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Saranac Lake Drops "Racist" Mascot Name: Some Say Vote Heralds Change Across New York State

After fifty years, the Saranac Lake Central School has decided to drop its team mascot name. The District school board voted 6-to-1 last night to retire the name "Redskins," a term which some in the community describe as insensitive or even racist. As Brian Mann reports, many of the school's students and alumni oppose the change. Others say schools across the north country will soon have to follow the district's lead.  Go to full article

"Twisted": the Case of the Young Author

Educators are on high alert for signs of school violence in the post-Columbine era. Recently near Cornwall, Ontario, a high school student wrote a drama class essay called "Twisted". It's the story of a bullied teenager who plans to blow up his school for revenge. As a result of the story, the student was suspended from school and served over a month in jail. As David Sommerstein reports, the case has sparked a controversial and highly publicized debate in Canada.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Science Projects

Some suggestions for interesting, low-cost science projects! Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley offer ideas for budding scientists to try at home or at school.  Go to full article

Youth Court: Teens Judge Teens in Real Life

Usually we think of peer pressure as a negative--urging young people to make fun of the short kid in class or to try that first cigarette. But in a growing phenomenon around the country, courts are using peer influence to keep teens on a positive track through life. Youth Courts have teens judging their peers in real cases with enforceable sentences. Youth Courts also reduce the heavy caseload--and costs--of higher courts that deal with more serious crimes. David Sommerstein visited the Youth Court in Watertown. He found a strong program that is nonetheless struggling to survive.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Teen Prepares for Iditarod Sled Dog Race

An Ogdensburg teen has his sights set on this year's Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska. Paul French will be among the more than 80 competitors from around the world taking part in the 1200-mile trek through the Alaskan wilderness in March 2001.  Go to full article

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