Holiday Sales
6:27 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Is Holiday Shopping the Only Time You "Buy Local?"

Large chain retailers may have better luck leveraging mobile shopping applications
Credit Anne Bolt / WAER News

The holiday shopping season is now in full swing, but while it’s true a snowy winter wonderland can get consumers in the Christmas shopping spirit, New York State Retail Council Vice President Ted Potrikus cautions that the chilly weather can result in some frustrating situations for retailers: 

With Christmas now just a week away, procrastinating consumers are simply running out of time - and even the most treacherous weather around New York State isn’t stopping that final Christmas rush.  

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EXTENDED INTERVIEW
4:55 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Pat Hogan Reflects on Run For Mayor, Time on Council

Outgoing Syracuse Common Councilor Pat Hogan

This week’s Syracuse Common Council Meeting marked the last for second district councilor Pat Hogan.  He’s represented parts of the city’s north and west sides for eight years, and term limits kept him from running again. But Hogan DID run for mayor, ultimately conceding he couldn’t win against a well-funded, party backed incumbent.   

Pat Hogan’s final term representing the Syracuse Common Council’s Second District ends December 31st.  He’ll be succeeded by Chad Ryan.  

 

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Education
11:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

FM Students Visit WAER

Students getting situated in WAER's talk studio

 Two groups of 6th graders from Eagle Hill middle school in the Fayetteville-Manlius school district visited WAER today for a tour of the station and to record their annual radio production of "A Christmas Carol".  The trip was arranged by teachers Kent Jeffery and Carol Borg.   WAER's Cora Thomas and Eric Cohen assisted with the recording.

Matt Stiles is a data editor for NPR's news apps team.

In this role he is responsible for obtaining and analyzing databases and using them to help the team tell interactive stories on npr.org. He also works with reporters and editors in the newsroom to help them understand the data they encounter on their beats.

Crisis for Elderly Caregivers
7:21 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New York One of Worst States (48th) in Supporting Caregivers of the Elderly

AARP and other groups release report and recommendations on problems facing family and other non-paid caregivers.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

  More than half the people over 50 in Onondaga County might soon be spending as much as a full-time job caring for sick or invalid relatives.  Elderly advocate groups released a study Tuesday that shows caregivers are in crisis.  

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2014 Election News
4:10 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Retired Deputy Toby Shelley Announces Repeat Run for Onon County Sheriff

Toby Shelley of Otisco ready to try again for Onondaga County Sheriff.
Credit tobyshelly.com

  Retired Onondaga County Sheriff's Supervisor Toby Shelley wants to be the first new face in the job in 20 years.  He made the announcement Monday that he'll run for Sheriff in 2014, after an unsuccessful bid in 2010.  That's when Kevin Walsh won his 5th term in the post.  Walsh previously said he'll make a decision on running for reelection in January or February.  

EXPERIENCE ON DIFFERENT LEVELS

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Jazz Journeys - Episode 2

Vocalist Gregory Porter

On this week's episode, I'll discuss my breakout jazz star for 2013.

Also, we touch on some notable December birthdays, remember the last recordings of Bennie Moten's band  and also celebrate the centennial birthday for a legendary composer and lyricist.

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ANIMAL CRUELTY
6:52 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

NY Attorney General Targets "Dog Flippers"

Four-year-old Sasha is up for adoption at the CNYSPCA.
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

A Central New York woman has been barred from selling dogs after the attorney general’s office found she violated numerous state laws.  AG Eric Schneiderman stopped by the CNYSPCA Friday.  

  He explained how Carissa Seaman of Cleveland came to their attention.

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STING OPERATION BY SYRACUSE POLICE AND OTHERS
3:30 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Seven Syracuse Corner Stores Raided for Willingness to Sell Purported Stolen Goods

Synthetic drug called "spike" discovered at one store and two registered hand guns.
Credit Syracuse Police / John Smith/WAER News

Nine people associated with seven corner stores in Syracuse are now in trouble after Syracuse Police uncovered they’re willing to buy purported stolen goods.  The sting operation involved a six month investigation as informants were sent into stores with products such as baby formula, razor blades, energy drinks and electronics.  Store clerks would buy the items, even though they were told the items were stolen.  A raid was carried out Thursday.  Police Chief Frank Fowler refers here to ”undercover informants” that helped to build a case against the stores.

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