A lot of people here in Central New York have Black Friday marked on their calendars for holiday shopping.  But one local economist says despite all the flashy ads, those great deals you’re counting on are not the focus of most stores. 

Cutting short our thanksgiving or campaign out before dawn might not produce the windfall of savings most shoppers think.  Cornell Professor of Applied Economics David Just has looked into the behavior of both the buyers on Black Friday…and the retailers.  Shoppers can get in a frenzy that clouds good judgment.

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  Syracuse University's appeal of the sanctions placed on the basketball program by the NCAA has resulted in a reduction of the number of scholarships lost and a drop in the fine being charged the school.  The infractions committee ruled on SU's appeal by giving back one scholarship-per-year.  The original penalty included the loss of 3 scholarships in each of the next 4 years for a total of 12.  That has been changed to 2 awards per year for a total of 8.  

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Syracuse singer Ronnie Leigh says his ears and vocal cords perked up immediately when he first heard the sound of Frank Sinatra. Leigh will take on songs from the legend as part of a show Dec. 10 at Drumlins. Hear about the connection in this edition of Mark Bialczak's Mark It Up podcast.

I wish for you the chance to sit back tomorrow, take a deep breath, and give thanks for the good in your life the past 12 months.

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A coalition of environmental and social justice groups says the pending closure of the aging FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in Oswego County presents an opportunity to transition to true sources of renewable energy.  At the same time, the groups aren’t ignoring the plight of the more than 600 plant workers or the community that are so dependent on the facility.

NC State 42, Syracuse 29: Orange Drop Eighth Straight

Nov 21, 2015

Syracuse suffered an eighth consecutive loss on Saturday, falling 42-29 to the NC State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina. The loss means Syracuse will end the season without a win away from the Carrier Dome, as the Orange are now 0-5 on the road. 

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The exhibits are in place and stories are ready to be told at the Skä•noñh  Great Law of Peace Center.  Grand opening weekend kicks off Saturday, after more than three months of construction.   The former Saint Marie among the Iroquois Museum on Onondaga Lake Parkway has been undergoing a $1 million  transformation …from telling the story of the Haudenosaunee from the French perspective…to now sharing that history though the eyes of the Iroquois.   Until recently, center general manager Daniel Connors says most of us were probably taught through a Euro-centric model.

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  Businesses in the 21st Century have to be connected on the internet.  Some local business owners today learned better ways to get on line … and get their business noticed.

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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.


Throughout this season, Syracuse has had the difficult task of facing off against a number of efficient quarterbacks. In week three, it was Central Michigan's Cooper Rush. Two games later,  it was South Florida's Quinton Flowers. Three weeks after that, it was Florida State's Sean Maguire. And just last week, it was Clemson's Deshaun Watson.

For the Orange, the results haven't always been pretty. In total, those quarterbacks threw for nine touchdowns and only two interceptions against Syracuse. Last week, Watson shredded Syracuse's secondary for 358 yards through the air.