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Festival Returns
6:32 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Syracuse Latino Festival Returns for 2013

Fanny Villareal sat for an interview at the WAER studios
Credit John Smith, WAER News

The Syracuse Latino-Americano Festival is back again, and organizer Fanny Villarreal says it is going to be better than ever before.

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CIVIL RIGHTS
11:54 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Coalition Demands Accountability, Change in Treatment of Disabled by Police

Syracuse Police remove Brad Hulett from a Centro bus in May.
Credit Centro bus video; screen capture

A cross cultural coalition of more than a dozen advocacy groups is stepping up pressure on the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, and Centro in light of the treatment of Brad Hulett. 

The story has gathered momentum since the Post-Standard published a story last week about Hulett’s plans to sue the city, county, and Centro over the incident that took place back in May.  Regional director of the NYCLU Barrie Gewanter sums up what happened…

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Summer Student Program
1:49 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Doors to College Life Opening Up to Disabled Students at O.C.C.

Students at the New Visions Program on O.C.C. campus.
Credit WAER News- Christian Bersani

From volcanoes in science class to high-energy Zumba workouts, O.C.C. is opening its doors to college life for students with learning disabilities from all over the Onondaga County.


The week-long New Visions program is currently underway for handicapped community members who wish to experience college as any other student would.  Program Director Amy Mech says this is a chance for disabled students to be educated and build social skills in a much more familiar setting.

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I-81 Overpass Proposals to be Unveiled to Public
9:43 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Interstate 81 Overpass Through Syracuse Dilemma. What's Next?

Regional transportation officials fear the community will be polarized over what to do with the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through Syracuse.  Engineers just got the green light to spend the next few months conducting an environmental impact review of the various options, and narrow them down to one or two.

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Public Hearing on 315 Area Code Options
1:19 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

State PSC: Residents Need to 'Make The Call' on a New Area Code

Credit State Telecommunications Association

A federal phone number monitoring agency says the 315 area code will run out of useable "new" numbers by the beginning of 2015.  To combat this, the State Public Service Commission is calling on people living within the area code to express opinions on how to proceed. 

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