Ice creamery dedicates new flavor to helping Syrian refugees

SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) — A New York ice creamery is dedicating a new ice cream flavor to Syrian refugees and donating part of the profits to efforts to help them.

The Adirondack Creamery in Saratoga Springs says its new flavor is inspired by a popular Syrian pastry called ma’amoul. The New York Times reports the ice cream combines dates and walnuts into a sweetened confection.

A pint of the new flavor has calls for unity plastered all over, including the word “peace” in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

The newspaper reports 50 percent of the profit made from each pint will be donated to the International Rescue Committee’s efforts to assist Syrian refugees.

Pints of the new flavor are available at multiple stores and online.

Weinstein college alma mater moves to revoke honorary degree

BUFFALO (AP) — The University at Buffalo is moving to have alumnus Harvey Weinstein’s honorary degree revoked in response to multiple accusations of harassment and sexual assault against the Hollywood mogul.

The university said Wednesday it is “well aware” of the allegations against Weinstein, who was an English major there from 1969-1973.  The university says it has begun the process for revoking the honorary degree it bestowed on him in 2000. The decision lies with the State University of New York board of trustees.

In awarding the honorary SUNY doctorate of humane letters, the university noted that Weinstein and another student started a concert promotion company in 1972 called Harvey and Corky Productions, which became a fixture on Buffalo’s music scene.

Union Civil War hero’s statue outside Capitol vandalized

ALBANY (AP) — Authorities are looking for the culprit who vandalized a Civil War hero’s statue outside the New York Capitol.

State police say someone used red spray paint to write a vulgar word followed by “Colonization, no borders, no nations” on the base of the Gen. Philip Sheridan statue in front of the Capitol in downtown Albany.

A state maintenance crew removed the graffiti after it was discovered Tuesday. It’s unclear when the vandalism occurred, but it was found the day after Columbus Day.

Sheridan was a Union general best known for leading the effort to subdue Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. After the Civil War, he was sent west to lead the U.S. Army’s campaigns against American Indians.

Sheridan’s birthplace is unclear, but some historians believe he may have been born in Albany to Irish immigrant parents.