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Vermont woman, 86, found by troopers without heat

GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) Vermont State Police troopers say they found an 86-year-old woman alone in her home in the town of Georgia when the outside temperature was in the low teens.

Police went to the address Monday after dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call.
The woman was dressed in heavy winter clothes and was trying to find blankets to keep herself and a small dog warm.

The troopers found wood pellets to start a fire and they called the Joyal Fuel Company of Fairfax, which put 100 gallons of oil in the woman's tank.  Go to full article
Eric and Susan Olsen celebrate his homecoming from Iraq. NCPR file photo
Eric and Susan Olsen celebrate his homecoming from Iraq. NCPR file photo

The Road from 9/11: How the war on terror changed one North Country family

One of the uncomfortable truths about the terror attacks on 9/11 is that some families have carried a far greater burden during the months and years that followed. The Olsen family, from Saranac Lake, have spent much of the last decade separated; Chaplain Eric Olsen first mobilized for duty at ground zero in New York City, then for war in Iraq.

In a special documentary production aired for the 10th anniversary of the terror attack, Brian Mann produced a special documentary telling the story of how 9/11 shaped the lives of Eric and Susan Olsen, and their sons Garth and Evan.

This first aired Sept. 12, 2011. It recently won an Edward R. Murrrow award for best radio documentary.  Go to full article
Sue Stebbins  (Photo: SUNY Potsdam)
Sue Stebbins (Photo: SUNY Potsdam)

Diversity expert among critics of NYPD surveillance of Muslim students

New York civil rights advocates want a meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo following a decision by the attorney general's office not to investigate the New York Police Department over its monitoring of Muslim students following the Sept. 11 attack.

The Associated Press reports that in a letter yesterday, the New York Civil Rights Coalition refuses to accept the decision by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Schneiderman's office said there were legal obstacles that prevented the probe.
The coalition writes that the governor must direct state authorities to investigate the surveillance.

The Associated Press reported last week that the New York Police Department kept close watch on websites and blogs maintained by Muslim student associations across the northeast U.S., including at SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University.

The surveillance reportedly took place in 2006 and 2007. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has faced a firestorm of criticism. But he continues to defend the police department, saying the city needs to be vigilant against terrorism.

Susan Stebbins is an anthropology professor at SUNY Potsdam. She's also special assistant to the president for diversity. The surveillance reportedly took place in 2006 and 2007. But Stebbins tells Julie Grant the college is just finding out about it now. (NCPR did request an interview with the New York Police Department, but didn't hear back for this story.)  Go to full article
Eric and Susan Olsen celebrate his homecoming from Iraq (NCPR file photo)
Eric and Susan Olsen celebrate his homecoming from Iraq (NCPR file photo)

The Road from 9/11: How the war on terror changed one North Country family

One of the uncomfortable truths about the terror attacks on 9/11 is that some families have carried a far greater burden during the months and years that followed.

The Olsen family, from Saranac Lake, have spent much of the last decade separated; Chaplain Eric Olsen first mobilized for ground zero, then for war in Iraq.

In a special documentary production, Brian Mann tells Eric Olsen's story, as well as how 9/11 shaped the lives of Susan Olsen, and their sons Garth and Evan.  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little at the event. Photo: Jon Lundin, ORDA
State Senator Betty Little at the event. Photo: Jon Lundin, ORDA

"New York Remembers" exhibit commemorates 9/11 in Lake Placid

Museums, government buildings, and college campuses across New York state, are hosting a special exhibit memorializing the Sept. 11 attacks.

30 sites are displaying "New York Remembers." The exhibit features artifacts from the terrorist attacks, including rescue equipment, pieces of the World Trade Center buildings, and other items from ground zero.

The Olympic Center in Lake Placid is hosting one of the exhibitions. Chris Morris was at a special ceremony at the exhibit earlier this week and has this report...  Go to full article

Silver Blames Pataki for Poor 911 System

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver blamed Governor Pataki for failing to set up a 911 cell phone emergency locating system. Silver says that failure contributed to the death of four teenagers in the Long Island Sound last month. Karen Dewitt reports.  Go to full article

An Anniversary Call-in: What has Changed Since September 11

SUNY Potsdam politics professor John Massaro and Potsdam middle school social studies teacher Carol Fries are Martha Foley's guests in a regional call-in discussion of post 9/11 change.  Go to full article

Algerian Refugees: Unwanted In Canada, Frightened Of Home

The government of Canada is preparing to deport more than a thousand Algerians, now living in the city of Montreal. The Algerians came to Canada over the last decade, fleeing their country's vicious civil war. Many of those on the deportation list say they'll be persecuted or killed, if sent home. But their case is complicated by the fact that Algerian refugees in Canada have been linked to more than a dozen acts of terrorism. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports from Montreal.  Go to full article

Feeling the Chill: International Students in the North Country, part 2

In the next two weeks, the north country's colleges and universities will empty out as students head home for the winter break. For international students, the holiday offers a rare chance to visit with family in their home countries. But this year, many foreign students are afraid to make the trip. As Brian Mann reports, they fear that US immigration officials won't let them back into the country.  Go to full article

Feeling the Chill: International Students in the North Country, part 1

North country colleges and universities are home to thousands of international students. They bring important revenue to their schools--and important diversity. But in the months since September 11, foreign students have faced closer scrutiny than ever before. As Brian Mann reports, some educators fear that new restrictions and monitoring could send the best international students to other countries.  Go to full article

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