NPR listeners often ask, "What is her name anyway — Keema Leski, Kim Alesky, Kay Marlenski, or what?" Her name is Kee Malesky, nee Christine Mary Shields, of Brooklyn, N.Y. The "Christine" became "Kee" when her youngest sister learned to talk, and because she thought it was a really cool name, she stuck with it.

Cycling Erie Canal
5:59 pm
Sat July 13, 2013

Canal Ride Day 7 Parallels Mohawk River, Native American History

Jesuit Shrine to the Martyrs is ntional Shrine to Kateri Tekakwitha, recently sainted.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

The next-to-last day of Cycling the Erie Canal might have been called Native American day.  The ride started in Canajoharie, a Mohawk word describing a feature of the Canajoharie Gorge.  Much of the day's cycling was back on the Erie Canalway trail system, which for part of this stretch stayed near the Mohawk River.  The recreation path went in and out of pleasant forested areas, giving glimpses of the Mohawk all along the way.A short detour off the path led to a Jesuit Shrine to Mohawk martyrs.

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Cycling Erie Canal
10:35 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Canal Ride Day 6 Affected by Recent Flooding in Herkimer, Mohawk Areas

Road damage and hill erosion can be seen off of Route 5 near Mohawk.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Day 6 of Cycling the Erie Canal didn't include too much "canal".  Due to the flooding in Herkimer and Mohawk, the route of the cyclists had to be detoured, leaving out just about all the waterfront sections because they are damaged, unsafe or being restored. 

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HEALTH CARE
6:14 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

New Course Aims to Break Down Language Barriers Between Patients and Doctors

Onondaga


Community College is partnering with a medical interpreting firm to offer a course aimed at more thoroughly training interpreters who help non-english speakers communicate with their doctors.  The need for interpreters has grown as  Central New York becomes home to more refugees who speak many different languages. 


Multi-cultural Association of Medical Interpreters  Executive Director Cornelia Brown says the 135-hour course gives future interpreters the extensive training they need to ensure doctors and nurses understand the needs of the patient.

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Irina Zhorov is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Wyoming. In between, she worked as a photographer and writer for Philadelphia-area and national publications. Her professional interests revolve around environmental and energy reporting and she's reported on mining issues from Wyoming, Mexico, and Bolivia. She's been supported by the Dick and Lynn Cheney Grant for International Study, the Eleanor K. Kambouris Grant, and the Social Justice Research Center Research Grant for her work on Bolivian mining and Uzbek alpinism. Her work has appeared on Voice of America, National Native News, and in Indian Country Today, among other publications. 

CHILDREN'S HEALTH
2:27 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Upstate Poison Control to Offer Free Calibrated Measuring Spoons for Kids to Avoid Misdosing

Upstate Medical Operation Med Spoon
Credit Upstate Poison Control

Medicine is meant to heal, but the wrong amount can do the opposite.  The Upstate Poison Center is launching a campaign to give parents the tools they need to give their children correct doses.  Director of Public Education and Communication Gail Banach says that many parents just don’t have the right tools.

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Madhulika Sikka is Executive Editor for NPR News, a role she joined in January 2013. As Executive Editor, Sikka oversees all desks and reporters, and helps set the agenda for the entire News division.

Cycling Erie Canal
6:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Day 5 of Canal Ride Takes Tour To Birthplace of the Erie, Other Familiar Place to CNYers

Gil Roy tells the story of the canal boats, on which cargo and the pilot's entire family would ride. This replica at the Chittenango Landing Canal Park.
Chris Bolt/WAER News

Rome wasn't built -- or bicycled to -- in a day.  So after five days of riding, the 500+ cyclists that came to Syracuse  Wednesday made camp at Fort Stanwyx Thursday. 

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MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASE
5:10 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Onondaga County is Prepared to Fight Mosquitoes

A group of Onondaga County lawmakers today got an update on the health department’s mosquito control program.  We reported on Wednesday that there are likely to be more mosquitoes as a result of the wet weather, but not necessarily more disease.  Still, Health Commissioner Doctor Cynthia Morrow says West Nile virus and Triple-E are a part of the region’s ecology, and they’re trying to control it.


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