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Syracuse Common Councilors jumped aboard a larger national movement that would levy a carbon fee on fossil fuels and return that money to households. The Carbon Fee and Dividend climate change resolution, sponsored by councilor Joe Driscoll, would add a $15 fee to every ton of fossil fuel. He said that figure is based on the environmental costs of CO2 emitted by the fuel.

Etan Thomas to Discuss Activism in Athletics and His New Book at SU

Feb 26, 2018
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SU alum and former NBA player Etan Thomas will give a talk at Syracuse University tonight about athletes' role as activists and their ability to speak out against societal issues like race relations, police brutality, and sexual assault. 

In his recent book, “We Matter: Athletes and Activism,”  Thomas describes recent and past activism in athletics and its perception by the public and the media, informed by both experience and over 50 interviews with notable athletes and figures.  Thomas explains his support for activism by athletes and its history and future.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we start by looking at some Syracuse Lacrosse families. Of course fans are familiar with the Simmons and Desko families, but what about the Currys? WAER's JD Raucci fills us in on the latest father-son duo of Todd and Brendan Curry.

Also this week it's a long road from Division III to Division I in college basketball. WAER's Maura Sheridan shares the story of Braedon Bayer who has made that exact journey.

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WAER’s City Limits Project – investigating poverty in Syracuse turned its focus to education.  How is poverty impacting schools and adult education?  And how much is the basic mission of these institutions changing as they have to deal with the effects of poverty in our community? 

(Full Audio of the panel discussion below)

When you’re inside a school as students are heading to class, the energy and the expectation should be that learning is about to take place to enrich the students.

Just three days after falling to No. 10 UNC in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (18-11, 7-9) lost their second in a row in a vicious back-to-back. The No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (24-5, 12-4) took care of the Orange 60-44 in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday for their fifth straight win.

The No. 16 ranked Syracuse Orange (2-1, 0-0) played their third game of the season today, and second against a ranked opponent. Winning 11-10, Syracuse handed the No. 9 ranked Army Black Knights (1-1, 0-0) their first loss of the season in a triple overtime come-from-behind dramatic fashion. In a long and grueling matchup, the Orange were able to come out on top in this thriller of a victory.

After coming off a disappointing 15-3 loss to No. 3 Albany the week before, Syracuse’s huge win today showed that they can compete with the other top ranked teams in the nation.

The past couple of weeks, Central New Yorkers from all walks of life have been focused on and excited about one major world event, the Winter Olympics. 

As the Winter Olympics come to a close, now is the opportunity to ask yourselves: what is it about the Olympics that everyone loves? Jason Burns instructs a sports in American society course at Excelsior College in Albany.

Syracuse (18-10, 7-8) travels to Durham to take on #5 Duke (23-5, 11-4) in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Orange aims to win its third in-a-row over the Blue Devils.

SU comes off a 78-74 loss to the University of North Carolina. Things were tied up at 74 with only three minutes left; but the ’Cuse went 0-7 from the field to close things out, and the Tar Heels wound up on top.

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The Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse talked to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station Friday morning, asking him questions about his job and life in space.  The ISS was traveling at about 17,000 miles per hour as Astronaut Mark Vande-Hei took the time to answer a series of questions from the children. 12-year old Mhubiri was excited for the opportunity to talk to the astronaut.

 “I actually thought about being an astronaut so today was a very exciting event for me so I was very happy I was able to talk to him and ask him some questions.”

No. 14 Syracuse Hosts No. 9 Army in Top-15 Showdown

Feb 23, 2018


No. 14/16 Syracuse (1-1) hosts No. 9 Army (3-0) in another top-15 matchup tomorrow afternoon at 2pm in the Carrier Dome. Tomorrow’s match up will be the second of seven straight games for the Orange against a top-15 opponent.