CANCER RESEARCH AND TREATMENT
6:45 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Congressman Dan Maffei Visits Upstate Cancer Center Construction Site

WAER’s John Smith speaks with Medical Director Leslie Kohman and Congressman Dan Maffei
Credit Darryl Geddes / Upstate University Medical Center

Construction on the Upstate Cancer Research Center at University Hospital in Syracuse is rapidly taking shape. 

The center will have a variety of medical services in a centralized location.  Many services are already being offered, like a specialized psychologist, who works to help the emotional and psychological needs that cancer patients and families deal with, and an integrated medicine specialist, who advises patients on non-traditional therapies they may wish to add to their traditional treatment methods. 

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Juvenile Justice
4:51 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Trying to Get 16-and-17-year-olds Out of Adult Courts and Prisons

Raise the Age is trying to change New York law regarding criminal defendants who are 16 or 17 years-old.
Credit RaisetheAgeNY.com


A coalition of criminal justice, children’s and civil rights groups is trying to change how teenagers are treated in the New York’s criminal justice system.  They want to keep young people accountable if they’ve committed a crime…but also preserve their future.

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Local Music
9:06 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Salt City Five Co-founder Jack Maheu Dead at 83


Jack Maheu, whose career as a top jazz clarinetist spanned more than 50 years and included many appearances in Upstate New York, died on Aug. 27, 2013, in Ithaca. He was 83 years old.  Maheu had suffered a severe stroke in 2006 and had been living at an Ithaca nursing home for the past several years.

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STATE FAIR: DAY 7
6:36 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Women's Day at New York State Fair Is Back, Applies to Modern Values

A shot of the Women’s Day Luncheon Program, featuring the Sleep Laboratory from St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
Credit John Smith / WAER

Women’s Day at the New York State Fair has changed over the years, but the celebration Wednesday still offered opportunities for personal growth and chances to improve the community. 


Art and Home Center Director Sheryl Lavin remembers the event used to be a great opportunity to get women connected with service groups.


Speakers addressed health issues that apply especially to women (such as heart disease and sleep troubles) and provided advice on avoiding discrimination or scams based upon gender.

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Drug Bust
3:53 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

$200K Worth of Heroin Found in Local Drug Raids; 14 Defendants Arrested

Packets of heroin seized in raids Wednesday
Credit Onondaga County Sheriff's Department

A special drug trafficking unit nabbed heroin in raids in Onondaga County worth around 200-thousand dollars.  Local Sheriff’s deputies worked with federal agents and state police to arrest 14 defendants and seize 20 ounces of the drug.  They say it was packaged in about 18-thousand packets for sale.  They also recovered cash and illegal hand guns. 


DEFENDANTS HIDING DRUGS

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High School Achievers
2:45 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Intensive Program Helps Corcoran High Schoolers Buck Low-Graduation Trend

Syracuse's Corcoran High School is the only school in the region offering the intensive International Baccalaureate Program.
Credit SCSD

Many can tell you about poor graduation rates and behavioral problems at Syracuse high schools.  Here's a  look at what might be the most rigorous academic program in the Syracuse area.

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Live Music
11:35 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Dianne Reeves Opens Legends of Jazz

Dianne Reeves performs live.
Credit Paulo Borgia

Dianne Reeves, the acclaimed American singer and songwriter, is one of the most prominent forces in modern jazz. Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Denver, Colorado, Reeves has been surrounded by music her entire life. Her musical career has included an exploration of traditional jazz, Latin-American music, world music, and more. She has produced an influential discography 19 records deep, the latest studio album being "When You Know", released in 2008.

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I joined the WAER team during my freshman year at Syracuse University, largely unsure of what I planned to study. Since then, working with the station has allowed me to understand with more confidence and clarity what I wish to do with the rest of my life. It has been my pleasure to complete creative projects alongside a team as inspired as the WAER staff. On the way, I have, oddly enough, found a genuine passion for design. Thanks to my continuing work at WAER, I intend to complete a degree in Graphic Design and Information Management & Technology. I am very grateful that WAER has afforded me the exciting opportunity to explore these disciplines in a professional environment. My schoolwork and my work with WAER keep me busy, but I do find time for other activities on campus.

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve was honored in 2007 with two national Edward R. Murrow Awards for his reporting on VPR.

Robin Hilton is the producer and co-host for the popular NPR Music show All Songs Considered.

In addition to his work on All Songs, Hilton produces NPR Music live concerts and festival coverage across the country, including live broadcasts and webcasts from the Bonnaroo and Sasquatch festivals, South by Southwest and the Newport Folk Festival.

Prior to joining NPR in 2000, Hilton co-founded Small Good Thing Productions, a non-profit production company for independent film, radio and music in Athens, GA.

Hilton lived and worked in Japan as a translator for the government, and taught English as a second language to junior high school students.

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