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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...


Sep 2, 2014 — Some of the nation's restaurants are using technology to make diners commit before their night out. It's convenient for the restaurant and customer — and it may pry people away from old habits.
Sep 2, 2014 — Owner Jeffrey Bezos gave the job to Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a founding member of the website Politico. The Post had been run by the Graham family for eight decades.
Sep 2, 2014 — It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.

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Massive Tupper Lake Real Estate Proposal Draws Praise & Questions

The Adirondack Park Agency met in Tupper Lake last night to review plans for a massive new real estate project around the Big Tupper Ski Center. The project's developers are calling it "The Preserve On Tupper Lake". With more than eight hundred high end vacation homes and condos now on the drawing board, the proposal would reshape the entire community. It would bring jobs and a higher tax base to Tupper Lake. But as Chris Knight reports, some question the development's impact on the environment and on the village's infrastructure.  Go to full article

New Life for Half of Kraft's Plant

A half-century relationship between Kraft Foods and the village of Canton is all but finished. Only a signed deed is left to finalize Kraft's sale of its cheese-making plant to Missouri-based Bristol Manufacturing. The company will manufacture and repair bulk cheese containers under the name St. Lawrence County Manufacturing and Properties. It expects to open in the spring with 10 to 15 workers. When Kraft closed last summer, it employed 65 people. David Sommerstein spoke with St. Lawrence County economic developer Raymond Fountain about the sale and its effect on the North Country dairy industry. He says the plant's new owners want another tenant.  Go to full article

Big Plans for Big Tupper

Plans to re-open and turn the Big Tupper ski area into a four season resort community got their first public airing last night in Tupper Lake. The project involves construction of over 700 housing and lodging units. As Chris Knight reports, local officials are excited about the potential economic impact of the plan.  Go to full article

Out of Gas

Martha Foley talks with Dr. David Goodstein. Goodstein is vice provost and professor of physics and technology at Caltech. He predicts we'll run out of oil very soon --...  Go to full article

Wood Power Electric Generator Planned for Tupper

With oil prices hovering at record levels, more north country families are using wood stoves as a primary heating source. New York state is now exploring the possibility of...  Go to full article

Wind Power Company Looks to Adirondacks

Wind power is attracting more and more attention in the north country. A 70-turbine project has been proposed for the town of Burke in Franklin county. Construction of a...  Go to full article

New Electric Line for Tupper Lake Will Bring Safety, Economic Development

Governor Pataki traveled to Tupper Lake yesterday to unveil plans for a new $29-million power line. The line -- which will stretch from St. Lawrence County -- is expected to...  Go to full article
"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright<br />Source:  Forest Lawn Cemetery

In Buffalo, an Artful (and Epxensive) Sort of Death

Buffalo is known for its long association with architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Several of his buildings are now being restored. The latest of his designs to be newly built is...  Go to full article
Kevin Bales

Books: Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy

The use of humans by other humans as sources of free labor and without regard to the right of self-determination of those dominated is, according to sociologist Kevin Bales,...  Go to full article
A full house at Lawrence Ave. Elementary, Potsdam

Walmart Friends, Foes Face Off in Potsdam

In Potsdam and the surrounding area, more than a thousand "Walmart Yes" lawn signs line the roads. Supporters of a 188,000 square foot proposed Supercenter outside the...  Go to full article

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