168th New York State Fair
6:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

State Fair Opens with Gov Cuomo, Lightning and Downpours, Fracking and Common Core Protestors

Gov Cuomo greeted by downpour as he opens New York State Fair
Jessica Eley/WAER News

Thunder, lightning and drenching rains might have made a bigger bang to open the New York State Fair then Andrew Cuomo did.  But the governor did eventually cut the ribbon to start this year’s event.  The state invested pretty heavily into the fairgrounds themselves while the property has an interim director.  Cuomo might not rush to name a new head.

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Coaching Boys into Men
2:07 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Syracuse High School Athletes Can Learn Lessons on the Field About Domestic Violence

The football team at Nottingham High practices Wednesday. Their field could become the classroom for lessons about domestic violence.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Syracuse High School athletes are having talks about violence when they are not on the playing field.

The Syracuse School District is working with the local non-profit Vera House on “Coaching Boys into Men”.

It’s a violence prevention program that allows high school coaches to speak with male athletes about things like abusive language, the meaning of consent and accountability.

Nottingham high school football starting center Joseph Bell says he thinks the program will be a great opportunity.

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7:11 am
Wed August 20, 2014

The Big Party Kicks Off in Geddes, Love It or Dodge It

I made a friend at the fair last year
Credit Mark Bialczak

The dusty trek around Geddes begins in earnest tomorrow.

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Oakwood Cemetery Tours
2:22 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Tours of Oakwood Cemetery Bring Out its 'Ghosts' and its History

The inside of the Oakwood Chapel Chapel is part of a tour of the grounds. It's in need of repair.
Credit Hannah Warren/WAER News

  Just down the road from our studio is a historic sculpture garden that used to be a hangout for the city’s elite. It just may not be the kind of public park you’d normally imagine.

In the early eighteen hundreds, Oakwood Cemetery – which is now just off Comstock Avenue – was where the wealthy gathered for leisure time and picnics.

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10:46 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Drug Ring Bust Nets 14 Arrests, 10,000 Packets of Heroin


Federal and local law enforcement agencies have broken up a large drug trafficking ring that brought heroin from Newark, NJ to the Syracuse area.  Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick says his office and the Drug Enforcement Agency began investigating the drug ring a year ago.   Federal agents seized 10,000 packets of heroin totaling 13 ounces, and 19 people have either been arrested or face arrest in connection to the ring.   The alleged leader of the trafficking organization, 41-year-old Calvin Marshall, was one of six arraigned Wednesday morning on conspiracy and drug possession charges, with Marshall accused of being a major trafficker.  Eight others have already pleaded guilty, and 7 of them have been sentenced.  Police are trying to track down the remaining five.   In addition to the heroin, investigators also seized $100,000 in cash and property, and a handgun. DA Fitzpatrick says their investigation doesn’t end with this bust; he says his office will continue to partner with federal, state, and local agencies to stop the influx of heroin into the community.   The following individuals were arrested  Tuesday in a coordinated raid:

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