SAVE THE RAIN
5:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Walking Tour Shows Off Green Improvements

The group gathers outside the War Memorial
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More than 30 people spent the lunch hour today looking at rain gardens, bioswales, and porous pavement  as part of a walking tour of downtown’s green infrastructure sites.  

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Criminal Justice
4:50 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

David Renz Pleads Guilty on Child Pornography Charges

David Renz in court Friday on child pornography charges

Convicted murderer and rapist David Renz pleaded guilty today to six different child pornography charges.  These are the crimes for which he was accused - and under house arrest - when he killed Lori Bresnahan and reaped a 10-year-old child. 

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INNER HARBOR DEVELOPMENT
6:27 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Starwood-brand Hotel Coming to Syracuse's Inner Harbor

Left to right: Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, Starwood Hotels Senior Director of Development John Salvatore, Governor Cuomo, and COR Development's Steve Aiello, and Assemblyman Bill Magnarelli look at a model of what the harbor might look like
Scott Willis WAER News

Syracuse’s Inner Harbor will soon be home to a 130-room Starwood-brand hotel as the first part of the larger, 350-million dollar mixed-use waterfront development project.  Governor Cuomo stopped by Thursday to make the announcement.  In his remarks, he acknowledged the decades-long struggle for any significant progress on the 28 acre parcel. 

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Transportation
5:05 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Amtrak Agreement Means $22 Million From NYS to Keep Some Routes Running

Rail travelers in CNY could see improvements from subsidy agreement between New York and Amtrak.

Amtrak is getting $22  million of your state tax dollars…all to make sure the service continues and maybe improves.  An agreement announced today has New York picking up a portion of the costs of four specific routes, with the federal government also subsidizing a share.  Transportation Department Spokesperson Beau Duffy explains the support helps some of the busiest lines…and can perhaps lead to improvements.

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11:12 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Syracuse's Boeheim Against Paying College Athletes

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In speaking to a group newspaper editors, Syracuse basketball coach, Jim Boeheim, disagrees with the notion of paying college athletes.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim isn't on board with paying college athletes. Speaking Wednesday in Syracuse at an annual Associated Press meeting of New York newspaper editors, Boeheim said he's heard the most recent talk about paying college athletes and calls it ''the most idiotic suggestion of all time.'' Boeheim took exception with retired NBA star Chris Webber's complaint he received nothing after his team shirt was sold.
Sports
11:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

SU Welcomes Clemson To Dome

Jerome Smith (#45) leads the SU run attack. The junior has 6 TD this season.
Credit CitrusTV Sports, 2013

This weekend marks the first ACC game for SU football as the Orange welcomes #3 Clemson to the Carrier Dome this Saturday. Syracuse comes into the game carrying a two game win streak and coming off its bye week. Meanwhile, the Tigers come into the game undefeated and most recently torching Wake Forest 56-7.

But even though Head Coach Scott Shafer knows Clemson has the higher rated team, he believes Syracuse has what it takes to pull the upset if the fan base rallies behind the team,.

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With reporting focused on general science, NASA, and the intersection between technology and society, Greenfieldboyce has been on the science desk's technology beat since she joined NPR in 2005.

In that time Greenfieldboyce has reported on topics including the narwhals in Greenland, the ending of the space shuttle program, and the reasons why independent truckers don't want electronic tracking in their cabs.

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Syracuse International Film Festival
6:26 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

10th Annual Film Festival Takes Over Downtown Theatres

Film buffs  have a local opportunity to watch films and meet various Hollywood personalities at the Syracuse International Film Festival, which started yesterday. It’s the festival’s 10th anniversary, and those in attendance will notice there are fewer films this year.

Festival producer Christine Fawcett-Shapiro says that the venues in downtown Syracuse and at universities in the area were intentionally chosen for the year’s showings, as were the film selections:

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Onondaga Community College
5:57 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

OCC Building Boom Continues with New Academic and Music Building

Music Students got the cut the ribbon and open OCC's new Academic II building today.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Hundreds of students, faculty and staff at Onondaga Community College joined elected officials and business leaders in dedicating O-C-C’s newest building. 

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Suing Wells Fargo
5:47 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

New York AG Sues Wells Fargo, Gains Agreement with B of A over Mortgage Modifications

Wells Fargo the target of lawsuit from NYAG Eric Schneiderman
Credit NPR.org

Two big banks are in the sights of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.  He says Bank of America and Wells Fargo put up barriers and string-out people who are trying to get mortgage modifications. 

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