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The Year in Pictures 2004 - Issues

Things That Trouble Us So


John Whipple
(clockwise from top left) David Baker, who lost his wife to a medical error in 2003, said he believed a program called Sorry Works, which asks doctors and the hospitals they serve to take responsibility for accidents, could help him learn why the error occurred; Metroland reporter Travis Durfee spent a month in Afghanistan at an eye-care mission run by Delmar physician Tom Little (inset), and witnessed crowds of Afghans fighting for appointment cards; residents of Albany’s Center Square held a “Park In” this April to remind commuters that the neighborhoods around the Capitol aren’t just another parking lot; in Troy, 9-year-old Taylor O’ Brien bid farewell to her 58-year-old grandfather, Pvt. Robert Kappes, who was deployed to Iraq this May as part of the largest single deployment of National Guardsmen to combat since World War II; Mohammed Hossain, one of two local Muslim imams accused of laundering money for a terrorist plot in August, was released on bail after a judge declared that the government’s case wasn’t as strong as the Federal Bureau of Investigation first presented it.

Joe Putrock

Connie Frisbee Houde

Shannon DeCelle

Travis Durfee


John Whipple


The Things That Matter

 


Shannon DeCelle
(clockwise from top left) George Jurgsatis and Robert Barnes got married at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Albany on March 27 as part of the wave of gay marriages that swept the country. They were not granted a marriage license, and are suing the state and the city; the former National Lead site in Colonie stayed in the news as cleanup continued and residents suffering health problems called for more comprehensive health tests; the residents of a plot of land along the Mohawk River lost their homes this summer, when the land’s owners decided to develop it as a condominium complex. The residents owned the buildings, but not the land; over the original objections of the City Council, the former BASF site in Rensselaer was approved for a Besicorp newspaper recycling plant; in response to Metroland’s carrying AOL disks as an advertising insert, the Honest Weight Food Co-op began collecting the disks to send back to AOL.

 


John Whipple

Shannon DeCelle

John Whipple

Joe Putrock

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