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Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/21257086@N06/4468314825">Don Brubeck</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Don Brubeck, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Climate change impacts on winter sports discussed

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (AP) Climate scientists and ski industry representatives will be discussing the impacts of climate change on the winter sports industry in New England.

Vermont Law School is hosting a panel discussion Thursday, a day after a snowstorm dumped nearly a foot of snow in some parts of the region.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/vyelevich/3563076139/">Victor Yelich</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Victor Yelich, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Coca-Cola buys stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

UNDATED (AP) The Coca-Cola Co. is buying a 10 percent stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. as part of a collaborative agreement that would bring its drinks into a new self-serve market.

The deal hinges on Green Mountain launching a single-serve beverage system, similar to what it uses for coffee, for cold beverages.  Go to full article
Observers of National Sweater Day 2012. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/43912780@N04/6803890883/">Thompson Rivers University</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Observers of National Sweater Day 2012. Photo: Thompson Rivers University, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Ontario says to put on a sweater and save

The provincial government is encouraging everyone to is encouraging everyone to put on a sweater and turn down the thermostat today.

It's National Sweater Day, which encourages Canadians to conserve energy.  Go to full article
GI Joe Fuzzy head Land Adventurer w/ Kung Fu Grip. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/63045541@N03/5761370539/">Meg</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
GI Joe Fuzzy head Land Adventurer w/ Kung Fu Grip. Photo: Meg, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

GI Joe, the world's first action figure, turns 50

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) G.I. Joe is turning 50.

The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and Hasbro Inc., which introduced it in 1964.  Go to full article
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among four slated for closure. Image: Google Maps
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among four slated for closure. Image: Google Maps

NY closing four prisons gradually over a year

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's corrections chief says the latest prison closings have been taking place gradually following notifications last summer and shuttering half-empty facilities should save taxpayers $30 million.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci, testifying before legislators Wednesday, says the state inmate total has dropped from 71,600 in 1999 to about 54,200 currently.  Go to full article
Archive Photo of the Day: Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY
Archive Photo of the Day: Stephen Diehl, Antwerp, NY

Round-up: Winter storm blankets NY, VT, Ontario

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Cuomo activated the NY State Emergency Operation Center as snowfall ranging from 6-20 inches heads for various areas of the state. The storm has prompted hundreds of school closings across upstate.

Central and Southern Vermont can expect 6-12 inches of snow, with the heaviest coming during the midday hours. Southern Ontario can expect 15 centimeters and more in some regions. Heavy snow has slowed morning commutes from Windsor all the way to Kingston.  Go to full article
Raw milk. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanishungry/3722209894/sizes/o/in/photolist-6EVijE-757kdN-78d5rf-7b9yeu-7b9yvq-7g1aYW-7hGmXY-7kkHrQ-7tCymc-7tCyxH-7tCy">RyanisHungrye</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Raw milk. RyanisHungrye, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Raw milk case goes to Ontario high court

A farmer from West Grey and his supporters are taking their battle to drink unpasteurized milk to the province's highest court today.

Michael Schmidt argues that by making the sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk illegal, the province is infringing on both his and his customers' basic freedoms.  Go to full article
Firefighter competition. <a href="<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996606796@N01/3848640087/">Ken Mist</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Firefighter competition. Ken Mist, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Firefighter Winter Games return to upstate NY

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) The Firefighter Winter Games are returning to upstate New York.

More than 300 firefighters from 32 fire departments across New York state are expected to take part beginning Friday in Cortland. That's the largest field of competitors to date for the nine-year old event organized by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York and co-sponsored by the Cortland County Firemen's Association.  Go to full article
Photo: chobani.com
Photo: chobani.com

NY senator seeks release of Sochi yogurt shipment

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the Russian government to allow Chobani Greek yogurt to be delivered to Sochi for U.S. Olympic athletes and NBC Studios employees.

Schumer said Tuesday that a shipment of Chobani yogurt is being held up at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because of "unattainable" Russian Customs certifications. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has requested that Russia approve a USDA safety certificate for the yogurt, but Schumer said Russia still won't allow the shipment.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/judybaxter/3365541127/">Judy Baxter</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Judy Baxter, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY lawyers group faults ignorance of democracy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New York State Bar Association says there has been "a shocking level of decline" in Americans' understanding of democracy and its framework and is calling on state education leaders to renew emphasis on civics and put it on a par with math and science.

In a report, the association's Law Youth and Citizenship Committee says social studies has become a "secondary curriculum" in schools.  Go to full article

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