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Former Fort Drum soldier, Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Villanueva holds football camp for children

- Watertown Daily Times

FORT DRUM — Alejandro Villanueva’s road from 10th Mountain Division soldier to Pittsburgh Steelers’ starter circled back to the north country Monday, as he taught football to children raised in military families like his own.

“It’s a time for me to realize how much people sacrifice to be in the service, and the things they do,” said Villanueva, who served at Fort Drum from 2010-12. “I’m just very thankful, I’m very thankful people are serving our country the way they do, and setting the standard like they do in the 10th Mountain Division.”

NASA finds 10 more planets capable of supporting life


WASHINGTON — NASA’s planet-hunting telescope has found 10 new planets outside our solar system that are likely the right size and temperature to potentially have life on them, broadly hinting that we are probably not alone.

After four years of searching, the Kepler telescope has detected a total of 49 planets in the Goldilocks zone. And it only looked in a tiny part of the galaxy, one quarter of one per cent of a galaxy that holds about 200 billion of stars.

Cornwall court delays sentencing for manslaughter after defendant discovers possible Indigenous heritage

Alan S. Hale, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

The sentencing of a man convicted of killing a Cornwall Island resident has been postponed for more than two months because of revelations that he may have Indigenous ancestry.

Christopher Baldwin was set to be sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to manslaughter after causing the 2014 death of Akwesasne resident, David Benson Hopps. Baldwin’s co-accused, Rachel Fenn, who also pleaded guilty to manslaughter has already been sentenced to five years in prison for her role in Hopps’ death.

North Lawrence man sentenced to federal prison for cocaine possession

- Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — A North Lawrence man who had 47 kilograms of cocaine in his vehicle last year was sentenced to five years in federal prison last week.

On Jan. 26 in U.S. District Court, Plattsburgh, Christopher J. Jandreau, 25, pleaded guilty to knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Hillary civil cases brought to a halt with potential consolidation

- Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — Oral “Nick” Hillary’s civil lawsuit against the village of Potsdam and its police department for claims that his civil rights were violated during the investigation in the 2011 murder of Garrett J. Phillips has been postponed.

The lawsuit was scheduled to go to trial July 10 in Albany, but United States Northern District Court Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe, who will be presiding over the case, granted a stay of the case Thursday for what he wrote were “overlapping issues,” with a second civil suit Mr. Hillary filed for malicious prosecution.

Schumer wants special DEA heroin team deployed to NY

- Massena Daily Courier

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to provide New York state with one of its four special heroin enforcement groups being sent to states suffering from extensive heroin abuse.

The Senate minority leader had been instrumental in getting $12.5 million for DEA in the 2017 federal budget so it could set up the four heroin enforcement units. Sen. Schumer made the case for New York state, noting that the heroin overdose death rate increased by 30 percent in 2015 as New York City continues to be a major heroin distribution hub for the rest of the state and the Northeast.

War of words: IJC responds to Cuomo’s ‘nastiest’ letter about Lake Ontario flooding

- Massena Daily Courier

The International Joint Commission has issued its response to a letter from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that called the state’s flooding a “direct result” of the binational group.

Leaders with the board pushed back against the governor on multiple points and repeated their assertion that the damage was caused by a “record-setting” influx of water.

One year after Canada's medically assisted dying law, patients face uneven access

Nicole Ireland, CBC News

"Martha" was stunned when her 78-year-old father told her he wanted a medically assisted death, after battling lung cancer for almost two years. 

"It's something you've never contemplated before in your family," she said. "How do you prepare for this? This date that somebody's going to pass away. It's really hard."

Martha has asked CBC News to use only her middle name, because children in her family don't know that their grandfather's death was medically assisted.  A year after Canada's Medical Assistance in Dying law passed on June 17, 2016, the issue remains highly controversial. 

Gord Downie, Sylvia Maracle to receive Order of Canada honour

Canadian Press

Gord Downie and indigenous activist Sylvia Maracle are to be appointed to the Order of Canada today.

Maracle will be named an officer of the Order of Canada and Downie will be named a member.

They are among 30 recipients to be honoured for leadership in supporting indigenous issues, including National Hockey League player Jordin Tootoo, who will receive a meritorious service medal in the civil division.

Human Rights Watch wants special unit to investigate alleged Sask. police violence against Indigenous women

Jason Warick, CBC News

Human Rights Watch is calling for the creation of a special investigative unit to look at allegations of violence by police in Saskatchewan.

During detailed interviews last year with 64 Saskatchewan Indigenous women, the New York-based organization says it uncovered dozens of cases of police misconduct, including overly intrusive strip searches, excessive use of force, racial profiling and sexual harassment.

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