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    May 28, 2014

    New York is THIS Close To Legalizing Medical Weed, But NYC is Still the Pot Arrest Capital of the U.S.

    On Tuesday the New York State Assembly passed, for the fifth time since it was introduced in 1997, the Compassionate Care Act. The bill would legalize medical marijuana in New York state, allowing sick New Yorkers relief from symptoms associated with cancer treatment, MS, epilepsy, and other ailment ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    New York State To Wrongfully Convicted: It's Kinda Your Fault You Confessed

    In 1996, Daniel Gristwood was convicted of attempted murder. He had been accused of viciously beating his wife in the upstate New York town of Clay. Prosecutors had presented a signed confession and the jury needed just six hours of deliberation before declaring him guilty. But it turned out that G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    ESPN: World Wide Leader in Cover-Up

    When is a scandal connected to sports not a scandal? Apparently when ESPN decides not to report on it. There is one huge missing piece in the Syracuse-Bernie Fine sex abuse scandal that the media seems to have agreed not to investigate, namely, who at ESPN knew what and why didn't they do somethin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Inside Carl Paladino's Fevered Mind: This Time, He Was a Hostage Negotiator

    ​Carl Paladino says he remembers the sixties, but apparently he wasn't there. That's what several people told the Syracuse Post-Standard's Paul Riede when he tried to track down Paladino's claims to have faced down a mob of crazed student rioters. In an interview about his law student days at ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Megabus Driver Who Killed Four Passengers Was Distracted by GPS

    via The Post-Standard​Texting while driving is dangerous, but doing the equivalent of that with dozens of people on board a "mega" vehicle is like playing with fire. The Megabus crash that left four dead and many injured in Syracuse on Saturday occurred because the driver was checking his own ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    New York Man Embarks on 320-Mile Journey in Wood-Powered Pickup

    A man, his gasifier, and his truck​A New York state man is taking his wood-powered pickup truck on a road trip to generate funding for research into wood gasification (bet you never heard of that!). Rick Bates, a grad student at the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    When Reporters Get Fed Up

    ​We frickin' love this, from Syracuse Post-Standard reporter Michelle Breidenbach's account of Vice-President Joe Biden's visit to Syracuse University:Vice President Joe Biden talked with Syracuse students, teachers and parents Wednesday about his mission to strengthen the middle class. Then, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Upstate Mom-Tasing Cop Defends Actions in Email

    The Salina, New York sheriff's deputy who tased a young mother last January for lack of cooperation during a traffic stop -- which was caught on the well-viewed video above -- defended his actions in an e-mail (pdf), written shortly after the story broke and recently obtained by the Syracuse Post- ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Your Morning Taser Outrage

    The Syracuse Post-Standard has a heartwarming story today about a young mother who was tasered by a sheriff's deputy in Salina, New York last January for, it would seem, denying that she was speeding, requesting to see the tape that allegedly showed that she was, and failure to comply with Ononda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Coup in Review: 10-Minute Session Accomplishes Nothing (Update: 3rd Special Session Called)

    Paterson got his second special session -- all ten minutes of it. The Democrats went it alone, and without Espada and the Republicans had no quorum to conduct business. (Why, it's as if no one respects him!) In fact, no one knows whether the bills "passed" in the chaos of yesterday's session are e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Upstate New York Wallaroo Video!

    The escaped wallaroo that has been terrorizing upstate New York has been caught on video by Morriville State student Rebekah Janson. She saw the beast and told her friends about it; when they remained "skeptical," she hauled out her camera and shot this footage, The Syracuse Post-Standard posted t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Budget Goes Into Overtime

    "State Budget Officially Late," says WKTV this morning. Another broken promise! The Albany Democrats, despite their earlier optimism, could not get the votes in by midnight, so today they'll be back at it. One of the results of the wheeling and dealing is that wine won't be cleared for sale in super ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Message Control: Pre-Budget Talks, Governor Casts Himself as No-Dealer

    Governor Paterson is going into meetings with the Legislature, and from reports like this one from AP, he and his people are spreading a hard line: the Governor expects "no deals" on the $600 million in cuts he wants made to the state budget. This is an odd way to put it, considering how compliant ... More >>

  • News

    August 14, 2007

    The True Homer

    Hold the innocence: Remember Phil Rizzuto as he truly was

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    May 27, 2003

    How Pataki Won

    Governor Strikes Strongman Pose, Wipes His Hands Clean

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    October 22, 2002

    Bad Policy, Big Bucks

    How Pataki's Disastrous Energy Plan Fattened His Friends and Campaign Coffers

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    March 13, 2001

    Seizing the Spotlight

    A Stand-Up Comedian Fights the Drug Laws by Working the Media

  • News

    October 5, 1999

    Papal Pandering

    Rudy Dons Miter In Search of Upstate Canonization

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