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Local News: April 11, 2024

– Former Cornell student who threatened Jewish campus community pleads guilty – The former Cornell undergraduate who posted violent, antisemitic threats against the Jewish campus community pleaded guilty in the federal court in Syracuse on Wednesday. WRVO Public Radio reports Patrick Dai admitted to “posting threats to kill or injure another using interstate communications.” Under a plea agreement, his sentence could be 15-21 months unless hate crime charges are added. He will be sentenced on August 12. He’s being held without bail in the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service in Broome County. UPDATE: Birds and the eclipse Last week, I spoke with Andrew Farnsworth, a scientist with Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. He…

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LISTEN: Freedom of Expression at Cornell – Academic freedom

By Celia Clarke

This is the last of my three stories about freedom of expression at Cornell University this year. Here are links to the first and second stories. The academic theme at Cornell this year is “Freedom of Expression.”  In earlier stories, we reported about the general mood at Cornell around free speech, and students’ opinions about…

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CREATIVES: Frank London of the Klezmatics

By Felix Teitelbaum

Photo: Adrian Buckmaster for the Klezmatics Frank London of the Klezmatics talks with Felix Teitelbaum and Aron Guttman ahead of their show at Cornell, Saturday April 13, 2024. “The Klezmatics became world-renowned superstars when they erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 to revitalize klezmer for new generations. Their music is steeped…

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LISTEN: Freedom of Expression at Cornell – Student views

By Celia Clarke

The academic theme at Cornell this year is “Freedom of Expression.” A few weeks ago we reported on the general mood around free speech at Cornell. Today, we’re sharing students’ opinions about their free speech rights. WRFI asked to speak to someone in Cornell’s administration about free speech on campus. The request was denied. The…

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CREATIVES: Painter Arthur Bucknor – Hindrance and Flow: Inheriting the Sculptural Idiom

By Felix Teitelbaum

Ghanian-American painter Arthur Bucknor discusses his work, his father renown Ghanian painter Kobina Bucknor, and ⁠his upcoming show at the Cherry Arts⁠ with WRFI’s Felix Teitelbaum. The show opens Friday, March 29 and runs through May 12. There is an opening reception from 5-7 on March 29. The Cherry Gallery is at 130 Cherry St.…

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Coronavirus Update, September 10, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | September 10, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, September 10, 2020

Even though Cornell’s Statler Hotel is temporarily closed for its regular hospitality business, it’s keeping busy as a space for students who are under isolation due to COVID-19 exposure, or who have tested positive for the virus.  As of Wednesday, the hotel was operating at almost 95% capacity, reports the Cornell Daily Sun. An anonymous…

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Coronavirus Update, September 9, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | September 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, September 9, 2020

Governor Andrew Cuomo is reaffirming that colleges and universities in New York state that reach 100 COVID cases in two weeks must temporarily suspend in-person classes. Even though there have been 82 cases reported out of Cornell, only 31 cases will count towards that threshold. The Cornell Daily Sun explains that this is due to…

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Coronavirus Update, September 8, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | September 8, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, September 8, 2020

It was announced Tuesday by the Chemung County Health Department and Schuyler County Public Health that a cluster of COVID-19 cases have been  linked to the Lighthouse Baptist Church, in Horseheads. According to a news release, the health departments found cases in both counties with help from the church and the New York State Department…

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Coronavirus Update, September 7, 2020

By WRFI News Staff | September 7, 2020 | Comments Off on Coronavirus Update, September 7, 2020

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Tompkins County have increased by 34 since Thursday, according to numbers released by the County health Department. There were 12 more cases on Friday, 12 cases reported Saturday, and 10 more positives as of Sunday. 7 cases recovered over the weekend. According to the County Health Department, that…

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