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1 – Last piece of Ithaca Commons redesign complete

City celebrates last piece of Ithaca Commons redesign with finished fountain — The last piece of the Ithaca Commons redesign — a granite fountain — is complete. The new water feature was celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Monday. The fountain is meant to resemble Ithaca’s surrounding gorges. Not everyone has been celebrating the fountain, however. Many have wondered if the $466,000 price tag was worth it.

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2 – Ithaca police discover narcotics, make arrests after three warrant searches this week

Ithaca police: 2 people taken into custody after narcotics warrant executed early Tuesday morning — Police executed three warrants this week. The first two were Tuesday on the west side of Ithaca where police reportedly found drug paraphernalia and items indicative drug sales.

On Friday, Ithaca police, along with the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant on a Floral Avenue apartment where they said they found 19 grams of cocaine and $14,000 cash. One man was arrested.

3 – The ‘New Jim Crow’ community book read wrap up, but the work does not

‘The New Jim Crow’ Community Book Read: ‘Our work doesn’t end today’ — More than 100 people attended the final community book read. Speaker Phoebe Brown reminded people that, “Our work does not end today.”

The idea was compounded by Laura Branca, of the Dorothy Cotton Institue, who described the evolution people of color from the social status of being slaves to mass incarceration caused in large part by the failed War on Drugs — a system often referred to as The New Jim Crow.

About 125 marchers head down West State Street toward Beverly J. Martin Elementary School for the final Jim Crow community read. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

4 – Election 2017: Keep track of who’s running for Tompkins County Legislature

Election 2017: Who’s running for Tompkins County Legislature? — Many candidates have been coming forward in recent weeks to announce their campaigns. As new candidates announce and incumbents say whether they are running or not, we’ll keep this page updated.

To recap, last week nonprofit leader David Shapiro announced he is running for District 3. Incumbents Leslyn McBean-Clairborne and Jim Dennis announced they will seek re-election.

Tompkins County Legislature. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

5 – A man in Ithaca was arrested by ICE, prompting local residents to protest

Explaining how, why an undocumented immigrant was arrested by ICE in Ithaca — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took an undocumented Mexican immigrant into custody Tuesday morning in Ithaca and scores of people in the community who considered the city a “sanctuary” are asking the same question: “How did this happen here?”

In response to news of a man arrested by ICE, local residents held an emergency rally to support him.

6 – Soon you’ll have to be 21 to buy tobacco in Tompkins County

Tompkins County raises tobacco purchase age to 21 — After much debate, Tompkins County legislators passed a local law raising the tobacco purchase age to 21 in Tompkins County. The law is meant to reduce the number of people of all ages who use tobacco, especially children. Public opinion on the issue has been mixed, but no matter what side people are arguing on, no one disagrees that fewer children should be smoking.

Anna Kelles, who who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee, which brought the T21 legislation forward. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

7 – What would a supervised injection facility look like? Ithacans got a peek with a traveling exhibit

Ithaca gets peek at supervised injection site with pop-up exhibit — For a few hours Tuesday, there was a turquoise tent stationed on the Bernie Milton Pavilion set up to be a mock safe consumption site where if legal, people could bring and use illicit drugs with clean materials in a safe environment under supervision.

For a few hours May 2, there was a mock safe injection site station on the Ithaca Commons as part of a traveling exhibit. Kelsey O’Connor/Ithaca Voice

8 – Congressman Tom Reed supports bill to repeal and replace Affordable Care Act

Dr. Nia Nunn (left) and Congressman Tom Reed stand on the steps of the Southside Community Center. Alyvia Covert/Ithaca Voice

9 – Cornell announces plans for a new neighborhood on East Hill. It could be one of Ithaca’s biggest projects ever.

Cornell plans community forum for new neighborhood — Cornell University has announced plans to move forward with a new neighborhood at East Hill Plaza, in what could be one of the largest projects the Ithaca area has ever seen.

10 – World-touring bicyclist stops in Ithaca

Peter Reynolds. Provided Photo.

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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.