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Ret. U.S. Army Specialist Recieves his Dream Home on 9/11

The Sacrifices of those on 9/11 and the years that followed in U.S. led conflicts were honored yesterday by awarding a smart home to 27 year-old retired U.S Army SPC E-4 Matt Leyva. We took a look at the homes smart features on Monday in Pompey. A patriotic themed event was staged outside of the home. Picture this. U.S. flags lined the driveway leading to the new home and a giant flag suspended to partially block the full view. And then it was unveiled with the crowd prompted to say, “MOVE THAT FLAG!” The home is situated on a spacious lot with a panoramic view of evergreens. Leyva was injured during a foot patrol in Afghanistan when he likely triggered an I.E.D. The blast resulted in Leyva completely losing his legs and several fingertips on both hands and two years of recovery. He was sent to Germany and then Texas to recover. The home’s smart features are a dream come true. Leyva spoke to the crowd over a microphone.

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The recently announced 2013-2014 Syracuse Stage season offers well-known classics mixed with exciting contemporary work.

SU Lacrosse Focused on Notre Dame

Apr 23, 2013

Though the SU men's lacrosse team dropped to #7 in the country after a loss to Hobart last Tuesday, it still finds itself in a top-10 matchup with Notre Dame this weekend. After top-ranked Denver fell this past week, the Fighting Irish are now the number one team in the nation.

Last year, Syracuse took on Notre Dame on the road in South Bend and fell 8-6. But now, the game is at a neutral site in the Kinoca Minolta Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ this weekend.

SU Lacrosse Beats Georgetown on the Road

Apr 23, 2013

Georgetown (5-8, 2-3 BIG EAST) scored a pair of late goals, but No. 3 Syracuse (10-3, 4-1 BIG EAST) stifled the charge and held on for a 9-8 win against the Hoyas Saturday, April 20 in front of 2,736 fans at Multi-Sport Field. The win closed the book on a grueling stretch of five games in two weeks for the Orange.

Legendary folk singer Richie Havens, the first performer at Woodstock, died of a heart attack Monday at the age of 72.  While he was known internationally for his excellent guitar work and cover songs, his death hits close to home here in Central New York.  Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director, Frank Malfitano, knew him well on both personal and professional levels.

"For me, there simply was no sweeter man and no greater interpretive song stylist

Tia Fuller JAMS Syracuse

Apr 17, 2013
Keith Major

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April is a celebration of the history, culture and relevancy of jazz as an art form. WAER  Syracuse Public Media is continuing its annual celebration of JAM with a performance by an extraordinary modern jazz artist, Tia Fuller.    Fuller is known for her artful mastery of the saxophone. She has performed with R&B star, Beyoncé and is featured on the Beyoncé Experience DVD. She has also played with Esperanza Spalding, Jon Faddis, T. S. Monk  and Nancy Wilson.