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Oakland Warehouse Manager Tells 'Today' Show: 'I Am Incredibly Sorry'

The manager of the Oakland, Calif., warehouse that burned down, killing at least 36 people, apologized for the devastation while defending his vision for the "Ghost Ship" artists' collective during an agonized, frequently tense interview on the Today show.After Matt Lauer welcomed him with "good morning," Derick Almena shook his head."It's not a good morning," he said. "What am I doing here? Can I just say I'm sorry?"When asked if he should be held accountable for the disaster, Almena — who...
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As an Asian-American woman, I've had any number of opportunities to see someone who looked like me on the big and small screen.

Since I was a little girl, I've seen Disney's Mulan, Trini Kwan from Fox Kids' Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey's Anatomy, to name a few. And while the portrayal of Asian-American women by Hollywood and television could use some work – too often they're over-sexualized or rendered exotic – at least we're present and have some depth.

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Syracuse Common Councilors want to make sure the state knows where they stand when it comes to redevelopment of I-81 north of the I-690 interchange.  Councilors passed a resolution Monday asking the governor to direct the DOT to acknowledge the potential damage that could be done by the current proposal.

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The organizers of Syracuse-area protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline are only so happy to hear about the suspension of the project by the Army Corps of Engineers.  One local Native American has some insights on the latest developments  - and what it might mean for environmental and indigenous policies.

Syracuse saw several events in support of the protesters in North Dakota.

New Restaurant to Benefit OCC Students and the Northside Community

Dec 2, 2016
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Students at Onondaga Community College can learn in a new restaurant that will also pay benefits for Syracuse's Northside community.  Sarah Robin, the first restaurateur in residence, will have Pakistani food on the menu in the teaching restaurant.

“I want to open my own restaurant in the future so this whole program is helping a lot. I know how to cook but I really want to learn some management skills” Robin said. “So I think this hotel and these skills will help me to really make me the person whom I have to be.”

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Bishops representing the Episcopal Church are coming to Syracuse as the local Central New York Denomination Consecrates its first female Bishop tomorrow, the eleventh for the church.  The Presiding US Bishop of the Church, The Most Reverend Michael Curry will preside over the service.  He is the first African-American to lead the church.  In terms of instilling Social Justice, he likens what he think needs to be done by people to the teachings of the church.

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With the start of the holiday season, staff at the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion in Syracuse has spent the past few days decorating for the many events planned for December. And while one of the goals is to raise money to renovate the 163-year-old mansion, foundation director Mary Therese Zorbo says they’re also trying to raise awareness of the mansion and its rich history.

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The annual World AIDS Day Service was observed at LeMoyne College on Thursday morning.  The “Service of Remembrance” was filled with reflective readings, stirring music and handmade quilts bearing the names of loved ones.

The Obama administration is challenging a federal judge's decision last month to block the implementation of a new rule that would have made 4 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

The Department of Labor and its co-defendants filed a notice of appeal at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on Thursday, the same day that the rule was set to take effect before the temporary injunction was issued.

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The developer of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown is taking on another multi-million dollar building renovation project right across the street.  The old Symphony Tower, which was once connected to the old hotel by a pedestrian bridge, will take $24 to $26 million to complete and will be up and running by next fall, according to Co-Owner, Ed Riley.  He says that amount factors in the work that’s previously been performed and what’s left to complete.  Riley doesn’t think the new Hyatt brand hotel will  compete with the Marriott.

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The spread of technology is about to start changing medical care more rapidly…and in the process, possibly save patients and the healthcare system money. One local insurer will be rolling out Tele-medicine for the families it covers this coming year.

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