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Syracuse common councilors have an idea that could ease the burden on hundreds of homeowners who will be required to purchase expensive flood insurance starting next week.  

Councilors say residents have told them they’ll have to sell their homes and move because they’ll  no longer be able to afford their mortgage payments once flood insurance is added to the bill.  Council President Van Robinson worries no one will want to buy these homes.

Film lovers and those who want to work in the business had many interesting choices this weekend as the Syracuse International Film Festival concluded.  The program included numerous screenings of films from many other countries, forums highlighting the craft, and other special features. 

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The Syracuse International Film Festival presented 9 selected short movies to showcase new filmmakers of Syracuse University this weekend.

The two-hour screening began with “The Stranger” by Siyang Zhang, a 20-minute Chinese movie that depicts the complexity of relationships and sense of loneliness in a foreign land. It was followed by films with topics ranging from homosexuality, open relationships, and star-obsession, to slavery and self-love.

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A group of local film enthusiasts and film professionals gathered in the newly built facility, ‘The Film Hub’ Saturday in DeWitt for the ‘Filmmakers Forum,’ as part of the Syracuse International Film Festival.  Local filmmakers and others who want to work in the industry got to engage with an eclectic panel of documentary filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, directors and producers. University Athletics

It’s easy for a young team to take a team without a conference win lightly, especially after a landmark win against a top 25 school. Some would call Saturday’s matchup against Boston College (3-4, 0-4 ACC) a trap game.

The Syracuse Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC) put up over 500 yards of total offense, turned the ball over three times, and committed sixteen penalties on Saturday against the Eagles. Okay, that’s typical. Sounds like most weeks. The difference this week? The defense stepped up. The only trap today was the one that BC tried to throw into all day, the Syracuse secondary.

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As Onondaga Lake visitors get to enjoy expanded amenities such as the West Lake Trail, County officials have previously indicated a beach could possibly be added someday.  A new survey released today asks Central New York Residents what they envision for the lake including recreational activities.  FOCUS Greater Syracuse is offering the online survey on their website.  Spokesperson Dee Klees says this is different from the other lake surveys they’ve conducted in the past.

The Syracuse International Film Festival featured  “Dragons: Real Myths and Unreal Creatures” by Marc Fafard as one of its first presentations.  Fafard also directed “Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia”, and was motivated to turn to dragons for a follow up.  He gave the audience a visual feast at the Museum of Science and Technology’s I-MAX theater.

After several years of budget surpluses, New York State tax revenue is coming in at a lower than expected rate. That could impact big ticket programs like school aid and health care as well as a multi-year tax cut planned by Governor Cuomo and legislators.  

Collections of income taxes are down nearly three quarters of a billion dollars from what was projected by Governor Cuomo’s division of the budget back in April, at the start of the state’s fiscal year.

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Experts who want to develop the next cutting-edge technology to support the power grid, electronic devices and electric cars are at the Energy Storage Technology conference Thursday at Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

Held by New York Best, the annual event brought together some of the best researchers on energy storage systems in the world.

Bill Acker, executive director at New York Best, said main businesses are now implementing the technology.

Syracuse Looks to String Together Wins at Boston College

Oct 20, 2016
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Fresh of its biggest win in a couple of years, the Syracuse Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC) head to Massachusetts to face the Boston College Eagles (3-3, 0-3 ACC). The Orange just defeated No. 17 ranked Virginia Tech, and will look to string together wins for the first time this season.

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