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SLU Grapples With Hate Speech & Threats

Hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise on college campuses across the country. St. Lawrence University is coping with several recent cases of violence, threats of violence, and discrimination. The incidents range from racial and homophobic slurs to a phoned death threat and a physical assault on a campus running trail. As David Sommerstein reports, the incidents have sparked a debate over how to confront a very persistent problem.  Go to full article

SLU Students on Hate Speech, Assault

David Sommerstein talked with St. Lawrence University students outside the student center to learn how they see discriminatory harassment issues on campus.  Go to full article

Argentinean Mothers Lobby for Reform of NY Drug Laws

Reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws is an issue that has stagnated at the New York State Capitol, despite expressions of support from all of the major political players. Now, advocates are getting some help from the Argentinean Mothers of the Disappeared, who came to Albany to express solidarity with families who say they've lost a loved one to a long prison term. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Mohawk Arson Probe Still Searching

State and tribal police are baffled over an unprecedented arson spree on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena. Since October 2002, suspicious blazes have consumed more than 70 abandoned buildings, the latest on January 1st. Several cars have been burnt since then. The Mohawk territory spans the international border and the St. Lawrence River. Police say those boundaries have impeded the search for suspects. David Sommerstein spoke with Charles Bishop, the New York State Police investigator in Massena who's heading the investigation.  Go to full article

Filming the Frozen River

Filming for the short movie Frozen River wraps up tonight and tomorrow along the St. Lawrence River on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. Written and directed by an award-winning New York City based filmmaker, Frozen River is about two women who are driven by poverty to smuggle aliens across the U.S.-Canada border in the dark of night. The subject matter has raised some eyebrows on the reservation. David Sommerstein visited the set and has this report.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Smuggling Update

Cross-border smuggling among the maze-like territory of the St. Lawrence River near Akwesasne has dogged the Mohawks' reputation for years, especially since high-profile cigarette smuggling busts in the 1990s. In the late '90s and 2000, smuggling Asian illegal immigrants spiked. David Sommerstein spoke yesterday with Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Louis Mitchell. Mitchell says alien traffic dropped dramatically after September 11, 2001.  Go to full article

Seneca Cigarette Smugglers Linked to Hezbollah

Two women from the Seneca Nation in western New York are indicted for participation in a cigarette smuggling ring that allegedly helped fund the terrorist group Hezbollah. David Sommerstein has details.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Coach Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Crime

A 72-year-old man from Saranac Lake - accused of molesting an 11-year-old-boy - will serve up to eight years in prison. Former coach Frank Miller pleaded guilty to first degree sodomy. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Young Man Accused of Murdering Parents In Ausable

State police say a 17-year-old in Ausable shot and killed his parents early on Saturday morning. Justin McLean has been charged with two counts of 2nd degree murder. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

The North River Stagecoach Robbery

Historians recreate a stagecoach robbery near North River a century ago. Actors in period dress and an authentic Concord stage built in 1870 will help recreate the colorful era of Adirondack stagecoach travel. The event takes place Saturday at the North Creek Railroad Depot. Todd Moe spoke with Dr. Richard Bossert, who's researched the now legendary highway robbery, and is event chair for Saturday morning's re-enactment.  Go to full article

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