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Ranking Shows New York Can Do Better to Prevent Cancer

Aug 23, 2017
American Cancer Society

How is New York State ranking on its Cancer-Fighting Public Policies?  The American Cancer Society recently released a progress report on State Legislative Activity to prevent cancer and mortality.  It shows that New York State scored highly in just four out of the nine areas of public policy.  ACS State Government Relations Director Julie Hart says despite the progress the state has achieved, New York still needs improvement in the fight against cancer.

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The New York State Fair opens Wednesday morning to start an extended 13-day run through Labor Day.  WAER News joined a media preview of some highlights.

It wouldn't be the fair if we didn't mention food, so we start right inside the main gate, where Syracuse-based Recess Coffee now greets visitors at the main information building.  Communications director Cathy Roosa says they’re experimenting with different foods.

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Many fans of the New York State Fair are anxious to get inside the gates and head to the rides in the midway.  This year's fair boasts the biggest midway ever, with 80 different rides.  But some people - especially parents - might have the memory of a fatal accident on a carnival ride in Ohio. 

That's where Eileen Franko and her inspectors from the State Labor Department come in.

“So this is the ride; they start to untangle it.  It’s amazing how they can fold it all up.”

Christopher Schodt

This week brings the fourth edition of Masters of Scale on WAER.  Red Hoffman will be joined by Nancy Lublin of the Crisis Text Line.   To succeed, entrepreneurs need a good idea, timing, money, luck. But more than anything, they need grit. Don’t confuse grit with sheer persistence; it’s not about charging up the same hill, again and again. The sort of grit you need to scale a business is less reliant on brute force. It’s actually one part determination and one part ingenuity — the ability to generate an endless supply of Plans B. 

President Trump is addressing the nation Monday night, beginning at 9:00 PM ET, on U.S. engagement and "the path forward" in Afghanistan and South Asia. Senior U.S. officials tell NPR that the president is expected to order about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

The decision follows months of deliberation within the Trump Administration, involving top military commanders, political advisers and even enlisted veterans of the nearly 16-year war. NPR journalists from across the newsroom are offering context and analysis about President Trump's remarks.

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Though not directly in its path, Central New York was abuzz Monday afternoon over the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. since 1979.  Hundreds of Syracuse residents gathered on Syracuse University campus for an Eclipse Party, hosted by the university’s physics department, sharing safety glasses and telescopes to catch a glimpse of the moon’s shadow.  Thrilled spectators found that communities often band together to share such unusual celestial experiences.

"It's so exciting!"

"I'm really excited...I'm hyped."

Fred Espenak / NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The excitement has been building for weeks and weeks. Today the solar eclipse will finally be here. It will darken the skies along a path from Oregon to South Carolina. It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years. Millions will don special glasses or watch through pinhole projectors. Eclipse enthusiasts say totality never disappoints. Follow this live updating map tracking the position of the eclipse across the United States.

Fred Espenak / NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Central New Yorkers will be joining others from across the state and country Monday to catch a glimpse of a total solar eclipse.  Science shows the rare celestial event is part coincidence, but it was often misunderstood in ancient times.

Imagine you lived thousands of years ago, knew nothing of the planets and solar system, and the sun suddenly disappeared for a few minutes.  Cornell Astronomy Professor Phil Nicholson says it would be a surprise.

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The tradition of progress and equality in Central New York is providing guidance in a dark moment gripping our nation.  Syracuse University’s Bird Library Friday hosted an impromptu showcase of rare documents, photographs, and other materials celebrating the work of activists and revolutionaries like Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, and Gandhi.  While library exhibits usually take a year to prepare, Special Collections Research Senior Director Lucy Mulroney says recent events caused staff to organize the showcase in only a day.

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The New York State Fair is fast approaching and fairgoers have a lot to look forward to.  With only six days left until the fair begins, many are unsure of what to expect now that the first phase of renovations has wrapped up.  Acting State Fair Director Troy Waffner was the guest speaker at today’s FOCUS Greater Syracuse forum.  He discussed attractions and features that attendees will notice during the fair’s 13-day run.

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