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  The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25 on Sunday, and one long-time Syracuse disability rights advocate says the ADA amounted to equal rights legislation.

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  A successful grandparent mentorship program that serves hundreds of Syracuse-area first and second graders is on the budget chopping block if the U.S. Senate can’t save it.  Senator Chuck Schumer stopped at Van Duyn elementary in Syracuse today, one of at least 30 schools and family support locations served by the Senior corps program.  Schumer says the grandparents are a critical addition to schools and families…

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All hands were on deck this morning as Syracuse's Operation Walk Cargo Team unloaded and packed 16-thousand pounds of medical supplies for their upcoming service trip to Guatmela. A team of 50 people…from surgeons and nurses to cardiologists and physical therapists will make the journey south in a few weeks.  

  Director Kimberly Murray says the group hopes to treat 75 patients in need of hip and knee replacements, and complete 90 or more free surgeries. 

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Thousands of cars, from hot rods to classics to muscle cars will be on display at the New York State Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday for the 2015 Syracuse Nationals.  Organizers expect 8000 cars and as many as 80,000 visitors.  

Tourism officials told the Business Journal that last year's event boosted the local economy by $13 million.  Organizers call the Nationals the largest car show in the Northeast. 

  The 33rd edition of Syracuse Jazzfest is approaching, and founder and executive producer Frank Malfitano says he’s always seems to set a new bar for himself.

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  A ribbon cutting at a small restaurant near downtown Syracuse took place Tuesday. The simple business event might also have some cultural and neighborhood resonance.

I could guess it's because Francis Scott Key decided that the line "bombs bursting in air" needed to be in the verses of that poem he wrote that became our National Anthem that we've been fascinated with fireworks, this country of ours, so thoroughly and collectively.

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The president of the group CNY Pride says the supreme court’s ruling supporting same sex marriage is probably the most the LGBT community can hope for within the realm of marriage and the rights that come with it.  Dr. Bruce Carter is also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology and Child and Family Studies Departments at Syracuse University's Falk College.  

  He says the decision is consistent with similar cases recognizing the rights of individuals.  He cites Justice Anthony Kennedy’s reasoning in the  decision…

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  The renovation of the historic Hotel Syracuse will also bring with it a new name.  The announcement came Thursday in the dusty lobby from Hotel Owner Ed Riley.

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  More than 100 people of many backgrounds marched around Clinton Square during the lunch hour Tuesday to call for an end to the racism linked to the shooting that killed nine parishoners at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina last week.  While the rally was peaceful, it was clear that many are angry about the racism that still pervades the nation. 

The Syracuse Peace Council’s Amelia Lefevre says the act of terrorism is grounded in a history of disregard for…and devaluing of people of color.

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