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License plan dead, but immigrants keep driving

Political pressure and a public backlash forced Governor Spitzer to scrap his plan to grant drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. But that doesn't mean, of course, that hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the state have stopped driving. Few illegal immigrants working on farms in the North Country drive because of the strong presence of the border patrol. But a couple hours south, in the Finger Lakes region, driving without a license is daily life for many Latino farmworkers. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Blue nose pit bull. Source: Wikipedia
Blue nose pit bull. Source: Wikipedia

Dog fighting, pit bulls draw new scrutiny

Last week, the Plattsburgh city council passed a resolution urging New York's legislature to allow local governments to ban pit bulls and other breeds of dogs. State law now prohibits local governments from targeting certain breeds of dogs with animal control regulations. Councilor Michael Drew told the Plattsburgh Press-Republican that each city or municipality should have the opportunity to consider a ban. This local debate comes as star NFL quarterback Michael Vick was being indicted for allegedly running a pit bull fighting ring from his estate in Virginia. Over the last several weeks, Brian Mann has been on special assignment for National Public Radio, looking at the national debate over pit bulls. He found that the animals and the illegal sport of dog fighting have grown far more popular in recent years.

A warning that this story includes language that may be disturbing to some listeners.  Go to full article
Kristine Guest, age 20, died at Paul Smiths College in 2005
Kristine Guest, age 20, died at Paul Smiths College in 2005

Alcohol-related deaths at Paul Smiths College spark lawsuit, debate

This spring, two Paul Smiths College students died following a late-night drinking party. 20 year-old Sean Cornell of Manchester Center, Vermont, and 18-year-old Lee Walker of Enosburg Falls, Vermont drowned when their canoes overturned. They were paddling back to campus across Lower St. Regis Lake. The tragedy followed three alcohol-related deaths at the school in 2005. Some community leaders say Paul Smiths has made huge strides, working to keep students safe. But the school faces a lawsuit and simmering public criticism over its handling of student alcohol abuse. This week, we'll look at the controversy at Paul Smiths College. We'll also look at the changing ethics of alcohol on college campuses. Here's Brian Mann with part one of our special three-part report.  Go to full article
Travis Trim, age 23, is believed dead
Travis Trim, age 23, is believed dead

North Country man accused of killing Trooper believed dead

State police believe that a body found in a burned farmhouse is that of a North Country man accused of shooting three state policemen. Travis Trim, age 23, was the subject of a manhunt that began on Tuesday. He was apparently cornered in the house in Margaretville, in Delaware County south of Albany. The blaze began during a stand-off, after state police fired non-incendiary smoke bombs into the home. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
Travis Trim, age 23 (Photo provided by NYS Police)
Travis Trim, age 23 (Photo provided by NYS Police)

North Country man targeted by statewide manhunt following trooper shooting

A North Country man has been accused of killing one New York state police officer and wounding two others in the Catskills region. The hunt for suspect Travis Trim of North Lawrence in St. Lawrence County started yesterday after Trooper Matthew Gombosi was shot during a traffic stop. This morning, two more state troopers who had been searching for Trim were shot. State police now say one of them, 29-year-old David Brinkerhoff, has since died. The other, Richard Matteson, was transferred to an Albany hospital. There's no word on his condition. Travis Trim is also alleged to have stolen a van in Canton over the weekend. As David Sommerstein reports, state police in the North Country are involved in the investigation.  Go to full article
Tax protest leader Robert Schulz from Queensbury (Source:  We The People website)
Tax protest leader Robert Schulz from Queensbury (Source: We The People website)

Federal government targets North Country tax protester

The deadline for filing state and federal income taxes hits next Tuesday. It's a day that millions of Americans dread. Around the country, a small group of tax protestors claim that the collection of income taxes is illegal and violate the U.S. Constitution. One of their leaders, Robert Schulz, lives in Queensbury and runs an organization called "We the People." Critics say Schultz's arguments amount to little more than an urban myth. But according to the Federal government, thousands of people have been misled by Schultz's amateur tax advice at a cost to the treasury of more than 20 million dollars. As Brian Mann reports, the Justice Department is now suing Schultz in an effort to end what they call a "tax scam."  Go to full article

Ethan Allen deaths bring misdemeanor pleas

The captain and the cruise line operators who ran the Ethan Allen cruise boat pleaded guilty yesterday to misdemeanor charges. Shoreline Cruises and Captain Richard Paris admitted to not having enough crewmembers on board when it flipped on Lake George, killing twenty elderly tourists. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

UPDATE ON CANTON BANK ROBBERY

Canton police say the robbery of a village bank yesterday was "a serious crime." The suspects allegedly tied up bank employees after brandishing a gun to force their way in. Jonathan Brown has more.  Go to full article
Currier & Ives portrayal of Jane McCrea's murder (Source:  Library of Congress)
Currier & Ives portrayal of Jane McCrea's murder (Source: Library of Congress)

Unearthing North Country Legend Jane McCrea

The December issue of Adirondack Life magazine tells the story of Jane McCrea, a young Scottish woman who lived in Fort Edwards in the 1770s. While waiting to meet her fiance, McCrea was murdered and scalped by native soldiers loyal to the British. Her death sparked outrage in the American colonies and served as a major catalyst for the Revolutionary War. In the centuries since, McCrea has become a part of North Country legend. The Adirondack Life article was written by David Starbuck, who lives in Chestertown. Starbuck teaches anthropology at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and led the scientific team that is working to reconstruct details of McCrea's life. He told Brian Mann that Jane McCrea's story is tangled up in his own family's history.  Go to full article
Pottersville Episcopal Church burned in May 2006
Pottersville Episcopal Church burned in May 2006

Adirondack church fire an act of "intolerance"

Police say a church fire in the Adirondack village of Pottserville last May was an act of religious intolerance. According to the Warren County Sheriff's office, 20-year-old Caleb Uriah Lussier confessed to burning the church. Lussier is a student at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake. Investigators say he believed that the Episcopal church had deviated from the true teachings of the Bible. As Brian Mann reports, Lussier may have been involved in another church fire in his hometown.  Go to full article

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