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Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Trainees work on an MQ-9 Reaper at the Hancock field Air National Guard base near Syracuse, NY. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Reaper drone crashes in Lake Ontario

The search for an unmanned drone aircraft that went down in the waters of Lake Ontario yesterday, is expected to continue today. There were no reports of any injuries or damage to civilian property after the crash.

The M-Q-9 Reaper was involved in a routine student training mission with the 174th Attack Wing out of Mattydale, when it crashed about 20 miles northeast of Oswego.  Go to full article
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly
Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district," including Ft. Drum, in the state Assembly. Photo: NYS Assembly

Can peer-to-peer support help cut military suicide?

Defense officials in the US say the number of suicides among active-duty service-members dropped sharply this year, down 22 percent. That's good news.

But suicide still takes the lives of more active-duty military members each year than the war in Afghanistan. And experts say suicide rates among veterans, including older veterans, remains dangerously high.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell represents the North Country's "river district" which includes part of Fort Drum. She also chairs the subcommittee on women veterans and held an Assembly hearing on military suicide last month. Russell sat down to talk about the issue with Susan Arbetter, host of the public radio program Capital Pressroom.  Go to full article

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Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University
Kat Evans plays non-traditional student, and combat veteran, Erika Bird, in "Nontraditional". Still from film courtesy Clarkson University

Struggles of female warrior in Potsdam-made feature film

Tonight at the Roxy Theater, a new full-length film with a mostly North Country cast makes its local premiere. "Nontraditional" was filmed almost entirely in Potsdam and on the Clarkson University campus.

It's the fictional story of a female combat veteran struggling to return to civilian life. The story is based on interviews directors Brian Hauser and Christina Xydias did with female veterans. It's also based on Hauser's personal experiences as an Army veteran.

Listen to an interview with writer/director Hauser and co-producer Xydias. Hauser told David Sommerstein the main character is 26 year-old Erika Bird. She was a military police officer in Afghanistan and Iraq. And now she's returning home to get a college degree.

The film has its local premiere tonight at 7:15 at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam.  Go to full article

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Sanford Gifford, "Camp of the Seventh Regiment, near Frederick, Maryland, July 1863," 1864, New York State Military Museum.
Sanford Gifford, "Camp of the Seventh Regiment, near Frederick, Maryland, July 1863," 1864, New York State Military Museum.

Hudson River School artist featured at NY museum

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The art of Civil War soldier and renowned Hudson River School painter Sanford Robinson Gifford is on display at the New York State Museum as part of its Civil War commemoration.

"Sanford Gifford's Civil War" opened over the weekend and will run through March 23. It's presented in conjunction with "An Irrepressible Conflict: The Empire State in the Civil War," which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  Go to full article

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Researchers at the ECBC look at results from human-on-a-chip testing.<br />Photo: ECBC
Researchers at the ECBC look at results from human-on-a-chip testing.
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Really? Humans on a chip?

In a handful of labs around the U.S., researchers are creating human tissue from stem cells and using them for research, manipulating them to replicate the functions of human organs. And it all happens on platforms about the size of a thumb drive.

This research platform is known as a 'human-on-a-chip', and it has the potential to change the nature of medical treatment.  Go to full article

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