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A U.S. Coast Guard inflatable boat at Chippewa Bay with deployed oil booms in the background.
A U.S. Coast Guard inflatable boat at Chippewa Bay with deployed oil booms in the background.

Spill drill exposes Seaway response needs

A tanker had gone aground on Whiskey Island shoal on the St. Lawrence Seaway, spilling 100,000 gallons of thick oil. That was the nightmare scenario emergency responders on both sides of the river faced in a drill exercise last Thursday and Friday. 150 people charted the simulated oil's progress downriver, laid booms to contain it, and then reviewed what went right and wrong. As David Sommerstein reports, the exercise demonstrated the first hours after an accident need the most attention.  Go to full article
Michael Swamp (r) & son Nolan

StoryCorps: Mohawk ironworker remembers 9/11

Inside soundproof booths across the country, friends and loved ones are interviewing each other about their lives. The booths belong to StoryCorps, a project that collects the stories of everyday people in order to create an oral history of America. One of these mobile recording studios was in Canton earlier this summer and among its visitors were Michael Swamp and his son, Nolan, from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation. Michael is the business manager for Ironworkers Local 440 and he talked with his son about the job and the important role ironworkers played five years ago in lower Manhattan.  Go to full article

Teen canoeist repeat champ

The teen champion of Interpretive Freestyle Canoeing did it again last weekend. 14-year-old Jonathan Hammond of Clayton edged out Marc Orstein to win the men's national championship Saturday in Peninsula, Ohio. The tiny sport is like figure skating or synchronized swimming in a canoe. David Sommerstein caught up with Hammond yesterday by cell phone.  Go to full article

Thanksgiving Address dispute divides Mohawk tribal council

A dispute over readings of the Iroquois Thanksgiving Address in the local public school has divided the Mohawk Tribal Council. The issue appears headed for federal court...  Go to full article
Karen Solgård plays the distinctive Hardanger fiddle, which has an added  set of drone strings and is richly decorated--the lion of Norway replaces the traditional scroll.

Karen Solg?rd: Hardanger fiddle music of Norway

A taste of Scandinavia! Norwegian-American fiddler Karen Solgård, from Minnesota, joins us live in the studio for folk music and conversation. She's in the North Country to...  Go to full article

School Prayer Issue Divides Mohawk Community

A school prayer issue at a predominantly Mohawk school is headed to federal court despite a compromise offered this week. And the debate has divided the Akwesasne tribal...  Go to full article

Readers & Writers: Welcome to the Homeland, Brian Mann

Red or blue? Country, or city? Since the last two presidential election nights, we've gotten used to seeing that "quick shot" of our political landscape. Simple to see, but...  Go to full article
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Farmers wary of more wetlands

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants to expand a program that helps farmers convert untillable acres into wetland habitat for birds. The program has already protected...  Go to full article

Giving Voice: Poet Duriel Harris

Poet Duriel Harris teaches at St. Lawrence University in Canton NY, and is one of many artists exploring "do-it-yourself" studio technology as a way to deepen the impact of...  Go to full article
Eliot Spitzer meets and greets in Massena.

Spitzer rallies labor in Massena

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer revved up organized labor in Massena Friday morning as a part of a 3-day Upstate campaign swing with his running-mate David Patterson. The...  Go to full article

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