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Earlier this summer, while covering the "Lights for Liberty" vigil in downtown Glens Falls, I saw 15-year-old Jenna Nichols who had locked herself inside a small dog cage, her fingers clasping the bars, exactly like the photo attached to her cage of a young girl locked in a detention center at the border.

FORT WORTH, Texas - A white Fort Worth officer fatally shot a black woman inside her home early Saturday morning after police were called to the house to do a welfare check, according to police and the neighbor who called them. The woman killed was Atatiana Jefferson, 28, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office. Police released a statement Saturday afternoon saying officers ...

WASHINGTON - A series of letters from state energy regulators asking the Trump administration to act on coal plant closures was orchestrated by a coal lobbying group, emails show, raising questions about the independence of the public service commissioners. Utility commissioners in six states pressed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an inquiry into whether coal plant ...

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Crime and Courts

PENN YAN — Following a long investigation, a Rochester man was arrested Monday for allegedly breaking into four Mennonite homes in January while the families were at church, and more arrests are possible.

Sports

In 1964, the federal government passed the Civil Rights Act, making certain forms of discrimination illegal in the United States. Just five years later — less than 16 months after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. — members of the University of Wyoming football team tried to draw attention to inequality and paid the price.

LOS ANGELES - Rams running back Todd Gurley, who bruised his left thigh in last week's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, will not play against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at the Coliseum, a Rams representative said Saturday. Gurley did not practice this week and had been listed as doubtful. Malcolm Brown is expected to start and rookie Darrell Henderson also will play in Gurley's ...

Business and Economy

New research from AAA reveals that automatic emergency braking systems designed to keep pedestrians safe perform sporadically throughout the day and are completely ineffective at night. This is alarming, considering 75% of pedestrian fatalities occur after dark. The systems tested by AAA also performed inadequately in several real-world scenarios, such as failing to stop when turning into the path of an adult. For the safety of everyone on the road, AAA supports the continued development of pedestrian detection systems, specifically when it comes to improving functionality at night and in circumstances where drivers are most likely to encounter pedestrians.

Business owners or those with an idea and a need for resources could benefit from the Regional Entrepreneurial Summit, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at Flickerwood Wine Cellars in Kane.

Health Care

Commonly known as ALS, the condition is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, and it is always fatal. The affected motor neurons deteriorate and the brain and spinal cord lose their ability to send signals to muscles, which begin to atrophy. As muscles lose nourishment, those affected lose their ability to speak, move, eat and breathe. The average life expectancy of those afflicted with ALS is two to five years, and there is no cure.

Project Fit America is a charity that works alongside educators to create opportunities for kids to stay active and healthy. It offers fitness grants and programs to help fund resources such as equipment, teacher training and curriculum. The goal is not only to get students involved physically, but also nurture an environment in which children enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. For the past five years at Homer-Center Elementary, in Homer City, Pennsylvania, that opportunity to stay active has been the Lub Dub Run Club.

Vaping has come of age in the most perfect of social conditions. Smoking cigarettes is falling out of favor socially and even among nicotine users, and is wholly rejected by many young people today. To get their fix they're turning to what is marketed as a cleaner and safer method of ingestion. Enticing flavors, edgy technology and social media are empowering the tobacco industry to ensnare a new generation with nicotine addiction
by way of vaping. And it’s working. In 2016, 43.8% of high schoolers in New York state tried vaping, more than double the total two years prior. This trend has Ontario County officials deeply concerned.

Arts & Entertainment

    The News-Gazette presents “Scott’s Stumper,” a feature by Scott Shaffer that shows zoomed-in photos of various things around Randolph County.

    On Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00p.m., Arts Place Portland Center will present it’s ensembles in concert in the Hall/Moser Theatre. Eastern Breeze Flute, Distant Thunder and the Jay County Community Band will perform. On Monday, May 20th at 7:00p.m., A Choired Taste, the community choir of Arts Place, will be in concert. Both events are free and open to the public.