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SUICIDE
10:22 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Candle Lighting Memorial to Mark World Suicide Prevention Day

  Syracuse-area family members touched by suicide and those who’ve attempted suicide will gather Wednesday evening for a memorial to observe World Suicide Prevention Day.  Organizers say the event is intended to show that resources are available to help survive a crisis, and to offer hope to those at risk.  Program Coordinator for Volunteer Services at Contact Community Services Laurie Best says it’s a myth that talking about suicide will cause vulnerable people to act on it. 

Perhaps the most recent and high-profile suicide was comedian and actor Robin Williams.  Best says his death did more than just raise awareness about suicide and mental illness.

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Recovery Month
11:30 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Art Exhibit Displays Road to Recovery for Many Who Had Drug and Alcohol Problems

Photography that helped one person with substance abuse recovery. (click on image to see larger)
Credit Marie Heister

  September marks the beginning of recovery month, and Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare presented its clients with a challenge: paint their road to recovery.  The exhibit is now on display at its Recovery Festival of Arts Gallery.

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Community
7:07 am
Wed September 3, 2014

A Full Holiday Weekend in Central New York

A huge Chevy Court crowd presses to see the Doobie Brothers on Labor Day

  There's nothing to do around here.

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2014 NEW YORK STATE FAIR
6:09 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Shipwreck Exhibit at NYS Fair Shows State's Place in Maritime History

Hard hat dive gear from 1945.
Scott Willis WAER News

Visitors to the New York State Fair might have noticed and even stopped by a large tent near the reflecting pool filled with information and artifacts about the state’s place in maritime history.  Dave White with the New York Sea Grant helped put together the exhibit, which is new at this year’s fair.  He says it features information about and artifacts from just a few of the shipwrecks in New York’s great lakes and inland waters, including the Finger Lakes, and Lakes Champlain and George. 

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JUSTICE FOR ALL?
10:59 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

"Wheel of Justice" Stop in Syracuse Helps Illustrate 'Broken' Public Defense System

Andrew LaShomb of Phoenix stops by to spin the NYCLU's "Wheel of Justice" after a court appearance at the justice center.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

A brightly-colored seven-foot tall carnival-style wheel stopped outside the justice center in Syracuse Thursday to highlight what some are calling New York’s broken public defense system.    The prop is part of a traveling campaign with the New York Civil Liberties Union calling on Governor Cuomo to end 50 years of the state’s failure to provide attorneys to poor New Yorkers accused of crimes.

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