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Clear Path for Veterans
11:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Human Side of War in Iraq Focus of New Book by Veteran at CNY Vets Center

Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango is designed to be a comfortable place where veterans can gather or receive services.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  It took Iraq War veteran John Ready of Oneida almost ten years to write about the experiences he went through as part of a civil affairs unit.  But he decided to chronicle the strange, sometimes funny and poignant happenings and thoughts in his book, "Does My Suicide Vest Make Me Look Fat?: A Soldier's Year in Iraq."   

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HATE CRIME
6:19 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

New York's Highest Court Agrees to Hear Appeal in Syracuse Transgender Murder Case

The late Lateisha Green
Credit transgenderlegal.org

New York State’s highest court has agreed to look at an appeal of a lower court ruling that freed a Syracuse man convicted of the state’s first hate crime.  Back in July, the State Supreme Court’s 4th Appellate Division tossed out the conviction of Dwight DeLee in the 2008 murder of transgender woman Lateisha Green on a technicality.  

Michael Silverman is Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City, and has worked with the Green family for the past five years.

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CNY SPCA
6:54 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

SPCA Looking for Holiday Giving to Finish Kennel Renovations

View of the old kennels for large dogs at the CNY SPCA. The group launched donation drive Monday to renovate them.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

The Central New York S-P-C-A is hoping people’s holiday generosity will help them make their kennels a little more joyous for the animals.  Officials say newer facilities might be better for both the pets and the workers.

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Cell Phones for Soldiers
3:39 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Program Helps Connect Military with Their Families Using Old Cell Phones

The Cell Phones for Soldiers program is 9 years old. It's been active in CNY for 6 years.
Credit CellPhonesforsoldiers.com

  Men and women who are called to serve have a way of calling loved ones this holiday.  Monday, State Senator John DeFrancisco kicked off his 6th annual Cell Phones for Soldiers collection drive. 

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National Adoption Day
6:05 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Meet Jaden Willis, Newest Member of WAER (Really Scott & Kathy Willis') Family

WAER News Producer Scott Willis and Wife Kathy made their adoption of Jaden official on National Adoption Day at the Oncenter.
Credit Kaitlyn Richards/WAER News

  Forty children joined loving families Friday at the Oncenter as part of National Adoption Day.  This year’s ceremony was even more special for all of us at WAER.

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