Assemblywoman Lifton speaks at a fracking rally this summer. Courtesy of her Facebook page

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1 — Ithaca activists who toiled for years celebrate fracking ban in NY

Assemblywoman Lifton speaks at a fracking rally this summer. Courtesy of her Facebook page

2 — A rollback of federal trucking laws could imperil Ithaca

3 — Medals stolen from family of Ithaca Marine killed in Afghanistan

4 — How do we diffuse tension between cops, community members?

5 — $247K embezzled from TCAT: Taxpayers should recover funds

6 — Maybe our favorite Ithaca Voice profile ever …

Walsh and Nihill sell shirts that read “Kitty Pasta” because this is what it sounds like when Nihill tries pronouncing, “Que pasa?”

7 — Honoring Ithaca cop who has changed lives

8 — We learn more about the gun used to shoot Officer Augustine

9 — Dozens of arrests pile up in acts of civil disobedience near Seneca Lake

10 — Working on the overnight grocery shift and running for gov

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.