11:46am

Wed May 9, 2012
Regional Coverage

Stephanie Miner hopes for more infrastructure funds for central New York

Syracuse’s mayor hopes her appointment to a state infrastructure commission will mean more funding for central New York.

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11:44am

Wed May 9, 2012
Author Interviews

Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 1:54 pm

Feisal Abdul Rauf is the author of three books on Islam, including What's Right with Islam is What's Right with America.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, a leading moderate Muslim leader in the U.S., was once the lead cleric associated with the proposed Islamic community center some critics called the "ground zero mosque." In late 2010, a debate over the location of the community center, now called the Cordoba House, became a contentious issue during the midterm elections.

During the debate, Rauf was called a "radical Muslim" and a "militant Islamist" by critics of the proposed community center. He was accused of sympathizing with the Sept. 11 hijackers and having connections to Hamas.

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11:37am

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Why Chen's Blindness Is 'The Central Fact' Of The Chinese Activist's Life

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 11:38 am

Chen Guangcheng, in an undated photo.
AFP/Getty Images

For two weeks now, the world has been following the story of Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. And in nearly all reports, the phrase "blind activist" is used at least once.

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11:09am

Wed May 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Life Without Lugar: Democrats See An Opportunity In Indiana

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 11:40 am

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock makes a victory speech Tuesday in Indianapolis, after defeating Sen. Richard Lugar in the Republican primary.
AJ Mast AP

Six years ago, Indiana Democrats didn't bother fielding a candidate against Sen. Richard Lugar. But with his loss in Tuesday's Republican primary, they think they have a real chance to take Lugar's seat.

Democrats argue that the new GOP nominee, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, will prove too conservative even for the Republican-leaning state.

"There's a lot of animus here because of the way Mourdock has campaigned," says Ann DeLaney, a former Indiana Democratic Party official.

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10:29am

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Josh Hamilton's Remarkable Story Continues: Four Home Runs In One Game

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 11:14 am

There goes No. 2: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers as he hit the second of his four home runs Tuesday night in a game vs. the Baltimore Orioles.
Mitchell Layton Getty Images

It's incredible enough that Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit four home runs in one game Tuesday night — something that's only been done by 15 other major league players.

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On May 15, voters across the state go to the polls to vote on their school districts' budgets. This week, we take a look at the way the budget vote works, the budget problems New York schools are facing, and the issues facing urban, suburban and rural districts.

9:54am

Wed May 9, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Shopping Bags Can Also Carry Stomach Flu Virus

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 9:48 am

An electron micrograph of human norovirus.
Charles D. Humphrey CDC Public Health Image Library ID 10708

Think you're safe from norovirus, the nasty bug behind the stomach flu, if you steer clear of someone who has it?

Think again. Researchers in Oregon investigating an outbreak of stomach flu among some young soccer players learned the virus can hitch a ride on those reusable plastic bags many of us have gotten accustomed to carrying to and from the store.

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The Moth

The Moth Radio Hour features our most beloved tales and the stories behind the stories. The series debuted in 2009 and is now airing on more than 200 stations nationwide.

Brett Barry, host of Sound Beat, is a voice-over performer whose long list of credits includes national television and radio commercials, promos, and audiobook narration.

He is the owner of an independent production company and audiobook publisher.

Brett and his wife, Rebecca, live with their two daughters and an adopted greyhound in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Sound Beat

Got 90 seconds?

Then you've got time for a trip through the history of recorded sound!  Sound Beat is a daily, 90 second show highlighting  the holdings of the Belfer Audio Archive.  The Belfer is part of the Syracuse University Library, and with over half a million recordings, is one of the largest sound archives in the United States. Each SB episode focuses on one particular recording from the Archive, and provides a back story detailing its place in recording history.

For more information, visit the Sound Beat website.

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