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Syrian Conflict
3:31 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Protestors Say 'Don't Send Missiles to Syria, Instead Help the People'

Syracuse residents protest against any military strikes in Syria.
Credit Scott Willis/WAER News

About 20 members of the peace community gathered today in front of Syracuse’s federal building to oppose any military intervention in Syria.


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Player Piano Making Melodies at State Fair
12:06 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Fairgoers Making Music of Their Own at Empire State Theater and Musical Museum

A fairgoer tries out the player piano at the State Fair. She later demonstrated her own piano playing kills.
Credit John Smith / WAER News


The State Fair is winding down, and if you’re looking for something different to check out, the Empire State Theatre and Musical Museum in the Art and Home Center might fit the bill.  Sure, you’ll be hoofing it all over the fairgrounds, but spare yourself some energy to perform some 'pedal pumping' on a player piano from the early 1900’s.


Click here to listen to The Empire State Musical Museum's player piano. The song is "It's A Small World After All."


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CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT
6:45 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Congressman Dan Maffei Visits Upstate Cancer Center Construction Site

WAER’s John Smith speaks with Medical Director Leslie Kohman and Congressman Dan Maffei
Credit Darryl Geddes / Upstate University Medical Center

Construction on the Upstate Cancer Research Center at University Hospital in Syracuse is rapidly taking shape. 

The center will have a variety of medical services in a centralized location.  Many services are already being offered, like a specialized psychologist, who works to help the emotional and psychological needs that cancer patients and families deal with, and an integrated medicine specialist, who advises patients on non-traditional therapies they may wish to add to their traditional treatment methods. 

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Juvenile Justice
4:51 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Trying to Get 16-and-17-year-olds Out of Adult Courts and Prisons

Raise the Age is trying to change New York law regarding criminal defendants who are 16 or 17 years-old.
Credit RaisetheAgeNY.com


A coalition of criminal justice, children’s and civil rights groups is trying to change how teenagers are treated in the New York’s criminal justice system.  They want to keep young people accountable if they’ve committed a crime…but also preserve their future.

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Local Music
9:06 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Salt City Five Co-founder Jack Maheu Dead at 83


Jack Maheu, whose career as a top jazz clarinetist spanned more than 50 years and included many appearances in Upstate New York, died on Aug. 27, 2013, in Ithaca. He was 83 years old.  Maheu had suffered a severe stroke in 2006 and had been living at an Ithaca nursing home for the past several years.

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