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Aug 15, 2014 — The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.
Aug 14, 2014 — A U.S. district court judge ruled that the NCAA was violating federal anti-trust law by prohibiting payments to athletes whose names, images and likenesses are used in video games and TV broadcasts. The NCAA has appealed. So, what now?
Aug 13, 2014 — These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.
Aug 12, 2014 — The actor was found in his bedroom by his personal assistant in California, law enforcement said Tuesday. Police say Williams had been seeking treatment for depression.
Aug 9, 2014 — Lenira de Oliveira and her boyfriend were on trial for murder. Then an astonishing piece of evidence was submitted in their defense: a letter from the victim, as communicated to a medium.
A scene from <i>American Tragedy</i> (Source: Metropolitan Opera)
A scene from American Tragedy (Source: Metropolitan Opera)

An Adirondack Murder on Stage at the Met

On December 2nd 2005, the Metropolitan Opera unveiled a new work based on Theodore Dreiser's classic novel American Tragedy. Dreiser's novel was inspired by a true Adirondack story. In the summer of 1906, a young man named Chester Gillette took his pregnant girlfriend boating on Big Moose Lake, near Old Forge. The next day, Grace Brown's body was found floating in a secluded cove in South Bay. Chester Gillette tried to flee, but was captured in Inlet and tried for murder. The case sparked a media frenzy and made headlines around the world. As Brian Mann reports, over the last century it has become a part of American mythology.  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Jennifer Donnely, author of A Northern Light

Set in the Old Forge area at the turn of the 19th century, A Northern Light revisits the crime that inspired An American Tragedy from a fresh perspective. This novel, suitable for young adult as well as adult audiences, is this year's book selection of the three-county community reading program North Country Reads. Author Jennifer Donnelly is joined by hosts Ellen Rocco and Chris Robinson, and by Barbara Wheeler from the North Country Reads project.  Go to full article
Chester Gillette, convicted of Grace Brown's murder.

On Big Moose Lake, Adirondack Murder & American Myth

One of the most controversial events in Adirondack history is back in the news this week. In July of 1906, a handsome young man named Chester Gillette was accused of drowning his pregnant girlfriend, Grace Brown, in a secluded cove at Big Moose Lake. Gillette was the nephew of a mill-owner in Cortland, New York. Brown was one of the company's workers. Gillette's trial and execution made headlines around the world. The story is the basis for Theodore Dreiser's classic novel An American Tragedy.

In the hundred years since, the murder inspired other novels, plays, and two Hollywood movies -- including the classic film A Place In the Sun. Tomorrow, a new opera based on the murder and Theodore Dreiser's novel will premier at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Brian Mann spoke with Charles Adams, who's been a summer resident of Big Moose Lake since the 1930s. Adams drives a tour boat on the lake and is part of the Grace Brown Committee that is commemorating the anniversary of her murder.  Go to full article
Grace Brown

Grace Brown's Last Love Letter

At Chester Gillette's trial in Herkimer, the prosecution read from Grace Brown's love letters. The last of those letters was written a week before her murder. The letter is...  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Sex Offender Returned to Prison

A sex offender from St. Lawrence County who was to have been released Wednesday has instead been returned to state prison. The man is among a group of sex offenders Governor...  Go to full article

NH Hunters Jailed for Poaching Deer

Five hunters from New Hampshire are in the St. Lawrence County jail for killing several deer without permits. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Hevesi: New Rules for Albany's "Shadow Government"

New York State's Comptroller wants to crack down on public authorities. The new regulations by Alan Hevesi stem from widespread instances of corruption at the semi-public...  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Disaster Spurs Legislation, Lawsuits

State Senator Betty Little has introduced a bill that would require blood tests for boat captains involved in serious accidents. The legislation follows the capsizing of the...  Go to full article

Duv? Wins St. Lawrence DA Race

In the race for St. Lawrence County District Attorney, Democrat Nicole Duvé upset acting district attorney Gary Miles, a Democrat running on the Republican line. Duvé won by...  Go to full article

Garcia Elected Essex County DA

Julie Garcia will be the first female district attorney in Essex County. Garcia, a Republican, defeated Conservative Party challenger Debra Whitson on Tuesday, bringing an...  Go to full article

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