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Religious leaders in CNY urge using less fossil fuels to combat climate change

Religious leaders across central New York have a message on this Earth Day; everyone needs to cut back on fossil fuels to stop runaway climate change. A statement signed by leaders of a broad spectrum of faiths, from Tibetan Buddhists to Muslims to Christians, urges central New York to start planning a transition away from fossil fuels, now. "Given the dangers represented by the continued burning of fossil fuels to the planet we depend upon for life and the importance of the next ten years in...

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From his Black Baptist roots to his braggadocious banter, Cassius Clay joined the Nation of Islam and became Muhammad Ali. He was more than a  silver-tongued boxer; he was a champion for Black empowerment, and when he resisted the Vietnam draft -- an historic defender of religious freedom. Until the end of his life, Ali fought his own sacred struggle as he negotiated the release of hostages, journeyed with Parkinson’s disease, and worked across religious traditions to advance the dignity of all humanity. Ali shook up the world. And this means as much for us today as it did in the past. 

Democratic members of the House and Senate Judiciary committees are asking U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself from participating in a case involving a conservative nonprofit with ties to a group that gave at least $1 million to fund a "national campaign" to win Senate confirmation of her Supreme Court nomination.

The International Space Station might be bigger than a football field, but it's equipped with just seven permanent sleeping pods, each about the size of a phone booth. NASA has to get creative for those rare times when there are more people than beds.

When the four new crew members arrive, they'll join seven already on board. Two astronauts will have to sleep in the docked SpaceX capsules. And that leaves two others without beds — but that's not a problem. "The nice thing about sleeping in space is that just about anywhere can be your bedroom," said NASA spokesman Dan Huot.

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Supporters of a measure to ensure better workplace safety during future pandemics are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill, which was passed by both houses of the state Legislature this week.

The bill -- known as the New York Health and Essential Rights, or HERO, Act -- requires that the state health and labor departments design minimum standards for health and safety during outbreaks of airborne viruses and all infectious disease outbreaks.

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The leader of the New York State Assembly’s impeachment inquiry gave a brief update Wednesday regarding several investigations into Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine said a hotline set up by the committee has generated over 200 tips on probes into sexual harassment allegations made by multiple women; whether Cuomo illegally used staff to help him write and promote a memoir; and if his family and friends got preferential access to coronavirus tests when they were hard to get earlier in the pandemic.

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Religious leaders across central New York have a message on this Earth Day; everyone needs to cut back on fossil fuels to stop runaway climate change.

A statement signed by leaders of a broad spectrum of faiths, from Tibetan Buddhists to Muslims to Christians, urges central New York to start planning a transition away from fossil fuels, now.

WRVO News (file photo)

The Oswego City School District was ready to bring the remainder of their students back for in-person learning four days a week starting April 19, but just as their preparations came to a close the state released new reopening guidelines earlier this month and Oswego had to start from scratch.

“We were ready to bring kids back right away,” said the district’s superintendent, Dr. Mathis Calvin. “And then out the blue, we get this new guidance, which really upended everything that we had worked very hard and diligently for.”

The man accused of killing 10 people in a mass shooting in a Boulder, Colo., grocery store last month now faces more than 40 additional charges.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was already facing 10 counts of murder in the first degree and one count of attempted murder over the shooting rampage at a King Soopers supermarket.

Prosecutors amended the criminal complaint against him to add 43 new felony charges, according to a motion filed Wednesday in Boulder County District Court.

More than 1,700 protesters were arrested in Russia on Wednesday as tens of thousands of Alexei Navalny supporters marched in demonstrations across the country.

OVD-info, the Russian human rights monitoring project, has been tracking the apprehensions, which started before the protests demanding that the Kremlin release the jailed opposition leader even began.

The Senate on Wednesday narrowly voted to confirm Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, elevating a longtime civil rights attorney to the third-highest position inside the Justice Department on the same day the agency announced renewed efforts to monitor local police practices.

Gupta was confirmed by a vote of 51 to 49, with only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, breaking ranks to join Democrats in approving her nomination.

As former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin awaits sentencing after his conviction on three counts of murder in the death of George Floyd, policymakers in Minneapolis are trying to figure out how to improve policing.

Concurrently, the Justice Department has launched an investigation into the city's police department to address possible patterns of discrimination and excessive force.

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