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Headlines for September 23 2022

By George Christopher | September 23, 2022 | Comments Off on Headlines for September 23 2022

The Tompkins County Legislature has approved a new transportation agreement between TCAT and its three underwriters, the county, the city of Ithaca, and Cornell University. According to the Ithaca Times, the previous agreement was set to expire in early October which would’ve left TCAT unfunded. The new contract will also allow TCAT’s three underwriters to…

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Headlines for September 22, 2022

By Felix Teitelbaum | September 22, 2022 | Comments Off on Headlines for September 22, 2022

Advocates of a moratorium on proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining in New York are celebrating one currency’s transition to a greener process.  Etherium, the world’s second largest cryptocurrency, transitioned last week to a proof-of-stake blockchain which uses less than one percent of the energy of the more common proof-of-work. Yvonne Taylor, vice president of Seneca Lake Guardian…

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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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