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Zaire Franklin New Leader of a New-Look Syracuse Defense for 2015 Season

SEASON OPENER, SU v. RHODE ISLAND: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF @ 6:06; LIVE GAME ACTION @ 7:00 on WAER 88.3 FM Zaire Franklin fielded the same questions and gave similar responses at both the Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day and Syracuse's opening press conferences. "I can't believe that I'm here," he told a room full of reporters at ACC Media Day in July. "It's almost surreal that I'm sitting in front of you guys."
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After three decades of dust, gusts and deluges at the New York State Fair Grandstand, from having my belly pushing up against the front rail for the Southern Spirit Tour to resting my back two rows from the top for Kid Rock, I sat smack dab in the middle of a green patch of grass next to my dear wife Karen Thursday night on chairs from bags I brought slung over my shoulders.

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  WAER News embarked on a three-part series looking deeper into the significance and impact of the new Lakeview Amphitheater.  Thursday's concert is the only one planned for this year; a full slate is expected to be scheduled for 2016.  

CONVINCING CRITICS

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney still finds herself trying to convince skeptics that the amphitheater can be a boost to the local economy.  She says the concert…and the opening of the grounds to the public for the first time, might be a starting point to win over critics.

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  •   SEASON OPENER, SU v. RHODE ISLAND: COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF @ 6:06; LIVE GAME ACTION @ 7:00 on WAER 88.3 FM

  Zaire Franklin fielded the same questions and gave similar responses at both the Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day and Syracuse's opening press conferences.

"I can't believe that I'm here," he told a room full of reporters at ACC Media Day in July. "It's almost surreal that I'm sitting in front of you guys."

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  A former orphanage in Syracuse has been turned into a place that’s trying to improve learning - and the future - for some of Syracuse’s less fortunate children.  The Determination Center got some attention from the area’s Congressional representative Wednesday that just might help.

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  One of the people through the turnstiles at the State Fair Tuesday was Governor Cuomo.  He was ready to share with fairgoers his vision for a new look to the fairgrounds.  The visit was making good on a promise to move the attraction into the future.

The New York State Fair was never an early endeavor in these decades I've snaked my way through Syracuse to Geddes.

 My M.O. as music critic for the big daily was to get there in time to snag a good seat at Chevy Court for the afternoon concert. In the past couple summers of blogging here for WAER and at my own place, markbialczak.com, I caught Grace Potter at the court and Train at the Grandstand, night shows both, and wandered through the buildings, too.

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  The Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak that hit New York City earlier this summer is now having an impact here in Onondaga County.  There’s not any disease showing up, but building owners that have cooling towers are now covered by new regulationsCounty Health Department Director of Environmental Health Lisa Letteney (LETT-nee) expects the new registry to be pretty widespread.

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  Piled-on ice cream scoops, some secret ingredients or two, and then… mix it up with milk.  The New York State Fair marked the 37th annual Dairy Day Monday.  Members of the media competed this morning with their one-of-a-kind milkshakes. Rising Country Music Singer Lindsay James was teamed up with local DJ Skip Clark.

"All around, I actually would drink our shake.  Skip, don't you think you would drink the shake?"

"The shake was awesome," Clark said.

"It tasted great," James concurred.

The phrase "police militarization" conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal government doesn't keep track, and neither do the states — with one exception: Utah.

European ministers have called for an emergency summit to discuss the hundreds of thousands of migrants who are pouring into European countries.

As The New York Times reports, almost as soon as Germany, France and the U.K. made the call, Luxembourg, which currently holds the EU presidency, obliged by setting a meeting date for Sept. 14 in Brussels.

The Times reports:

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