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1 — A clear, simple explanation of perhaps the most important policy decision facing Tompkins
A beginner’s guide to the crucial fight over the Cayuga power plant’s future – Few decisions, if any, are of more consequence for the economy, the environment and the use of energy in Tompkins County than this one. Ithaca Voice
2 — A heartbreaking but uplifting story about one of Ithaca’s bravest
Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Ithaca teen inspires ‘Leyla’s Village’ – Leyla Dietrich was fourteen and her family thought she had the flu. Ithaca Voice
3 — How bad has Commons construction been for business? The first look at data
New report: Over 60 percent of downtown Ithaca retailers saw sales, foot traffic drop in 2014 – “A majority of survey respondents reported both decreases in sales volume and foot traffic.” Ithaca voice
4 — Huge outpouring of support for Cornell student charged with murder
Hundreds donate to legal defense fund of Cornell student charged with murder – “He has been a strong, supportive, friendly member of the Pittsford Community and it is our turn to give back to him.” Ithaca Voice
5 — Part I: Why the power plant thinks it should be able to retrofit
School superintendent says death of Cayuga power plant would ‘be too much to bear’ – Lansing property taxes would jump by 12 percent annually. Ithaca Voice
6 — Part II: Why NYSEG thinks it should not be able to retrofit
Public shouldn’t have to bail out Cayuga power plant, NYSEG says – The power plant looks at millions in spending as crucial for Lansing’s schools and families. NYSEG looks at the same millions of dollars as public money. Ithaca Voice
7 — One-thousand one; one-thousand two; one-thousand three …
Newfield man, 50, breaks world squat powerlifting record – “I constantly sore, chronically fatigued but I love it.” Ithaca Voice
8 — Boom!
Watch controlled demolition of water tower on Cornell’s campus (Video) – With a video! Ithaca Voice
9 — Whole Foods considers move to Ithaca, but love may not be requited
Syracuse and Ithaca are miles apart — especially when it comes to Whole Foods – What separates Ithaca from Syracuse could be the subject of a multi-part series, but what caught our eye this week was the cities’ differing reactions to the same news. Ithaca Voice
10 — Band formed by IC alumnus gets another big-time award
Once Ithaca street performers, folk band wins Grammy award – The Old Crow Medicine Show also won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video. Ithaca Voice