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Syracuse's 30th Annual Juneteenth Festival Aims to Unite a Diverse Community

The African American community in Syracuse is kicked off its 30 th annual celebration of Juneteenth Friday to commemorate their freedom. It all started on June 19th, 1865 when black people were told slavery was over, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Juneteenth Spokesperson Nakeia Chambers says the event is about inclusion. “ It's about celebration and education. What an event like Juneteenth can provide is bringing together our communty, bringing together our families...

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Community Events

City Limits: A Poverty Project

Catch Up On The Latest Reports Diagnosing Issues Related To Poverty In Syracuse.

Nancy Kelly and Joshua Romero swung by WAER to talk about a new venue for relaxation and music in the 315.

Syracuse City Schools

A new series of books has been published that showcases the work of elementary and middle school students from the Syracuse City School District

Congressmember Dan Maffei weighs in on I-81 debate

May 30, 2013
The I-81 Challenge

The future of Interstate 81 remains uncertain after Congressmember Dan Maffei offered his thoughts on what options should be considered.  With traffic rumbling by on the highway nearby, Maffei says neither an identical highway nor “Erie Boulevard” type of road is a smart decision.  He says  Central New York deserves better...

OHA

The Onondaga Historical Association has a new exhibit aimed at teaching people about the history of bridges in Onondaga County.  The exhibit shows off various bridges throughout the county, but focuses primarily on the impact these bridges have had on the history of development within the region. 

US Attorney's Office

A two-year investigation into a Utica Drug ring has resulted in the indictment of 30 suspects. U-S Attorney Richard Hartunian made the announcement Wednesday.

Notable jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller passes in Allentown, PA at 57.

Syracuse Lax Falls in National Championship

May 28, 2013
© Ben Fontana, 2013

Despite a 5-0 lead early on, the 2013 season ended in disappointment for the Syracuse Orange. Duke defeated SU in the National Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia 16-10. It is the 2nd National Championship in program history for the Blue Devils.

The loss was SU's first in a national championship game since 2001, ending a string of four straight national-title game victories for the Orange.

One.org

A U-S government program to treat AIDS in foreign countries reached a milestone this past Memorial Day weekend and it has connections to the disease in this country.

Kaitlyn Richards, WAER News

Drivers on Salina Street are seeing red today, but it is for a good cause.  Onondaga County and City of Syracuse officials met with AIDS Community Resources Director Michael Crinnin to paint a red stripe down Salina Street in honor of the A-C-R’s Paint the Town Red Campaign for AIDS awareness. 

One veteran this Memorial Day is sharing his experiences trying to help other Vets get stable housing, medical care or other help. 

SU Lacrosse Advances to Title Game

May 26, 2013
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Despite trailing for the seemingly the entire game, the top-seeded Syracuse lacrosse team came back from behind to defeat #4 Denver 9-8 in the Final Four to advance to its 17th National Championship game in school history. The Orange now takes on seventh-seeded Duke on Memorial Day Monday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 1 PM.

 Derek Maltz scored the game winning goal with 19.2 seconds left to seal it for the 'Cuse. Malt's goal capped a furious rally that saw the Orange tally five of the game's last six goals to overcome a 7-4 deficit entering the fourth quarter.

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