RX Drugs
4:52 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

New York Rates Well in Prescription Drug Report, Overdose Deaths on the Rise

Prescription Drugs
Credit HealthyAmericans.org

While other states battle rising mortality rates by prescription drug overdose New York State has one of the lowest rates in the nation. A report on prescription drug abuse from Trust for America’s Health says that New York has the sixth lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States. Since 1999, these rates have doubled in 29 states, tripled in ten and quadrupled in four. Prescription drug related deaths now outnumber those from cocaine and heroin combined.

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Westcott Bulb Project
12:08 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Community Beautification Project Enjoys 11th year Growing Far out of Westcott Area

Residents picked up free flowering bulbs as part of the Westcott Bulb project this weekend.
Credit Hannah Warren/WAER News

Community volunteers gathered at the Westcott Community Center this weekend to continue a special project that's grown to other neighborhoods. 

The Westcott Bulb Project provides thousands of the bulbs every year as part of a beautification effort that also builds community between neighbors. This year, the group gave away “thirty-six hundred” bulbs.

Project Founder Peter Wirth says that since its start in 2003, the project has become much more than a way to brighten up gardens at the end of the winter.

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Jeff Tiberii first started posing questions to complete strangers at the age of 2. Following a meal at La Cantina Italiana, Jeff climbed down from the booth and began asking other customers what was going on. Jeff grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts, graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, and moved to North Carolina in 2006. His experience with NPR member stations WAER (Syracuse) and WFDD (Winston-Salem) dates back almost 10 years. Jeff grew up rooting for the Tar Heels (Donald Williams, Dante Calabria) and remains an avid basketball fan. He also works for IMG College as a Network Studio Host in Winston-Salem.

Jeff has covered a Presidential Inauguration, three NCAA Tournaments, another three ACC Menââ

Sports
8:33 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Clemson Buries SU 49-14

Clemson RB Zac Brooks eludes a tackle from Syracuse LB Dyshawn Davis
Credit Dick Blume, syracuse.com, 2013

Clemson made sure Syracuse never had control of the game. After three plays and just 38 seconds, the #3-ranked Tigers led Syracuse 7-0 and Heisman candidate Tajh Boyd was 3-3 with 82 yards and a touchdown.

“When they scored fast, we were like ‘Whoa.’,” said Syracuse cornerback Julian Whigham. “They’re as good as we thought they were.”

Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) continued to dominate Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 ACC) and won 49-14. Boyd threw touchdown passes of 60, 42, and 91 yards to pace the Tigers past the Orange.

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Journalist Arun Rath is the new host of All Things Considered on the weekends. Every Saturday and Sunday, Rath and the All Things Considered team offer an hour-long exploration of compelling stories, along with in-depth interviews, breaking news, cultural reviews and reports from NPR bureaus throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Emily Schwing started stuffing envelopes for KUER FM90 in Salt Lake City, and something that was meant to be a volunteer position turned into a multi-year summer internship.  After developing her own show for Carleton Collegeââââ
SAVE THE RAIN
5:23 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Walking Tour Shows Off Green Improvements

The group gathers outside the War Memorial
© 2013 WAER News

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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