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Last Week’s Most-Read Stories

1 — Public helps identify man who repeatedly vandalized Black Lives Matter sign

Update: Residents who had Black Lives Matter sign vandalized do not plan to press charges — By far, the most-read story on The Ithaca Voice last week was the story of a man who returned to a house four times to spray paint over a Black Lives Matter sign on a porch.

In an update Monday, not long after the man’s images were circulated, he was identified. However, instead of pressing charges, the residents have a peaceful resolution in mind. They plan to sit down with the man, another affected neighbor and a member of Black Lives Matter. Not to change his mind, they said, but to hopefully get him to listen and consider another perspective.

2 — New accessible playground coming to Stewart Park

New inclusive playground in works for Stewart Park; volunteers sought — A new accessible playground is coming to Stewart Park by next summer, built by the community.

When complete, the new playground will feature natural play areas, accessible walkways and splash pad and new accessible bathrooms. The project was first conceived when people voiced concerns that normal playgrounds were inaccessible for children who had certain disabilities.

“One of the big things people wanted was a new playground … and they decided it should be one that is accessible,” said Lucas Raley, playground build coordinator for Friends of Stewart Park. “We call it an inclusive playground because it’s one for everybody. It’s not a playground tailored just to people with disabilities, and it’s not a playground just for people without disability issues. It’s for (all kids) to play.”

3 — Police death of man who fell from roof on Stewart Avenue

Ithaca police investigating death of man on Stewart Avenue — Ithaca police are investigating the death of a 43-year-old man who fell from a roof on Stewart Avenue.

At about 4:33 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a hotel on the 500 block of Stewart Avenue, where a man reportedly fell from the roof. It was reported to a 911 dispatcher that the man was unconscious and not breathing.

Quick Headlines

Feature Story Spotlight

Cornell student leads charge to bring former Afghan interpreter for U.S. troops to safety

Thousands of people have become invested in the case of Muhammad Kamran and his family. Muhammad was an interpreter in Afghanistan for U.S. troops and the War on Terror for over a decade. He has been in hiding for four years, trying different avenues to find safe passage for his family out of Pakistan to the U.S. But so far, every case has been denied, with no reasons given publicly.

A letter sent July 31, signed by 38 members of Congress, aims to get an answer why.

Read the full story here.

From left, Karsten Daponte stands with Muhammad Kamran. For about six months in 2006, Karsten Daponte worked with Muhammad weekly and sometimes daily while stationed at Camp Lightning, a base that was about two hours south of Kabul. (Provided Photo)

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Featured Photo: Dryden Deputy Fire Chief Mark Bell shows children a hose connector as part of the Junior Fire Academy. Read the full story here.  (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

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.