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Wide Range of New York Interests Decry House Vote on Tax Reform Bill

Governor Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed by the House of Representatives, saying it will be “poison” to New York. A range of groups, from businesses, school leaders and progressive activists in New York also spoke out against the House vote, and the provision to end the state and local tax deduction, saying they will be harmful to state residents. The governor also criticized the tax plan as a corporate giveaway. “ This is a federal scam that they are running,” Cuomo said. “...

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The Central New York chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union is hosting a panel discussion about the ongoing plans for I-81, and how it will impact racial isolation and economic exclusion in Onondaga County. 

The panel will be moderated by Director Yusuf Abdul-Qadir. He says plans for the highway must include consideration of the issues of poverty and segregation in the city.

“It’s unfathomable that we would have a community that has the highest concentrations of poverty of African Americans and Latinos and not use this as a means to address those issues." 

The Federal Election Commission is moving to improve disclosure of the money behind Internet and digital ads, as the shadow of Russian-funded social-media ads in last year's presidential race hangs over the agency.

"We can't, obviously, take over the role of the Justice Department or of Congress," Democratic commissioner Ellen Weintraub told other commissioners Thursday, "but I do think that we could do this little piece."

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Siena College Students and  AT&T brought a workshop to East Syracuse Minoa High School Thursday to make students aware of how to deal with Cyberbullying.  One of the most meaningful ways is to intervene by becoming “Upstander Ambassadors," as conveyed in this skit.

“Why do you keep posting pictures of them on snapchat?" asks a female student.

"Because they're going to the thrift shop.  That's nasty," replied a male student.

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The Syracuse Orange (2-0, 0-0) enters its third game of the season at home against the Texas Southern Tigers (0-3, 0-0) in a prime time matchup under the lights of the Carrier Dome.

Arguably the most impressive aspect of the Orange season thus far has been its defense. Through two games, SU has allowed just 53.5 points per game, good for t-16 in all of Division I college basketball. Syracuse has been able to make opponents shots difficult both in the paint and behind the arc, with 'Cuse ranking in the top 40 in both blocks and three-point field goal defense in the nation. 

Karen DeWitt / WXXI News

Governor Cuomo is slamming the tax overhaul plan passed by the House of Representatives, saying it will be “poison” to New York.

A range of groups, from businesses, school leaders and progressive activists in New York also spoke out against the House vote, and the provision to end the state and local tax deduction, saying they will be harmful to state residents.

The governor also criticized the tax plan as a corporate giveaway.

For seven years, Angela Merkel has topped Forbes magazine's list of the most powerful women in the world. In the wake of populism's rise in European and U.S. politics, she's seen by many as a vital pillar of Western values and multilateralism.

But the 63-year-old chancellor of Germany could soon lose her job if she fails to form a new government.

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Last week, the Syracuse Orange (2-4, 4-6) fell 64-43 to the Wake Forest. While the two teams battled back and forth during the first half, the Demon Deacons ran away with it in the second, outscoring the Orange 40-5.

Syracuse is currently in last place in the ACC Atlantic and has to win its last two games to ensure bowl eligibility, making this Saturday’s game against Louisville (3-4, 6-4) a must win game. The Cardinals are coming off a 38-21 victory over Virginia and currently stand fifth in the division.

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Sixteen years ago Saturday, three teenagers set fire to a 100-year-old farmhouse at Gobind Sadan USA in Palermo, destroying the Sikh place of worship.  The community is invited to a memorial vigil Saturday to celebrate overcome the hatred that has fueled recent tragedies.

Gobind Sadan USA founding president Ralph Singh remembers getting the phone call, and arriving on the scene…

Updated at 6:55 p.m. ET

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that President Trump believes the allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual assault against Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore are "very troubling and should be taken seriously" but stopped short of calling on him to step aside as other national Republican leaders have.

"He believes the people of Alabama should make the decision of who their next senator is going to be," said Sanders, who added later that she didn't expect Trump to campaign for Moore.

As NPR's Board of Directors meet in Washington, D.C., this week, the network finds itself confronted by a series of dispiriting developments: a CEO on medical leave; a chief news executive forced out over sexual harassment allegations; the sudden resignation of a board chairman; fresh complaints over inappropriate behavior by colleagues; and a network roiled by tensions over the treatment of its female workers.

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