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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 30, 2014 — Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.
Aug 30, 2014 — Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?
Aug 29, 2014 — There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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Bill Knoble shapes his clay
Bill Knoble shapes his clay

Pottery Made For Use, Captures The Eye

It's easy to think of art as a sort of passion - a divine madness. But for many creative people, the moment of truth is found in the work, in the process. For potter Bill Knoble, there's a science to taking clay and dust and giving it beauty and purpose. Brian Mann visited Knoble at his workshop in Chestertown and sends this profile.  Go to full article

Bush Election Strategy Shows in State of the Union Address

New York lawmakers viewed President Bush's call for Congress to strengthen America at home and abroad as a salvo in the political battles of the upcoming election year - for better and worse. The president's State of the Union, a broad outline of his agenda for the coming year, centered around continued resolve in the Iraq military effort and confidence in domestic economic recovery.  Go to full article

Pataki Budget Plan Faces Another Tough Fight

Governor Pataki proposed a state budget that closes a $5-billion gap in part through a sales tax on clothing and some new fees. The Governor also proposes a major expansion of gambling in New York to pay for the state's schools. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

Pataki Promises No Cuts in Funding for Municipalities

Governor George Pataki has announced that he won't cut funding to cities, towns and villages across the state in his new budget, even though the state faces a multi-billion...  Go to full article

Alcoa Cuts 107 Jobs in Massena

The Aluminum Company of America is cutting more than a hundred jobs at its smelting plant in Massena. The decision announced late last week comes just after a one year...  Go to full article
4-wheeler damage in Adirondacks

APA Closes 3 Roads to 4-wheelers, Broad Ban Likely

On Thursday, the Adirondack Park Agency banned all-terrain vehicles from three roads that cross the forest preserve in Lewis County. Under pressure from recent court...  Go to full article

Agriculture Lobbyists Find Good News in Pataki Agenda

Governor Pataki's most prominent reference to agriculture in his State of the State speech Wednesday was a commitment to expand the state's farmland preservation and...  Go to full article

Counties Renew Call for Medicaid Relief

County leaders, continuing their push to get state lawmakers to pass Medicaid relief, say they want to hear more answers from Governor Pataki when he gives his budget address...  Go to full article

State of the State Recap

Governor George Pataki delivered his 10th State of the State address yesterday. Pataki made no mention of the state's $6 billion budget deficit, but hinted that he might not...  Go to full article

Aubertine: What About Farmers?

North Country Assemblyman Darrell Aubertine, a Democrat, called Pataki's address "upbeat", but he pointed out the absense of agricultural issues in the speech.  Go to full article

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