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Featured image credit: Portrait of Gina Haspel. By Central Intelligence Agency (Central Intelligence Agency) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Joe Margulies, Abu Zubaydah’s lawyer, talks about Gina Haspel and fighting against torture post-9/11 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | March 16, 2018

Joe Margulies is a law professor at Cornell and a civil rights lawyer. He was the Counsel of Record in Rasul v. Bush in 2004, which involved detentions at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Station. He’s represented several people who have been detained at Guantanamo Bay since then, including Abu Zubaydah, who is still there. On…

Featured image credit: A screengrab from a video advertisement put out by Your NY 23rd, apparently filmed in Newfield. Courtesy of Your NY 23rd/YouTube

The increased influence of PAC funding in the Democratic primary for NY-23 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | March 13, 2018

Nick Reynolds, the managing editor of the Ithaca Times, writes that in the last two congressional elections in New York’s 23rd district, the Democrats raised a little more 10% of what Tom Reed raised. That was largely because political action committees gave Reed a lot of money, or just gave substantial money to beat his…

Prachi Ruina, an Ithaca High School student and one of the organizers of Students United Ithaca, speaking at the ICSD board meeting. Photo courtesy of YouTube

Jolene Almendarez talks about Ithaca student push to include race education throughout K-12 [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | March 13, 2018

Jolene Almendarez, the managing editor of the Ithaca Voice, reported on the Ithaca City School District’s board meeting in late February, which largely focused on the lack of discussion about race in the school system. After national right-wing outlets like Breitbart covered Ithaca students protesting the casting of a white female student in The Hunchback…

A rendering of what the power plant could look like. Courtesy of Circular EnerG

Nick Reynolds discusses proposed waste-to-energy facility, or trash incinerator, in Romulus [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | March 13, 2018

If a proposed trash incinerator in Romulus gets the approvals and funds it needs, it would be the largest in New York state, and one of the largest in the country. The company behind the proposal, Circular EnerG, is seeking $365 million. The company argues that trash incinerators are better for the environment than landfills…

Feeding Tompkins Part 2: A Look Inside Local Pantries

By WRFI News Staff | March 9, 2018

This is Part 2 of Feeding Tompkins, an in-depth look at food insecurity in Tompkins County and a collaborative project between the Ithaca College Park Scholar Program, WRFI News, The Ithaca Voice, and Hot Potato Press. This article was written by Jolene Almendarez of the Ithaca Voice. The interview with Charles Rody, which was used…


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