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  • Drag Story Hour returns to Ithaca for fall season

    10/16/2022 5:49:51 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
    All content © copyright WENY. ^ | Sunday, October 16th 2022, 6:29 PM EDT | By Sam Shapiro
    October Drag Story Hour has returned to Ithaca for the 2022 Fall season. Parents could bring their kids to Buffalo Street Books Sunday morning for a glamorous storytime experience. Miss Coraline Chardonnay and Miss Tilia Cordata have been doing Drag Story Hour for the last four years. Starting in the Fall of 2018, they read children's books to parents and kids throughout the Ithaca community and even held story time virtually during COVID. People were invited to come dressed in the costume of their choice. On Sunday, many did just that, kicking off the 2022 fall season's story hours. “We...
  • Cornell to reinstall Lincoln bust, will place it in ‘the heart of our Ithaca campus’

    10/03/2022 10:05:26 PM PDT · by ChipMarne · 20 replies
    The College Fix ^ | September 29.2022 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The bust was modeled from life just before Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865. It was created by American sculptor Vinnie Ream, the first woman to be granted a federal commission by the United States, according to the university’s website. It was purchased and donated to the campus by Ezra Cornell, founder of the university. Its scheduled return to public viewing comes amid concerns over its removal among some Cornell donors and alumni. The public was first alerted of its removal by an article in The College Fix in late June 2022. The Fix was told of the situation by Cornell...
  • NY Library Hosts Events For Young Teens To ‘Learn The Art Of Drag’

    08/02/2022 4:53:52 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 30 replies ^ | Aug 2, 2022 | By Hank Berrien
    An upstate New York county library in June hosted a series of four events in which eleven to eighteen-year-olds could “learn the art of drag from a local drag queen.” The Tompkins County Public Library, located in Ithaca, New York, hosted the four events on June 6, June 13, June 20, and June 27. “Participants will learn about costuming, makeup, lip synching, stage presence, and more,” the library boasted, urging, “Students will be best served by attending all classes in the series, as each week will address a different aspect of performing drag.” Then, to inculcate the youths further into...
  • Cornell U. Library Removes Gettysburg Address, Lincoln Bust After ‘Complaints’

    06/28/2022 10:44:41 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 62 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 28 Jun 2022 | ALANA MASTRANGELO
    A professor at Cornell University says the school’s library has removed a bronzed Gettysburg Address plaque and a bust of President Abraham Lincoln after somebody complained. “Someone complained, and it was gone,” Cornell professor Randy Wayne (said), referring to a Gettysburg Address plaque and Lincoln bust that had been on display in the Ivy League university’s Kroch Library since 2013. The professor said that he had noticed that the items were gone after stopping by the library several weeks ago, adding that when he asked the librarians about it, they were unable to give any details, other than saying it...
  • American Airlines ends service in these three cities due to pilot shortage

    06/21/2022 9:56:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/21/2022 | Karen Townsend
    The summer travel season has not exactly gotten off to a great start. Demand is up due to people ready to travel after an almost two-year pandemic kept many travelers at home. There is a pilot shortage now, though, and it is causing cancelations and delays. American Airlines told FOX Business on Monday that it is ending service to three cities on September 7. Those cities are Islip and Ithaca, New York, and Toledo, Ohio.The pilot shortage has been building since the pandemic. Some pilots were put on furlough. Others decided to retire or go into other areas of employment....
  • The First Starbucks Location That Voted to Unionize Is Being Shut Down

    06/06/2022 2:14:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 66 replies
    Workers allege the action is retaliatory, but the chain says closures are "a regular part of our operations." With thousands of locations nationwide, a single Starbucks closing typically isn't national news. But at a time when the coffee chain is dealing with a major unionization push from employees — and being accused of potentially illegal anti-union behavior in the process — the announcement that Starbucks is shuttering a unionized store in Ithaca, New York, is grabbing a lot of attention. Starbucks Workers United, the national group behind Starbucks employees' unionization efforts, said they would once again be filing an Unfair...
  • Ithaca Common Council member opposes increased police presence in schools

