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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.

Ethan Backer / Northside UP/Centerstate CEO

A Syracuse refugee from Bhutan is hoping a dinner and celebration Saturday (June 20th) will serve as a stepping stone to his dream of fully establishing his restaurant. Hari Bangaley  arrived in Syracuse in 2008 after spending 20 years in a Bhutanese refugee camp.

Music will fill the streets and bounce off the stoops of the city Sunday, thanks to the folks at Making Music magazine decided a few years ago that Syracuse, the place where they walk up those steps to work so many morning, deserved to take part of a worldwide phenomena.

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  The raising of the rainbow flag at Syracuse City Hall took on more meaning Monday with a supreme court decision on marriage equality expected any day now.  CNY Pride officially kicked off pride week, which they hope ends in a victory in the high court after decades of activism. CNY Pride President Bruce Carter says considering history, it only makes sense that justices would continue a constitutional path toward equality.

  African-American history and culture are celebrated around the country every year during Juneteenth festivals commemorating the freeing of slaves.  This year marks the 150th anniversary of their freedom.  Mayor Stephanie Minor kicked-off Syracuse’s festival earlier today in front of City Hall. 

Families in Syracuse’s Outer Comstock neighborhood are celebrating major improvements to Comfort Tyler park thanks in part to a long-time neighbor whose offices are across the street near Manley Field House.  The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation’s Courts4kids program provided funding for a pair of basketball courts that complement a series of other renovations.  

  It’s the seventh such court upgrade at parks throughout the city.  Coach Jim Boeheim says it’s just their way of giving back to a community that’s rallied behind SU’s basketball program.

From Earl Colvin's Facebook Page

  A pioneer of gay rights in Central New York in the 1970’s is being remembered for his persistence at a time when the LGBT community was virtually ostracized, or at least ignored.  Earl Colvin died May 24th at age 82, and will be honored with a ceremony Wednesday evening at city hall. 

Long-time activist Bonnie Strunk worked with Colvin on many early gay pride events.  She recalls when one media outlet learned of one gathering, and young kids began throwing stones.

Long-time Syracuse New Times reporter Walt Shepperd recalls Colvin as someone who had a way of putting people at ease during a time when the larger community was very clearly divided about gay rights .  Bonne Strunk says Colvin was never shy about sharing his opinion, and forging ahead.

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  Most people know about the Central New York S-P-C-A and its efforts to take care of dogs and cats…but they also take in other animals that get neglected or mistreated.  One special example involved a Cazenovia horse farm.  There's also a fundraiser next month to bring more attention to large animal rescue.

Marion Secor owns Skanda Equine in Cazenovia.  She never intended to take in mistreated animals…but knows a thing or two about them.

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