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  • Much of Ithaca built on top of Indian burial grounds, Cornell prof finds

    09/21/2015 10:18:00 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 102 replies
    © Copyright The Ithaca Voice. All rights reserved. ^ | SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 | BY JOE BYEON
    ITHACA, N.Y. — Kurt A. Jordan, associate professor in Cornell University’s department of anthropology and Native American studies, has found evidence through his research that suggests several parts of Ithaca lies above ancient burial grounds of Haudenosaunee Indians. Jordan said his finding are based on a “paper trail” of books and documents, some dating centuries ago, because he didn’t have the permission to excavate in Ithaca.
  • Ithaca Voice reporter: I shouldn’t have to wait 20 months for a gun

    08/26/2015 6:15:19 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies
    Ithaca Voice ^ | 08/25/15 | BY JOLENE ALMENDAREZ
    ITHACA, N.Y. — A 20-month waiting period for a pistol permit in Tompkins County is too long to wait for a gun and doesn't keep anybody safer. That's how long it will take me — a person with no criminal history and no mental illnesses — to get a permit. I probably come to the table with a perspective different than most New Yorkers. I'm a Texas girl from a primarily conservative family who considers going to a gun range and grabbing lunch a wonderfully spent Saturday with my relatives. I don't think my background, however, changes the fact that...
  • Study suggests area including Ithaca one of most racist in U.S.

    04/30/2015 9:37:00 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    THE ITHACA VOICE ^ | 04.30.15 | By: JEFF STEIN
    Ithaca, N.Y. — A new study claims to track differing levels of racism across the United States by using Google search data. The results are not so good for the area that includes Ithaca. Large swaths of Western New York and the Southern Tier, according to the researchers, are far likelier than other regions of the country to input racist search terms into Google. That means the areas are more likely to be racist, according to the researchers, who tie the results to black mortality rates across the country. The study, published in PLOS One by data scientist Stephens-Davidowitz, was...
  • Cornell dean says ISIS welcome on campus in undercover video

    03/25/2015 4:18:22 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03.25.15 | Carl Campanile
    This guy is either the dumbest Ivy League bigwig ever or politically correct to a fault — for welcoming offers to bring ISIS and Hamas to Cornell University. A video sting operation shows Cornell’s assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, agreeing to everything suggested by an undercover muckraker posing as a Moroccan student. Scaffido casually endorses inviting an ISIS “freedom fighter’’ to conduct a “training camp” for students at the upstate Ithaca campus — bizarrely likening the activity to a sports camp. Is it OK to bring a humanitarian pro-“Islamic State Iraq and Syria” group on campus, the undercover for...
  • Despite efforts, some Ithaca schools have dangerously low vaccination rates

    02/06/2015 2:46:03 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 43 replies
    THE ITHACA VOICE ^ | February 5, 2015 | By: JEFF STEIN
    Ithaca, N.Y. — Despite the efforts of local officials, vaccination rates for some Ithaca schools are significantly lower than both the New York State and national averages. How at risk is Ithaca? There are no reported cases here, but state statistics show that some Ithaca area schools have vaccination rates for measles as low as 72 percent — compared to the average rate of 95 percent for the state at large. The 95 percent figure is key, because it’s the rate at which an “effective herd immunity” is established to prevent the spread of a disease like measles Ithaca [is]...
  • AARP slams Martha Robertson (D) over attack ad (#NY23)

    09/24/2014 5:22:38 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 20 replies
    © Copyright 2008-2014, Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 6:17pm | Posted by William A. Jacobson
    AARP is calling out (Democrat congressional candidate Martha) Robertson for improperly using AARP’s name in her ads, violating AARPs non-partisan status and falsely implying that AARP has taken sides in the race.... Beth Finkel, state director for AARP in New York, issued a statement after learning of its name and logo appearing in the Ithaca Democrat’s campaign ads in the race for the 23rd Congressional District seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. “AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates,” Finkel said. “AARP did not authorize the use of its name or...
  • Anonymously circulated leaflets attack Cornell newspaper columnist

