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Ft. Drum, Families Remember Fallen Soldiers

The 11 soldiers who died in Tuesday's helicopter crash at Fort Drum were remembered Friday as American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice while preparing for their next mission. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Senate Passes Bill Authorizing Tax on Internet Sales

It would be more expensive to order items over the internet, under a bill in the New York State Senate that would charges sales tax on e-commerce. State Senator Betty Little was among New York's Republicans to vote in favor of the bill yesterday. She says collecting taxes from online sales could provide the state with an injection of much-needed revenues.  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Delayed Due to Ice

For the first time in its 44 year history, the St. Lawrence Seaway will open 6 days late because there's too much ice on the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article

Crossgates Mall Drops Trespassing Charges

One of the largest shopping malls in upstate New York was the focus of controversy yesterday. One Monday night, a man was arrested at the Crossgates Mall in the suburb of Guilderland after refusing to take off a t-shirt that had an anti-war message. Yesterday, 100 people wearing similar shirts went to the mall at lunchtime as a show of protest against the mall's policy. WAMC's Brian Shields reports.  Go to full article

Lysistrata Readings Staged to Voice Opposition to War

Groups around the state will perform an ancient Greek play tomorrow to protest a possible war with Iraq. The Lysistrata Project spans 56 countries. Productions in New York state will happen everywhere from a community college auditorium in Plattsburgh, an art gallery in Ithaca, a mall bookstore in Syracuse, and even a cafe in Saratoga Springs. Actors in a Buffalo production include Republicans, liberals, conservatives and peace-loving patriots. Todd Moe talks with NCPR resident theatre critic Connie Meng about project and the play.  Go to full article

Clinton Pushes Bush for More Local Security Funding

Senator Hillary Clinton responded yesterday to a report in the New York Times that said the White House has conceded that the counter terror budget for homeland security is inadequate. Clinton asked in November that $3.5 billion dollars from the Homeland Security bill be reallocated to lower level law enforcement agencies and first responders. So far, she says, no money has funneled down to the local level to pay for things like counter-terrorism equipment and training.  Go to full article

New Traditions: The Crane Guitar Quartet

The guitar is such a familiar instrument that we sometimes forget its true virtuosity. The Crane Guitar Ensemble joins Todd Moe in the studio for ear-dazzling compositions for the guitar.  Go to full article

Pataki Supports Northern Tier Highway

Governor Pataki expressed his support for a rooftop highway to link Watertown with Plattsburgh Friday. During his speech at Clarkson, he fumbled for words and referred to the Northern Tier highway. He later grinned and clarified.  Go to full article
Viggo Mortensen, St. Lawrence University Class of '80, in his role as Aragorn.
Viggo Mortensen, St. Lawrence University Class of '80, in his role as Aragorn.

Viggomania at St. Lawrence University

Fans of The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen descended on St. Lawrence University yesterday. Long lines snaked down the hall to get free tickets for Mortensen's appearances February 28th and March 1st. The most eager fans had been waiting since 4 in the morning.  Go to full article

Fed Budget Includes Money to Study Rooftop Highway

The 2003 spending bill also includes $2 million for further study of a four-lane highway to link Watertown and Plattsburgh. Congressman John McHugh says the funding takes an incremental approach.  Go to full article

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