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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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Audio Series
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.
Photo Audio Essay
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.

Father Dan Callahan is chaplain and spiritual director at St. Josephs Rehabilitation Center.
Father Dan Callahan is chaplain and spiritual director at St. Josephs Rehabilitation Center.

The Iron Friar & The Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon

This week, North Country Public Radio has explored the world of outdoor recreation--everything from economic development to the growing conflicts between the different groups who use the outdoors. None of this would matter without the people who love the outdoors so passionately. Brian Mann talks in-depth with Father Dan Callahan, a Franciscan friar who works at St. Josephs Rehabilitation Center in Saranac Lake. Known as "The Iron Friar", Father Dan is a veteran athlete and outdoorsman. He'll compete this weekend in the Fifth Annual Lake Placid Ironman.  Go to full article

Wilmington Town Beach Closed

The state has ordered the Wilmington Town beach in the central Adirondacks closed to swimmers. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article
Triathlete Sandy Izzo<br />photos by Nancie Battaglia

Focus On Outdoor Recreation: The Drama and the Perils of the Lake Placid Ironman

This week, North Country Public Radio is exploring outdoor recreation. It's a passion for many in the region, but also a major business - a cornerstone of the tourism economy from the Adirondacks to the Thousand Islands.
Many of the sports that are marketed to families and amateurs can be risky. This weekend, thousands of spectators will crowd Lake Placid for the fifth annual Ironman. The 140-mile race is a thrilling challenge, but often a third of those who compete need medical attention. Many wind up seriously ill or in the hospital.

Brian Mann's report on the Ironman first aired last fall. It has been updated for this week's broadcast.  Go to full article

Smokers Have Fewer Places to Light up In Public

New York's anti-smoking law takes effect today. While health advocates are celebrating, some smokers are smoldering with anger. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Voices: The Smoking Ban

The smoking ban which took effect at midnight last night was a big topic of conversation yesterday. David Sommerstein talked with people at bars and on the street in Potsdam...  Go to full article

Bar Owners, Smokers Fight Smoking Ban

A group of tavern owners has filed a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's smoking ban, which takes effect on Thursday. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Wrestling for Dollars

Faced with financial problems, River Hospital of Alexandria Bay is holding a unique kind of fundraiser. Pro-wrestling will bring body slams and double big boots to Bonnie...  Go to full article

Dioxin High Risk in Agricultural Areas

A new report out this month says the government needs to do more to reduce the presence of the chemical dioxin in the food supply, especially in agricultural areas like the...  Go to full article

Anti-Smoking Law Takes Effect Next Thursday

Some members of a state board charged with implementing New York's
new smoking ban say Governor Pataki's Health Department has not done enough to promote compliance with...  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Hazing Investigation Brings Charges

Twenty-one students face possible expulsion from Plattsburgh State University, after a hazing incident in March left a college freshman dead. University Police identified...  Go to full article

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