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Syracuse Street Corner Should be Monument to Prominent Abolitionist & Underground Railroad History

Many people have walked or driven right past one of the most prolific passageways of the Underground Railroad in Syracuse…and never even knew it. Why is an unassuming street corner in Syracuse really an important weigh station of history? You very well might have driven past the intersection of East Genesee Street and Pine…maybe thousands of times. Writer and local resident Madis Senner had a friend that lived just a few doors down. “I used to come here all the time in my late teens, early...

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A little music in the afternoon at M-and-T bank in downtown Syracuse had to mean only one thing.

The line-up and dates of the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest were announced Wednesday.  The 35th edition of the popular jazz concert will feature Jazz icon Ramsey Lewis and his electric quintet on Friday. June 9th.  They’ll be followed by the high-energy group The Mavericks.

Republican members of Congress aren't exactly getting a warm welcome in their home districts during this week's recess.

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Many people have walked or driven right past one of the most prolific passageways of the Underground Railroad in Syracuse…and never even knew it.  Why is an unassuming street corner in Syracuse really an important weigh station of history?

You very well might have driven past the intersection of East Genesee Street and Pine…maybe thousands of times.  Writer and local resident Madis Senner had a friend that lived just a few doors down.  

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Dozens of government, non-profit and private sector companies and organizations will be on hand at SUNY ESF Wednesday to help connect students and others to careers in the environment. John Turbeville, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director of Career Services at ESF, said the 16th annual networking event is their only career fair.

“This is our Super Bowl, it’s something we look forward to every single year.”

Syracuse Hosts Duke in ACC Showdown

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Coming off three straight close losses, Syracuse (16-12, 8-7) hosts Duke (22-5, 10-4) on Wednesday with hopes of reaching the postseason dwindling. History will be made as well, as it will be the first time two coaches with 1,000 wins face each other with Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim prowling the sidelines.

'Cuse could use a big win over a ranked opponent, like Duke, who enters the game ranked tenth in the country.

President Trump on Monday named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, filling out the team that will advise him on issues such as ISIS and Russia.

The opioid and heroin epidemic is still as problematic as ever in Central New York as treatment options continue to expand.  That’s according to the Director of Behavioral Health at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.  Last year, 325 patients were admitted to the medication assistive treatment program and the current census has 700 patients enrolled for treatment services which can span several years or decades.  Behavioral Health Director Monika Taylor is anticipating funding from the State Budget and at the Federal level.

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More than a dozen Syracuse-area parishioners are spending this week in Nicaragua to help combat maternal mortality and support infant health.  Since the early 1990's, parishioners have been providing money and supplies to the Health Care Ministry in the in the Villanueva community.  Charles Clinton, one of the group’s leaders, notes how important the trip is to the community.

"You would see on the walls of the program center photographs of people from previous trips," Clinton said.  "They're in their memories, and definitely in their spirits."

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Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the swift opposition from some officials about the recommendation of a metropolitan government amounts to nothing more than scare tactics and fear mongering.  We caught up with Mahoney to round out our series on the potential impact of the Consensus Commission’s final report.

Mahoney says she’s always been a proponent of more efficient government, and has continued the county’s track record of combining city and county departments. 

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, we have stories highlighting both the player and fan experience. First we will hear from WAER's Connor Morrisette as he introduces us to an SU Superfan. 

After that Paul Mancano gives us some insight into the past of Freshman Taurean Thompson and how he found his way to Syracuse University. 

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