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  Syracuse school children no longer have to worry about being fined if they’re late to return a book to the city’s libraries.  Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Tuesday the city will pay $7,000 per year to cover the cost of the fines, as well as prevent blocks on library cards.  She says the idea is to keep children reading so they stay on track at school, especially during the summer. 

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Syracuse Police are trying to piece together what led to multiple shots being fired Sunday night at a large party that claimed the life of a 41-year-old man on the city’s near west side.  An officer also fired her weapon during the melee.  Mayor Stephanie Miner says police had an idea there could be a problem at an annual father’s day gathering near Skiddy Park.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner signed a law Thursday that she believes is a major step towards eliminating economic inequality in the City of Syracuse.   The Resident Hiring Ordinance requires 20 percent of workers on city contracts over $100,000 be residents of the city. @verhouseinc

Under reporting and lack of public discussion seem to be the biggest barriers to stopping elder abuse.  Wednesday marked World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and Vera House Project Coordinator Jenny Hicks says the issue is frequently ignored or avoided.   


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  More than 30 volunteers at St. Joseph’s Health Center gathered on Tuesday to execute Operation Backpack . The program helps hundreds of children go to school fully packed and prepared with all the school supplies they need for the upcoming academic year.

Bins filled with back to school essential quickly ended up in backpacks that were ready for drop off at the at the St. Joseph pediatric outpatient clinic locations for distribution.  Lauren Spring is the current president of the St. Joseph's Auxiliary Board who helped organize "Operation Backpack" 

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  The raising of a rainbow flag in front of city hall elicited applause from the somber crowd gathered to mark the beginning of CNY Pride Week.  What is usually a festive event was tempered by the tragedy in Florida over the weekend.

The Muslim Chaplain at Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel says Muhammad Ali was one of history’s most influential and inspiring individuals who was strongly committed to bringing about change in the world.  WAER brings this perspective of a religious leader who says Ali lived the core values of Islam.  Dr. Ahmed Malik  says Muhammad Ali stepped out of the ring, so to speak, to serve all people.

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The summer travel season is just around the corner and Syracuse TSA officials want airline travelers to be prepared.  Federal Security Director of Upstate New York Bart Johnson shares some tips for a faster screening process.

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  A World War Two navy veteran in Syracuse who lost his son in Vietnam is closer than he’s ever been to getting his son’s name on the Vietnam memorial wall.  Senator Chuck Schumer has been doing his part, and paid a visit Monday to 91-year-old Larry Reilly at his home on Meadowbrook Drive. 

"Are you Larry?"  Schumer asked as he entered the house.

"Yes I am!"  Larry Reilly replied enthusiastically.

"It's an honor to meet you, an honor," Schumer said.

"Welcome to Syracuse," Reilly said.

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Dozens of 5th and 6th graders from Syracuse City Schools took a break from the classroom Friday to practice their swing, run bases and also bump into the Major League Baseball Commissioner at Burnet Park.  Robert Manfred visited Syracuse today to celebrate the city's partnership with the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities Program (RBI) to promote wider participation in baseball and softball programs.  RBI provides programmatic support from uniforms to coaches to training.