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Green Party's Howie Hawkins: Desegregation in City Schools is Key to Better Student Performance

Green Party Candidate for Syracuse Mayor Howie Hawkins pointed to the crumbling condition of the Westside Academy at Blodgett today as an example of the inequality of education in the city. Hawkins scolded the Joint School construction board for failing to make the school a priority, leaving families uncertain about the future. " There's $17 million that could be available, and the Joint Schools Construction Board hasn't even decided whether they're going to do that, at least make the school...

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Everyone should remember the solar eclipse that occurred this past August and captivated the country. This week on Science on The Radio we'll take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the science that resulted in the phenomenon that was front and center this past Summer.

When is it safe to stare directly at the eclipse? And when is the next total solar eclipse going to occur in North America? Find out this week on Science on The Radio.

You can hear Science on The Radio every Wednesday Night at 8:35 on WAER. 

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This year’s Syracuse International Film Festival is chock full of thematic, independent work, from short films to local and international ones that aren’t typically seen at local cinemas.

Now in its 14th season, the film festival is a viewer’s ticket to a plethora of ideas, locations and perspectives.

If there's one thing President Trump's critics want from him, and he refuses to give up, it's his tax returns.

The returns didn't come up during Wednesday's hearing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. But the hearing was the first step in a process that could loosen Trump's grip on them.

If the next step goes the plaintiffs' way, the case could make the president's tax returns surface.

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The fall out continues from President Trump’s decision to end subsidies to health insurance companies  to help lower income Americans pay for their health insurance. But it’s still unclear what the exact impact will be in New York.

As soon as the President followed through with his threat to end the subsidies, New York and several other states filed a lawsuit to try to get the money back. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says it will sow dysfunction in the state’s and the nation’s health care system.

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Orange and blue are the colors you normally see on the Syracuse University campus.  But Thursday and for the rest of the month, purple will also be seen both on campus and around Central New York to raise awareness about domestic violence. While the effort ramps up in October, director of the office of health promotion at SU Katelyn Cowen says information and support resources are available year-round.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing Wednesday. There's a lot to discuss.

In eight months as the nation's top federal law enforcement official, Sessions has presided over a series of Justice Department reversals — from police oversight and voting rights litigation to protections for the LGBT community.

On Wednesday morning, a federal judge in Manhattan will hear preliminary arguments in a case that claims President Trump is violating the Constitution's ban on accepting foreign payments, or emoluments.

Refugees Pleased That Long-Awaited Soccer Fields are Coming to Schiller Park

Oct 17, 2017
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Residents of Syracuse’s Northside are about to get a soccer field, but they’ll have to wait until next spring.  The new fields were unveiled at Schiller Park Tuesday.  The space is large enough to hold two youth-sized or one regulation soccer field.  The sport has been gaining steam throughout the city, thanks to its popularity among the refugee community.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says she realized how important the game is to that community and that it was about time they had a field to play on. 

The Justice Department said Tuesday that it has indicted two Chinese nationals suspected of manufacturing and then distributing in the U.S. a synthetic opioid that officials say kills thousands of Americans every year.

The two suspects, Xiaobing Yan and Jian Zhang, face a raft of charges, including conspiracy to distribute large quantities of fentanyl and drugs with a similar chemical makeup in the U.S. through the mail or international delivery services.

There was a time when the National Rifle Association was known primarily for promoting gun safety and advocating for gun ownership for hunting and home protection.

But that seems a long time ago.

It still does those things, to be sure, but these days the NRA is far more recognizable as an uncompromising political force, aggressively defending its interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, while working to defeat any and all politicians it views as its enemy.

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