John Smith

  Women decked out in red filled a special events room in The Nottingham in Jamesville Friday. The common theme wasn’t a coincidence; they were celebrating National Red Day. For these women, and for many others around the country, red is a statement, a reminder of the importance of keeping their hearts strong and healthy.

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  Consensus, the Commission on Local Government Modernization, will be holding four more public meetings  starting Monday Feb. 8 to Thursday Feb. 11 in Salina, Camillus, and Syracuse. 

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Several members of various law enforcement  agencies gathered Thursday to announce the latest results of the multi-agency Syracuse Truce program.  Police Chief Frank Fowler set the tone:

"When I talk about the crime stats, I'm not going to talk about it from a perspective of joy because, in order for us to reach this point, and the reason why we're here, is because two young men lost their lives in the process."

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The City of Syracuse is working on legislation that would prohibit the booting of unauthorized vehicles on private property.  Syracuse Police First Deputy Chief Joe Cecile says the problem seems to have reached a boiling point in the past couple months.

"We became aware of it because we were called to situations where booting has occurred by private citizens.  We were called there because there were verbal altercations."

…and a fear that it could escalate.

Syracuse Marks 77th Anniversary of Deadly Collins Block Fire

Feb 3, 2016
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   Vicious winds and heavy rain didn’t stop members of the Syracuse Fire Department Wednesday morning from paying their respects to local firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. Area firemen, police officers, and onlookers honored those who lost their lives in the Collins Block Fire of 1939.  Nine firefighters perished when the building collapsed. Now, the ceremony honors all firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty in the Department’s history. Fire Chief Paul Linnertz says it’s vital to continue to honor the victims.

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  The Palace Theater was filled with some renowned musicians this morning as a preview of what’s ahead next month at the 2016 SAMMY Awards.

The SAMMY’s… also known as the Syracuse Area Music Awards isn’t a complete acronym but, Director Liz Nowak says it’s as close to the Grammy’s as they could get.  The committee’s mailbox was stuffed full with 118 submissions recorded in 20-15, the most ever.

Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Syracuse

Feb 2, 2016
Scott Willis / WAER News

  Syracuse’s second medical marijuana dispensary is ready to open on Wednesday.  Etain Health has set up shop on Erie Boulevard East, and will grant eligible patients access to oil-based cannabis products such as a topical oil, a spray, capsules, and a liquid for use in a vaporizing pen.

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Don’t call it a comeback. After starting ACC play 0-4, the Syracuse Orange (15-8 overall, 5-5 ACC) have stormed back, going 5-1 in their last six games to get to .500 in conference play. On Tuesday, the Orange take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (12-10, 4-5) in yet another critical conference matchup at the dome.

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The first public engagement meetings will be held Monday to discuss the preliminary recommendations of the Consensus commission on local government modernization.  Public opinion could play a large role in determining just how government will serve residents in the future.

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The Onondaga Nation is calling for a change in strategy on cleaning up Onondaga Lake. Nation leaders were at the lakeside today, criticizing one part of the remediation that failed. Nation attorney Alma Lowry says the public hears about progress, but not problems.