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Local News: March 1, 2024

– Recent rise in overdose concerns Tompkins County officials – There have been five overdose deaths in Tompkins County since February 18. That brings the total this year to six. The Ithaca Voice reports that’s more than occurred over the same period last year. There’s been a steady increase in overdose deaths in the county since 2019. Ithaca Police Chief Thomas Kelly says the mix of fentanyl or xylazine with other substances may be the cause of the recent deaths. A list of some resources is in the Ithaca Voice article linked on our website WRFI dot org slash news. Broome and Tioga counties reported overdose spikes earlier this month. They did not…

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CREATIVES: Natalia Khoma and Volodymyr Vynnytsky of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

By Felix Teitelbaum

WRFI’s Felix Teitelbaum and Dr. Deborah Justice of the Cornell Concert Series speak with cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine about the power of music in times of turmoil and about the orchestra’s upcoming performance at Cornell (February 10, 2024 at 3pm). More at www.cornellconcertseries.com

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FEATURE: A new call to address harmful algal blooms in Cayuga Lake and beyond

By Celia Clarke

This interview has been edited for clarity. Harmful algal blooms, HABS, occur in the summer months in waterbodies across the country. But winter is when researchers and activists review the data and assess the impact of the season’s blooms. The toxins are dangerous to human and animal life. More of them are showing up in…

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Fund Drive Update: With Your Help, WE DID IT!

By Felix Teitelbaum

WE DID IT! Thanks to the incredible support of over 80 donors in the Finger Lakes and beyond, we raised over $10,000 in the past week! Your generosity ensures that we can continue opening ears, minds, and hearts across the Southern Finger Lakes. THANK YOU for making a real impact! Your contribution supports: Amplifying the…

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FEATURE: Conversation with Interfaith Leaders

By Celia Clarke

Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas in October there have been several separate rallies in Ithaca supporting Palestine or Israel. Public emotions ran high when the Tompkins County Legislature briefly considered a resolution in support of Israel and flying the Israeli flag in the legislative chamber.  It was around that time,…

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Local News: March 1, 2024

By Celia Clarke | March 1, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: March 1, 2024

– Recent rise in overdose concerns Tompkins County officials – There have been five overdose deaths in Tompkins County since February 18. That brings the total this year to six. The Ithaca Voice reports that’s more than occurred over the same period last year. There’s been a steady increase in overdose deaths in the county…

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FEATURE: Freedom of Expression at Cornell

By Celia Clarke | February 29, 2024 | Comments Off on FEATURE: Freedom of Expression at Cornell

Cornell’s academic theme this school year is freedom of expression. It was meant to be a year of celebration of one of the university’s core values. Instead how freedom of expression is practiced or protected on campus has become a divisive issue.  The theme was announced last April months before war broke out between Israel…

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Local News: February 29, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 29, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 29, 2024

Ithaca College president, La Jerne Terry Cornish says the college’s enrollment is rebounding from the significant drop it experienced during COVID lockdowns. She spoke at the Ithaca Rotary Club luncheon on Thursday. “In 2019, the first year class including transfers was 1506, and 2020, but COVID year, the first year class was 995.” she said.…

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Local News: February 28, 2024

By Celia Clarke | February 28, 2024 | Comments Off on Local News: February 28, 2024

– Tompkins County Alcohol and Drug Council will stop addiction treatment services –The Tompkins County Alcohol and Drug Council will end its patient services and lay off most of its staff.  The Ithaca Voice reports the Council has struggled to hire qualified nurses to staff its new 40-bed detox center. The Council is gradually ending…

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