promoting a bill that would protect workers from religious discrimination based on how they dress.
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