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Vera House Annual Report
9:13 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Vera House Hopes to Expand Elder Abuse, Other Prevention Services

Vera House annual report details range of services, grant and fundraising totals.
Credit verahouse.org

  People might want to page through the annual report for Vera House just released today...not to find financial or business information, but to find a wider range of services than many people know the offer.  Executive Director Randi Bregman would like to have people broaden their perspective should they ever need any kind of help for themselves, family or friends regarding relationship violence or sexual abuse. 

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
10:52 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Medical Marijuana Becomes Legal in New York State

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the medical marijuana bill into law with help from Amanda Hauser. Her mother Mary Anne looks on from behind; to right is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Credit Gov. Cuomo's office

New York is now the 23rd state to allow medical marijuana, now that Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law. But it will be some time before patients will have access to the drug.

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Erie Canal Trail
10:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

A Different Way to Traverse the Erie Canal: Veteran Through-Hiking It

Scott Armstrong plans to walk the entire Erie Canal trail this summer.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

CORRECTION: WAER HAS UPDATED THIS STORY TO CORRECT  THE NAME OF SCOTT 'ATLAS' BENJAMIN.

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ROSAMOND GIFFORD ZOO AT 100
6:43 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Zoo Visitors Encouraged to Help Endangered Species' Native Habitats

The fundraiser supports conservation efforts for animals in the wild like the Asian Elephant.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is hoping visitors get in the spirit of their centennial celebration by supporting some of the animals’ native habitats.  Friends of the Zoo has launched a fundraising effort called “100 cents for 100 years” to conserve endangered species.  In exchange for a donation of a dollar or more, guests will receive a unique zoo wrist band.  Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini says they want to do greater good beyond our borders.

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Hotel Syracuse Reopening?
4:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hotel Syracuse Takes Big Step Toward Renovation, Reopening

The historic part of the Hotel Syracuse has been vacant for 10 years, but could have new life after the eminent domain seizure and transfer to a developer.
Credit wikipedia.org

  The Hotel Syracuse is now in the hands of a developer who plans to reopen it.  No one has rented a room there in more than a decade…but city leaders are optimistic that will change, after the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency took possession, then transferred it over.

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