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A checkpoint on Rt. 37 near Waddington.
A checkpoint on Rt. 37 near Waddington.

Border Stops Inside Border Raise Concerns

This week the Department of Homeland Security announced it will require U.S. and Canadian citizens to show new ID cards at the Canadian border. Officials say they're necessary to tighten security. The U.S. border patrol uses another method to stop smugglers and potential terrorists - road checkpoints inside the U.S.-Canada border. The Army Corps of Engineers is doing a feasibility study on whether to make a border checkpoint on the Adirondack Northway permanent and staffed 24 hours a day. 4 people died and more than 50 were seriously injured in accidents there in 2004. But there are also dozens of border patrol checkpoints on smaller roads across the North Country. The Border Patrol says they're a critical second line of defense for stopping terrorism and smuggling. But some citizens and civil liberties groups say they're an invasion of privacy and may not be very effective. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Tim Brookes
Tim Brookes

Lesson Learned From SARS

SARS was the first epidemic of this century. Like the bird flu, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome also arose in chicken flocks in Asia. SARS spread from chickens to humans, and then made the jump to human to human transmission. At first, everyone who came down with SARS died. The outbreak began with one case in China in November 2002. It spread from China to Europe, the US, and, notably, Canada. There were travel bans and quarantines, people wore masks on the streets of Toronto. In July 2003, Toronto was officially declared SARS-free. After, the American Public Health Association asked Burlington writer Tim Brookes to write a book about the epidemic. It's called Behind the Mask: How the World Survived SARS.
The book traces the emergence of SARS beginning in 1997, then its spread, and eventual containment. Brookes visited health officials, hospitals and survivors in China and Ontario. They told a common story: all were overwhelmed by the new infectious virus. Martha Foley talked to Brookes last fall, as the emergence of Asian bird flu began to focus new attention on infectious diseases, and how our health system is set to cope with them.

Tim Brookes is the author of books on asthma and hospice. He's also a commentator for National Public Radio, and this radio station. He's director of the professional writing center at Champlain College in Burlington.  Go to full article
Avian flu has made headlines globally (Source:  Nature Magazine
Avian flu has made headlines globally (Source: Nature Magazine

Influenza a Global Risk: One Town Plans Ahead

Avian influenza is still extremely rare. Fewer than a hundred people have died worldwide. But many scientists worry that the risk of a deadly influenza strain spreading among humans has been growing. A full-blown pandemic could quickly overwhelm America's medical infrastructure, especially in rural areas. In Saranac Lake, an informal group of scientists, county health officials, and hospital workers began meeting last fall. As Brian Mann reports, they say an avian flu outbreak will require a community response that goes well beyond the hospital door. This report first aired in October 2005.  Go to full article

Alito Hearing Focus

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito move into the question phase today. Alito is virtually guaranteed a tough grilling. In opening statements yesterday, Democrats made it clear they'll quiz him about abortion and presidential power. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Pataki Remembers Stafford

In past state of the state addresses, Governor Pataki made direct references to future North Country projects. This year, he remembered state senator Ron Stafford, from Plattsburgh, who died last June. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Robbery a Factor in Slaying of Store Owners

Investigators say robbery was a motive in the murder of a couple found dead at their residence near Plattsburgh. Police say 67-year-old David Donivan and his 46-year-old wife Lorraine were murdered between December 20th and 29th. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Tim Nardiello (Source: USBSF)
Tim Nardiello (Source: USBSF)

Lake Placid Olympic Coach Accused of Harrassment

National skeleton sled team coach Tim Nardiello has been accused of sexual harassment by several female team members. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

A Raid on Insurgents in Baghdad

Bill Putnam kept us in touch throughout this year, first as an Army public affairs officer, then as a freelance photo-journalist. Putnam is now embedded with the 10th Mt. Division in Iraq, and will be filing stories from there over the next six weeks.

One of the first stories he sent this year aired January 10, less than three weeks before Iraq's national election. Insurgent attacks on U.S. and Iraqi soldiers and citizens were a continuing threat. The week before, the commander of American ground forces in Iraq told the New York Times four of 18 provinces in the country were still not safe enough for people to vote. One of those provinces was Baghdad itself, where then-Corporal Bill Putnam was stationed with the 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. Troops were busy conducting raids to find insurgent leaders. Putnam went on one raid in the Al-Rashid neighborhood of Baghdad. Soldiers were looking for a suspected cell leader of Sunni insurgents. Here's Putnam's audio diary.  Go to full article

People: Balladeer Lee Knight

Todd Moe talks with folk balladeer Lee Knight. He grew up in Saranac Lake and now lives in North Carolina. He performs regularly at concerts, folk festivals and camps, telling stories, singing ballads and calling dances. Knight's CD of Adirondack music is called Adirondack Ballads and Folk Songs. He has dedicated his career to preserving traditional music in the Adirondacks and the Appalachians.  Go to full article

15 Retailers Fined for Sharp Rise in Gas Prices

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has imposed penalties on 15 gas stations across the state for unfair price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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