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A large U.S. flag served as the backdrop behind Family Court Judges from Central New York at the OnCenter this morning who were about to officially finalize the adoption process for families.  A local politician candidly shared his emotional account about the day he and his wife decided to adopt two children to expand their family…  Congressman John Katko.


Vice President Biden Speaks at SU About Campus Sexual Assaults

Nov 12, 2015
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Syracuse University, through it's It's On Us Campaign, made quite a pep rally for Vice President Biden's visit Thursday, engaging the large student and staff audience with music and multimedia messages like PSAs.  

Less than a month after deciding not to run for President, he’s calling people out on stopping campus sexual violence.  Without having to run a campaign, Joe Biden has time for one of his most passionate causes.

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Volunteers at the Syracuse VA Medical Center say if it wasn’t for the service they provide through the Disabled American Veterans, many would never make it to Syracuse for medical care.  For the trained Volunteer Drivers are dedicated such as Dana Squire, the chance to serve transport them is an honor.

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Hundreds of Central New Yorkers made their way to the On-Center today to look for one of 5,000 new jobs.  200 booths representing businesses, manufacturing, government, healthcare, and service organizations were set up.  Job Seekers such as Kevin Hallock put on their best attire, brought their resumes and then prepared to work the room.

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The renovations of the former Hotel Syracuse are ongoing inside and out and the sunshine beamed inside of two completed rooms that were unveiled today.  The Hotel will become a Marriot.  The Owner's Manager Member, Ed Riley is largely credited with saving the hotel.  He says the wooden doors leading to the rooms date back to 1924 and are being refurbished locally by Stickley.

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Hundreds of residents joined lines and lines of police officers Friday to remember an officer lost in the line of duty 25 years ago.  To the law enforcement community, the death of Wallie Howard Junior is a rallying cry. 

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    A simple walk across a street Tuesday carried with it a lot more significance than just getting to the other side.

“West Street used to be referred to the nine lines of fury, is what we called it here in our neighborhood and in our office,”  West Side Initiative Director Maarten Jacobs said. “With nine lanes being used by cars, the community for a long time really felt isolated and separated from the rest of the city because of those nine lines.”

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It might not be the time of year we associate with gardening but, Dr. King Elementary School in the Syracuse City School District is starting theirs soon.  The Urban Garden Project is designed to bring better nutrition to students and let them know what crops they can grow by Thanksgiving. Organizer Mike Atkins explains that living conditions for city residents are tough.

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A new AARP survey of about 800 residents in Onondaga County shows there is a growing concern if they’ll have enough money on hand to live comfortably when they retire.  The sampling of local working residents who are registered voters shows that 16 percent of Gen Xers, and 23 percent of Boomers don’t have access to retirement savings.  Even worse, AARP State Director Beth Finkel says about 3.5 million New Yorkers employed by private industry don’t have a defined benefits package or a 401K.  

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  The Sheriff department has purchased new devices that could save more lives in Onondaga County and save tax payer money. Sheriff Eugene Conway announced that 95 Automated External Defibrillators would enhance public safety. Conway says when he served as Police Chief in Dewitt, he witnessed occasions when people were rescued from fatal circumstances.