Watertown Daily Times | New York allows patients with PTSD to access medical marijuana (VIDEO)


New legislation will allow New Yorkers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder to obtain medical marijuana, which officials say may be able to help veterans throughout the state.The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Diane J. Savino and Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried, was signed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Saturday as …

Watertown Daily Times | National policy change allows younger girls access to Scout programs

SACKETS HARBOR — A group of smiling teenage girls were selling popcorn door-to-door, for the Boy Scouts of America programs, in Sackets Harbor on Saturday. “Would you like to buy some popcorn?” They proudly asked, while donning their green uniforms covered in colorful patches. The girls are part of the …

Watertown Daily Times | Medicare open enrollment around the corner

For older New Yorkers, Medicare season is approaching.Whether qualifying for the first time or changing plans, the open enrollment period will begin this Sunday.Medicare is the federally-funded health insurance program for those 65 and older. It’s also available for people under 65 with certain disabilities and people of any age …

Watertown Daily Times | Even this puppy wasn’t safe from America’s opioid crisis

Like most puppies, Zoey is energetic and insatiably curious. When she’s outside, the 3-month-old yellow Labrador keeps her nose pointed to the ground, sniffing things, tackling flowers and chewing on random objects without hesitation.Such was the case on a recent morning, when owner Peter Thibault took Zoey out for a …

Watertown Daily Times | DEC says dead geese in Malone Rec Park died of fungal disease; no risk to humans

MALONE — The deaths of dozens of Canada geese found in the Malone Recreation Park were caused by a fungus the birds had eaten, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Thursday.Necropsies conducted on roughly three dozen birds found dead in the park showed they had died as a result …

Watertown Daily Times | ‘Alias Grace’: 20 years in making, adaptation hits TV at right time

TORONTO — More than 20 years ago, a precocious teenage girl made a surprising request of the novelist Margaret Atwood. She had just read Atwood’s “Alias Grace” and found herself entranced by the true story of Grace Marks, a 19th-century Irish immigrant and servant who became a celebrity “murderess” in …

Watertown Daily Times | More women forgo reconstruction after mastectomy ‘Going flat’ in a breast-obsessed world

PHILADELPHIA — When Laura Tuzio Ross told her plastic surgeon that she preferred not to reconstruct her breast after cancer surgery, he warned her she would regret it.“He said, ‘You’re only 41. You have the rest of your life ahead. Women wake up, and they’re devastated,’” recalled Ross, now 47, …

Watertown Daily Times | Displaced by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican children trace new path in Central Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. — Looking tired and overwhelmed, Samiliz Ruiz Collazo, 10, and her brother Mizraim, 14, hugged their teary grandmother at Orlando Sanford International Airport Friday after their trip from Puerto Rico.“I don’t remember what that looked like,” Samiliz said, pointing to one of the neon lights over the baggage …