Sackett's Harbor, NY – A Democrat from northern New York who has been a candidate for Congress in the past, and may run again, has been put on the federal no-fly list aimed at people with suspected links to terrorists, and was temporarily denied access to an airline flight last month. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke to Dr. Bob Johnson.
Kingston, NY – The international community watchdog organization the Guardian Angels has established chapters in Albany, Troy, Newburgh and now are making plans to set up in Kingston. Poor academic performance, growing gang violence and drug dealing in Kingston, has led community leaders and concerned parents to invite the Guardian Angels to step in and help save their at risk youth. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Deborah Runcie has more.
South Hadley, MA – Avoiding a further battle with disgruntled faculty, Harvard's president Lawrence Summers announced yesterday that he will be leaving the university at the end of this academic year. His departure ends a tumultuous tenure lasting only 5 years-the shortest at the school since 1862.
WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff spoke to academics in the five-college region about the implications of Summers' resignation.
Burlington, VT – The Burlington, Vermont City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to support the Vermont Air National Guard's continued mission at the Burlington International Airport. The councillor's resolution was formulated in direct opposition to, and urges Burlington voters to reject, Question 6 on the Town Meeting Day ballot. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.
Saratoga Springs, NY – The Saratoga Performing Arts Center has unveiled the schedule for its 41st summer season. A blend of new and old tradition this year reflects the Capital Region's investment in arts and culture.
WAMC's Capital District Bureau Chief Jessica Bloustein reports.
Albany, NY – The Victorian-era true story of how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took it upon himself to defend the wrongfully-accused George Edalji, a half-British, half-Indian son of a vicar, is the subject of "Arthur & George," Julian Barne's new book. Barnes talks with Gretchen about what the case has to say about British attitudes towards race in that period.
NORTHAMPTON, MA – Joel Dorius was a professor at Smith College until 1960 when he, along with two other professors, was forced out following an arrest for possession of gay pornography. He was later exonerated and the case is considered an early civil rights victory for homosexuals. Dorius died last week, and WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Dan Bobkoff looks back at the incident and the man.
Albany, NY – New York Congressman John Sweeney is opposing a $6.8 billion deal the White House is backing to put a United Arab Emirates-based firm in charge of the operation of six major U-S ports. Capitol Hill lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are launching an investigation into the deal in the interests of preserving homeland security. Meanwhile, Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings is addressing security concerns at his own capital city's bustling port.