An appeal was filed on April 14, 2015, in accordance with section 15.1 of the Iatathrona Raotiientahtsera “Couples Property Law” Special Referendum Regulations 2015. The Akwesasne Mohawk Court held a hearing on May 20, 2015 and accepted the applicant’s withdrawal of the appeal. The Akwesasne Mohawk Court has confirmed the results of the “Couples Property Law” Special Referendum conducted on February 2, 2015 to March 31, 2015.
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has used her own obituary to convey a final message on Tom Brady and the "Deflategate" scandal.
Boston.com reports that Patricia M. Shong, of Auburn, Massachusetts, died on Monday surrounded by family. Her obituary says the 72-year-old enjoyed scrapbooking, weekly card night and spending time with her family. "She would also like us to set the record straight for her," it reads. "Brady is innocent!!"
Brady was suspended for four games and the New England Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks after league investigator Ted Wells found that the Super Bowl champions used illegally inflated footballs in the AFC title game. Wells found the New England quarterback "at least generally aware" of the scheme. Brady is appealing his suspension.
GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (AP) — Nine brains were found along a street in a northern New York village, but authorities say there's nothing to fear. The brains are believed to have been part of a collection for educational or research purposes. No criminal activity is suspected. Residents discovered the brains on a street near railroad tracks in Governeur and notified police Wednesday.
A local veterinarian determined one of the brains had been professionally removed and preserved in formaldehyde. The organs are believed to be either from dogs or sheep. Mishaps with preserved brains are not uncommon.
Last year the University of Texas in Austin said dozens of human brains stored in jars of formaldehyde and reported missing were actually destroyed in 2002. Those brains had been donated for teaching and research.
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — For a vocal group of liberals who aren't satisfied with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vermont's self-described "democratic socialist" senator isn't the candidate they want. But Bernie Sanders is the candidate they're about to get.
Already in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sanders aims to jumpstart his campaign on Tuesday with a kickoff event — complete with free Ben & Jerry's ice cream — in Burlington, the place where he won his first election by beating a longtime incumbent Democrat by 10 votes to become mayor.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo currently commands the lowest favorability rating since entering office, the Siena Research Institute finds in a new poll.
His favorability rating is 53-44 percent, down from 56-39 percent last month and a full 10 points off the 63-31 percent he held in June 2014.
“Cuomo, while still viewed favorably by a small majority of voters, has his lowest favorability rating since he’s been governor,” said Siena spokesman Steve Greenberg. “While his statewide favorability rating dropped by a net eight points in the last month, it fell by a net 19 points with New York City voters and a net 25 points with Republicans.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Police say the gunman is among the two people who died in a shooting at a Wal-Mart store here early Tuesday morning. Lt. Derik Zimmel said the shooter was the only person with a gun, and police do not believe there is any further safety risk to the general public.
Zimmel says one other person was injured and taken to a hospital. He said the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Officers responded to reports of gunshots shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday. Zimmel said no police officers fired a weapon.
FORT COVINGTON — A local code enforcement officer is hoping to clear the air regarding advice he gave to town councils.
Gordon Halley, code enforcement officer for the towns of Constable and Fort Covington, said Monday at the Fort Covington Town Council meeting that he plans to make a presentation at the next Constable council meeting on June 11 on his suggestion that localities toughen their construction requirements for certain agricultural buildings.
Halley told Fort Covington council members that they were invited to the Constable meeting, as are members of the Franklin County Farm Bureau.
POTSDAM — The Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District superintendent said school officials are working to keep colleagues up to date on the condition of staff members hospitalized after a three-vehicle collision over the weekend that involved several teachers. Superintendent Darin P. Saiff said the school district’s priority is keeping people informed, reporting that there is a high level of concern among teachers for their injured colleagues.
“It’s a really tight-knit faculty, much like a family,” he said. “Certainly people are very concerned and praying, and hopeful that they’ll recover soon.” Mr. Saiff said seven of the 11 people involved in the crash are employed by the district.
CANTON — An attorney representing Jessica A. Cooke, 21, of Ogdensburg, said the Border Patrol treated his client abominably at a checkpoint outside Waddington last month. The incident gained notoriety May 7, when Ms. Cooke posted a video on her Facebook page of an encounter with two U.S. Border Patrol agents during a secondary inspection of her vehicle on Route 37 that she said led to her being shocked with a stun gun.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is continuing its investigation into what it is calling an altercation between Ms. Cooke and two Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint. Ms. Cooke said all questions regarding the incident would have to go through her attorney, Ameer Benno, of Benno & Associates, P.C. Mr. Benno said that he plans to make progress with Ms. Cooke’s case.
FORT COVINGTON — A local code enforcement officer is planning to clear the air regarding advice he gave to town officials.
Gordon Halley, code enforcement officer for Constable and Fort Covington, said he would making a presentation at the next Constable town council meeting on June 11. Mr. Halley told town council members that they were invited to the Constable meeting, as are members of the Franklin County Farm Bureau.
He had previously advised both town town councils about potential risks to agricultural buildings due to waste produced by cows at dairy farms. The waste can result in high concentrations of ammonia and uric acid in the air inside the buildings, which can be strong enough to corrode metal.