On the latest edition of The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, we highlight two seniors responsible for the turn around of Syracuse University Women's Basketball. After that we check in with Lacrosse and get the inside scoop on one of the newest additions to John Desko's squad.

The Syracuse City School District’s four-year graduation rate took a big jump last year.  Numbers released Friday by the state education department show nearly 61 percent of students graduated last year…a 6.4 four percent increase over 2015.  That compares to a more modest 1.3 percent increase statewide to 79.4 percent.  Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea says the district’s strategy to cater to the needs of individual students has been working.

Syracuse Basketball Look to Stretch Streak to Six

Feb 10, 2017

With five straight conference wins, Syracuse (16-9, 8-4) travels to the Steel City for a showdown with Pittsburgh (13-11, 2-9). Currently at opposite ends of the conference, this seems like a favorable matchup for the Orange. 'Cuse also won the previous game between the two in a 77-66 win back in early January.

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As the Trump Administration withdraws green energy policies, Governor Cuomo is investing $15 million to support geothermal installs.  Environmental groups across the state are feeling relieved.  Bill Nowak of NY Geo says many homeowners will benefit with $6,000  installation rebates.

“It was a great day for New York State," Nowak said. "Not just for the industry, but for homeowners across the state that are concerned about their energy bills and also concerned about the impact we’re having on the climate.”


This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger uncovers the history behind The Nobel Prize. Also, the man after which the prize is named and a notable recipient of the Nobel Prize.

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Pregnant Mothers in Central New York now have an important choice to make at the time their child’s birth… to donate their umbilical cord or not for potential lifesaving stem cell treatments.  The ribbon was cut today on the $15 million Upstate Cord Blood Bank at the Community Campus.  Upstate President Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena says it’s one of only 32 public cord blood banks across the U-S and only one of two in the State.

Sixth-Ranked Orange open Season against Siena

Feb 9, 2017 University Athletics

For the second straight year, #6 Syracuse will start the season by hosting Siena. Despite losing a host of talented players from a year ago, the Orange still seem poised to compete at a high level. 

The Orange will be looking for a repeat performance from last year's game against the boys from Albany. Syracuse dominated Siena in that matchup 18-5, scoring at least four goals in every period.

Nearly three years after it started, the Consensus Commission released its final report Thursday with dozens of recommendations on how to modernize local government.  They include everything from infrastructure and public safety to economic development and municipal operations.  

The 19-member volunteer commission collected reams of data, held more than 100 meetings, and gathered comments from thousands of residents to arrive at the 110 page report.  Co-chair Neil Murphy says it’s a chance to embark in a new direction.

On Saturday, using only seven digits  to make a phone call in Central New York will become a thing of the past.  When the region gets a new area code next month, using ten digits just won’t have the same “ring” in popular music.

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no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck
and even then you carried the anthem under
your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilet
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.