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Iraq Diary, Pt. 24: North Country Reservists Confront a Wave of Bombings

During the recent fighting in Falloujah, insurgent attacks escalated in other parts of Iraq. North Country National Guard soldiers based at Camp Orion, north of Baghdad, faced a wave of massive car bombings. In his latest Iraq audio diary, recorded in mid-November, Major Eric Olsen, a National Guard Chaplain from Saranac Lake, describes the fighting over a period of 48 hours, as soldiers struggled to maintain order on the front line.  Go to full article

NY Reaches Land Claim Settlement With Cayugas

Governor Pataki announced a land claim settlement today with the Cayuga Nation of New York. The deal gives the tribe a Catskills casino and at least 2,500 acres in the Finger Lakes region.  Go to full article

Body of Missing SLU Student Found

Search teams near St. Lawrence University have found the body of a missing college student. Canton police confirm the body found in the Grasse River in Canton late Thursday afternoon was that of 20-year-old Adam Falcon. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Little Condemns Reform Veto

North Country Senator Betty Little, a Republican and frequent ally of Governor Pataki, condemned his veto yesterday.  Go to full article

Pataki Vetoes Native American Taxes Bill

Governor Pataki has vetoed the bill that would have required his administration to collect state taxes on sales of tobacco and gasoline by native American vendors. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

NY Republicans Elect New Leader

New York Republicans have selected Rochester-area G-O-P leader Stephen Minarik to head the party's state organization. At a meeting in Albany yesterday, they picked the Monroe County Republican chairman to rally the party in the aftermath of several major Election Day setbacks. Minarik succeeds Sandy Treadwell, of Essex county, who has been given a national G-O-P committeeman's seat. The move at the top comes amid grumblings from high-profile Republicans who say their party has lost direction and needs to get back on course. Minarik told Michael Caputo, of WXXI-TV in Rochester, that his goal is to unite the New York Republicans after the 2004 election.  Go to full article

Iraq Diary, Pt. 23: New Reservists from New York, Vermont Head to Iraq

Hundreds of New York National Guard soldiers serving with the 2nd of the 108th in Iraq have passed their one-year mark. The reservists will be returning home to the U.S. in January or February. But they'll be replaced by other reserve units from New York and Vermont that are now shipping overseas. This week as part his audio diary, Major Eric Olsen -- a chaplain from Saranac Lake -- headed to Camp Orion's internet café to talk with Zachary Estergard, a young soldier from Syracuse who's just begun a tour of duty.  Go to full article
A cookie cottage (above).  Building skills (below).
A cookie cottage (above). Building skills (below).

Home Sweet Home: The Art of Gingerbread

Fruitcakes, cookies and sweets are an annual tradition in many households during the holidays. Next month, 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 - from cabins to castles. Award-winning gingerbread architect Sue Wilder will offer two workshops. An advanced class geared toward adults tomorrow from 10 to 1 at the Canton United Methodist Church. And a beginners class on Saturday, December 11 for families and young builders. Last year, Todd Moe visited a group of eager gingerbread bakers gathered in Canton to learn some secrets of making gingerbread houses. These novices got a head start on their edible real estate.  Go to full article

Incumbents McHugh & Sweeney Win Re-election

Republican Congressmen John McHugh and John Sweeney easily won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.  Go to full article

Gray Convalescing at Home

Republican Assembly candidate Scott Gray is convalescing at home in Watertown after he was hospitalized for minor heart problems. Gray is trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Darrel Aubertine in the 118th Assembly District.  Go to full article

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