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An artist rendering of the Tree of 40 Fruit mature and in bloom. <br />Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art <br />
An artist rendering of the Tree of 40 Fruit mature and in bloom.
Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art

Tree of 40 Fruit is a metaphor for life

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist who is building such a tree, branch by branch.

Grafting fruit trees is a practice almost as old as fruit trees themselves. Mending branches from two different varieties of fruit is how we get hybrid fruit varieties.

Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken is taking the art of grafting to another level.  Go to full article
Bob Antonacci, Republican candidate for state Comptroller. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO
Bob Antonacci, Republican candidate for state Comptroller. Photo: Ryan Delaney, WRVO

What's a publicly financed campaign like? Slow.

There is only one statewide candidate in New York who is participating in a pilot public campaign finance program. Republican candidate for Comptroller Bob Antonacci says it's been slow going, but he expects to collect enough individual donors to qualify for the state matching funds.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse). Photo: Durrie Bouscaren/WRVO
NYS Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse). Photo: Durrie Bouscaren/WRVO

Could Syracuse be the home of the new NYS homeland security college?

New York state plans to create the nation's first college dedicated to homeland security and emergency preparedness, which backers say is a necessary measure given the major storms and terrorist threats the state has dealt with.

And there are efforts to headquarter that new college in Syracuse.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/26004081@N07/2782299258/">Jose Valcarcel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Jose Valcarcel, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse-based BBQ chain sets Feb. date for next eatery

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Fans of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will have another place to dig into ribs when the Syracuse-based restaurant chain opens its eighth eatery next month in Buffalo.

The company announced on Twitter Thursday that the newest restaurant will open Feb. 12.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/39017545@N02/5814147128/">Matt Johnson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Matt Johnson, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Feds: $18.5M to help fund Syracuse rail upgrades

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Federal officials say they're giving the state $18.5 million to reduce delays and improve service on the railroad in Syracuse.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the money will be used to cut passenger and freight train congestion on Amtrak's Empire Corridor at the Syracuse station.  Go to full article
Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddmundt/5189457431/">Todd Mundt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY. Photo: Todd Mundt, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Delta adding flights between NYC and Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Delta Airlines is expanding its reach in upstate New York.

New York Sen. Charles Schumer says Delta will add several new flights from Syracuse to major airline hubs in 2014, including two new daily flights to JFK International Airport in New York City.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo and his three daughters greet Pres. Obama on the tarmac at Buffalo airport. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9570048663/">Office of Gov. Cuomo</a>
Governor Cuomo and his three daughters greet Pres. Obama on the tarmac at Buffalo airport. Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo

Cuomo Opts for State Fair over rest of president's tour

Governor Cuomo skipped most of President Obama's upstate swing on Thursday, preferring to greet the President in Buffalo and then attending the State fair in Syracuse on his own.  Go to full article
Lines in Syracuse for the Henninger High School event. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Lines in Syracuse for the Henninger High School event. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Long lines forming for Obama events

Interest in seeing President Obama when his upstate New York bus tour stops in Syracuse Thursday evening prompted a long line to get tickets outside Henninger High School. Ashley Hirtzel reports from outside the president's scheduled stop at the University of Buffalo, and Ryan Delaney was outside the site of the president's speech in Syracuse.  Go to full article
A 2012 anti-fracking protest in the Capitol in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt
A 2012 anti-fracking protest in the Capitol in Albany. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Obama to be greeted by anti-fracking protesters this week

President Obama is planning to visit upstate New York this week to promote an education plan. But whenever a major politician visits the region, the issue of fracking is often on the agenda, whether they want it or not.

President Obama's planned trip to Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton will focus on the importance of getting an affordable college education.

But activists opposed to hydro fracking want the topic of natural gas drilling to be on the agenda as well.  Go to full article
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, in Massena on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Photo: Natasha Haverty

Gillibrand defends brownfield cleanup funding

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was travelling across upstate on Monday touting a bill she says will make it easier to redevelop environmentally-contaminated properties known as brownfields. Her effort comes a few days after a House committee voted to cut funding for brownfield cleanup.  Go to full article

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