Nascar Driver Supports Healthy Mouth Movement
2:47 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Danica Patrick Comes to Syracuse as a Matter of Dental Health

Danica Patrick (right) smiles as she's about to be introduced at SU. Congressmember Dan Maffei is to her left.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

It’s not every day that an award winning Nascar Driver rolls into Syracuse. However, Danica Patrick joined forces with Aspen Dental today at Syracuse University to offer free Dental Care with a mobile dentistry office that’s catering to Veterans who are in need of some dental care.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION
11:28 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Syracuse Land Bank Could be Key to Saving House Where "Oz" Creator Met His Future Wife

The house at 678 W. Onondaga St. was built in 1880.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

The abandoned, boarded-up Syracuse house where Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum first met his future wife might finally have a brighter future via the land bank.  Syracuse common councilors Monday approved the sale of the tax delinquent house at 678 W. Onondaga Street to the land bank, which then could choose to sell it to the Baum Foundation.  Executive Director Kathleen DiScenna says the couple met in 1881.   She says his late niece Cynthia told her,

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Mental Health Awareness
1:37 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Suicides for NY's Middle Aged Jump 42 % in a Decade, Ignoring Mental Health to Blame

Credit Newmentalhealthconnection.org

  One of the most prevalent health issues is literally killing people in New York at a rate that’s jumped in the last decade.  May is mental health awareness month…and experts say many either ignore or avoid getting diagnosed.  David Hullett is medical director for Optum, part of United Health Group to improve care and services.  He says disorders might hospitalize someone…but others are on the more mild side of the spectrum.

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Heroin Use Surges
1:08 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Heroin Overdoses Continue to Affect Communities Across CNY

Heroin use, abuse and overdoses all too common in CNY.

  With 2,000 reported heroin-related deaths in New York State in 2011, the nationwide heroin problem is becoming an epidemic. This epidemic is affecting both the city of Syracuse and its neighboring suburbs.

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Entertainment
12:46 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 13

Bassist Mimi Jones

Just last month, bassist and composer Mimi Jones was the featured performer at the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse as WAER in collaboration with National Grid and University College of Syracuse University presented An Evening Of Jazz And Wine to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Earlier in the day, Mimi dropped by the WAER studios and among other things took part in the latest installment of Take Ten.  

  

 

                           

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ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORDS
6:42 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Upstate Hospital Streamlines Patient Data to Provide More Efficient Health Care

Overseeing the EPIC initiative, the electronic system that stores patient medical records for about half of the population, at Upstate’s Community Campus are, from left, Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page, Community Campus Chief Administrative Officer Nancy Daoust and Community Campus Director of Nursing Sharon Klaiber, in the Epic Command Center at Community Campus.
Credit Upstate University Hospital's website

Upstate University Hospital is hoping to save time and money for both its health care centers and its patients through technology. The institution has reached a milestone implementing Electronic Medical Records.  

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2014 COMMENCEMENT
6:15 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

NY Attorney General Delivers Commencement Address to SU Law School Graduates

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman addresses graduates from SU's College of Law.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

The state’s top lawyer provided some historical context Friday for the tradition that Syracuse University Law School grads are about to enter into.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman delivered a commencement address to 212 juris doctor candidates and nine who earned a master of laws.     

Hear NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's entire speech to SU's Law School graduates.
  This year’s commencement was momentous for the entire law school.  Dean Hannah Arterian told the graduates they are the last to complete their education in the buildings on the “cliff” overlooking Irving Avenue. 
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SUSTAINABILITY
7:00 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

OCRRA Unveils New Food Waste Recycling Facility

Food waste arrives at the Amboy Facility
Scott Willis WAER News

The pizza crust or potato peel leftover from your meal at places like the OnCenter or Destiny USA restaurants ends up at a facility in Camillus that turns it into garden compost.  The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency unveiled its Amboy food scrap composting facility on Thursday, which is  the largest in the state.  Spokesperson Kristin Lawton says haulers deliver the scraps, which enter a very specialized recycling process:

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STATE COMPTROLLER RACE
6:23 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Onondaga County Comptroller Announces Taxpayer-Funded Campaign for State Office

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci addresses supporters and the media; to his left is his wife Michele, and County GOP Chairman Tom Dadey.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Onondaga County Comptroller Bob Antonacci says he has what it takes to run for the same office on the state level.  He announced today his plans to try and unseat incumbent Democrat Tom DiNapoli. Antonacci is a certified public accountant and an attorney. But he says choosing to use taxpayer dollars to finance his campaign might also set him apart.

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