MARCH ON WASHINGTON
8:31 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Syracuse Common Council President Reflects on Missing the First March on Washington

Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson

Syracuse Common Council President Van Robinson was 25 years old when he and some friends decided to head from New York City to Washington D.C. for the March on Washington in 1963. 

They didn't quite make it.  He did make it to the 25th Anniversary in 1988, and is in Washington for the 50th Anniversary of that historic day. 

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PRESIDENT OBAMA IN CENTRAL NEW YORK
7:10 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Auburn Disappointed after President Obama Skips Tubman Home

Supporters of the Harriet Tubman Historic home hope President Obama stops by. They were left disappointed.
Credit Maria Catanzarite/WAER News

President Obama continued his bus tour of Upstate New York today after spending the night in Auburn.  He spent the morning working out at the YMCA and shooting a few hoops with a youth basketball group before hitting the road for SUNY Binghamton. 


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President and Protests
9:18 am
Fri August 23, 2013

People had Plenty to Say To, and About, President Obama in Syracuse

Protestors lined the streets leading to Hanninger High for the President and attendees to see
Credit Chenelle Terry/WAER News

Hundreds of students who attended President Obama’s speech in Syracuse cheered many of his points about making college more accessible. 

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Education Policy
8:39 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

President Lays Out Plan for Easier Access to College in Syracuse Speech

President Obama was introduced by Corcoran High School student Emilio Ortiz
Chris Bolt/WAER News

President Barack Obama riled up a cheering, mostly supportive crowd with a message that he's ready to make it easier to go to college, in his first visit to Syracuse.  Obama repeatedly made the case foe the importance of a college education.

"There aren't a lot of thing more important than making sure people get a good education.  That is key to upward mobility; that is key to a growing economy; that is key to a strong middle class."

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Veteran's housing
6:33 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Walls Raised in Newest Habitat for Humanity Build

Volunteers raise the first pre-fab wall for Scott Brennens new home.
Credit Chris Bolt / WAER

Construction began today on a brand new home for Scott Brennen, a disabled veteran of the United States Army who will live in the third Veteran's Home built by Syracuse Habitat for Humanity.  The process of raising the walls began Thursday, with an ultimate goal of completing the home in time for  Christmas. 


Brennen returned from service to a paycheck that was too small to support his family. He explained the process that led him to seek aid from Habitat for Humanity:


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Environment & Science
10:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Science on the Radio - Mary Jane

Environment & Science
10:26 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Science on the Radio - Jupiter Moons

Cicero Swamp Spraying
8:57 am
Thu August 22, 2013

First Finding of EEE Virus in 2 Years Prompts Mosquito Spraying in Onondaga County

EEE virus identified in mosquito pools in Onondaga County
Credit CDC.gov

Onondaga County is planning to spray for mosquitoes after the first finding of the Triple E virus in two years.  Mosquito pools in the Cicero swamp area came back positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis earlier this month. 


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Sports
8:01 am
Thu August 22, 2013

SU Football Nine Days Away From Opener

First-year head coach Scott Shafer addresses the media
Credit Ben Fontana, 2013

Preseason camp is winding down for Syracuse Football. The Orange has already shifted the attention to its season opener against Penn State. Head coach Scott Shafer and the Orange are following a script to be ready for the August 31 game at MetLife Stadium. You can catch that game right here on WAER, 88.3 FM, starting at 2:30 PM with an hour-long Countdown to Kick-off

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Honoring Treaties
6:54 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Two-Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Reflects on Successful Journey, Plans for Future

The march to the UN Headquarters in New York City
Andrew Courtney Two-Row Wampum Renewal Campaign

The paddlers have returned home, unpacked, rested, and are now processing the past few weeks of a historic canoe trip, aimed at renewing the promise of a 400-year-old treaty.  It all began in early July, on Onondaga Nation Lands on Onondaga Creek, and ended about a week ago in New York City.  Native peoples and non-Natives formed two lines representing the Two-Row Wampum, with hopes of educating people along their journey about the treaty that once bound the two peoples and bringing new focus to the importance of environmental cleanup and preservation.

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