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1 – 13,000 crows; the story behind Ithaca’s big winter flock

Ever wonder about the massive flock of crows in winter in Ithaca? — The Ithaca Voice spoke with an ornithologist and crow expert at Cornell University to learn more about why crows roost in such large numbers in winter.

2 – Assault by frying pan

Ithaca man charged with assault with frying pan — A dispute allegedly turned violent at a home in Dryden when police say 59-year-old Patrick R. Smuda, of Ithaca, struck another man in the back of the head with a “household item,” causing injury. The household item was reportedly a frying pan.

3 – Ithaca considers cutting fire service to Ithaca College; members of public speak out

Public hearing: Cutting off fire dept. services to Ithaca College called ‘unprecedented’ — During a public hearing about whether the town of Ithaca should continue on a path toward stopping fire department services to Ithaca College, both a firefighter who lives in the town and an attorney for the college spoke out against the proposed measure.

4 – Old Library plans move forward (finally)

5 – Romance in Tom Reed’s office

6 – Family from Afghanistan set to arrive in Ithaca through Catholic Charities program

First family to arrive in Ithaca through Catholic Charities refugee resettlement program — The Ithaca-based Catholic Charities agency is launching the new refugee resettlement program under the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services program, the largest refugee resettlement program in the U.S.

 

7 – Pedestrians at fault after serious crash on Route 13

8 – Tom Reed shows up to talk to protesters in Ithaca office

The details of Congressman Tom Reed’s late-night meeting with Ithaca protesters — A sit-in at Republican Congressman Tom Reed’s Ithaca office ended after he showed up for a late-night one-on-one with protesters who refused to leave his office until he spoke to them.

And in other Reed-related news, an Ithaca Voice offer to host a town hall with the congressman was rejected.

9 – Man charged with attempted rape of teen

10 – What went wrong? An exclusive, in-depth look at events preceding Ithaca Wal-Mart shooting

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Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.