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Will the State Legislature and Governor Cuomo Legalize Recreational Marijuana?

New York legalized marijuana for medical purposes; however, it continues to be holding-out on legalizing the drug for recreational use. N.Y. Grows is advocating the State Legislature and the Governor to consider taking up companion legislation to follow the lead of eight other states. They say launching the industry in New York would generate an estimated $600 million dollars in annual revenue. Spokesperson Joel Giambra says the extra money for the state could be used to repair or replace roads and bridges.

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The Syracuse Orange (16-12, 8-7) were in a familiar position in the last minute of Sunday's sellout game in Atlanta. Unfortunately for coach Boeheim and the Orange, now just 2-7 on the road this year, the 71-65 loss was a familiar sight as well.

Last-Second Heroics Lead Orange Past Great Danes

Feb 19, 2017
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Nick Mariano sliced a shot past Albany goalie JD Colarusso with 1.6 seconds left on the clock to secure Syracuse’s second win of the season; a 10-9 decision over the Great Danes.

This game seemed to be a mirror image of the last time Albany (0-1) and Syracuse (2-0) met, which was in the NCAA tournament last April. That time around, Syracuse came back to beat the Great Danes in an intense matchup, 11-9 in overtime.

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At the beginning of this year, Syracuse (16-11, 8-6) was the nineteenth ranked team in the country according to the AP Poll and seemed poised to build off an incredible Final Four run from a year ago. Now, in the middle of February, the Orange head to the Peach State to face a dangerous Georgia Tech (15-11, 6-7) team, needing a win to keep hopes of returning to March Madness alive.

Delaware Elementary Teaches Black History with Living Wax Museum of Prominent Black Figures

Feb 17, 2017
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Delaware Elementary School in Syracuse observed National African American parent Involvement Day  (NAAPID) Friday by presenting a living, historical wax museum of prominent black figures. The living museum brought figures such as Lebron James, Lauryn Hill, and Harriet Tubman to life with the help of students, teachers, and the community. Syracuse University master student Madeline Moore is a substitute teacher. She portrayed singer Lauryn Hill and says it's important for the students to learn about influential African  Americans.

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Another New York team will visit the Carrier Dome when Albany makes the westward trek to face Syracuse (1-0) on Saturday. The Danes come in ranked twelve in the nation with this to be their first game of the season.

These two teams met last year in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Syracuse ended Albany's season with an 11-9 victory to move on to the quarterfinals. 

Darrin Harris Frisby / Drug Policy Alliance

New York legalized marijuana for medical purposes; however, it continues to be holding-out on legalizing the drug for recreational use.  N.Y. Grows is advocating the State Legislature and the Governor to consider taking up companion legislation to follow the lead of eight other states.  They say launching the industry in New York would generate an estimated $600 million dollars in annual revenue.  Spokesperson Joel Giambra says the extra money for the state could be used to repair or replace roads and bridges.

The GOP put out a survey Thursday night that's enough to make a social scientist cringe.

It's called the "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey," but this "survey" commits a variety of polling sins.

It contains:

-- Leading questions ("Do you believe that the mainstream media does not do their due diligence fact-checking before publishing stories on the Trump administration?"),

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The head of the region’s leading business development group says the consensus commission’s report present opportunities to streamline operations for developers.  It's the latest of many perspectives in our series examining the potential impact of the commission’s recommendations.

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The chairman of the Onondaga county legislature says they will not bring a proposal for a new metropolitan government to the ballot this year.  The decision comes a week after the consensus commission recommended the combination of city and county government in its final report.  Ryan McMahon says the debate has just begun and the decision will not be rushed.

The chair of the Green Party in Onondaga County says a metropolitan government is needed to address segregation, poverty, and economic stagnation.  But Howie Hawkins says the model proposed by the consensus commission would only amplify those problems. 

He agrees with consensus that the recommendations to consolidate 16 functions of government like road maintenance and public safety can probably be done now and relatively quickly to provide better infrastructure and services.

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