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NYS URBAN COUNCIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN THE 'CUSE
2:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Could Syracuse's Urban Revitalization Model Travel Elsewhere ?

Nicole Camarre, an Associate with Armory Square Ventures speaks as a panelist of Mastering Tourism Marketing.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

For the past few days, the New York State Urban Council hosted its annual Conference for a look into Syracuse’s Community programs and how new businesses revitalize Urban cities.  The first day led out of town guests on a guided tour through Syracuse. They are city planners and economic developers from all across the State.  Executive Director, Adria Finch gives us a glimpse of what they saw.

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OPERATION HORSEBACK
11:12 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Two Drug Pipelines to Syracuse Shut Down; 41 Indicted

Just a portion of the drugs seized in Operation Horseback that indicted 41 people.
Scott Willis WAER News

Nearly two dozen people from Syracuse were among 41 people  indicted Thursday on charges of operating two drug pipelines that ran through the city.  New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says a heroin ring stretched across four cities to Syracuse, and another ring used the U.S. Postal Service to ship cocaine from Puerto Rico.  

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FEDERAL INDICTMENT
6:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Two St. Lawrence County Residents Face Child Exploitation Charges Connected to Alleged Kidnapping

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian detailed the indictment against Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey.
Credit (c) Scott Willis, WAER

The two Saint Lawrence County residents already charged with kidnapping two Amish girls now face child sexual exploitation and child pornography charges.  Stephen Howells, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, of Hermon were indicted today in Syracuse. 

Richard Hartunian, the US Attorney for the Northern District of New York, says Howells and Vaisey could each receive between 15 and 30 years in prison if convicted of any of the four charges they both face in the indictment. Howells could also receive up to 20 years in prison if he is found guilty of producing child pornography.

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FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 18 YEARS !
1:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Feeling Chilly? You can Warm up at Festa Italiana !

Festa Italiana President Ginnie Lostumbo (center) and City Chief of staff Bill Ryan smile during remarks made by Senator John DeFrancisco during the Italian American flag raising ceremony at Syracuse City Hall.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

It’s the time of year when Syracuse’s Little Italy reaches Downtown Syracuse for Festa Italiana.  When you hear Dean Martin’s voice filling the air with the aroma of Italian foods and baked goods, you better be leaving some room in your belly ! Don’t worry, you can dance it off. City, State and Festival organizers raised the Italian flag this morning to kick-off the 18th annual event.

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HONORING THOSE LOST ON THIS DAY IN NYC, PA AND DC
2:26 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

9/11 Remembered 13 Years Later in Syracuse

These officers participated in the 9/11 ceremony.
Credit Alexandra Linde/WAER News

The Syracuse Police and Fire Department gracefully marched to the Forman Park police memorial Thursday morning to honor those who died on 9-11-2001. Side by side, the members bowed their heads in respect to those who sacrificed their lives.

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