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Nearly 289 million people are active users on Twitter. But Vera House intern Elizabeth Scheemaker  says she isn’t one of them.

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  About two dozen Central New Yorkers marched through downtown Syracuse Thursday to mark a milestone for older americans.  Members of the Alliance of Retired Americans and AARP joined in singing happy birthday to Medicare signed 50 years ago by President Lyndon Johnson.  Mike from Clay was also on hand.  He’s President of Syracuse Chapter 200 of the National Active Retired Federal Employees, and knows the importance of the program.

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  People have a chance to get a glimpse of history – and be part of it – in Sackets Harbor this weekend.  The annual reenactment of the War of 1812 will have cannon fire, tactile standoffs, artillery shells and an English country dance. 

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  About two dozen people took to the streets of Syracuse Wednesday to try and make it easier to get in and out of their homes.  People with mobility issues and challenges can have a long wait for housing that meets their needs. 

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The Onondaga Lakeview Amphitheater project is moving full speed ahead to time to welcome its first official act during the 2015 New York State Fair. Construction crews have been busy working a couple of shifts daily for months.  Country singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert will be the first official concert act on Thursday, September 3rd. In a statement provided by the County Executive’s office and concert promoter Live Nation, the singer acknowledges that she is no stranger to the area.

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At least things seem to go together well when we approach these hot days of summer, a shady spot, cool drinks and music!  The line-up of Jazz in the City will return next month with four free concerts to cover all city neighborhoods with national and local jazz artists.  Organizers are offering more concerts this year after being awarded a $10,000 dollar “Challenge America” grant.  Larry Luttinger says the concerts are being delivered to residents who may not ever be able to travel downtown for the larger summer festivals.


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  One of the stands at the Downtown Farmers Market is doing a lot more than helping someone make a salad or get food for the family.  A group of teenagers working there is getting a glimpse of farming, business and even entrepreneurship.

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  Flying in and out of the New York City might look a lot different in the next few years.  Vice President Joe Biden was here in New York Monday with Governor Cuomo to announce a complete rebuilding of LaGuardia Airport.  An advisory committee set up by Cuomo couldn’t come up with a way to renovate it…so they recommended starting from scratch.

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  The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25 on Sunday, and one long-time Syracuse disability rights advocate says the ADA amounted to equal rights legislation.

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  Henninger High School’s principal is just back from a summit at the White House on school discipline.  Rob DiFlorio joined Syracuse City School District Superintendent Sharon Contreras and other school officials to share experiences about suspensions, which are on a dramatic rise nationwide.

“We’ve realized, and the research has been very supportive, suspensions don’t really change students’ behavior.  What can we do to change students’ behavior and maintain safe schools.” 

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