ITHACA, N.Y. — Details of The Ithaca Plan — a radical new drug policy proposal that calls for safe injection sites and heroin assisted maintenance therapy — will be released at a news conference Wednesday morning.

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It’s happening at 9:30 a.m. at the Tompkins Public Library Wednesday (today!). If you can’t make the event, we will be live streaming it on our Facebook page.

Live streaming news events is new for The Voice, so here are three quick things to know if you tune in:

Occasional interruption

Every 30 minutes or so, there will be a quick interruption as we launch and share a new video feed. Per Facebook’s policy, live streams can only last 30 minutes. If you are watching the video and receive a message that the live stream has ended, wait about one minute, refresh The Voice’s Facebook page, and click on the new video. The videos will be numbered so you can keep track of which one you just watched.

Why does the video pause or speed up suddenly?

We have no idea. The live streaming feature is relatively new to Facebook so it might have to do with that, or it could have to do with internet connections on either end of the user spectrum. Either way, we can’t fix that.

The quirks weren’t too big of a deal when we live streamed discussion a panel Tuesday night about heroin addiction, but on the off chance you feel like you’ve missed something pivotal, you can always re-watch it later.

What if I miss the live stream?

You can re-watch each video on our Facebook at any time.

We know there are other options for live streaming, but we are making the editorial decision to stream on Facebook because that’s where YOU are. Most of The Voice’s readership gets to us via Facebook.

We want to see discussions in the comments and know what our readers’ opinions and questions are. By participating in the conversation about any issue, our readers really do help shape our news coverage by giving us new perspectives and letting us know what’s important to the community.

We hope live streams continue the great conversations happening in Ithaca and Tompkins County.

We want to make this a great experience for you. If you are having issues, please send The Ithaca Voice a message on Facebook or email Managing Editor Jolene Almendarez at

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Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.