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NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY 2014
11:41 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

CNY Young Men of Color Have Highest Rates of HIV Infection

Young men of color in Central New York have one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the state, and one organization is trying to reach them to get tested.  

 Friday is National HIV Testing Day, which wraps up a week dedicated to increasing the number of those who know their status, not only for their own good, but also to avoid spreading the disease.  

  The Care Network provides education to schools and community members to spread awareness that people living with HIV can still lead long, prosperous lives. 

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2014 Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival
5:15 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

A Weekend of Jazz, Wine, and Arts Comes to Clinton Square in Late July

Credit cnyjazz.org

If you’ve been thinking about some Jazz Music with a sip of wine from the vine… chances are that you live in the right city.  The Northeast Jazz and Wine Fest will bring plenty of music to Downtown Syracuse almost a month from now. 

Organizer Larry Luttinger says there are many acclaimed artists in this year’s line-up.

"That consists of pianist Michael Wolff who did many years as Arsenio Hall music director, Mike Clark best known for his fantastic work back with the  legend Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters back in the eighties and we're bringing in Gil Parris, America's finest guitarist in all possible genres. He's a great blues player, a great smooth jazz player, a great R&B player, a great straight-ahead jazz player. He'll be joining that trio for an hour of fun. "

Some other main stage performers include Sherma Andrews, Michael and Angela Lynn and Marcus Johnson. Luttinger says Johnson will also serve a role as mentor to scholastic musicians. 

"Student groups play, Marcus Johnson listens to them and then he plays with them as a soloist in their final tune. Then he stays on stage, takes the microphone and gives them support of commentary and tips and pedagogical advice in front of an audience of parents and the general public. That way we hope to let the public in on the way jazz concepts are taught." 

Rounding out the two day event are separate stages that feature Mardi Gras inspired music, world beat, local jazz ensembles along with wine tasting.

Larry Luttinger says this year's festival will appeal to all of your senses.

The Northeast Wine and Jazz Fest is scheduled for the weekend of July 25th and 26th and will coincide with Syracuse ArtsWeek.  

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Interstate 81 Replacement
9:13 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New I-81 Replacement Plan Emerges on Eve of Public Meeting

The elevated portion of I-81 continues to be in focus with a new proposal, as well as a public meeting Thursday.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

  Just days before a public meeting about the replacement of I-81 through Syracuse, a closed door meeting was held today with local and State DOT Officials.  Senator John DeFrancisco brought in engineering plans provided by his constituents.  It calls for building a 1.2 mile tunnel with an overlapping boulevard. 

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Community
8:54 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Plenty of People Love a Parade of Homes to Take Ideas Back to Their House

  The parking lot was crowded, and hundreds of people milled about the street in Cicero, strolling between the dozen brand new houses on this gorgeous first day of summer.

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Local News
6:36 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Peace Activists Help Residents Call Congress to Keep Military Out of Iraq

Amelia Lefevre is beside the phone booth set up for people to call congress and oppose military intervention in Iraq.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Peace Activists set up a phone booth in downtown Syracuse today to allow people to call their congress members to keep the U.S. completely out of Iraq.  They oppose any military intervention there – even the limited involvement proposed by President Obama in response to the advances of Islamic militant groups.  Syracuse Peace Council Staff Organizer Amelia Lefevre continues to see a hunger for militarism in government leadership.

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