    09/22/2014 7:58:37 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 20 replies
    © 2014 THE ITHACA VOICE ^ | 09.22.14 | By: MICHAEL J. CONNOR
    Ithaca, N.Y. — Leaflets calling a conservative columnist for the Cornell Daily Sun a “Racist Rape Apologist” have been anonymously distributed around campus. Julius Kairey, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences and author of a biweekly Sun column titled, “Always Right,” recently wrote a column about sexual assault that drew rebuttals. The circulated leaflets show a photo of Kairey. Under the photo, the words, “Daily Sun Columnist and Racist Rape Apologist” appear. No other text, no specifics supporting the allegations, are printed on the page.... The most recent Kairey column takes issue with a new California law...
  • Ithaca College says male victim was sexually assaulted on campus

    09/21/2014 7:23:23 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies
    © 2014 THE ITHACA VOICE ^ | 09.21.14 | Jeff Stein
    <p>A male victim was sexually assaulted at Ithaca College shortly after midnight on Sunday, according to the IC Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management.</p> <p>The attack occurred around 12:10 a.m. Sunday on the walking trail behind Wood Field between Circle Apartments and the Terraces, a statement from IC said.</p>
  • Hancock Air Base drone protester sentenced to 1 year in jail

    07/14/2014 4:57:11 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies
    © 2014 Syracuse Media Group All rights reserved ^ | on July 11, 2014 at 1:25 PM | By Jacob Pucci |
    A grandmother of three was sentenced to one year at the Onondaga County jail Thursday in DeWitt Town Court after she was found guilty of violating an order of protection while protesting at Hancock Air Base. Mary Anne Grady-Flores, 58, of Ithaca, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt on Feb. 13, 2013 after an order of protection was issued, barring Grady-Flores from going near Col. Earl Evans, the mission support group commander at the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard, on Oct. 25, 2012. The protection order was valid for one year... She went to trial...
  • Violence plagues Ithaca on 4th of July

    07/04/2014 6:27:05 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    Thursday night was no celebration for Ithaca Police, who responded to multiple reports of violence throughout the city. At around 12:06 a.m. Friday, Ithaca Police responded to a report of a 25-year-old Ithaca man who was severely beaten with a baseball bat in the city.... At around 12:15 a.m. that same night, police were called to the Holiday Inn on Cayuga Street to respond to a physical dispute... Later that night, just after 1:30 a.m., Ithaca Police got a report of shots fired in the 600 block of Chestnut Street. Police say two people were driving when a person shot...
  • Judge rules Cornell, Ithaca can be sued over 2010 bridge suicide

    03/29/2014 7:15:11 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    Ithaca Journal | Mar 25, 2014 | D.W. Nutt
    Link and title only - Gannett.
  • Ithaca police investigate report of carjacking at gunpoint

    03/28/2014 6:15:03 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies
    ITHACA, N.Y. -- A motorist who pulled into an Ithaca parking lot when he got lost this morning told police he had his vehicle carjacked at gunpoint. The victim said he pulled into the parking lot in the 200 block of West State Street shortly before 2 a.m. when a woman appeared at the driver's side window of his SUV and pointed a handgun at him, Ithaca police said. The woman had gotten the victim's attention by knocking on his window with what he believed was the gun, although he was not looking up at the time, police Officer Jamie...
  • Future Cornell Law Dean Was Leader of ’93 Day Hall Occupation

    03/24/2014 5:47:48 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    <p>Last week, the University announced Eduardo Peńalver will serve as the next dean of Cornell Law School. Over 20 years ago, however, University administrators were considering suspending Peńalver.</p> <p>In November 1993, Peńalver was a leader of a four-day occupation of Day Hall, which resulted in two reported confrontations with Cornell police, The Sun previously reported.</p>
  • Woman Arrested for Trumansburg Baseball Theft also Ithaca Planning Executive

