WISE Center Celebrates a Decade of Putting Women in Business

Oct 17, 2016
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A business center dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs has come a long way in the past decade. The WISE center at SU’s Whitman School of Management celebrated its 10th anniversary Monday.  

We started out as a little tiny office and now we have a 1,000 square feet ready for people that are willing to put the work in to becoming a women owned business,” said center director Joanne Lenweaver.              

An international conference on character education in Washington included a Central New Yorker spreading his word on how story-telling can work at schools, in business and in our communities.  The idea might not just build character; it could also be a remedy to our current divisive politics.

Some from the education sector and form the corporate world believe building character is important for good students and good employees.

Syracuse Upsets No. 17 Virginia Tech

Oct 15, 2016
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The Syracuse Orange have their first big win of the Dino Babers era. The Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC) stunned No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-1) 31-17 on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The Orange got the lead early and never relinquished it, leading to their biggest win of the season.

The Orange started out strong with a six play, 75-yard drive capped off by an Eric Dungey touchdown pass to Ervin Phillips. Dungey, who was injured in the second quarter but came back in, was fantastic all day. He threw for over 400 yards and had a rushing touchdown as well.

Members of various Syracuse-area environmental groups gathered today to create a list of questions and issues they’d like to see addressed by the 24th district congressional candidates.  They plan to forward them to the five media outlets hosting debates leading up to election day. 

Olivia Green is a water resource specialist with the Atlantic States Legal Foundation.  She wants to know where John Katko and Colleen Deacon stand when it comes to non-point source pollution. 

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More than 100 advocates for those with developmental disabilities filled a hall at the Onondaga County War Memorial Thursday calling for increased wages for direct care providers.   The agencies that employ the workers are funded almost entirely by Medicaid, and haven’t seen a funding increase in eight years.  Despite earning about 10 dollars an hour, most providers say the work is rewarding.  Rayven Pearsall is a direct care provider with Arc of Onondaga.

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The Syracuse Orange (2-4, 0-2 ACC) returns home to the Carrier Dome this weekend to face fellow conference opponent, No. 17 ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1, 2-0 ACC). This Saturday's matchup will be the first time the Hokies will be playing in Syracuse since the 2002 season.

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About two dozen health services providers and other Syracuse-area stakeholders gathered Wednesday to discuss strategies to make hepatitis C screening and care more of a priority in New York State.  About 200,000 New Yorkers are living with chronic hepatitis C, and half of those infected are unaware of their status. Policy analyst at the grassroots group VOCAL-NY Clifton Garmon says the state needs to know hepatitis Cis a problem.

What can the chosen candidate of New York’s 24th Congressional District do to bring more jobs and improve the economy in Central New York?  We’ve heard from the candidates on social security and on drug policy.  Today WAER’s Chris Bolt asks the candidates how they are trying to cope with a business landscape that’s constantly evolving.

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The beleaguered head of SUNY’s Polytechnic Institute, Alain Kaloyeros, formally resigned from his post Tuesday, after being placed on leave without pay following criminal charges from state and federal officials.

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Onondaga County lawmakers Tuesday approved what is probably one of the more difficult budgets they’ve seen in several years.  Ways and Means Committee Chair David Knapp says he entered the budget process last month with low expectations.

"If you asked me back in September if we would be able to get to where we are now, I would have been very pessimistic," he admitted.

He says  the $1.29 billion spending plan had challenges from both the cost and revenue sides….