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No deal on civil confinement of sex offenders

The New York legislature failed to agree on a bill to civilly confine some sex offenders, after Assembly Democrats rejected a bill proposed by Governor Pataki in a special session. The legislature adjourned without acting on many other issues, including pay raises. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Books: Train Up a Child

Horse-drawn buggies and farmstands with homemade baskets, jams and fresh bread are a common sight along some of the backroads in the North Country. The Amish have been part of the region's culture for more than 30 years. But how much do we non-Amish know about their lifestyle? SUNY Potsdam professor Karen Johnson-Weiner's new book, Train Up a Child, explores how schools among the Amish reflect and maintain their values and identity. Johnson-Weiner spent several years visiting Amish and Mennonite schools in five states, including northern New York. She spoke with Todd Moe.  Go to full article

Groups voice concerns over civil confinement plan

Tomorrow, the state legislature will return for a special session called by Governor Pataki to address the civil confinement of sexual predators. Last month, New York's highest court ruled the state wrongly kept violent sex offenders in psychiatric facilities after they served their prison sentences. Pataki has proposed a bill that would make the practice legal. The state has already retrofitted the former St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg to become a high-security facility for up to 80 sexually violent predators. Yesterday in Albany, a coalition of groups asked lawmakers to oppose the civil confinement plan. They say it wastes money and does not address the real problems with sex offenders. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Report: immigrants moving to rural America

The story of immigrants flooding America's cities is almost as old as the United States itself. But a new report shows a shifting trend. While cities remain the main...  Go to full article
Thistle Tulla-Carson listens back to a song during her UpNorth Music recording session.

About Thistle Tulla Carson and Jerry Lavene

Jazz vocalist Thistle Tulla Carson loves to evoke the glamour of the 1920s in her stage appearances. She dresses in velvet gowns, long gloves and pearls for performances,...  Go to full article
Jeremy Hutchins

About Jeremy Hutchins

Jeremy Hutchins studies visual arts during the day, and writes songs and plays music at night. The day we met him, he was planning to hit the slopes at Titus Mountain to...  Go to full article
Chris Clarke, from Swimming In Speakers, getting ready to record for UpNorth Music.

About Swimming In Speakers

Chris Clarke lived all over the United States and Europe before returning to his hometown last year. While living in Los Angeles, he became very interested in electronic...  Go to full article

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Performed by Swimming in Speakers in Malone, NY for UpNorth Music.  Go to full article

Seaway nominee supports transparency

President Bush has nominated a New York City attorney and political ally of Governor Pataki to sit on the board that oversees the St. Lawrence Seaway. As David Sommerstein...  Go to full article
Nadine Nelson, Gary Greenland, Mike O'Reilly and Dave Nichols

About Dave Nichols and Spare Change

Dave is known nationally as a master inlay artist and instrument maker, but he also loves to play bluegrass. He and his partner Nadine, who plays bass, spend the summer on...  Go to full article

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