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The Marriott Syracuse Downtown has been open a little over a year, and it’s already earned one of the most meaningful awards in the industry.  It was recently recognized as the Best City Center Historic Hotel in the nation by historic Hotels of America.

“When we were putting this old girl back together there was never a thought that this would be an award or an honor that this hotel would have any time soon, so it really is a great surprise.” / Dietz Lofts

The renovation of the RE Dietz factory into apartments and commercial space is an example of the renaissance in downtown Syracuse expanding outward. Developers and government officials cut the ribbon on the development today.  Developer Matthew Paulus is excited to contribute to the redevelopment of the Westside neighborhood.

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People who say the terminally ill should have a legal option to end their lives with medical aid presented petitions to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, asking that he and the legislature make that change.

About 7,500 attendees at the New York State Fair signed the petition, which asks that “a mentally capable, terminally ill adult with a prognosis of six months or less” to live be permitted the option to obtain medication to end their lives if “their suffering becomes unbearable.”

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About 30 fourth and fifth graders at Syracuse’s Seymour Dual-Language Academy got a hands-on lesson outside Thursday through a project that includes some long-time partners.  WAER News stopped by to get a look at the school’s rain garden.         

The garden sits just outside the playground off Shonnard Street, and Vice Principal Steve Polera says sprucing it up has become a tradition for fifth graders who want to leave a legacy.


Ever wonder what's the best way to remove a tick safely? Do you know which diseases you may incur if you are bitten by a tick? 

Wonder no longer, this week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger will give you all information you need and a little extra insight into the world of ticks.

Hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday Night at 8:35 on WAER.

Jazz and art fans might be interested in heading to Utica for a concert at the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Saturday.  The Hot Sardines will bring their up-to-date renditions of jazz tunes from decades past.  The concert supports the current exhibition, Roaring into the Future: New York 1925-35, which includes paintings, fashion, jewelry and other artifacts.

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The bells at more than two dozen Episcopal churches rang out across Central New York at noon Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the people of Las Vegas.  Church leaders hope it can mark the start of a healing process.

The bells tolled at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fayetteville just as they did across Nevada  at 9 a.m. their time.  The Rt. Rev. Dr. Dede Duncan Probe is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York.

Big Decisions to be Made as U.S. Supreme Court Begins new Term with Justice Neil Gorsuch

Oct 3, 2017

A Syracuse University Law Professor says President Trump’s appointment of new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch should not be significant in the Justice’s decisions moving into his official first term. Professor William Banks thinks that Gorsuch’s values will be much more impactful.

 “I think Mr. Gorsuch is going to prove himself to be one of the most, if not the most conservative Justice on the court. Probably more conservative than Justice Scalia, or at least as conservative.”

Reactions in New York to the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas included condolences and calls to increase controls of automatic weapons.  A state law that could help prevent acts of violence has also gained renewed support.

Each year in sports seems to bring an emerging star out of no where that demands out attention.  In 2001 the world was introduce to a skinny quarterback named Tom Brady. In 2012 the Golden State Warriors' spent a 2nd round pick on a player who was supposedly too slow, but Draymond Green turned out pretty good.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Tim Scott highlights a potential star on the  Syracuse Football team, Scoop Bradshaw.