I have always embraced the written word. I remember a note my third-grade teacher wrote on a report card: "Molly is an avid reader." I also remember asking my mother what "avid" meant. Then my ninth-grade English teacher commented that I have some talent as a writer. After graduating from Vernon Verona Sherrill High School, I spent two years at Skidmore College majoring in English, that most nebulous of majors.

Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Take Ten With Dianne Reeves

I had the pleasure of chatting recently with 4 time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves and we concluded our interview with 10 questions that allow people to learn some new things about this incredible artist.  This edition of Take Ten began when I asked Dianne about the very first record she remembered listening to.  Enjoy!

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10:49 am
Thu September 26, 2013

2 Time SU Artist-In-Residence Named MacArthur Fellow

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2 time SU artist-in-residence and instructor, Carrie Mae Weems, has been named one of 24 MacArthur Fellows for 2013.
Carrie Mae Weems, a two-time SU artist-in-residence (1988 Light Work Gallery and 2005-06 VPA), instructor and ongoing collaborator in SU engagement projects, has been named one of 24 MacArthur fellows for 2013. The fellowships "recognize 24 exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future," according to the MacArthur Foundation.
I-81 Debate Continues
9:06 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Nearly 100 Turn Out for Latest I-81 Hearing Telling Transportation Officials They Don't Feel Heard

Hearing on the future of I-81 drew a crowd of around 100.
Credit Brett Samuels/WAER News

The first neighborhood hearing hosted by the State Department of Transportation about the future of I-81 drew about 100 people to Toomey Abbott Towers Wednesday.

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7-11 Assault
8:53 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

More Charges Being Considered Against Valley Drive Assault Suspect After 70-year-old Victim Dies

18-year-old Romeo Williams could face murder charges after the victim in an assault died of his injuries.
Credit Syracuse Police

The 70-year-old victim of what's been called an unprovoked attack on Valley Drive in Syracuse has died of injuries sustained in the beating.  Suspect 18-year-old Romeo Williams is in custody for the assault and Syracuse Police say they'll consult with Onondaga County District Attorneys to consider further charges. 

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Liberty United Launches in Syracuse
6:24 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Miner Announces New Partnership to Recycle Seized Weapons

A few pieces from the Railroad Spike jewelry collection
Credit Liberty United

Guns currently in possession of the Syracuse Police will now be headed for new lives – as high-end jewelry.  The city announced a partnership today with a company called Liberty United, which melts down the metal from guns and turns the new alloys into bracelets, necklaces and rings.  Money from selling the jewelry is directed back to gun-violence prevention programs in participating communities. 

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After taking a semester off from college to intern with Vermont Public Radio in 1999, Sidsel was hooked.  She went on to work as a reporter and producer at WNYC in New York and WAMU in Washington, DC before moving to New Mexico in 2007. 
As KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter, Sidsel covered news from around the state having to do with protection of our earth, air and water.  She also kept up a blog, earth air waves, filled with all the bits that can’t be crammed into the local broadcast of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  When not interviewing inspiring people (or sheep), Sidsel could be found doing underdogs with her daughters at the park.
 
 
 

Colin Fogarty fell in love with public radio as a 19–year–old student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He launched his life in radio as a board operator at WMUB, where he spun records for "Mama Jazz." He was always a news junky, but he got hooked on reporting when he covered a 1992 campaign rally. Colin ran across the quad, stuck a microphone in then-Senator Al Gore's face and asked a question. When Gore actually answered, Colin knew he had found his calling.

Election 2013
5:48 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Green Party Officials Ride Trikes and Register Voters

Credit Scott Willis / WAER News


The Green Party took advantage of the beautiful fall weather, and rode around the city on a trike registering people to vote. The party used National Voter Registration Day as an opportunity to make sure people were registered to vote, and to spread the word about the Green Party.

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Local News
3:39 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

ABC's David Muir Helps Salvation Army Raise Funds for Local Programs

Salvation Army's unassuming storefront on South Salina St. houses more than 40 human service and community programs they say serve 41,000 people.
Credit Chris Bolt/WAER News

Around 600 people today welcomed home ABC News Anchor and Reporter David Muir and helped raise funds for Salvation Army programs. 

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