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The "N word" is offensive to us and it has no place in New York state regulation...

State purges "N Word" from Environment regulations

New York's Department of Environmental Conservation has begun a process designed to eliminate the racially charged "N-word" from all its maps and regulations.

The change affects documents created decades ago and includes one small lake in the southern Adirondacks. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article
I've been bullied and teased to deep depression. I've been kicked when I'm down

Saranac Lake's anti-bullying campaign is only a start

It was a year ago last week that an incident of racially fueled bullying at the Saranac Lake Middle School made headlines and put school officials in the hot seat.

One year later, the school district has completed a series of diversity and anti-bullying programs, activities and training sessions for its students, staff, teachers, principals and school board.

The effort was designed to change the culture of the school district. As Chris Knight reports, however, school officials admit they still have much more work to do.  Go to full article
Slavery was legal in New York state until 1827
Slavery was legal in New York state until 1827

Exploring New York's slave legacy, past and present

This morning in Lake Placid, teachers and historians and activists begin a two-day conference to talk about slavery.

New Yorkers played a big role in the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, financing and profiting from an industry that ruined the lives of more than 12 million Africans.

Slave-owning wasn't banned in this state until 1827. Modern-day activists say human trafficking and exploitation is once again on the rise.

Martha Swan is with a group called John Brown Lives.

She told Brian Mann that this conference, which is open to the public, will explore the history and present-day reality of slavery.  Go to full article
Painter's new book
Painter's new book

Author challenges notions of race in "The History of White People"

Author, educator and artist Nell Irvin Painter spoke at the Elizabethtown County Courthouse on Sunday. She read selections from her new book, "The History of White People," and fielded questions from the audience. The talk was part of a series sponsored by modern day anti-slavery organizations John Brown Lives! and John Brown Coming Home. Sarah Harris attended and has our story.  Go to full article
Petrova Middle School grapples with "hate" (Photo:  School website)
Petrova Middle School grapples with "hate" (Photo: School website)

Saranac Lake school grapples with racial bullying case

Administrators and school board officials in Saranac Lake are apologizing after it was disclosed that a young girl was the subject of a bullying campaign by other students that apparently went on for more than a year. The 12-year-old girl was harassed in part because of her race. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg
Activist Martha Swan from Westport and historian Andrew Buchanan from Whallonsburg

Fight to save "sacred ground" of John Brown's farm and burial site

Protesters will gather in Albany tomorrow to try to save dozens of New York state parks and historic sites. Governor David Paterson wants to close the parks this spring as part of an effort to cut an $8.2-billion budget deficit. At least nine parks in the North Country are targeted. Historians and civil rights activists are especially furious over the plan to shut down John Browns Farm in Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, the burial site of the famous Civil War-era abolitionist has been a pilgrimage site and a symbol of freedom for more than 150 years.  Go to full article

Poll shows Scozzafava lead in tight House special election

A poll released yesterday by Conservative candidate Doug Hoffman is offering a first snapshot of the congressional race to replace John McHugh. The survey, paid for by Hoffman's campaign, shows Republican Dede Scozzafava with 30% of the vote. That compares with 20% for Democrat Bill Owens and 19% for Hoffman. Brian Mann has our report.  Go to full article

With bridge still closed, locals in Akewsasne and Cornwall push for talks

Locals in the Akwesasne Mohawk community and in the Ontario city of Cornwall are pressing the Canadian government to begin talks aimed at reopening the Seaway International bridge. Officials from Cornwall were planning to travel to Ottawa today and a community meeting is planned for Friday. The route from New York to Ontario was closed nearly two weeks ago, after Mohawks protested a plan to arm border agents with pistols. Brian Mann was at the border yesterday and has our story.  Go to full article
Still relevant?  John Brown sparks debate, controversy 150 years after his death
Still relevant? John Brown sparks debate, controversy 150 years after his death

Story 2.0: Remembering John Brown 150 years after his execution

This year, communities across the U.S. will commemorate abolitionist John Brown. Brown was hanged 150 years ago, after his famous raid on Harpers Ferry in Virginia. The remembrances begin tomorrow in Lake Placid with events at the John Brown Farm State Historic Site. Later in the year, organizers hope to re-enact the funeral procession that carried Brown's body across Lake Champlain from Vermont and then through Elizabethtown to Lake Placid. Brian Mann first reported on Brown's legacy in 2002.  Go to full article
Michael Odumosu. Photo:  Frank Pastizzo
Michael Odumosu. Photo: Frank Pastizzo

Foreign college student jailed for weeks in Adirondacks, raising questions

A former student from North Country Community College in Saranac Lake remains behind bars this week, following his arrest in mid-December. Michael Odumosu traveled to the North Country from London, England, to play for the school's basketball team. He is accused of raping a young woman in a student apartment just off campus. The charges have also triggered an inquiry by Federal Immigration officials. As Brian Mann reports, Odumosu's supporters are raising questions about the way his case was handled, both by the school and by police.

Correction: North Country Community College officials did make an effort to reach NCPR before this story aired. Tomorrow during regional news, we'll hear from Ed Trathen, Vice President for Enrollment & Student Services.  Go to full article

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