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Troops train for family life

The 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade continues to return home from Iraq this week. The last flight, carrying the brigade's headquarters, is expected to land at Fort Drum next Monday. 3500 soldiers return after a 15 month tour-of-duty, three months more than they expected. Some members of the 2nd brigade have served in Iraq two or even three times. Experts say the longer the deployment, the harder it is for soldiers to reintegrate into ordinary life. Army officials are trying to ease the transition with a new program called "Battle Mind Training." 10th Mountain Division Chaplain Mike Charles told David Sommerstein it gets soldiers to think about home while they're still in the battlefield.  Go to full article

Spitzer wants to enhance Family Leave law

Governor Eliot Spitzer wants to enhance the federal law allowing for Family Leave time, by providing pay for workers when they take the time off to care for a sick relative or newborn baby. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks
Marylee Ballou shows off one of her six scrapbooks

Celebrating the art of scrapbooks

A new exhibit on scrapbooks opens at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) this weekend. "Memories to Share: A Sample of North Country Scrapbooks" opens Saturday (10am) as part of Canton's "Winterfest" celebration. For many scrapbookers, their albums are a way of preserving a record of family life or special events. The history of scrapbooks goes back centuries. Todd Moe asked Potsdam scrapbooker Marylee Ballou how she learned the art of "heirloom albums".  Go to full article
Brothers Allen (left) and Brian Mann Photo: S. Waters
Brothers Allen (left) and Brian Mann Photo: S. Waters

Brothers cross the political divide

This week National Public Radio is looking at efforts by Americans of different stripes to reach common ground. The series Crossing the Divide isn't just about red states and blue states or the balance of power in Congress. These days, America's rift can be far more intimate, dividing communities and families. In his book Welcome to the Homeland, Brian Mann tells the story of searching for common ground with his more conservative brother Allen. He contributed this audio essay.  Go to full article
Congressman John Sweeney
Congressman John Sweeney

Domestic violence charge rocks Sweeney race

The 20th congressional district race was rocked yesterday when two newspapers published reports of a domestic incident in December involving Republican incumbent John Sweeney and his wife Gaia, who goes by the name Gayle. The Albany Times-Union and the New York Daily News reported that Sweeney allegedly grabbed his wife by the neck. The development comes with just a week left in the campaign, as Sweeney faces the toughest re-election fight of his career against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. Brian Mann has the story.  Go to full article

Board of Ed to decide accredition for troubled-teen school

The Academy at Ivy Ridge is a school for troubled teens in Ogdensburg. It functions like a boarding school, but it's not yet accredited by the state. That caused problems last year when the Attorney General's office caught the school handing out high school diplomas. Ivy Ridge was ordered to refund some of the falsely graduated seniors' tuition, and to stop advertising itself as an accredited school. Currently the school is being sued by parents and students for misrepresenting itself. Next Monday the State Board of Education decides whether to finally award the school accreditation. Gregory Warner reports.  Go to full article

Heard up North: What Do You Do With a Dad?

It's father's day on Sunday. A lot of people are asking what they should do with dad. We decided to reverse the question. What's your favorite thing that Dad did with you?

Our summer intern David White walked around the Canton Farmer's Market to dig up some memories.  Go to full article
Lynee Erlenbach (bottom) and her family
Lynee Erlenbach (bottom) and her family

Close to Homeless Update: Lynee Erlenbach

It's been a very good year for Lynee Erlenbach and her mom, Laura Davenport. They were featured in our Close To Homeless series last May. The addition to their trailer is almost finished. Laura has a full-time job. And Lynee told David Sommerstein things have improved at school.  Go to full article
Laura and her family
Laura and her family

Close to Homeless Update: Laura Davenport

It's been a momentous nine months for Laura Davenport and her family. Laura regained full custody of her children. The family's social worker said home life seemed stable enough to end regular visits. Laura got a full-time job. And she built an addition to her trailer. David Sommerstein stopped by recently to check back in.  Go to full article

Same-Sex Marriage In Canada, Pt. 1: A Haven For U.S. Couples

On Friday, a court in Quebec cleared the way for same-sex marriages in the province. Same-sex marriages have been legal in Ontario and British Columbia since last summer. Canada has quickly become a haven for hundreds of gay and lesbian couples from the U.S. looking for a place where they can marry legally. Brian Mann spoke with Kay Brannigan, a professor of Africana and women's studies at SUNY Plattsburgh. Brannigan and her spouse, Mary Ellen, were married in Ottawa last week. The couple have two adopted daughters, ages 9 & 10.  Go to full article

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