    02/15/2014 12:14:53 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    The fate of the Executive Assistant of the City of Ithaca Planning and Development department is unknown, following charges she stole money from a Trumansburg baseball organization. Debbie Grunder, a 48-year-old Lansing resident, pleaded not guilty Monday to stealing $6,350 as treasurer of the Trumansburg Travel Baseball, a nonprofit summer league for players between 9 and 15. League Commissioner Jeff Ives said the organization’s budget is less than $5,000, according to the Ithaca Journal. Trumansburg police have charged Grunder with grand larceny and falsifying business records while treasurer of the organization. According to Trumansburg Police Chief Thomas Ferretti, Grunder paid...
  • Ithaca School Union President Arrested for Grand Larceny

    02/12/2014 3:36:46 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Ithaca, N.Y. — The former President of the Ithaca Education Support Professionals Union has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from members. Laureen F. Hamilton, 52, admitted to Ithaca police she took around $7,000 without authorization from the union coffers in 2013. According to the City of Ithaca Police Department, Hamilton, a resident of Cayuta, NY, was charged with third-degree grand larceny. In a statement, police said they were first alerted to the matter on January 17. Investigators later interviewed Hamilton, who admitted she took the money while president of the union. When the crime happened, Hamilton was President of...
  • Cornell: Pranksters Skewed Landmark Gender Study

    01/14/2014 11:46:43 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 39 replies
    Ithaca, N.Y. — Were Cornell University gender researchers punked by their teen subjects? That’s one of the conclusions made by the Ivy League school about a landmark study of adolescent sexuality. The research, done in the 1990s, found five to seven percent of high schoolers professed being homosexual or bisexual. The figure was many times that of previous estimates of about one percent of adolescents. However, follow-up interviews found 70 percent of the adolescents that self-reported being gay or bisexual later described themselves a heterosexual. “How could it be that 5 to 7 percent of our youth were homosexual or...
  • A Purposely Censored Racial Attack In Ithaca New York ?….Black Suspects/ White Victim

    01/02/2014 6:51:28 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 37 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | Posted on January 2, 2014
    In Ithaca New York, last Saturday night four black females jumped a white female in a racially driven attack. One of the black attackers took out a razor blade and cut the victim so badly she needed 47 stitches to her face. The cut runs from her hairline to her chin. Four black female suspects were arrested. However, post-attack the story worsens. The media has completely censored the crime; and even the local media will not report on the attack due to the horrific nature of the crime cast against the sensitivity toward what the crime represents.
  • Cornell Employee Arrested for Public Lewdness with Ithaca Child

    11/28/2013 6:38:47 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    Ithaca Independent ^ | November 27, 2013 | By: ED SUTHERLAND
    Ithaca, NY — City of Ithaca police Friday arrested a 32-year-old Cornell University employee, charging him for an alleged act of public lewdness after the female victim reported the man exposed himself on Center Street. According to a statement from the City of Ithaca Police Department, on Nov. 14 Brian Vesneske of Horseheads approached the victim while he was in an automobile and she was walking. The man "exposed his penis to her" after he asked directions to two stores. After exposing himself, the man also propositioned the victim, according to police. Vesneske was later arrested at the Ithaca Police...
  • Election ’13: A vote about Ithaca?

    11/10/2013 10:38:14 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies
    Finger Lakes Times ^ | Friday, November 8, 2013 10:29 am | By MICHAEL FITZGERALD:
    In Schuyler and Seneca counties, some candidates ran against the city of Ithaca, rather than living, breathing opponents. They were running against what unsuccessful Schuyler County legislative GOP candidate John White called “the Ithaca mindset.” As puzzling as that vague description might seem, his comment pales compared to a campaign postcard circulated widely in the town of Covert. The postcard prominently featured a 1960s peace symbol and a floral decorated Volkswagen bug, all meant to alert voters that “Ithaca Liberals Are Coming To Covert.” The postcard also gravely warned: “They’re trying to take over the town board and bring Ithaca-politics...
  • Cornell students demand end to “male heterosexual” Big Red Bear mascot

    11/03/2013 9:08:03 AM PST · by chessplayer · 56 replies
    The person inside the suit does not need to be male, but a controversy is brewing on campus as to whether the Bear should exhibit “male heterosexual” behavior:
  • Federal probe sought of NY-23 Dem candidate’s false fundraising claim GOP tried to hack her website