    05/27/2022 5:59:29 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
    In wake of the Texas school shooting there are some who question if School Resource police officers make schools safer? Schools in Tompkins County don't have SROs and law enforcement says they have received pushback in the past to have the presence of officers in schools. A member of the Common Council of the City of Ithaca says he has pushed back on officers in schools because he adamantly opposes it. Jorge DeFendini is the Alderperson who represents ward 4 of the Common Council of Ithaca. He believes an increased presence of police at schools or even having SROs in...
  • Cornell University’s Covid Overreach

    01/04/2022 6:47:11 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | January 4, 2022 6:30 AM | By MATTHEW SAMILOW
    The college student in the age of the coronavirus is used to putting up with quite a bit: regular surveillance testing, vaccine (and now booster) mandates, mask mandates, remote classes, restrictions on social gatherings, the cancellation of university events and traditions. At the beginning of the pandemic, most students, myself included, were willing to accept these burdens, owing to the real risk Covid posed. However, now that we have vaccines, campus restrictions have taken on an increasingly absurd character — ruining the college experience in a (failed) attempt to control a virus that poses minimal risk to students. Indeed, all...
  • Ithaca sex offender accused of making 3 sexually explicit videos with a 10-year-old, feds say

    10/17/2021 2:52:22 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies
    Post Standard Syracuse ^ | Updated: Oct. 15, 2021, 6:35 p.m. | Published: Oct. 15, 2021, 6:34 p.m. | By James McClendon |
    An Ithaca man was charged Thursday after he was accused of producing three sexually explicit videos with a 10-year-old child, federal prosecutors said. Remanu Phillips, 31, appeared in federal court on charges that he sexually exploited a child, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. He was accused of making the three videos of the child in June of 2019, federal prosecutors said. Phillips was already registered as a level-2 sexually violent offender, after he was convicted in November of 2019 of first-degree sexual abuse and sexual contact with...
  • Court orders upstate (NY) woman to remove Confederate flag or risk custody of child

    05/06/2021 11:04:20 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 44 replies
    Times Union, Albany, NY | May 6, 2021 | Robert Gavin
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  • Crime Soaring In Cities With Defunded Police Departments

    04/02/2021 4:12:23 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4-2-2021 | Solange Reyner
    Crime is soaring in cities where police departments have been defunded, reports Fox News. Movements to defund the police have grown since George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis. Defunding means reallocating or redirecting funding away from the police department to other government agencies funded by the local municipality. More than 20 major cities have reduced their police budgets in some form, though the scale and circumstances vary. The results have not fared well in Los Angeles, Oakland, New York City, Portland and Austin. Homicides in Oakland, California, have risen 314 percent compared with the same time last year...
  • NYPD cop-killer is now helping reform the police in New York

    03/29/2021 4:04:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 29, 2021 | Tina Moore
    He fatally shot an NYPD cop execution-style decades ago in a Queens bar — and now Richard Rivera is helping reform police in upstate New York as part of a state-mandated plan launched by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The cop-killer — who murdered off-duty officer and dad-of-four Robert Walsh in 1981 — sits on a panel for Ithaca and Tompkins County as part of its “Reimagining Public Safety Collaborative.’’ The advisory group was formed after Cuomo ordered municipalities to submit police-reform plans to the state by April 1 following George Floyd’s death.
  • (Ithaca) Mayor’s Plan to Abolish Police Department Will End in Disaster, City’s Ex-Chief Warns

    03/16/2021 11:21:56 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 38 replies
    © 2021 National Review ^ | 03/16/21 | By TOBIAS HOONHOUT
    <p>A progressive mayor’s proposal to abolish the police department of a small city in upstate New York is sparking concerns among residents that the reform effort will exacerbate a recent spike in violent crime, the town’s former police chief told National Review.</p>
  • Mayor unveils proposal to split PD into 2 groups: armed and unarmed (Ithaca, NY)

