Commuter News
2:04 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Drivers Will Face Major Detours on I-81 Starting Friday Evening

I-81 bridge deck replacements start this Friday night causing weeks of detours.
Credit WAER News

Brace yourselves downtown commuters- the orange barrels and cones are coming back as bridge deck replacements are set to begin on Interstate-81 Friday at 6 p.m.  


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Lizzie Skurnick's reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and "many other appallingly underpaying publications," she says. Her books blog, Old Hag, is a Forbes Best of the Web pick and has been anthologized in Vintage's Ultimate Blogs: Masterworks from the Wild Web. She writes a column on vintage young-adult fiction for Jezebel.com, a job she has been preparing for her entire life. She is on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.

Free Jazz Concerts
2:33 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Jazz In The City Series Plans Two Concerts for August

The BlackLites perform at the first Jazz in the City concert Aug 1.
Credit CNYjazz.org

The 12th Annual Jazz in the City is just around the corner for city neighborhoods.  Producer Steve Becker made the announcement Tuesday. 

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Lottery Scam
1:43 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lottery Cheat Gets Maximum Sentence in Court Tuesday

Robert Miles (right) attended court for sentencing of the man who duped him out of a $5 million lottery ticket 7 years ago.
Credit Kaitlyn Richards/WAER News

Andy Ashkar will serve the maximum sentence possible for stealing a 5-million dollar lottery ticket six years ago.  Onondaga County Judge Joseph Fahey delivered the sentence Tuesday.

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9:09 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Ex-Governor Pataki Sued Over Forced Psych Transfers

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Ex-Governor George Pataki is expected to testify about how more that 100 sex offenders came to be involuntarily institutionalized.
NEW YORK - Former New York Gov. George Pataki is expected to testify about how more than 100 sex offenders came to be involuntarily institutionalized eight years ago when they finished prison sentences. Tuesday's testimony comes in a civil trial in Manhattan federal court after six convicted sex offenders sued Pataki and the state.
Student Loan Interest
6:24 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

New York Student Groups Dissatisfied with Student Loan Deal

SUNY Student Assembly calls Congress Student Loan deal a "short-term fix."
Credit Studentassembly.org

Students have received help with their school loans.  But New York student organizations aren’t sure if it’s the greatest agreement.


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Civil Rights and Disabilities
3:21 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

ADA Anniversary Gives Local Agencies Cause For Celebration

ARISE and other local agencies gathered at City Hall Commons today to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Credit John Smith/WAER News

 


A Celebration of the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act proved that Syracuse residents have many “abilities.”


The road has not always been an easy one, as many described, but determination has helped them achieve their goals and dreams.  Agnes McCray was the keynote speaker.  She flashed back on her own life before the Act.

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Syracuse Mayor's Race
3:20 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Pat Hogan Fears Syracuse Could Go Way of Bankrupt Detroit, Says He'd Be More Hands-On Mayor

Syracuse Mayoral Candidate Pat Hogan
Credit pathoganformayor.com

Mayoral Candidate and Common Councilor Pat Hogan says Syracuse needs to watch out that it doesn’t go the way of bankrupt Detroit.  Hogan released a series of ideas today to raise revenue, create jobs and consolidate government to get the city on better financial footing. 


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Jim Kent is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. A freelance writer and radio journalist who currently lives in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  Jim can be heard on a variety of radio programs including National Public Radio, South Dakota Public Radio, and National Native News Radio. He is also a columnist for the Rapid City Journal and a guest columnist for the Lakota Country Times.

Former editor of The New Lakota Times, and a correspondent with a variety of Native American newspapers, Jimâ

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