    10/18/2013 9:48:26 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies
    © Copyright 2008-2013, Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | Friday, October 18, 2013 at 8:45am | William A. Jacobson
    <p>On September 30, 2013, at about 6:30 p.m., Democratic challenger Martha Robertson in the upstate NY-23 district, sent a fundraising email claiming that “GOP Ops” had been “caught” trying to take down her website, and urging people to fight back and donate to her campaign, providing a phone number for those who could not get through to the website.</p>
  • N.Y. Attorney General: Ithaca part of sex trafficking ring

    10/15/2013 7:25:29 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    Ithaca Independent ^ | by Ed Sutherland | October 15, 2013
    Ithaca, NY — An inmate in an Ithaca jail was named as part of a Central New York sex trafficking ring arraigned today. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday the arrest and arraignment of three people involved in a ring which operated in Ithaca, Syracuse, Watertown and elsewhere. Eric Oliver, 30, of Syracuse, is alleged to be the leader of the ring. He was assisted by Tirra Pate, 19, also of Syracuse and Jessica Moro, 19, of Cicero. The New York Attorney General alleges Oliver contacted Pate and Moro in Ithaca and Watertown jails. “The sex trafficking ring was so...
  • Eating nachos, wearing sombreros is basically a hate crime at Cornell

    10/08/2013 6:33:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 70 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/8/2013 | Robby Soave
    The athletic department of Cornell University was chided — and eventually apologized — over its Cinco de Mayo-themed marketing campaign, which involved the most heinous of racist stereotypes: the consumption of tacos and the donning of sombreros.
  • Upstate Candidate's Hacking Claim in Fundraising Email Questioned

    10/07/2013 8:47:15 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 2 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | 10/07/13 | BY DAN FRIEDMAN
    ITHACA, NY--Republicans are hoping to boost [Rep. Tom Reed] by battering his expected opponent, Martha Robertson, a Democratic legislator in Tompkins County, N.Y., for ...Robertson’s vague and dubious claim in a fundraising email that unnamed Republican operatives had hacked her campaign site. “Our web manager just caught GOP ops trying to shut down my website!” the September 30 fundraising email says. “I cannot believe it!” “They know we have less than 6 hours left to our major deadline at midnight! I need your help to fight back. Please click on the link below to help me reach our goal. We...
  • Cornell&#8200;Athletics Apologizes for ‘Culturally Insensitive’ Marketing Campaign

    10/07/2013 4:58:06 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Students and administrators alike condemned Cornell Athletics for running what they say was a culturally insensitive, Cinco de Mayo-themed marketing campaign that included encouraging community members to don sombreros and ponchos. The marketing campaign, which was launched Wednesday to promote Cornell’s football game Saturday against Colgate University, was meant to “develop a festive atmosphere at the football game,” according to Jeff Hall, associate director of sales and marketing for Cornell Athletics. As part of the campaign, the University encouraged community members to participate in a “photobooth” activity that involved the person with the “best costume” winning a prize, according to...
  • Ithaca Police Arrest Naked Burglar

    09/20/2013 11:20:16 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies
    Ithaca Independent ^ | 09/20/13 | By: ED SUTHERLAND
    Ithaca — A naked 29-year-old Missouri man was arrested for burglary early Friday morning, according to the Ithaca Police Department. After “exhibiting alarming behavior,” the man was hospitalized for mental health evaluation. Stephen C. Perll was arrested at 4:24 a.m. after Ithaca police saw him running naked from the 700 block of West Buffalo Street, where officers responded to a report of a front door of a business was reportedly smashed out. He is charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. More charges are pending an investigation. Perll was handcuffed as he ran to a boat docked at the...
  • University Of Texas-Shale Gas Study Unmasks Politics Of Anti-Fracking Activist Cornell Scientists

    09/19/2013 11:58:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 18, 2013 | Jon Entine
    One of the central tenets of anti-shale gas activists—claims that carbon pollution from methane leaked during the hydraulic fracturing extraction process makes natural gas more polluting than coal—took another, likely fatal, hit this week. A University of Texas-Austin study released Monday found that methane emissions from new wells being prepared for production, a process known as completion, captured 99% of the escaping methane—on average 97% lower than estimates released in 2011 by the Environmental Protection Agency. It is the most comprehensive shale gas emissions study ever undertaken on methane leakage, covering 190 well pads around the United States. Methane is...
  • Meet the privileged Obama-supporting white kids who perpetrated cruel Oberlin race hoax

