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Lead Paint Rules, Too Little Too Late?

Some environmental issues are so old, they almost seem dead. One of those issues is lead paint. It got a lot of press in the 1970s, but even today there are nearly 300,000 kids with high lead levels. Now the US Environmental Protection Agency wants to protect children when older homes get a facelift. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Shawn Allee has this look.  Go to full article
James Anderson a month before his death (Source: C. Anderson)
James Anderson a month before his death (Source: C. Anderson)

Adult ATVs "Deadly" for Young Riders

The popularity of 4-wheeled all-terrain vehicles continues to grow. Nationwide sales in 2005 were expected to top nine hundred thousand machines. Here in the north country, ATV riding has surged in popularity, despite a shortage of safe, legal riding trails. A Federal agency now says 4-wheeler crashes are causing too many deaths and serious injuries, especially among children. Ten kids die every month in America while riding adult-sized ATVs. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering new rules designed to keep kids from riding full-powered machines. Leading consumer advocates and health groups hope to see an outright ban on the sale of adult ATVs for use by children. But as Brian Mann reports, the industry says that kind of prohibition would be impossible to enforce.  Go to full article
Carolyn Anderson (Source: C. Anderson)
Carolyn Anderson (Source: C. Anderson)

A Child, a 4-Wheeler and a Deadly Accident

There's a national debate underway over the best ways to prevent children from riding adult-sized ATVs. All sides agree on one thing. Kids under the age of sixteen should never ride full-powered 4-wheelers. After her son James died in 2004 Carolyn Anderson began working to educate parents about the dangers of the sport. She launched a website and began working with safety advocates around the country. Carolyn's commentary about her family's experience was produced by Brian Mann.  Go to full article
Marcus Pavon (Source:  ANC)
Marcus Pavon (Source: ANC)

A Bronx Teen's First Taste of the North Woods

This week on the 8 O'Clock Hour we're featuring audio diaries - first hand glimpses of our world. This morning, a first experience of the Adirondack Mountains. The Adirondacks have introduced millions of Americans to real wilderness. Often that first taste comes at summer camp or during a family outing. Marcus Pavon, a 17-year-old senior from the Bronx, first came to the north woods last summer as an Adirondack Nature Conservancy intern. Teenagers from New York City helped to fight invasive species in ponds and along roadsides throughout the park. Marcus joined the group and kept an audio diary of his experience. (Brian Mann produced Marcus' diary.)  Go to full article

Commentary: Reality TV Shows

Channel surfing, you might have happened on a recent entry in the seemingly endless lineup of reality TV shows. Commentator Tom French has found "Nanny-9-11", "Super Nanny" and coming this summer, "Brat Camp".  Go to full article

Convicted Rapist Foster Father Inspires Albany Bill for FBI Checks

A man who has been a foster father in Jefferson county for four years was discovered to have a prior statuatory rape conviction in another state. The public outcry has led to a county investigation, and a proposed bill in Albany that would require federal background checks on all foster parents in New York.  Go to full article

New York State Forest Ranger Arrested for Sexual Assault on Children

State police arrested a New York state forest ranger yesterday for allegedly having sex with children over a period of several years. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

A Perfect Igloo the Easy Way

With winter still in full swing, it's not too late for new ways to enjoy the snow. A Potsdam man is on a mission to spread the word on a foolproof method for building an igloo for children. Miles Manchester's design uses three inflatable tubes and takes an hour and a half to complete. He even posted step-by-step instructions on a website. Manchester told David Sommerstein his is easier to make than a traditional snow block igloo.  Go to full article

Clinton County Child Dies On 4-wheeler

State police say an eight-year-old boy was killed Sunday afternoon while riding an ATV in Schuyler Falls in Clinton County. Jordan Burdick was apparently trapped when the vehicle rolled. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Risks of Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution

A recent study indicates expectant mothers who are exposed to air pollution see damage to the genetic make up of their newborns. That might increase the babies' risk of contracting cancer later in life. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports  Go to full article

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