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Top 5 Stories of the Week

September 15 – 21

Each week, we tally the numbers to bring you the Top 5 Most Read Stories of the Week on

Keeping Perspective and Overreactions

(Sanity Fair) Did you watch the Foley beheading video?

I did not view the nudie pics of Jennifer Lawrence online. I claim no moral superiority in relation to my digital abstinence. It was a busy week. It also helps when browsing the Web to have a general disdain for celebrity news — and a daughter in her early 20s.

High on Kramer

Part II

Today, in Part II of my series on using legal recreational marijuana in my home state of Washington, I’ll begin by correcting a minor oversight.

Group Recommends Re-Routing Interstate 81

They rejected a plan for a tunnel going through any part of the city

The Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse (ACTS) has decided to urge the state Department of Transportation to tear down the Interstate 81 viaduct south of Interstate 690 and instead select what the group brands a “street-level alternative” to the aging highway.

Interview: Tom Buckel and Deborah O’Shea

(Campbell Conversations) Poverty in the Syracuse region

This interview continues the Campbell Conversations' autumn theme of poverty in the Syracuse region. The focus here is on access to civil legal representation. Tom Buckel is the regional managing attorney in the Utica office of the Legal Services Central New York. Deborah O’Shea is the pro-bono coordinator of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County.

News and Blues

(News and Blues) Your weekly re-cap of weird and funny news from around the nation.

Curses, Foiled Again Before three men who broke into a lingerie store in Houston, Texas, could steal anything, one with a revolver backed into another holding a rifle. Surveillance video showed the jolt caused the rifle to fire, “which then spooked the suspects,” police Officer Jeff Brieden said. Believing they were being fired upon, both armed men opened fire, discharging nearly a dozen rounds, one of which went through a mannequin, before all three fled. (Houston’s KHOU-TV)

New Times is Online Too

A weekly note from Larry Dietrich, our Editor in Chief

I like what’s in the New Times every week. I like it a lot.

The New York State of Fracking

Where we stand

The independent investigative journalism organization ProPublica took a look at where the drilling technique hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, stands in New York. This report was written by reporter Naveena Sadasivam.

Scare-A-Con Snapshots

Photos by Michael Davis

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis pointed his camera lens at the sci-fi/horror crowd at Scare-A-Con, which took place Sept 12 - 14 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino.

Best of Syracuse #Selfie Contest!

by Staff

Vote for your favorite Selfie!

While we tally the results of Best of Syracuse 2014 (officially announced in the Oct. 1 print edition of the Syracuse New Times), you can vote on the best Selfie!