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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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SU Physicists Part of Global Team to Witness Extraordinary Celestial Event

Oct 16, 2017
Stephen F Sartori / Syracuse University

Physicists at Syracuse University are among a global team of scientists to detect the collision of neutron stars that explains the presence of heavy metals in the universe.  The university announced the scientific breakthrough at an event this morning.  Charles Brightman Endowed Professor of Physics Duncan Brown says observational data from this detection has provided evidence that elements are created in the collision of these stars.

Former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's ouster from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences following numerous allegations of sexual misconduct have prompted others on social media to open up about workplace harassment complaints that have gone unheeded.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," Walker says. "Many people walk through their lives in an underslept state, not realizing it."

A federal jury has convicted Ahmad Khan Rahimi of all counts related to last fall's bombing in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood and two related plots. One device injured 30 people in Chelsea; another failed to explode in Manhattan — but a third went off at a Marine Corps charity race at the Jersey Shore.

Rahimi "now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison," says acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, who said the bomber had "attacked our country and our way of life" after being inspired by ISIS and al-Qaida.

The plot of a walk on College Football player rising through the ranks to  assume a position of importance has fueled many Hollywood movies. But, truth be told it is much more than an elaborate work of fiction.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Tyler Aki reports that this year's Clemson team is adding to the walk on legacy. 

Updated at 5:25 a.m. ET

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, in a letter on Monday to Spain's prime minister, called for more dialogue over the status of the semi-autonomous region, but he failed to meet a demand from Madrid to clarify a declaration of independence or face direct rule.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy imposed a deadline last week for Puigdemont to give a yes or no answer on the question of independence, saying a yes or ambiguous answer would force Madrid to suspend Catalonia's autonomy and impose direct rule.

President Trump made his view of the North American Free Trade Agreement very clear during the presidential election. He called NAFTA "the worst trade deal in ... the history of this country." And Trump blamed NAFTA for the loss of millions of U.S. manufacturing jobs.

His administration is in the midst of renegotiating the free trade deal with Canada and Mexico, and that is making many U.S. farmers and ranchers nervous.

Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET

Some 9,000 firefighters who are working long hours with little or no rest continue to battle historically destructive Northern California wildfires that have claimed at least 40 lives, wiped out whole neighborhoods and damaged vineyards and farms in the heart of the state's wine country. In this week's fires alone, 22 people have died, the Sonoma County Coroner's office said Saturday.

The reaction has been swift since President Trump announced late Thursday that he was cutting off Affordable Care Act subsidies to insurance companies.

The White House argues that the payments are illegal.

Local Job Fair Connects Job Seekers with Retail Employers for Upcoming Holiday Season

Oct 13, 2017
John Smith / WAER News

Local residents dressed to impress today as they either applied for jobs with on-the-spot interviews or inquired about opportunities at the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse.  Build To Work Program Coordinator Twiggy Billue says the majority of companies are looking to hire for retail and customer service jobs.

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