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Automated enforcement curbs dangerous driving

We all speed, almost continuously when we aren’t limited by slower traffic, yet most of us complain about other drivers speeding. Furthermore, it’s pretty common to observe other drivers running red lights immediately after they have changed to red. According to the Insurance Institute ...

A cluster of hotels

I walked all the streets of Saranac Lake as a newsboy starting in the 1940s, when we moved into the village from our farm on Norman Ridge, which we lost during the depression. Then, from the big Oseetah Diary farm in Ray Brook (80 registered Holsteins), which my father had managed. We ...

Hark hark … a shark?

As a child, Eddie “The Shark” Clark had two epiphanies. One was that only fools put in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. The other — he was no fool. So at a time when other kids dream of becoming doctors, lawyers, astronauts, cowboys, pirates and explorers, he dreamed ...

Belle Part XIV: Hawaii

“It was a casual conversation at the Bohemian Club that sent us to Honolulu. Several members talking together, mentioned Joe Strong. They all agreed he was a brilliant painter doing remarkably clever work. But they feared the studio was getting too popular. With parties that lasted till long ...

Emerald ash borer solution? Parasitic wasps

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a half-inch long, green buprestid or jewel beetle. It’s an invasive insect native to Asia, believed to have made its way to the United States on solid wood packing material carried in cargo ships or on airplanes. EAB was first discovered in the U.S. in 2002, ...

The spotlight effect

When my children were younger, they used to think adults were staring at them. I laughed it off, asking them what mischief they were up to to make them think they had grabbed someone's complete attention. It had to be their guilty consciences making them overestimate how many times people were ...