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Syracuse Coach Dismissed After Allegations

Monday, November 28, 2011

First, there was Penn State and Jerry Sandusky. Now there is Syracuse and Bernie Fine. Last night, Syracuse University announced it had fired Fine, assistant basketball coach of more than 30 years. The decision came after a third man came forward, alleging he had been molested by Fine. And like the Penn State scandal, these accusations are years old.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Deadline for Occupy LA Protestors, Morning Headlines

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gave Occupy protesters a deadline of midnight Monday morning to vacate City Hall park, but the 2,000-strong group have yet to leave. Police in riot gear and shields have blocked a major intersection in downtown Los Angeles, but have made no arrests at this time.

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Transportation Nation

LaHood Wants Police to Issue More Distracted Driving Tickets

Monday, July 11, 2011

U.S. Secretary of Transportation secretary Ray LaHood was in Syracuse, New York, on Monday, touting two pilot programs that have reduced distracted driving through increased police enforcement.

LaHood took the occasion to call for more money for traffic police to replicate the efforts elsewhere.

The pilot programs were meant to determine if increased "high-visibility enforcement" of distracted driving laws would reduce the practice.

At the start of the program last year, Transportation Nation went to Syracuse and rode along with one of the traffic officers. At the time, our reporter observed that not more than six minutes went by without a driver passing while talking or texting on a cell phone.

Under the pilot program, Syracuse stepped up ticketing of distracted driving, even assigning officers to overtime to ticket as many driving texters as they could and using DUI-style check points.  There was a public awareness campaign with snappy slogans like, "a cell phone in one hand, a ticket in the other." Hartford had a similar program.

Both cities issued almost 10,000 tickets during the past year. Hartford saw a 57 percent drop in talking on the phone while driving and a72 percent fall in texting while driving. In Syracuse there was a 33 percent drop overall.

The cities paid for the pilots with a mix of federal and state grants. Each city received $200,000 in federal money and $100,000 in state funds. LaHood took the occasion today to call for more money for this kind of enforcement. He said cash strapped police departments aren't likely to find the money for this kind of project without state and federal help. But the safety benefits are worth it he says.

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, more than 5,000 people were killed, and nearly half a million were injured because of distracted driving in 2009. The overall number of crashes and deaths due to cell phone use while driving has been declining since a peak in 2007.

 

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Azi Paybarah

Paying for the Syracuse Trip

Thursday, July 08, 2010

WNYC

Here’s a little more info about Andrew Cuomo’s mixed-use trip to Syracuse, where he’s having an official AG announcement, and a fund-raiser for his gubernatorial race.

The entire cost of the trip is being paid for by Cuomo's campaign, a spokesperson for his office said.

The problem of politicians using state-funded aircrafts for campaign purposes is a problem that Cuomo looked at in one of his first major investigations in 2007.

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Transportation Nation

Shannon Trice Will Stop You, Distracted Drivers

Thursday, April 08, 2010

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(Syracuse, NY - Transportation Nation) On the window sill next to Captain Shannon Trice's desk, there's a toy cop car. Instead of the badge of the Syracuse Police Department, where he's worked for the last 20 years, it has the logo of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Trice is a traffic nerd.  He's worked on a bunch of federal-state-local programs, reads the studies.  The toy car is one of a few awards he's won for traffic safety programs.  He's a modest man, but you can almost get him to brag about how many tickets he's written as part of New York State's "Click It or Ticket" program -- something he does for an hour now and then just to get out of the office.  He has served long enough to see the difference his work has made.

But Trice and the Syracuse PD are now taking on a new challenge.

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