International Institute of Species Exploration
11:34 am
Fri May 23, 2014

A Tiny Wasp, Flowering Tree, Fungus, Microbe part of Top 10 New Species List by ESF Intl Center

Olinguito, cousin to the racoon found in Ecuador, on the top 10 list
ESF.EDU

Scientists identify thousands of new plants, animals, microbes, fungus and the like every year.  And a center here in Syracuse keeps track. The science of taxonomy is being celebrated today with the Top 10 List of new species by the International Institute for Species Exploration.

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John W. Poole is a video producer for NPR. He makes documentary films and multimedia presentations for the web and digital platforms, extending the reach and power of traditional photojournalism with moving pictures and sound.

In 2007, Poole came to NPR to help develop a visual media strategy, combining the organization's audio storytelling strength with still and motion photography. His work has led to two national Emmy nominations for the NPR Music series 'Project Song' and one for an investigative series on traumatic brain injury.

FIRST AID AND CPR
6:39 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

American Heart Association Pushes for CPR Training in Schools

Emily Adamczak died during a high school soccer practice from a sudden cardiac arrest
Credit American Heart Association

The American Heart Association of New York State is counting down the final days of the legislative session with 22 reasons the State Legislature should consider providing lifesaving training in schools.  They’re sharing daily stories of people who have been saved by CPR and others who weren’t as fortunate. 

One of those reasons is Emily Adamczak, who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 14, during soccer practice in her freshman year of high school. 

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2014 NY GUBERNATORIAL RACE
6:04 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Accepts Nomination to Seek 2nd Term with New Running Mate

The view of the crowd gathered for Gov. Cuomo's appearance at the state's Democratic Party convention on Long Island.
Credit Matt Ryan / New York Now

Governor Cuomo was nominated to run for a second term, along with his freshly chosen running mate, former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul.

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Peace Action Youth Awards
9:32 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Youth Leaders in Justice, Equality, Peace Honored with Annual Award

Semaj Campbell is one of four students honored with the Peace Acton CNY Youth Award.
Credit submitted

Awards were handed out to 4 Syracuse High School students who have made important steps toward peace, equality and understanding.  The Peace Action C-N-Y Youth Award winners, and the difference they’ve made, were honored Wednesday night during a ceremony at Art Rage Gallery.

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2014 NY GUBERNATORIAL RACE
7:04 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Gov. Cuomo Chooses WNYer, SU Alum, for Running Mate; Still Faces Potential Trouble from the Left

Democratic candidate for New York Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul.
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Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed his choice for lieutenant governor via a video address to delegates at the Democratic State Party convention on Long Island.   The announcement of former Western New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul comes as a new poll Cuomo continues to face a threat from some in the left wing of his party.

Governor Cuomo will not actually attend the convention until the day of his own nomination, but he did record a message announcing his choice of Hochul for a running mate.

Cuomo says Hochul is a person “who knows the needs of Upstate New York” and “the particular needs of Western New York”. In a scripted delivery Hochul talked up Buffalo and credited Cuomo. “In my home town of Buffalo, we have seen an economic recovery that many politicians promised, but only Governor Cuomo was able to deliver,”  Hochul said.  

Hear capital correspondent Karen DeWitt's report from the state Democratic convention on Long Island.

Cuomo lost in the Buffalo region in 2010, so the choice of Hochul, who was also Erie County Clerk, can help him there, as well as appeal to women statewide.  Hochul, like Cuomo, is considered a moderate Democrat.

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RAILROAD SAFETY
6:11 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Syracuse City Council Seeks Support for Railcar Safety Legislation

DOT 111 rail cars
Credit dot.gov

Concerns surrounding rail car transport of flammable oils and gases have motivated Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner to push for tighter regulations. This news comes after Senator Chuck Schumer's critique of a recent rail safety initiative, agreed to by the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Association of American Railroads on February 20, 2014. 

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Politics & Government
9:05 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Veterans Accused of Crimes Could Have Combat Effects Considered Under New Bill

Justice for Our Veterans Act would require evaluation of mental heatlh, physical injury and military training for current and former military facing criminal charges.
Credit pbs.org

How much might a soldier’s combat experience cause them to commit a crime?  The New York State Defenders Association says ‘a lot’ in some cases.  The group is pushing a bill in Albany it says will bring more justice to court proceedings when the defendant is a veteran or active duty military.  Executive Director Jonathan Gradess says he’s trying to protect a group of vulnerable service members.

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Community
8:42 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Downtown Living Tour Lets You Use Your Imagination

Downtown Living
Credit Mark Bialczak

  It's been a few years since my dear wife Karen and I joined the brigade of Lookie-Lou's partaking in the annual Downtown Living Tour.

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EMERAL ASH BORER
6:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

City of Syracuse Begins Treating Ash Trees Against Invasive, Deadly Beetle

Lori Brockelbank with Forcon drills the injection site in an ash tree on Houston Ave.
Scott Willis WAER News

The City of Syracuse is  starting to treat some 1,800 ash trees in its right of way to protect them from fatal emerald ash borer infestations.  Licensed contractors demonstrated the treatment method Tuesday on an otherwise healthy looking tree in front of a house on Houston Avenue in the Meadowbrook neighborhood.    Harris says the 18-inch diameter tree on Houston Ave costs about $86  to treat.  He says it would take about 30 years of treatment to equal the roughly $850  removal and replacement cost of a tree, which is what would happen if left untreated. 

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