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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Some of you use CBC content and some of you don’t. But major changes just announced by the CBC will certainly affect future programing. Today at least, the most detailed reporting on this is coming out of CBC news: CBC to cut back supper-hour...
News flash out of Seattle: the minimum wage has just been raised to $15/hour, by far the highest in the country. Indeed, it’s double or more the rate in Arkansas ($6.25) and about half the states,  almost triple the rate in Georgia and...


Aug 27, 2014 — Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 million. Some Canadian's aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.
Aug 27, 2014 — Drivers in Boston get into an accident every four years on average, according to a study by Allstate insurance. Fort Collins, Colo., had the nation's safest drivers.
Aug 27, 2014 — The Pew Research Center report shows that Americans were more willing to have a conversation about NSA leaker Edward Snowden face-to-face than in discussion groups on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hotel Saranac faces uncertain future

The future of a local landmark in Saranac Lake is in question after Paul Smith's College officials told students this week that they plans to move the college's culinary and hotel management programs from the Hotel Saranac to the Crown Plaza Resort in Lake Placid. As Chris Knight reports, the switch is expected to begin with the start of the spring semester in January.  Go to full article

Bush friend new Seaway chief

A close friend and college roommate of President Bush was sworn in as the new head of the St. Lawrence Seaway yesterday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

APA approves Ti Lowe's sign, feud continues

The Adirondack Park Agency approved a sign yesterday for the new Lowe's store under development in Ticonderoga. The review process triggered a major feud between elected officials and the APA. As Brian Mann reports, the tension was evident again yesterday at the Park Agency's meeting in Saranac Lake.  Go to full article

R.J. Reynolds to end sales of flavored cigarettes

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Attorneys General from 37 other states have reached an agreement with the R.J. Reynolds Company to ban the sale of candy-flavored...  Go to full article

Alternative energy subsidies sound policy?

Americans are thinking more about energy. We're facing higher prices. There's worry about climate change. And there are questions about whether our need for foreign oil is...  Go to full article

Gasification: alternative energy miracle?

The Potsdam-based Zeropoint Clean Technology is building a privately funded plant in Massena. It's scheduled to be built by early 2007. It's a small test facility, but the...  Go to full article
Valerie Perry (left) and Lucy Ruiz serving soulful food at Willie Mae's.

Soul food for the stomach and spirit

The growth of Fort Drum since the 1980s has had a profound cultural effect on the Watertown area. You can see it in the restaurants scattered outside the base. Thai food,...  Go to full article

Heard up North: My "Green" Bathroom

Everybody loves an open house. Now you can check out your neighbor's cabinets AND cut your energy bills. Saturday, October 7th from 10-4 the GREEN BUILDINGS OPEN HOUSE will...  Go to full article

Advocates hope for more LIHEAP funding

National Grid expects the price of natural gas to decline sharply this winter by about 11 %. Weather forecasters are calling for another relatively mild winter, but the odds...  Go to full article

Wind opponents sue in Clinton County

Wind power opponents have sued to block construction of a wind farm in Clinton County. The lawsuit says the towns of Altona, Clinton, and Ellenburg failed to conduct a...  Go to full article

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