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Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu is a Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor in next month's primary. Photo: public domain
Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu is a Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor in next month's primary. Photo: public domain

NY Times endorses Wu over Cuomo running mate

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York Times has endorsed Tim Wu for New York lieutenant governor over Kathy Hochul, delivering another snub to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign.

In an endorsement published online Wednesday night, the newspaper's editorial board said Wu offers a "fresh perspective and a new voice." The Columbia University law professor is running alongside liberal gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout.  Go to full article

Journalists gather in Blue Mountain Lake for prison reporting retreat

Over the last year and a half or so you've been hearing our Prison Time Media Project series. In the series we look in-depth at prisons here in the North Country and how they tie in to America's prison-building boom nationwide.

Today in Blue Mountain Lake in Hamilton County, New York, that project continues with a retreat at the Blue Mountain Center. Journalists from all over the country are traveling to the Adirondacks to learn about the Prison Time project and to share ideas about covering America's drug war and era of mass incarceration.  Go to full article
SUNY Potsdam anthropology professor Karen Johnson-Weiner

Amish cope with tragedy and its "Big Media" aftermath

As the legal side of the kidnapping case kicks into gear, the St. Lawrence County Amish community is coping with the tragic ordeal.

An expert on Amish culture and religion says their coping hinges on the Amish sense of faith "by a deep belief that whatever is happening, they are in God's hands," says Karen Johnson-Weiner, an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam who has written several books about the Amish. "I think that provides them with a kind of courage that some of us might not have that keeps them from giving in to the despair."  Go to full article
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NY hearings set in Comcast, Time Warner merger

ALBANY, N.Y (AP) New York regulators plan to take public comments at upcoming hearings on the planned merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast.

The Public...  Go to full article

Report recommends sanctions on Vermont Public TV

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) The office of the inspector general for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has recommended that Vermont Public Television be sanctioned because the...  Go to full article
"Carried," by Kris Rozelle

Pictures: In Potsdam, an exhibit of mixed-media art

There's new art on display at the St. Lawrence County Arts Council's Gallery at Town Hall in Potsdam. The show merges the collage-like work by two area artists: Cheryl Mirer...  Go to full article
NYCLU says this kind of solitary confinement cell is widely used in New York's prisons, including Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone. Source: NYCLU

NY will limit solitary confinement time for prison inmates

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo agreed to sweeping changes to the way state prisons use solitary confinement. The deal was prompted by a federal lawsuit filed by...  Go to full article
At a forum on Common Core and standardized testing in Plattsburgh last week, a moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris

Student privacy a major concern

The state's Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assembly members at a hearing on growing concerns over student privacy.  Go to full article
Franklin County legislator Billy Jones calls for action to stop the closure of Chateaugay Correctional Facility in his home town. Photo: Brian Mann

Another North Country town rallies to save its prison

This year, we're looking in-depth at the North Country's prison industry, how it grew into one of the region's top employers and how it's changing.

Over the...  Go to full article
Charles Rangel (L) at the signing of a drug-war era law with Nancy Reagan and President Ronald Reagan. Photo:  Wikipedia

Charles Rangel: America's "front-line general" in the drug war

America's black leadership supported the drug war for decades in large part because of the efforts of one man.

Charles Rangel, a former federal prosecutor and...  Go to full article

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