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1 – ‘The stigma of addiction, it kills people’
International Overdose Awareness Day: ‘The stigma of addiction, it kills people. It forces people to suffer in secret’ — At The Space @GreenStar Thursday evening, three panels consisting of health care providers, law enforcement, and community organizers discussed the future of the opioid epidemic locally and recognized to the War on Drugs’ failed past.
One woman remembered her husband, the father of their children. Another person remembered a woman he called “the love of my life.” Another man remembered his Ithaca friends, Antwan Brooks and Stephanie Dvorak, both of whom died of overdoses in the past year or so.
2 – Nagee Green will go on trial for murder again after spring mistrial
NEW TRIAL: Cornell murder case headed back to court after spring mistrial – The man accused of killing an Ithaca College student at Cornell last August will get a new trial that’s scheduled to begin next week.
Nagee Green, 23, is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Anthony Nazaire to death during a street brawl in the early morning of Aug. 28, 2016. After a June trial lasted about 10 days with an additional four days of jury deliberation, Green was convicted of felony second-degree assault for stabbing and injuring Raheim Williams three times in the back during the fight.
Jury selection begins Friday.
3 – Police continue search for missing Ithaca woman
Police need help finding missing 27-year-old Ithaca woman – A 27-year-old woman from Ithaca has been missing since mid-August. The Ithaca Police Department is asking the public for any information related to the whereabouts of Nicole Marranca.
4 – Jail population reduction and housing are priorities in Tompkins 2018 budget
Tompkins unveils $179 million recommended budget for 2018; tax levy up but rate down — Moving into budget season, reducing the jail population and addressing the housing crisis are on the “front burner” of priorities for next year. A new revenue stream from casinos may help Tompkins County reach some of its budget priorities.
The budget includes a tax levy increase of 2.4 percent, but a property tax rate decrease. What does that mean for property owners? For the owner of a median-valued $178,000 home in Tompkins County, their property tax bill would increase $12.
5 – Ithaca mayor and school superintendent discuss race and diversity after Charlottesville
Superintendent, Ithaca mayor talk Charlottesville, diversity – It’s been just over three weeks since a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly when a man drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
At Ithaca College last week, moderator and educator Sean Eversley Bradwell brought together Luvelle Brown, superintendent at the Ithaca City School District, and Mayor Svante Myrick to discuss the hot button issues of race and diversity. During the discussion, Brown said the news reports about Charlottesville only scraped the surface of what happened, Brown said.
“What I know now is … it was much worse than whatever you saw (on the news). There were shootings. There were beatings. There was bullying, things that weren’t reported. As my daddy said, there were things that happened there — like in the 1950s — that never were reported, ” Brown said.
6 – Caroline educator honored for getting kids interested in science
Caroline Elementary teacher recognized for innovative science teaching — A Caroline Elementary Teacher has been recognized for her innovative work getting kids interested in science.
Fourth grade teacher Anna Chapman received the Raymond C. Loehr Innovative Science Teaching Award last week. Chapman has worked in Caroline since 2011. She created and leads the Caroline STEM Club.
7 – Ithaca now has Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day unanimously approved by Ithaca Common Council — Ithaca Common Council unanimously voted last week to officially recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, giving Columbus Day the axe. Mayor Svante Myrick said the move “long overdue.”
The change, which proved too divisive to pass the Tompkins County Legislature last month, was passed with little fanfare from Common Council.
8 – Students report frat members chanting ‘Build a wall’ near Latino Living Center
Students report Cornell frat after ‘Build a wall’ chanted near Latino Living Center — Early Wednesday morning, several students at the Latino Living Center reported to Cornell officials that the phrase “Build a wall, build a wall,” was being chanted, likely by people at the Zeta Psi Fraternity house.
In an email to students Thursday, Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student & campus life confirmed that the incident has been reported to Cornell officials.
“While I appreciate that an individual has come forward to accept responsibility and apologize for their actions, and I recognize rights of open expression, I am concerned by what is a continued pattern of the marginalization of many members of the Cornell community,” he wrote. “At a time when our nation is struggling with issues of division and polarization, I urge us, as a campus community, to lean into one another for strength. Let’s model a way forward grounded in dialogue, respect, and civil engagement.”
9 – Tompkins legislature candidate withdraws amid sexual assault allegations
Tompkins Legislator candidate Reed Steberger withdraws from race amid rape, sex assault allegation — Reed Steberger has withdrawn from the Tompkins County Legislator race amid accusations of rape and sexual assault while a student at Cornell University.
Steberger and incumbent Rich John, both running for the District 4 seat of Tompkins County Legislature, were set to debate Thursday at Ithaca Town Hall. However, at the beginning of the event, Steberger announced the withdrawal and made a statement addressing the accusations.
“Partly because of the alcohol I consumed and partly because I did not understand what consent was, I did not recognize when our sex became non-consensual. Regardless of my intentions, I caused harm with my actions,” Steberger said.
The accusations came to light after a Cornell alumna came forward when she heard Steberger was running for office.
10 – Project with conference center, apartments may replace Green Street parking garage
Massive Project May Replace Green Street Garage — The city of Ithaca is entertaining a proposition from a national developer that would buy and replace the Green Street Garage, replacing it with a conference center and hundreds of apartments.
The development team proposes replacement of the parking garage with a mixed-use project including an approximately 25,000 square-foot conference center, 350 housing units, 450 public parking spaces and retention of the Cinemapolis movie theater as part of the redevelopment. The project would be urban-friendly, with street level active-uses (shops, eateries) along Green Street. The Green Street Garage currently offers 415 spaces.
Featured image: Hundreds of students gather for a rally at Cornell University to DACA recipients and undocumented members of the community. Alyvia Covert/Ithaca Voice