    08/22/2013 9:19:41 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 22, 2013 | Chuck Ross
    One of the two students removed from Oberlin College earlier this year for allegedly circulating virulently racist, anti-Jewish and anti-gay messages around campus is an ardent leftist and committed supporter of President Obama, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. Dylan Bleier, one of the two students, hosted a voter registration drive in a Walmart parking lot sponsored by Organizing for Action, the community organizing project that advances the agenda of President Obama. The Oberlin Police Department identified Bleier and his partner in the spree, Matt Alden, as two of the principal architects of a month-long spate of racist, anti-Jewish...
  • Ithaca's Bridge to Nowhere: City must spend $15,000 to inspect footbridge that isn't used

    08/06/2013 6:48:41 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    It’s never been used in its nearly 12 years in existence, but the pedestrian bridge over Route 13 near Buttermilk Falls is going to cost the City of Ithaca. The city has been reminded that it is obligated to pay for inspecting the bridge even though the sections of trail it was meant to connect have not been built. Because of that, the bridge is not being used and is sealed off by tall chain-link fences. A resolution authorizing the $15,000 expenditure, out of a $92,000 capital fund for bridges, was approved last month by the Common Council City Administration...
  • FBI: Ithaca, NY Man Arrested For Attempting To Extort Paula Deen

    Ithaca, N.Y. - FBI agents arrested a 62-year-old man in Ithaca, N.Y. for attempting to extort Paula Deen. Thomas Paculis was taken into custody Friday morning by FBI agents and deputies from the Tomkins County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say Paculis threatened to expose “true and damning” information about Deen if she did not pay him $100,000. Paculis was transported to the Onondaga County Jail and will appear in a Savannah, Georgia court on July 16.
  • Ithaca fires back with its support for gun laws

    03/09/2013 11:46:50 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 31 replies
    © Copyright 2007-2013 Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC ^ | Posted: 03.08.2013 at 6:44 PM | by Alex Resila
    ITHACA -- Many areas in New York State are calling for a repeal of new gun control laws. With over thirty counties asking for this to be overturned, the city of Ithaca is standing alongside Governor Cuomo The Ithaca Common Council knows that this is a step in the right direction as they passed a resolution unanimously Wednesday night. Being a liberal leaning city, some people are not surprised where their city stands with the new laws. Judy Scarpella has been a taxpayer with Ithaca for many years and she is used to the way that her city does business....
  • Bomb Hoaxer: Proud Ithacan

    02/02/2013 10:33:25 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies Local Network ^ | 5:00 PM, Jan 30, 2013 | Raymond Drumsta
    Though the suspected bomb in a box turned out to be a book, an Ithaca man may wind up behind bars for creating a scare last fall on The Commons. Following his arrest in October, Matthew Whitney, 37, told Ithaca Police and FBI investigators that he placed a brown cardboard Nike box marked “Bomb” on The Commons to promote his “free energy cause,” according to court records. The package was found just before 3 p.m. Oct. 11 outside the Bank of America building on The Commons. Ithaca police evacuated The Commons, and several businesses in the downtown area were forced...
  • VANITY: Anti-Fracking Progs Stoop to GRAFITTI In Ithaca NY

    01/20/2013 4:17:24 AM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 15 replies
    Hubby snapped photo of some anti-fracking grafitti in the People's Republic of Ithaca.
  • Cornell President Signs Gun Control Document

    01/07/2013 8:11:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | January 6, 2013 | Leslie Eastman
    We regularly report on campus restrictions that undermine students’ First Amendment rights to free speech. Now, in the wake of several well-publicized mass killings by mentally ill individuals, several university presidents have signed document that may target students’ Second Amendment rights as well. The Cornell Insider has the details about the head of its institution. "In response to the Newtown shooting, Cornell University’s own President David Skorton has joined nine other university presidents in signing a document advocating for “strong, meaningful action needs to occur in three domains: gun control, care of the mentally ill, and the culture of our...
  • Ithaca Sees 27% Hike in Robberies, Ending 3-Year Decline

