Headlines for November 15, 2022

Ithaca Police have announced that a cyclist struck by a car while riding down Floral Avenue last Monday has succumbed to his injuries. According to the Ithaca voice, the victim was Carlette Crowe, a 59 year old Ithaca native. The police have not identified the driver of the car, and neither tickets nor arrests have been made. 

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center is holding its annual Harvest Festival Dinner this Friday, November 18th. The dinner is free for all; interested parties can choose between turkey and all the trimmings as well as a vegetarian option without turkey. Dinner will be pick-up only, between 4:45 and 7:30 pm. People are strongly encouraged to reserve the food ahead of time to guarantee a meal. Reservations can be made in the GIAC building lobby or by visiting their website linked at WRFI.ORG.

The Ithaca Voice reports that The Tompkins County Health Department issued a warning to local residents of an increase in Respiratory Syncytial Virus and Flu cases. According to the Department, RSV is a highly contagious respiratory virus; it has symptoms similar to the common cold, flu, and Covid-19, such as coughing, sneezing, and fever. It is also the main cause of pneumonia in children below the age of 1 across the country. Although no vaccine exists for the illness, the TCHD medical director is asking Ithacans to get their flu shots and an updated Covid-19 booster to ensure the local healthcare system can have the local capacity and resources to manage more severe cases of RSV and other illnesses. 

The Cornell Daily Sun reports that conservative media pundit and personality Ann Coulter was met with disruptions and protests at her speaking event at Cornell on Wednesday. Coulter was only able to give a brief assessment of the previous days’ midterm election results before protestors blasted music, blew whistles, raspberries, and demanded that Coulter leave campus. Coulter, a Cornell grad, is known for making offensive statements about Mexican immigrants, Muslims, Women, Jewish people, and the disabled. The event was hosted by the conservative Cornell Network for Enlightened Women and organized by the Leadership Institute. 

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