Mark Bialczak has lived in Central New York for 30 years. He's well known for writing about music and entertainment, and currently is the movie blogger for syracusenewtimes.com.   In 2013, he started his own blog, markbialczak.com, to comment about the many and various things that cross his mind daily. Mark will post a weekly column about life in and around Syracuse on waer.org.

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ONONDAGA COUNTY SHERIFF'S RACE
6:39 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

DeWitt Police Chief Seeks GOP Nomination for Onondaga County Sheriff

Gene Conway announces his run for Onondaga County Sheriff with his wife Ann by his side.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway made it official Thursday and declared his candidacy for Onondaga County Sheriff.  About 60 supporters packed into Tony's Restaurant on Burnet Ave. for the announcement. 

His law enforcement career spans 37 years, the last 12 in DeWitt.  Conway is a Republican who started in North Syracuse, followed by 24 years in various roles in the sheriff’s department.

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WMHT/Capital Region reporter for the Innovation Trail.

As a television reporter, Marie has covered energy and environmental issues from Wyoming to Pennsylvania.

Marie joins WMHT from her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she reported for a cable TV news station. During her time there, she was the creator and host of a weekly series which covered local environmental issues.

Marie previously worked as a reporter and anchor for an ABC affiliate in Casper, Wyoming. She began her broadcasting career as an intern on the assignment desk at WBZ-TV in Boston.

Surgeon General Report
3:12 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

New York Cancer Officials Recall Start of Health Concerns about Smoking

A 1964 Surgeon General Study made first widespread claims that smoking caused cancer and other diseases
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  New York Cancer prevention officials are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the study that began decades of trying to get people to either quit – or never start – smoking.  

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State of the State Address
9:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Business Perks, Education Proposals Highlight Gov Cuomo's 2014 Agenda

Gov Cuomo addresses lawmakers and others in Albany during his 3rd State of the State address Wednesday
Credit Karen Dewitt/WXXI News

  Upstate New York’s economy figured heavily into Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday.  

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MEDICAL MARIJUANA
11:21 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Syracuse Doctor Supports Controlled Medical Marijuana Program

Credit cannabisnews.org

A Syracuse Doctor initially skeptical of Governor Cuomo's medical marijuana plan is now embracing what appears to be a closely monitored, research-based model.  

Doctor Jeffrey Sneider is an internist at Brighton Medical Associates, and represents a 10 county region for the Medical Society of New York.  Sneider says he's still learning the details, but so far likes the limited scope of the program.  

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Tax Relief for Business and Property Owners
10:01 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Corporate Tax Cut, Property Tax Freeze Top Cuomo Economic Plan

Governor Cuomo (right) releases tax-reduction plan for businesses and property owners.
Credit governor.ny.gov

  New York Residents and businesses could see reductions and rebates on taxes when Governor Andrew Cuomo forms his new budget proposal.  Monday he released details of a rumored $2 billion rebate for property taxpayers...though government leaders at the town, city and county level will have to play ball with Albany to get it for their residents.  

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Child Abuse Prevention
8:17 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Grants, Community Help Improve McMahon Ryan Child Center

McMahon Ryan waiting areas and treatment rooms have received some new furnishings. They're made to make children feel comfortable.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center in Syracuse starts 2014 with some positive changes in both its home and its programs.  The center benefited from 90-thousand dollars in grants from the Central New York Community Foundation as well as other gifts and fundraising.  

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Entertainment
10:06 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 4

Donald Byrd

The jazz world lost a number of legendary musicians in 2013.  In this episode of Jazz Journeys, we remember a few who left an indelible mark on their craft.

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Stephanie Hughes joined Maryland Morning as a producer in fall 2010. She’s interested in subjects including housing, sustainability, and women’s rights, and she’s covered topics including the practice of midwifery in Maryland and the relationship between the transgender community and larger GLBT community in Baltimore. She’s interested in crowdsourcing and citizen journalism, and completed a fellowship in January 2012 at the Knight Digital Media Center at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. She’s reported pieces for Marketplace, The Takeaway, Living on Earth, and Salon.com. Before she found her place in radio, Stephanie worked in the children’s book division of the publishing house Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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