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The head of an LGBT support group says a Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage would be very meaningful for the older LGBT population they serve.  Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday on two issues regarding same-sex marriages.    Executive Director of Sage Upstate Kim Dill  says older couples have waited for this their entire lives. 

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Experts at Syracuse University are trying to start a national dialogue on how to best use forensic technology to address national security concerns.  They kicked-off the two-day symposium Monday with a keynote lecture by Congressmember and SU law school alumnus John Katko.    The former long-time federal prosecutor told about 100 students and faculty that he dealt with forensics from day one on the job, though the technology wasn’t what it is today.  He says it’s evolved from analyzing hair samples, wire taps, and gunpowder residue to using search warrants on cellphones.

Onondaga Historical Association / used with permission

It was late the night of April 26, 1865  when President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train made a brief stop in Syracuse on it’s way to the president’s final resting place in his home state of Illinois.  Onondaga Historical Association Curator of History Dennis Connors says that spring,  many families were reeling from the civil war.  Thousands of men from Onondaga County had volunteered to fight.

For years, Kimberly Rossi has been pointing me toward stories that have turned out to be good. I'd get a message or a phone call, pleasantly worded and toned. When a CD from Syracuse blues band The Fabulous Ripcords turned up hand-dropped in my Eastwood mailbox as promised, it came with her calling card: Indigo Productions.

  Fine album from Irv Lyons, and he and his fellow First Nation band mates went on to gain recognition at the Native American Music Awards, too. Later, a story idea for my markbialczak.com blog wasn't about music, but rather alerted me of the good work done by Dr. Joan Laura, who on Veterans Day would devote her Eastwood practice to free dental care for those who'd served our country. I didn't go when Rossi invited me to a media get-together to meet Jessica Lahr, Mrs. New York State, but I took notice later when one of Lahr's appearances raised recognition for the services provided abused women by Syracuse's Vera House.

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Syracuse University was the latest stop Thursday for Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  She's visiting colleges and universities in an effort to push lawmakers to approve Governor Cuomo's proposal for a uniform sexual assault policy at every institution in the state. The "Enough is Enough" campaign was originally part of the state budget before it and many other policy initiatives were dropped. Hochul says the policy begins with a uniform definition for consent.

Exhibition to Showcase Wildlife's Return to Onondaga Lake

Apr 23, 2015
Cheryl Lloyd

What used to be an almost dead lake is now teeming with fish and bird activity, as well as other plant and animal life. Audubon New York and the Onondaga Lake Conversation Corps will be showcasing the restoration of Onondage Lake this weekend. "Images of a Recovering Onondaga Lake" features pictures of birds and other species taken by local photographers. Executive Director of Audubon New York Erin Crotty says it's no surprise wildlife has come back to the lake.

John Smith / WAER News

Out of all of the shirts for sale in stores at Destiny USA, you’ll never see any with these sayings... ”The pain will never stop," and “I chose to survive.”  Those are just a sampling of the more than 300 shirts spread across the Vera House Clothesline Project at the mall to raise awareness about sexual abuse.  All of them are made by survivors and will be on display until May 6th.  Prevention and Education Director Loren Cunningham says sexual abuse causes a ripple effect of emotions in families and beyond.

Joe Lee

Executive Director Eric McElveen and Marketing Director Julie Briggs stopped by the WAER studio to talk with me about the direction McElveen's taking the New York State Blues Fest. Briggs and the Fest board chose the long-time leader of the Sterling Stage Kampitheater to program the 23rd edition of the free-admission event, which runs July 10 -11 in Clinton Square.  

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A small group of SUNY ESF students marked Earth Day by using their ears.  WAER tagged along with a microphone to gather what they heard during their "soundwalk." The four students walked silently around campus, taking in natural and man-made sounds.  Junior Jordan C’Dealva-Lenik says it’s the final element of a semester-long project based on a sense of place…

WAER Hall of Fame inductee, Bill Roth '87, has been announced as the new voice of UCLA men's football and basketball broadcasts.

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