    12/03/2012 5:20:22 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    ITHACA — Robberies in the city increased 27 percent during the first half of 2012, ending a three-year decline, according to the latest figures released by the Ithaca Police Department.... In another unsettling statistic, the number of burglaries committed in the first half of 2012 are already 71 percent of the level committed in all of 2011....
  • Cornell Sees Second Lowest Endowment Returns Among Ivy Schools

    11/09/2012 7:06:04 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 3 replies
    After seeing two consecutive years of double-digit growth, Cornell’s endowment return took a nosedive in the 2011-12 fiscal year, just breaking even with a 0.14 percent gain, the University reported Wednesday.... In explaining its financial performance, the University has cited turbulence in the economy: slowing growth in China, financial crisis in Europe and an impending “fiscal cliff” in the U.S. “While traditional measures of volatility are at historically low levels, it would be an error in judgment to think that all is well and there is nowhere to go but up,” [Chief Investment Officer A.J. Edwards] said at the end...
  • Four Years Later, Obama Euphoria at Cornell Fades

    11/05/2012 7:44:18 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies
    As the contentious and divisive 2012 presidential campaign draws to a close, Cornell students and professors say that this year’s election has not generated nearly the same level of excitement on campus as the one in 2008. During the 2008 campaign, Cornell’s campus was “abuzz,” said Prof. Theodore Lowi, government. “There was a lot of talk, a lot of chatter, among both faculty and students, on the issues,” he said. But this year, Lowi said, he has seen far less enthusiasm about the upcoming presidential election. “Walking around campus, I’ve seen no excitement, nothing energizing. I see it as a...
  • City of Ithaca found liable in [reverse] discrimination case

    A jury has awarded Ithaca police officer Chris Miller more than $2 million in a federal discrimination lawsuit. After nearly a month of testimony and two days of deliberation, it's a win for suspended Ithaca police officer Chris Miller. "He works day by day to recover his reputation and I think it's been tarnished and I think it's been very difficult for him and his family. And I think this is a step along the way of recovering that," said AJ Bosman, Miller’s attorney. Miller sued the City of Ithaca and five of his superiors in the police department. He...
  • Ithaca College Wants Tighter Control of Media Access

    09/30/2012 10:15:42 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    Ithaca Independent ^ | September 29, 2012 | By Ed Sutherland
    ITHACA — Journalists covering dictatorial regimes overseas often have ‘minders’ assigned ensuring the state controls access. In a move more familiar to China than a college campus, Ithaca College officials announced Friday future press contact with administrators must be cleared by the college. The change in policy was quickly denounced by IC faculty as a “potential public relations disaster.” Starting Oct. 1, members of Ithaca College student newspapers, radio and television must first clear any administrative contact with the college’s media relations department. The new policy affects student media “who are reporting on topics of college policies and developments must...
  • NYT on “Gender-Creative” Children (Ithaca kid 'chooses' own gender at 8)

    08/16/2012 6:59:20 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies
    One afternoon in Ithaca, N.Y., my kids were playing on the swing sets in the park when a little tike wearing a football jersey ran into my daughter’s path. I lunged for the swing — I jerked the chain so abruptly that I feared whiplash — and shared a “wow, that was close” exchange with the kid’s mom. “How old is he?” I asked. The lady looked at me as she placed her kid on the swing and said with no trace of irony, “His name is Jill, and she’s three.” As I tried to match the pronouns and antecedents,...
  • FBI looks at claim Ithaca PD aided drug dealers

    07/28/2012 9:34:36 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 6 replies
    The FBI, the New York attorney general and the Tompkins County district attorney are investigating allegations that an Ithaca Police Department officer may have tipped off drug dealers about impending drug raids, according to Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick.
  • About 50 'Occupy Utica' protesters spend the night in tents

