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The big news in the fast food business today is Burger King’s purchase of Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion. As summarized by the BBC: The deal would create the world’s third-largest fast-food chain, with 18,000 restaurants in 100...
Here’s a “feel-good” story that isn’t especially new, but deserves more attention. Specifically, a free cookbook designed to help anyone living on a tight budget enjoy food that’s healthful, delicious and very...
As anyone following the headlines knows, there’s a serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The World Health Organization is calling Ebola hemorrhagic fever an “extraordinary event” serious enough to be an International...
What to do about marijuana – medical or otherwise – seems to be a hot topic just now. In early July New York State approved a new system that will permit sale of medical marijuana, although there’s a set-up period of at least 18...
I happen to be on the high side of middle-age. So, naturally, a friend sent me Donnalou Stevens’ “Older Ladies.” I loved its quirky, upbeat joie de vivre, and I hope you’ll like it too. Apparently this is one of those...


Health Care
Aug 28, 2014 — A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
Aug 28, 2014 — Animal tests have been encouraging, but there's no guarantee the new vaccine will work in people. Several vaccines against Ebola have been tested before, but none has made it to the finish line.
Aug 27, 2014 — The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?
Aug 27, 2014 — The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.


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Drinking and Safety on College Campuses: A rash of alcohol-related fatalaties among students at North Country colleges has re-ignited debate about the role of alcohol in campus social life. Brian Mann talks to students, educators, and law enforcement officials in this series.
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Arts & Healing: Living Well In the Shadow of Cancer
Brian Mann traveled to a retreat in the Adirondacks for women living with cancer. He found that many of the women still see joy and hope in a world filled with uncertainty.

Abortion Drug RU-486 Now Available In Saranac Lake

The abortion drug mifepristone is now available in Franklin County for the first time.The drug is more commonly known as RU-486. Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood has been offering it at its Plattsburgh headquarters since 2002, and has now expanded the service to its Saranac Lake offices. CEO Kathie Wunderlich spoke with Jody Tosti about the lack of abortion access in the North Country and why the abortion drug was slow to make it to the United States.  Go to full article

Pataki Seeks Local Support for Medicaid/Pension Reforms

Governor Pataki met with a bipartisan group of local government officials from around the state to build support for his Medicaid and pension reform proposals that he says could save property tax payers millions of dollars. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Planned Parenthood Prepares for Protest

As many as 150 anti-choice picketers are expected outside the Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood office in Plattsburgh today as part of a Good Friday prayer vigil. Workers at the health care center are worried the protestors might intimidate visitors to the clinic. So a group of volunteers has offered to escort people through the picket lines. Planned Parenthood is also trying to put a positive spin on the protest and is asking the public to "pledge a picketer." Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article

Study: Few Smoking Waivers Being Issued

An analysis by the American Cancer Society finds that nearly nine months after the statewide smoking ban took effect, very few waivers have been granted to bars and...  Go to full article

UV Disinfection of Lake Placid Wastewater Funded

A sewage feud in the Adirondacks moved one step closer to resolution this week. Congressman John Sweeney says $1.4 million in federal money will go to upgrade Lake Placid's...  Go to full article

Plante Scholarship Connects Generations of Doctors

The Adirondack Community Trust is accepting applications for the second round of the U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund. The Plante Fund gives out an annual scholarship...  Go to full article
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Plane Crash Claims Tupper Lake Couple

A Tupper Lake couple died Friday night when their single-engine plane crashed near the airport in Lake Clear. Paul and Alice Grulich were returning home from Virginia, when...  Go to full article

Couple Rescued From Ice Floe On Lake Champlain

Emergency crews in Clinton County rescued a couple yesterday morning from an ice floe drifting on Lake Champlain. Annett and Theodore Rannymakers, both in their mid-sixties,...  Go to full article

Same-Sex Marriage In Canada, Part 2: A More Polite Debate

Over the last year, three provincial courts in Canada have ruled that gays and lesbians are guaranteed the same marriage rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Prime...  Go to full article

Same-Sex Marriage In Canada, Pt. 1: A Haven For U.S. Couples

On Friday, a court in Quebec cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the province. Same-sex marriages have been legal in Ontario and British Columbia since last summer....  Go to full article

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