Earlier this summer, a group of students from Utica College and a few other schools spent three weeks at an ancient archeological site in southern Albania. It was the most recent group to take part in an unlikely collaboration between the college and a national park in a little known part of the world.
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a prescription device that can inject a fast acting antidote to heroin and other opioid drugs. It’s the latest response to a surge in opioid abuse. Heroin use has doubled between 2007 and 2012. It’s no longer just an urban street drug—it’s now common in small town America.
Almost 200 years ago, Utica was home to a passionate abolitionist community determined to rid the young nation of slavery. Now a local group is trying to remind the public of the significance of the city’s role in the anti-slavery movement.
On election day this Tuesday, if voters pass the proposed amendment to the state constitution to allow casino gambling, New York will become the 21tst state to legalize commercial Las Vegas-style casinos. Across much of the country nowadays, gambling seems like the natural state of things. But it wasn't always that way.