    About 50 of the estimated crowd of 400 people who 'occupied' Utica Thursday evening ended up spending the night. The diehard protesters say they will continue to 'Occupy Utica' 24 hours a day as long as the weather permits. One of the organizers, Ken Keplinger says he does not want to put anyone's health in jeopardy, so as soon as the temperatures drop overnight to a temperature the group believes is unsafe, the protest will then only take place during the day. Keplinger says they do plan to stay 24 hours a day, as long as they can. Keplinger, who...
  • Ithaca grassroot groups unite for Obama

    09/29/2011 1:24:53 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies · 1+ views
    the Ithaca: Ithaca, NY ^ | Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 | Eli Sherman — Contributing Writer
    Three Democratic organizers have joined together in Tompkins County to rally up voters for President Barack Obama’s re-election. Senior Veronica De Cesare, a member of Obama for America 2012 who is responsible for canvassing Ithaca College and its surrounding areas, held a meeting in her Circle Apartment last week to talk about re-election tactics and to celebrate the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which prevented openly homosexual and bisexual individuals from serving in the military. De Cesare, Cornell University senior Brynn Leopold and Robert Chapman, an adjunct instructor at Tompkins Cortland Community College, met in mid-September during...
  • Study: Setting eyes on Old Glory moves voters toward GOP

    08/01/2011 5:24:21 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies
    Cornell Chronicle ^ | July 25, 2011 | By George Lowery
    Expect even more flags at Republican campaign events. And if the Democrats were wise, they might well strip the stage of flags altogether, suggests a new Cornell study, the first to look at the political impact of the flag's image on Americans. The research finds that for up to eight months after glimpsing the stars and stripes, voters of all political persuasions shift toward conservative Republican attitudes and voting behavior. "Part of the reason we think this effect is so durable is because we primed people with the flag while they were thinking about their voting choices," said Melissa J....
  • Giuliani Picked as First Republican Cornell Commencement Speaker

    04/17/2011 5:55:26 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    Giuliani is scheduled to speak at Cornell’s convocation May 28 at Schoelkopf Stadium. His selection as the first Republican to speak at this Ivy League school follows a long list of Democrats since 1984. In 2010, the school selected then-Democratic U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “It is encouraging to see that there’s a consideration of the other side, which I know a lot of us hadn’t thought was the case,” a member of the Cornell Republicans told the Cornell Daily Sun earlier this week.
  • Thoughts on the Olbermann Firing (Will this Bring Back Fairness Doctrine)?

    01/22/2011 10:38:53 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Federal Review ^ | 01/22/2011
    While it's tempting for conservatives to cheer the termination of the liberal blowhard from MSNBC, I have a bad feeling that the Obama administration will try and use this to ram through some of their proposals for regulating broadcast content and the internet. Despite the fact that MSNBC will still feature liberals Matthews, Maddow, O'Donnell and Schultz as their big "stars," and despite the center-left bent to the big three networks and CNN, liberals are already using the Olbermann firing to advance the myth that there is nothing out there to balance against "Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and the vast...
  • Greece (New York) man charged with threatening to kill Bush, Cheney

    10/22/2010 8:39:44 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies
    Rochester Now ^ | October 22, 2010 - 7:28pm | Gary Craig
    GREECE, NEW YORK--A Greece man loaded his car with a shotgun, hunting knives, a flare gun, baseball bat and handcuffs and set off en route to Washington, D.C., with plans to engage law enforcement and possibly kill former Vice President Dick Cheney, according to the Secret Service. The Secret Service detained the man, Ian Rotunno, on Oct. 7 and this week charged him with threats against a former president. Rotunno told Secret Service agents that, as well as planning to kill Cheney, he intended to go to the Texas ranch of former President George W. Bush and murder him also,...
  • Cornell Surgeon Used Vibrator To Stimulate 6-Year-Olds

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    09/24/2010 5:46:25 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 15 replies
    Ithaca Independent ^ | Sunday, September 19th, 2010 | By Ed Sutherland
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  • Is ‘Comrade Tubman’ Mural Pushing a Socialist Agenda? [In Ithaca, NY]

    A mural approved by the Public Arts Commission under the Green Street bridge is causing a minor uproar after Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman leader was described as “Comrade” Tubman. In an interview, the artist said his goal is developing a “socialist movement in the United States.”