Utica Cocaine Ring
8:57 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Utica Drug bust brings indictments to 30 suspects after two-year investigation

Southside Auto in Utica where law enforcement officials say a cocaine ring did business
Credit US Attorney's Office

A two-year investigation into a Utica Drug ring has resulted in the indictment of 30 suspects. U-S Attorney Richard Hartunian made the announcement Wednesday.

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Kat Chow is a journalist covering race, ethnicity, and culture for NPR's new Code Switch team. In this role, Chow is responsible for reporting and telling stories using social media, sparking conversations online, and blogging.

Prior to coming to NPR, Chow worked with WGBH in Boston and was a reporting fellow for The Cambodia Daily, an English-language newspaper in Phnom Penh.

4:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pianist Mulgrew Miller Dies at 57

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Notable jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller passes in Allentown, PA at 57.
Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57. The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley.

Ben Philpott covers politics and policy for KUT 90.5 FM. He has been covering state politics and dozens of other topics for the station since 2002. He's been recognized for outstanding radio journalism by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters and twice by the Houston Press Club as Radio Journalist of the Year. Before moving to Texas, he worked in public radio in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Born in New York City and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Philpott graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Laura Ziegler began her career at KCUR as a reporter more than 20 years ago. She became the news director in the mid 1980's and  in 1988,  went to National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. as a producer for Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon.

In 1993, she came back to Kansas City as the Midwest correspondent for National Public Radio. Among the stories she covered - the floods of 1993, the ongoing farm crisis and rural affairs, and presidential campaigns.

SU Lacrosse
5:03 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Syracuse Lax Falls in National Championship

Syracuse led 5-0 over Duke early in the 2nd quarter, but the Blue Devils stormed back to win 16-10 and take home the National Championship.
Credit © Ben Fontana, 2013

Despite a 5-0 lead early on, the 2013 season ended in disappointment for the Syracuse Orange. Duke defeated SU in the National Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia 16-10. It is the 2nd National Championship in program history for the Blue Devils.


The loss was SU's first in a national championship game since 2001, ending a string of four straight national-title game victories for the Orange.


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Kurt began his radio career at 16 as weekend disc jockey at KOLS-AM/KKMA-FM (now KMYZ) in Pryor, Okla. He gradually began doing news work at his home town radio station. Kurt studied journalism at Oklahoma State University, serving two terms as managing editor of "The Daily O'Collegian." He returned to his radio roots while at Oklahoma State, working first as a part-time news producer, then as Morning Edition host at KOSU. Kurt left the station in 1990 returning to Pryor to be a part of a new business, ViaGrafix, that developed computer training videos. He eventually sold his business to attend seminary at The Iliff School of Theology in Denver and Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla. He served as minister of communications for St.

AIDS Prevention
3:19 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Intl AIDS program reaches milestone and what it tells us about AIDS in US

PEPFAR Intl AIDS program celebrates 10th anniversary. What it tells us about AIDS in this country.
Credit One.org

A U-S government program to treat AIDS in foreign countries reached a milestone this past Memorial Day weekend and it has connections to the disease in this country.



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AIDS in CNY
1:48 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

The 30th Anniversary for AIDS Community Resources and a new mission

AIDS Community Resources Director Michael Crinnin paints a stripe down Salina Street to mark Paint the Town Red for AIDS/HIV awareness.
Credit Kaitlyn Richards, WAER News

Drivers on Salina Street are seeing red today, but it is for a good cause.  Onondaga County and City of Syracuse officials met with AIDS Community Resources Director Michael Crinnin to paint a red stripe down Salina Street in honor of the A-C-R’s Paint the Town Red Campaign for AIDS awareness. 


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Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

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