Most people around Central New York are staring at the trees right about now, considering the leaves, hoping and wishing for that lone last burst of color.

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  Three-time Nobel peace prize nominee Kathy Kelly and a band of supporters from Central New York began walking from Hancock air base to Niagara Falls Wednesday to protest the use of weaponized drones. 

Kelly recently returned from her 16th trip to Afghanistan, where a father and four fellow graduates of the police academy were killed by drone fire while sipping tea in a garden. 

"The wife of this young man said 'Believe me, I hope this never happens to someone from your country.' How is she going to tell this child, your father was killed by a computer."

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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.”

  Upstate Medical University’s next president is spending a few days meeting with hospital and medical school staff a few months before she takes over.  Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena was named to the post back in September.

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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.

  The Upstate Poison Control Center is receiving an increasing number of calls about toddlers unintentionally ingesting the liquid from E-cigarettes. In 2014 more than 3700 exposures to liquid nicotine were reported to poison control centers nationwide. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports, this year that number has already topped 2200. 

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  There’s a new venue for the popular Super DIRT week racing event that has called the state fairgrounds home for decades.  The aging track and grandstand will soon be demolished as part of $70 million in redevelopment and upgrades.  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the event will move to the Central New York Raceway Park currently under construction in Hastings. 

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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.  

They came, they drank, they saw their Top Ten football squad wear out the valiant hometown team.

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  A Report Card on New York State’s infrastructure today supports Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s call for help in fixing up roads, bridges and water systems.  A national engineers study has details and recommendations.