    02/26/2021 3:39:31 PM PST · by lowbridge · 34 replies ^ | February 24, 2021 | Julie McMahon
    Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick this week announced a plan to replace the city’s police department with a new Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety. The proposal, part of a statewide police reform effort, is now up for public comment and requires legislative approval. If passed, the city would install a civilian department leader to oversee two divisions, an unarmed force of “community solution workers,” and an armed division focused on responding to and investigating crimes. Officers would have to reapply to keep jobs as armed “public safety workers” with the city. The proposal acknowledges that in some ways, the...
  • The Most Ambitious Effort Yet to Reform Policing May Be Happening In Ithaca, New York

    02/22/2021 8:43:50 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 71 replies
    Conde Nast ^ | 02.22.21 | BY WESLEY LOWERY
    Mayor Svante Myrick will propose replacing the city’s current 63-officer, $12.5 million a year department with a “Department of Community Solutions and Public Safety” which would include armed “public safety workers” and unarmed “community solution workers,” all of whom will report to a civilian director of public safety instead of a police chief. Under the proposal, all current officers would have to re-apply for a position with the new department. If the proposal is approved, calls for service will be evaluated to determine whether an armed or unarmed respondent is necessary, or another public agency altogether would be best to...
  • Cornell charges students $1,800 for racially-segregated rock climbing class, frantically scrubs website when confronted

    02/21/2021 9:56:14 AM PST · by george76 · 76 replies
    Campus R eform ^ | February 18, 202 1 | Matthew Wilso n
    A Cornell University course titled “BIPOC Rock Climbing,” was originally restricted to “people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color.”.. When Campus Reform contacted the school, Cornell officials edited the course description to remove the race-based enrollment restriction. Cornell University altered the course description of a racially-segregated physical education course offered to students during the Spring 2021 academic semester after Campus Reform reached out for comment. The class, entitled “BIPOC Rock Climbing," was originally restricted to “people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or other people of color," before its description was edited to...
  • Cornell Student Government Removes Two For Not Voting To Defund Police

    12/16/2020 3:00:14 PM PST · by blam · 57 replies
    Newsmax News ^ | 12-16-2020
    Cornell University’s student government removed two executive committee representatives who voted against a resolution to disarm the police at the Ivy League campus. The Student Assembly on Dec. 8 removed Annie Gleiberman for voting against a resolution to disarm the university's police department, saying she condoned "acts of racism, physical aggression, and emotional violence" by voting against the resolution. And when a fellow executive rep, Morgan Baker, said she wouldn’t vote for it either — becoming a procedural block because a unanimous vote was needed — members temporarily removed her to get to a unanimous tally, The Washington Free Beacon...
  • Cornell Activists Threaten Peers Who Voted Against Disarming the Police

    11/26/2020 10:40:16 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 24, 2020 | Chrissy Clark
    Cornell University activists are threatening student government representatives who voted against disarming the campus police. On Nov. 19, Cornell's student government voted by a 15-14 margin not to disarm the campus police. Following the failed resolution, activists took to social media to harass and threaten the representatives who opposed the bill. After a member of the student government posted the full names of each opponent in a group text for students of color, activists plastered the list on Instagram and Twitter, resulting in an onslaught of threats. Joe Anderson, a former student government president, called on his peers to fight...
  • Police shortage, pandemic contribute to increase of graffiti around Ithaca

    11/23/2020 9:31:58 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies
    Ithaca Times ^ | Nov 21, 2020 | Sydney Keller
    <p>People walking around downtown Ithaca over the past few months may have noticed something different — more graffiti.</p><p>Gary Ferguson, executive director of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA), said the increase in graffiti began around the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, in the middle of March leading to the beginning of April.</p>
  • Rep. Reed (R-NY) Says He and Family Threatened at Corning Home With Dead Animal, Brick

    10/24/2020 9:10:13 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies
    Finger Lakes Daily News ^ | 10.23.20 | Lucas Day
    In a disturbing development, Congressman Tom Reed on Friday released a statement saying that he and his family were threatened at their home in Corning. The incumbent released the following statement: “Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning. The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us. We assure everyone such threats only energize us to stand stronger. We thank the local police and federal authorities, who are already investigating this disgusting attack against my family. Across the country, politics has taken a...