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  • Cairo yearns for liberal heyday of its park of romance

    Fri, 3:10am

    Cairo's Merryland Park pictured in July 1963It was a symbol of a more liberal Egypt where young Muslims and Christians mingled under its leafy canopies, bands played and a young Omar Sharif wooed the glamorous Faten Hamama in the classic film romance "The River of Love". A rare oasis in a metropolis home to eight million people, Merryland park offered respite from Cairo's dusty, traffic-choked cacophony. "Merryland was a vent for eastern Cairo," said Magdy Badr al-Din, whose balcony overlooks the park.

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  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT

    Fri, 3:03am

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (AP) — When the Taliban descended a month ago on Dam Shakh, a hamlet on the wheat-growing plains of northern Afghanistan's Kunduz province, nobody was prepared. "They turned up suddenly and took us completely by surprise," said resident Ghulam Sakhi of the night of April 24 when hundreds of Taliban militants launched a coordinated attack. "It was horrific. People just started running away as fast as they could and for those who stayed, we were on our own for 10 days. The government just couldn't cope." read more
  • China destroys more than 660 kilograms of smuggled ivory

    Fri, 3:01am

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities Friday destroyed 662 kilograms of ivory that was seized after being smuggled into the country, as part of a crackdown on the illegal trade. read more


  • Creator of Silk Road website faces sentencing for drug scheme

    Fri, 1:23am

    An illustration photo shows a Bitcoin (virtual currency) paper wallet with QR codes and a coin are seen at La Maison du Bitcoin in ParisBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road will be sentenced on Friday for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. Ross Ulbricht, 31, faces up to life in prison after a federal jury in Manhattan found him guilty in February of charges including conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, money laundering and computer hacking. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence "substantially above" the 20-year mandatory minimum that U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest must impose on Ulbricht, who admitted to creating Silk Road but denied wrongdoing.

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  • National Spelling Bee ends in tie for 2nd year in a row

    Thu, 11:51pm

    Dev Jaiswal, 13, of Jackson, Miss. reacts as he correctly spelled "bouclé" during the semifinals of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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  • Defense in Freddie Gray case seeks to move trial from Baltimore

    Thu, 11:41pm

    A girl writes on the sidewalk near North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave in Baltimore, Maryland(Reuters) - Defense attorneys for six police officers facing criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case are seeking to have the trial moved from Baltimore, saying their clients cannot get a fair trial there, the Baltimore Sun reported on Thursday. The lawyers filed an 85-page document on Wednesday in Baltimore Circuit Court asking for a change of venue, arguing that a "presumption of prejudice" exists in the city, the newspaper said. Gray, a 25-year-old black man, was arrested April 12 and suffered a spinal injury in police custody.

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Community Calendar

  • ART EXHIBIT OPENING: Melanie Kimbler-Lago's "Why I Can't Sleep"


    SLC Arts Gallery at Town Hall, 18 Elm Street, Potsdam

    Opening night reception: Friday, May 22, 5-7 PM. The show runs from May 22-July 6.

    A stunning exhibition of Kimbler-Lago's unique quilts. The artist uses a combination of photographs, bright colors, mixing fabric textures and painting with thread. For more information visit or call 265-6860. Free and open to the public. Handicap accessible.

  • Adirondack 102 Club Lecture & Book Signing at SLCHA


    On Thursday, May 21st at 12pm, come to the St. Lawrence County Historical Associations next Patricia Harrington Carson Brown Bag Lunch Series at the Silas Wright House on 3 East Main Street, Canton. Author and historian Marty Podskoch will speak about his latest project, the Adirondack 102 Club, which describes the 102 Adirondack towns and villages locations, history and important points of interest.

    After, Podskoch along with some other local writers that contributed to this project will be signing copies of the new book, Adirondack 102 Club: Your Passport & Guide to the North Country, which are for sale at the SLCHA for $20.00 each.

    Bring your own bagged lunch and enjoy a beverage and dessert provided by the SLCHA.

    The St. Lawrence County Historical Association is located at 3 E. Main St., Canton.  Parking is available in back of the SLCHA, next to the museum’s main entrance.

    The St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the Silas Wright House is open Tuesday, Wedneday and Saturday from noon to 4pm, and from noon to 8pm on Fridays. Admission to the museum is free; admission to the archives is free for members and children. Membership is $2.50 for college students, and $5 for the general public. 

  • Art Market


    POTSDAM - Art Market - Meet local artists, view their work, buy directly from the artists. Free & open to the public. At Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm St. Info, SLC Arts:

  • Canton Canoe Weekend


    The 2015 Canton Canoe Weekend and Rushton Memorial Races will continue to be a historic event, marking 54 years of hosting this event in Canton. This is one of the oldest canoe races in the country and one of the earliest in the season. There are events for every type of paddler and every age and all types of canoes and kayaks and SUP's. For more information email Chuck Bolesh at or check out the website at 

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