November 13, 2007

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Spelling Bee Raises Money for ICSD
On Sunday, the Ithaca Public Education Initiative raised $10,000 for Ithaca City School District teachers at its ninth annual Spelling Bee, according to the Ithaca Journal. The money will fund school projects to introduce community resources, like local artists and businessmen, into classrooms. More than 70 people attended the spelling bee.

Workers Demonstrate Outside Hilton Hotel
Forty workers gathered outside of the Hilton Garden Inn on Seneca Street last Friday to witness a press conference in which the Tompkins County Workers’ Center participated. TCWC filed a complaint against the Hilton with the U.S. National Labor Relations Board in October on behalf of former employee Michelle Lopez, who claimed she was sexually harassed at work and was fired last August after allegedly trying to organize workers, according to the Ithaca Journal.

Ithaca H.S. Graduate Pleads Guilty for Stabbing Ex
Rakim Slaughter, 19, who was accused of stabbing his pregnant ex-girlfriend during a birthday party last summer, pleaded guilty on Friday to second-degree assault, a Class D felony, according to the Ithaca Journal. The girl was 16-years-old and was stabbed in her arm and back with a three-inch folding knife. The victim requested that Slaughter help raise their child.