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Concerns Grow About I-81 Replacement Impact on Adjacent Low-Income Neighborhood

There’s growing concern that the I-81 replacement will rupture the surrounding neighborhood, much like the highway did 60 years ago. The New York Department of Transportation has indicated it prefers to remove the elevated portion of the highway that runs through the old 15 th Ward in favor of a boulevard.

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Karen Keating's eighth-grade English students at Lower Dauphin Middle School in Hummelstown, Pa., fire up their laptops and gather a bundle of snowball microphones. With the click of a mouse, their laptops become studios, and they're ready to record.

Keating's class is writing, producing and editing podcasts that they'll submit to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, and, like many teachers, Keating is using apps to help them make it happen.

The Trump administration has revived the debate over "end-to-end encryption" — systems so secure that the tech companies themselves aren't able to read the messages, even when police present them with a warrant.

"It is hard to overstate how perilous this is," U.S. Attorney General William Barr said in a speech last fall. "By enabling dangerous criminals to cloak their communications and activities behind an essentially impenetrable digital shield, the deployment of warrant-proof encryption is already imposing huge costs on society."

Syracuse Tournament Hopes Slammed Shut by Louisville

Feb 20, 2020

Jim Boeheim's team still had life, with their tournament hopes on its last legs, needing a win over 11th ranked Louisville to bolster their resume.

The Cardinals had none of it.

Chris Mack's team was on a 2-game losing skid, including being thouroughly outplayed by Clemson, losing by 15. That Monday, Louisville (22-5, 13-3 ACC) held a players-only meeting, and after a "spirited" week of practice according to the ESPN broadcast, the Cardinals earned a wire-to-wire victory over the Orange (14-12, 7-8 ACC), winning 90-66.

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Federal immigration officials are increasing pressure on New York to overturn the state’s Green Light Law.  Governor Cuomo passed the measure to protect undocumented and other immigrants from having their information and photos used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation.  ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence argues information from DMV records can be used during active investigations with an individual or at a crime scene…

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The state’s ban on most single use plastic bags takes effect March 1st. Over the President's Day holiday weekend, Governor Cuomo’s environmental agency released regulations on how to carry out the new law. But the new rules have left both environmentalists and the plastics industry fuming.


Syracuse University’s Chancellor wants to start with compassion in dealing with 23 student protestors who have remained in an administrative building after hours this week following the racist and antisemitic and hate incidents that have occurred since last fall on campus. 

President Trump has named Richard Grenell, the vocal and controversial U.S. ambassador to Germany, as the new acting director of national intelligence, replacing the current acting head of the nation's 17 spy agencies.

Grenell, who has been the U.S. envoy to Berlin since May 2018, is known to be fiercely loyal to Trump, but critics have noted that he has no background in intelligence and no top-level management experience.

In Las Vegas — a city known for prize fights — the Democrats were gloves off.

And a new entrant in the ring took a lot of incoming: former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has spent more than $300 million of his own money on ads to raise his profile.

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Roger Misso announced that he plans to stay in the primary race for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 24th congressional district. This comes after he was unable to win any of the county democratic nominations and members of the party asked him to step down.

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Researchers at SUNY Upstate Medical University are testing to see if nicotine patches can improve memory for those at risk of dementia.  The Memory Improvement Through Nicotine Dosing, or MIND study is a clinical trial headed by Dr. Sharon Brangman.