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The 4th of July holiday is a time when local villages and towns host parades and one of the longest is held every year in the Village of Manlius.  The only exception to that rule is if the 4th falls on a Sunday. The floats and marchers get underway on Saturday beginning at 10 AM and a carnival that follows at 11 AM.

I could guess it's because Francis Scott Key decided that the line "bombs bursting in air" needed to be in the verses of that poem he wrote that became our National Anthem that we've been fascinated with fireworks, this country of ours, so thoroughly and collectively.

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  Crews found the body of Brandon Closure Thursday afternoon, the good samaritan who fell through an open manhole during Tuesday evening’s flash flood.  The Onondaga County Medical Examiner has confirmed his identity.  Closure was  trying to help a stranded motorist in nearly waist-high water on East Fayette street.   Mayor Stephanie Miner says dozens of city and county sewer workers searched for Closure after he was reported missing.

John Smith, WAER News

The skies of Central New York will be lit up over the holiday weekend with fireworks displays.  A local doctor and fire official are worried about children getting burned with hand-held sparklers.  Even more so this year because they say the sale of sparklers in Cortland and Madison counties is legal during the holiday time.  The State allows each county to decide if they can be offered for sale. City of Syracuse Deputy Fire Chief Steve Cavuto says kids under the age of 5 get injured by sparklers.

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  People in downtown Syracuse will be covered by the watchful eye of crime cameras in more places from this point forward.  The Downtown Committee had a little different reason to seek out the high-tech crime fighting tools.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner confirmed Wednesday morning that a 28 year-old man is presumed dead following severe weather Tuesday night.  He was assisting other motorists caught in a flash flood; however his body has yet to be found.  The incident happened at the intersection of East Fayette and Croly Streets at the peak of the storm. 28 year-old Brandon Closure and his female passenger managed to push their vehicle out of waist-high water. Miner says he then noticed other stranded motorists who were also in distress.

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The history of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is an important story in Central New York and really throughout the state.  A unique project “Harriet Was Here” brought elementary students together with musicians and historians found a unique way to teach those lessons. 

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  People standing on either side of the debate on Hydrofracking are speaking out about the State D-E-C’s final report that bans the natural gas drilling practice in New York. 

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  An investigation of how two convicts broke out of a maximum security Prison in Northern New York is causing authorities to ask: what can be learned from the case? The prison break wasn’t anywhere near Onondaga County, but Sheriff Gene Conway says it’s common sense to review policies.

“You look at your own operation and you take that as an opportunity to either reassess or reevaluate or do an overall assessment of what are security features are.  I’m quite confident most every sheriff in New York State has done that or is doing that or is talking about it.”   

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  People who make a prank call to the police department could face more serious punishment. Cases such as the fake bomb threat last week at the John Mulroy Civic Center would be regarded as a new federal crime.

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