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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
Famous lodge chair believed destroyed in fire
Famous lodge chair believed destroyed in fire

Lodge Gave A Home To Local Art

Artists around the north country are mourning the loss of the Lake Placid Lodge. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Senator Clinton: Republicans Behaving like the Grinch

New York Senator Hillary Clinton took aim yesterday at budget cuts proposed by her republican colleagues. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Former President Clinton Visits Western NY

Former President Bill Clinton visited western New York yesterday. He met with Democrats and potential Republican candidate for governor Thomas Golisano. Clinton started out talking to students at the Rochester Institute of Technology yesterday about the power of individuals to work for public good. But he spent nearly as much time talking about America's health care problems after a question from a student. Bud Lowell in Rochester has more.  Go to full article

Public Weighs in on New Voting Machines

New York State is under federal mandate to have new voting machines on line by next November's elections under the Federal Help America Vote Act. But the State Board of Elections is still trying to adopt standards for those machines. Members of the State Board got an earful at the first of three public hearings, held in Rochester yesterday. Bud Lowell at public radio station WXXI reports.  Go to full article
The briefing room.
The briefing room.

Soldiers Learn To Be Media Savvy

When Vice-President Dick Cheney was at Fort Drum Tuesday, the coverage included reaction from the troops. Many of those comments contained what the Army would call "command messages". As more soldiers face the lights, cameras, and notebooks of the media at home and overseas, the Army is trying to make sure they're prepared. David Sommerstein attended a media class at Fort Drum. He filed this report last summer.  Go to full article
A cookie cottage (above), and building skills (below).
A cookie cottage (above), and building skills (below).

The Tasty Art of Gingerbread

Just as the oven begins to cool from the Thanksgiving feast, comes another seasonal favorite - Holiday baking. Fruitcakes, cookies and sweets are an annual tradition in many households this time of year. During the month of December, visitors to the Traditional Arts In Upstate New York, or TAUNY, gallery in Canton will be asked to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. TAUNY is offering a chance to learn the tasty art of building gingerbread structures. Gingerbread architect Sue Wilder will offer a gingerbreading workshop this Saturday from 9 to noon at the Canton United Methodist Church. Two years ago, we visited a group of eager gingerbread bakers gathered in Canton to learn some secrets of making gingerbread houses - from cabins to castles. As Todd Moe reports, these novices got a head start on their edible real estate.  Go to full article

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