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May 17th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 17, 2022 |

Yesterday, “Special Master” Jonathan Cervas released a draft of the State’s new congressional districts. The map would create 21 districts where  President Biden won the popular vote in 2020, and 5 where former President Trump did. According to Politico the map is expected to be finalized by this Friday. The originally proposed map would have…

May 16th, 2022 Daily Headlines

By George Christopher | May 16, 2022 | Comments Off on May 16th, 2022 Daily Headlines

Tompkins County Public Health Director and Mental Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa is warning of fentanyl in street drugs. According to the Ithaca Voice, Kruppa said Fentanyl is “in all street drugs”  including marijuana and that users should “assume” the drug’s presence. Fentanyl is about 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine…

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Features and Interviews

Which Way Forward: Examining community organizing and its impact on criminal justice

By WRFI News Staff | February 4, 2021

In the fourth episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, we switch gears to how some organizers both on the streets and behind the scenes are fighting for a more equitable future for local people of all ages – including changing public safety policies. This episode of Which Way Forward was co-reported by outgoing…

Which Way Forward: Stopping crime while practicing restraint

By WRFI News Staff | February 3, 2021

In the third episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, Ithaca Voice senior reporter Anna Lamb reexamines the most recent case of police brutality in ithaca known as the “commons incident” – and how ithaca police officers’ excessive use of force could have been prevented. As a note to listeners, this episode includes detailed…

Which Way Forward: Preventing police violence before it occurs

By WRFI News Staff | February 2, 2021

In the second episode of Which Way Forward: Redefining Public Safety, our team of reporters dive into law enforcement policies concerning excessive force – and how that’s played out on a local level in the protests for racial justice that have emerged since May 2020. Today’s episode was co-reported by Ithaca College Park scholars Maia…

Which Way Forward: The Officer’s “Catch-all” Task and Alternatives to Policing

By WRFI News Staff | February 1, 2021

The first episode of the series explores what local agencies are best suited to be called for helping people in distress. Our team of reporters speak to several local social service organizations to better understand how, and if, those agencies could take on more of a role in maintaining public safety. We also speak to…

Which Way Forward: Reforming Public Safety – Local Candidates on Police Reform [AUDIO]

By WRFI News Staff | November 1, 2020

Since August 2020, over 15 reporters from WRFI, the Ithaca Voice, and the Ithaca College park Scholars have been cooking up an audio documentary about police reform. Stay tuned: the full documentary will air in December! Ahead of November 3rd, we made a bonus episode about some local candidates’ stances on police reform. This piece…

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