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— Jeff Stein
1 — An SU prof helped save woman during campus attack
Records: Syracuse University physics professor confronted armed robber at Cornell – “We struggled through both sets of doors with me holding and struggling with him.” The Ithaca Voice
2 — Understand local sex trafficking, which is a problem in Ithaca
Sex trafficking in Ithaca: Understanding the heinous crime after a pimp’s sentence – Eric Oliver was sentenced in late July to 6 to 12 years in prison for running a sex trafficking ring that exploited girls as young as 15 in Ithaca. The Ithaca Voice
3 — International news that seemed too important not to include
U.S. Jets and Drones Attack Militants in Iraq, Hoping to Stop Advance – The United States launched a series of airstrikes against Sunni militants in northern Iraq on Friday, using Predator drones and Navy F-18 fighter jets to destroy rebel positions around the city of Erbil, the American military said Friday. The New York Times
4 — A profile of Cornell’s new law dean
Once a Critic, New Law Dean Now a Champion of Cornell – Eduardo Peñalver’s first stint in administration at Cornell University lasted less than a week. NY Law Journal
5 — Authorities say man from Tompkins found with a ton of heroin way north
Ithaca man in Jefferson County found with 200 bags of heroin, state police say – Richard P. Hairston, 30, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The Ithaca Voice
6 — Truck show came to town, The Ithaca Times reported
Brockway Trucks Roll Into Town – The 15th Annual Brockway Truck Show kicks off this Thursday, August 7 beginning at 4 p.m. The Ithaca Times
7 — The Journal reports on fracking in Pa.
What N.Y. can learn from Pa.’s fracking problems – A new report on Pennsylvania’s failures in regulating horizontal hydraulic fracturing underscores the concerns of Southern Tier opponents and proponents of the natural gas drilling technique. The Ithaca Journal
8 — WHCU looks at the big impact of a NASCAR event at Watkins Glen
NASCAR at Watkins Glen “monster weekend” for Ithaca tourism – NASCAR is making its way to Watkins Glen again this weekend for the Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International Sunday, which usually brings more than 100,000 tourists to the region. WHCU Radio
9 — A reader responds to a column from a conservative about the Reed-Robertson race
Opinion column: Why Martha Robertson is not toast – The Robertson-Reed campaign will be entering a new phase. The Ithaca Voice
10 — Onondaga County residents gets EEE
Onondaga County resident diagnosed with potentially deadly EEE virus – An Onondaga County resident has been diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis, a potentially deadly virus transmitted by mosquitoes. Syracuse.com