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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 1, 2014 — All summer long, kids from a gritty neighborhood in Providence, R.I., have been escaping to a golf course and driving range carved out of a vacant lot. At Button Hole, a new generation is learning golf for a dollar a game.
Sep 1, 2014 — Thousands of employees lost their casino jobs with the closure of the Showboat and Revel casinos in Atlantic City. This is the latest development in a painful transition for Atlantic City, which faces greater competition for gamblers from neighboring states.
Sep 1, 2014 — Audie Cornish talks with University of Chicago Law School professor Omri Ben-Shahar about terms of service agreements for software and websites.

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"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright<br />Source:  Forest Lawn Cemetery
"Blue Sky" by Frankl Lloyd Wright
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 already on display in the city. Its not a house or a museum -- it's a mausoleum. Buffalo's oldest cemetery is using one of Wright's designs as part of a new marketing campaign, designed to attract upscale funerals. Brian Mann visited recently and has our story.  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, as old as humanity and very much a reality in the contemporary world. Bales is president of "Free the Slaves", a non-profit organization working to end slavery worldwide. Bales has spent years researching slavery and he's the author of the book, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. Kevin Bales gives a lecture tonight (7 pm) at SUNY-Potsdam. He told Todd Moe that slavery began some five-thousand years ago and continues today. He says, there's been an increase in slavery in the last 50 years.  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 village have collected two thousand signatures. Opponents have written hundreds of letters against the project. The two camps made their cases last night before the Potsdam town planning board. More than 300 people packed a public hearing over Walmart's draft environmental impact statement. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ticonderoga: Local Businesses Co-exist with Wal-Mart

Five years ago, the town of Ticonderoga debated the wisdom of allowing a Wal-Mart outlet on the outskirts of the community. The box store was eventually okayed and now...  Go to full article

Plan For Emergency Towers in Adirondacks Clears Hurdle

Officials in Saratoga County have moved a step closer to winning approval for a new emergency communications system in the southern Adirondacks. The plan calls for 90-foot...  Go to full article

New Power Line to Connect St. Lawrence County, Tri-Lakes

Locals in Tupper Lake and Lake Placid hope to end electricity shortages by extending a power line from St. Lawrence County. State Senator Betty Little is supporting a plan...  Go to full article

114th Assembly Candidates Throw Verbal Punches

The race for the 114th Assembly district has turned harsh in recent weeks, fueled by dissatisfaction with Albany and by a huge infusion of cash from the Democratic Party. ...  Go to full article
Scott Gray on the campaign trail.

118th Assembly: An Interview with Scott Gray

The two candidates in the 118th Assembly District in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties are making their last campaign appearances this week before next Tuesday's vote. ...  Go to full article

118th Assembly District: Interview with Darrel Aubertine

Two years ago, Cape Vincent farmer and Jefferson County legislator Darrel Aubertine became the first Democrat to represent the North Country in Albany in almost 30 years. ...  Go to full article

Locals Speak Out Against Land Claim Deal

The St. Lawrence County legislature is expected to oppose a proposed settlement of the 22-year old Mohawk land claim. Legislators complain they weren't consulted before the...  Go to full article

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