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Photo of Syracuse police without masks causing police chief to speak out

first_imgOfficials say the photo in question was taken at the scene of a crash Thursday. Syracuse police officers and Onondaga County deputies appear in the photo. Police Chief Kenton Buckner says the photo is under investigation. The issue is following Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings in the state to 10 people. Chief Buckner said, “I’m responsible for these 401 police officers. It appears we have not been following our own rules and again, if I can confirm that, there will be consequences for it.” SYRACUSE (WBNG) — A photo of police officers in Syracuse is causing the city’s top cop to speak out because none of the officers pictured are wearing masks while on the job. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state and close to 5,000 new cases and 21 deaths were reported on Wednesday, the photo is causing residents and the Syracuse police chief concern. Chief Buckner said there are 14 officers that currently have the coronavirus. Buckner also said the virus is the number one killer of police.last_img read more

Batesville Rumpke Trash Collection Schedule Change

first_imgBATESVILLE — Rumpke’s last day for twice weekly garbage collection will be on Friday, October 17.State Road 46 East, East Pearl Street, West Pearl Street and County Line Road will serve as the dividing line for this weekly pick-up. Residences and businesses north of this line will be collected on Tuesdays, with the remainder of the city collected on Fridays.The collection of recyclables will remain as is, on a weekly schedule.City officials say pick-up for brush and limbs must be bundled, and cannot exceed four feet in length and two feet in diameter. Branches cannot be thicker than four inches around. Bundles cannot weigh more than 50 pounds. Brush or limbs should not be placed in plastic bags.To dispose of paint in cans, the paint must be completely dried with a note attached stating: Dried Paint. Mixing equal amounts of inexpensive kitty litter with liquid paint, and leaving the lid off for about a week should dry out the paint for proper disposal.As a reminder, Rumpke is not responsible for the collection of bagged leaves. The Batesville Street Department will begin the process of curbside pick-up of leaves mid-October.Officials ask residents to not gather leaves and pile along streets until the notice is published, due to probable clogged storm drains. The City also requests garbage containing liquids be drained before placing in trash bags for collection. This will assist in minimizing the potential for unwanted liquids draining on the streets during the collection process.last_img read more

Rising waters to impact state, experts say

first_imgThough sea levels off the coast of California have not risen significantly in 30 years, immediate action is required to stem the effects of global climate change, experts said Wednesday.High seas · Reinhard Flick, an oceanographer from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, explains the effects of climate change. – Robin Laird | Daily TrojanLeaders in biology, sociology, journalism and public policy came together at Wednesday’s “Climate Change in Southern California Coastal Region: Science’s Issues and Societal Implications” to discuss what needs to be done to address the issues.Reinhard Flick, an oceanographer from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, began the discussion with an explanation of sea level rise, which he said would impact Southern California more directly than other areas because of the topography of the coast. Though Flick said a rising sea level will not directly affect Southern California right away, the sea level is a pressing concern because it worsens other environmental issues like erosion and flooding.According to Flick, there has not been any significant sea level rise off the coast of California for more than 30 years. Instead, a global rising sea level has disproportionately affected the western Pacific coastlines of Asia because of wind stress patterns.Flick warned this reprieve of sea level rise might soon come to an end, as scientists predict a change in the direction of wind patterns. This would ultimately indicate ocean levels will rise more quickly.Policies implemented because of climate change also dominated the conversation,Daniel Mazmanian, director of the USC Judith and John Bedrosian center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, discussed policy initiatives like the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which put the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of California  into law.Though California’s policies have provided for the mitigation of issues related to climate change, “we don’t really have a strategy for adaptation in California,” Mazmanian said.He suggested that California create incentives to make policies more effective because average consumers, who do not easily change their behaviors, need motivation.“We don’t have a logic focused on future concerns,” he said. “There is no really compelling ethical consideration that makes us feel responsible for issues in the future.”Xiao Liu, a graduate student studying ocean science, said she found the panelists’ discussion of science and policy particularly informative.“I’m a scientist, so I don’t get a lot of information from classes in terms of the policy,” Liu said. “I’m actually thinking about taking on a second degree in environmental policy, so this is a good start for me.”Trent Boras, an undeclared freshman, said he was glad he came to the discussion.“It’s really interesting to come here because you learn a bunch of new things,” Boras said. “You hear people ask questions that are very interesting and they kind of give you ideas of what you can do in the future to help slow down this action of global warming.”The discussion was informative, said Nina Zhu, a senior majoring in business administration.“I’m here for my GE class where we’re learning about humans and our environment, so this correlates with what we’re learning in class,” Zhu said. “It also brings in new ideas and perspectives into place.”She said climate change deserves more attention.“All we worry about is trying to get a job and the economy,” Zhu said. “We’re not realizing how important of an issue [climate change] is. It directly affects us, more so than how much money you’re making, because this is the environment. This is our future.”last_img read more