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Mar-a-Lago furloughs 153 servers, cooks because of virus

Business

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida is temporarily laying off 153 workers because of the new coronavirus, according to a notice posted this week to a state website. The club’s director of human resources, Janine Gill, wrote in a letter to ...

National Spelling Bee canceled for first time since 1945

Coronavirus

There will be no fidgeting at the National Spelling Bee microphone, no banter with pronouncer Jacques Bailly, no pointed questions about definitions or languages of origin, no dreaded bell that signals a misspelled word. This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled Tuesday, ...

How we go chasing waterfalls

Outdoors

There is a specific type of frustration that only comes from watching other people behave with flagrant disregard. On a little hike last Saturday, my partner and I got a taste of it. Having wandered a few miles through the woods to an incredible veil waterfall, we were standing on a vista ...

Elective surgeries allowed again in parts of New York state

Health

NEW YORK — Hospitals in parts of New York will be able to conduct outpatient elective surgeries again, Cuomo said Tuesday as he pledged to consider regional differences when re-opening the state’s outbreak-stalled economy. The governor said elective treatments will be allowed in ...

Lake Placid High School rearranges schedule

Local News

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School students returned from spring break Monday to a new, more structured phase of its remote teaching program. Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Roger Catania said high school Principal Tammy Casey “has been on the front lines of ...

Stefanik breaks with Trump on virus testing

Local News

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik on Friday said she believes the federal government should play a role in increasing COVID-19 testing capabilities nationwide, a departure from fellow Republican President Donald Trump’s insistence that states bear the responsibility for purchasing those ...

Essex County COVID-19 total hits 38

Local News

SARANAC LAKE — After a five-day lull last week when Essex County saw no new test-confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, the number of test-confirmed cases rose to 24 on Monday, putting the total number of known or probable COVID-19 cases at 38 countywide. Essex County’s no-new-case ...

Sharing is caring

Local News

BLOOMINGDALE — Books and food — both are free for the giving and taking in this hamlet, thanks in part to a local 17-year-old. Dellice Chase, a junior at Saranac Lake High School, reached out to Ollie Burgess, the owner of Specialty Wood Products who built and donated the ...

Trump slams Dems

Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump accused Democrats on Monday of playing “a very dangerous political game” by insisting there is a shortage of tests for the coronavirus. But Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, expressing the frustration of many state leaders, said the federal ...

State to announce plan for reopening elective surgeries

Local News

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that a plan to gradually reinstate elective surgeries at hospitals across the state is forthcoming. During his daily press briefing in Albany, Cuomo acknowledged the financial hardship upstate hospitals are facing as a result of state guidance on ...

NYC nixes June events, including 3 major parades

Coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is barring its famous summer street celebrations for the month of June, and the state is exploring new ways to expand coronavirus testing. Amid hopeful trends in virus-related deaths and hospitalizations, officials in New York City and the state are trying to ...

Lives Lost: New Jersey mom, son together in life and death

Coronavirus

For almost 30 years, they were inseparable — the devoted mom and the son whose world revolved around her. Death, it turned out, would be no different. Carolyn Martins-Reitz died of the coronavirus last month, and just over a week later, so did Thomas Martins. “I find some peace ...

Mercy isn’t admitting COVID patients . . . or anyone else

Local News

TUPPER LAKE — Residents of Mercy Living Center do not have to worry about the nursing home accepting transfers of people who tested positive for COVID-19, an Adirondack Health spokesman said. Although the state told nursing homes two weeks ago they could not reject transfers of people ...

4/20 uncertainty: Marijuana industry tested in virus crisis

Business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The unofficial holiday celebrating all things cannabis arrived Monday as the nation’s emerging legal marijuana market braces for an economic blow from the coronavirus crisis, with many consumers reducing spending or going underground for deals. It was supposed to be a ...

Massachusetts becomes new hot spot as cases surge

Coronavirus

Massachusetts has become a hot spot of coronavirus infections, drawing the concern of federal officials and promises of aid from hard-hit New York as the state's death toll prepares to double in less than a week. Deaths from COVID-19 are expected to surpass 2,000 this week in ...

Young climate activists slowed by pandemic, but not defeated

Coronavirus

Jamie Margolin had not expected to be sitting in her bedroom right now. The high school senior had prom and graduation coming up, but so much more: A multi-state bus campaign with fellow climate activists. A tour for her new book. Attendance at one of the massive marches that had been ...