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HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON
10:02 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Miss Black Friday Deals? S.U. Expert Says Don't Fret

Central New York bargain hunters were out and about Friday trying to land those limited black Friday specials.  But Syracuse University professor of retail practice Amanda Nicholson says there’s no reason to rush for most items.

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THANKSGIVING TRAVEL 2014
12:41 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

CNY Holiday Travelers Probably 'Thankful' for Lower Gas Prices

Central New York motorists traveling across the state or even to New England will see lower gas prices for the Thanksgiving holiday travel period.
Credit gasbuddy.com

Central New Yorkers heading out on the road this Thanksgiving Holiday are being greeted by gas prices a full 50 cents–a-gallon less than a year ago.  Gas-Buddy-dot-com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says in some respects, the drop  in prices isn't all that uncommon for this time of year.

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POLICE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS
6:09 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Syracuse Community Rallies for Better Policing After Ferguson Decision

Community members gather in front of the federal building in Syracuse calling for peace and justice in Ferguson.
Scott Willis WAER news

More than 50 people of many backgrounds gathered in front of the federal building in Syracuse today to express their disappointment that no criminal charges will be brought against a Ferguson Missouri police officer.  Darren Wilson is accused of shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown.  While most at the rally didn’t condone the violence that followed the grand jury’s decision, some like David Dunbar of Syracuse understand where the anger comes from.

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SIDEWALK SAFETY
7:13 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Ordinance to Fine People Who Don't Shovel Sidewalks Fails to Pass Again

A snowy sidewalk from the winter season 2013
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Another attempt to fine Syracuse property owners who don’t clear the snow from their sidewalks has failed in the Common Council.  The vote was 7 to 2 against beefing up a snow removal ordinance to include a warning, followed by a $50 fine for those who don’t comply.  

The measure would have applied only to primary routes and those near schools, and might have included some discretion for the elderly or those with disabilities.  Councilor Bob Dougherty understands the concern, and had hoped to work with community and school groups to arrange volunteers to help:

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AT&T Civic App Challenge
6:22 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Download this! Local Hackers in Competition for Apps to Help Society

Pocketsights, a travel app, won first place at the AT&T Central New York Civic App Challenge

  There’s a possibility one of the next apps you download will have been made right here in Syracuse. The first AT&T Central New York Civic App Challenge gave awards to four apps based on both creativity and ability to impact the area. Alan Ward says his app provides a modern way to see the landmarks of Central New York:

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