Syracuse Police got one more way today to go after the stores that sell synthetic marijuana and other designer drugs...using a law originally meant to cut down on noise and petty crime.  The Common Council approved expanding the Nuisance Abatement law to include synthetic cannabinoids...and phenethylamines.  Councilor Pam Hunter say a spike in calls for people using these substances is creating a safety hazard for first responders. 

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  The change to nice weather means another reality… it’s time for property owners to spruce up their properties.  In recent days, you’ve probably seen city D-P-W trucks going through neighborhoods removing yard waste and other items brought to the curb. If not, they’re on the way. Mayor Stephanie Miner says we’re beginning to see what was hidden from view during the winter.

“It ended very suddenly and we have as a consequence lots of litter and trash and debris throughout the city.”

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  April is a month in which some local organizations are doing their best to prevent some of the worst crimes from scarring the lives of Central New York’s Children.  If you look around the community, one simple symbol might help.

LISTEN: #1 Syracuse crushes #4 Duke 19-7

Mar 23, 2015
Varun Raghupathi

Syracuse Men's Lacrosse improved to 7-0 in convincing fashion over the weekend. SU handed Duke a 19-7 loss in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse, who is currently #1 in all college lacrosse polls, got up on the two time defending national champions 5-0 in the first quarter and did not look back. At one point in the third quarter, the Orange had extended its lead to 16-2.

You can listen to WAER's Highlights from the big victory right here: 

In this latest edition of Jazz are sure to enjoy my interview with the legendary Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist...Paquito D'Rivera. He stopped by the WAER studios just hours before he led a performance of a specially commissioned piece'll have to listen to find out.

  Just like a new car, a fast food chain, or other consumer product, Syracuse needs to market itself.  Today the Convention and Visitors Bureau, also called Visit Syracuse, launched a new way to try and get people to come.  The hope is to attract tourists, businesses, and conventions.

Most places try and tell potential visitors the assets of their regions…which Visit Syracuse Director David Holder says needed to be fine-tuned.

Mark Bialczak

  There was a time, soon after my candy-collecting years were said and done, when  I pretty much forgot about Halloween.

(c) Brad Spelich, WAER.

Syracuse’s successful program to remove lead from city homes will be shut down by year's end after being denied federal funding.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development did not approve the city's latest grant request. It is the first time they have denied such a request in almost 20 years.  Syracuse had received about $28 million in HUD grants, since 1995, to remove lead from more than 2,500 homes and apartments.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says the cut in funding means lead will not be removed from approximately 135 homes in Syracuse next year.

© Matt Appel

  Matt Appel tells Jarret Leist and Zack Molle what Jim Boeheim had to say about the improved shooting by Trevor Cooney, a preview of the Dayton basketball team and the amount of Orange fans in Buffalo


Feb 14, 2014
Joe Lee

As the Syracuse University campus community bounces back from the St Valentine's Day "snow-massacre" 2014, winter continues to make itself at home on the SU hill.  

Tonight will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of flurries for CNY.  There is a risk of an additional inch or two of snow on Saturday.