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Justice Department Warns 'Sanctuary Cities,' With Grant Money At Risk

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET. The U.S. Justice Department has escalated its approach to so-called sanctuary cities, writing at least eight jurisdictions Friday to put them on notice they could be failing to cooperate with immigration authorities. Alan Hanson, the acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's grant-making arm, warned the cities that they're required to submit proof that they comply with federal immigration law. "Failure to comply with this condition could result in...

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Syracuse Lacrosse

The Orange look to extend their winning to streak to nine against Binghamton on Senior Day.

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Best Local Newscast, Best Sports Show, Best Human Interest Feature Story were just some of the awards WAER's news and sports staff members were honored with Saturday Night at the Syracuse Press Club's annual awards banquet.  The yearly awards honor the best in broadcast, print and online journalism over a broad area in Central New York.  

The awards were for material broadcast in the 2012 calendar year:

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When the recorded audio introduction explaining the meaning of Angelic Warrior started, you knew that it was going to be a special performance.  Tia Fuller's grand entrance from the back of the house to the stage set the scene for an evening of high energy jazz improvisation that left the audience wanting more.  Weaving story-telling, audience engagement and energetic performances, Fuller and her band delivered a polished product worthy of closing out a special month dedicated to the preservation of jazz as an American art form.

Advocates for the local economy want to educate Syracuse businesses and consumers on ways to help each other out.  Organizers say an upcoming event could really transform the area’s economy.

Number 5 Syracuse (11-3) takes on number 6 Notre Dame (10-3) for the second time in 6 days.

Senator Charles Schumer has a new plan to cut down on prescription drug abuse.  Re-classifying a certain drug could fight the growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction plaguing Central New York.

About 250 anti-war protestors from across New York and several other states rallied at Hancock Air National Guard base Sunday to protest the military’s use of armed drones.  The demonstrators wore long, black robes, carried fake coffins, and held pictures of innocent victims of drone strikes as they solemnly walked along Thompson Road to the base’s gates.  They tapped drums and chanted “arrest the war criminals.” 

Syracuse’s Red House Theater has announced the line-up for its mainstage productions that will start later this year.  The theater is taking on ambitious works and sticking to its mission.

  

Grupo Pagan

The Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse has been an established cultural epicenter of Central New York since its founding in 1972. This Friday evening, the CFAC is opening its doors and offering the community a chance to engage with and support its mission. In partnership with Syracuse Public Media WAER, the Folk Art Center is hosting An Evening of Jazz and Wine Tasting to wrap-up a month-long celebration of jazz appreciation. The event will feature the well-known talent of the locally based Latin American band, Grupo Pagan.

In preparing for her upcoming Syracuse performance, saxophonist Tia Fuller spoke with afternoon jazz host and WAER Music Director Eric Cohen.  Eric believes that you can learn a lot about an artist by " asking a series of random questions to get a feel for what they are all about."

Take a listen and see if there are any "ah ha" moments for you.

Tia Fuller performs with her quartet in Syracuse Sunday April 28th at 3:00 PM at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood.  The program is the culmination of a month-long celebration of Jazz Appreciation.

The recently announced 2013-2014 Syracuse Stage season offers well-known classics mixed with exciting contemporary work.

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Jazz Fest 35

Jazz Fest 35: The Move to OCC

This week on Jazz Fest 35 the festival moves to OCC and we celebrate the music of Al Jarreau and Gil Scott-Heron.