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  About 50 people gathered at a parish on Syracuse’s east side today to watch…then discuss what Pope Francis had to say to a joint session of Congress.  He spoke frankly on issues that resonated with the audience at All Saints Church…ranging from responding humanely to poverty and the refugee crisis…to abolishing the death penalty and addressing the environmental damage caused by climate change.  

Scroll down for the full text of Pope Francis' address.

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable members of Congress, dear friends:

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  The Sheriff department has purchased new devices that could save more lives in Onondaga County and save tax payer money. Sheriff Eugene Conway announced that 95 Automated External Defibrillators would enhance public safety. Conway says when he served as Police Chief in Dewitt, he witnessed occasions when people were rescued from fatal circumstances.  

Fall is finally in the air here in Central New York.

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  A coalition of Syracuse-area community organizations has launched a push for a city ordinance aimed at giving unemployed residents a share of the jobs on large projects contracted by the city.  The resident employment ordinance is being spearheaded by the Urban Jobs Task Force and District Councilor Khalid Bey.  It would set a 20% hiring goal, with half of that reserved impoverished neighborhoods.

Tim Lester Says Zack Mahoney is "The Guy" for Saturday

Sep 23, 2015

Syracuse offensive coordinator Tim Lester said Tuesday that sophomore walk-on transfer quarterback Zack Mahoney is "the guy" for Saturday's game against LSU.

After Eric Dungey left last week's game against Central Michigan with an "upper-body" injury, Mahoney and fellow sophomore quarterback Austin Wilson split time on the field. But Lester indicated that SU's offense will be Mahoney's on Saturday.

"Right now, Zack's the guy that's shown the most and he's the most consistent with what we're doing. We're confident that he can execute all facets of our offense."

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  About 150 homeless and hurting Syracuse-area veterans will soon receive comfort kits put together by board members, volunteers, and staff with the American Red Cross. Board member Rob Just says about 75 of them will be distributed to injured vets at the VA; other 80 will be handed out to homeless veterans around Syracuse during the next two weeks.  

“The bags that are going to go to the VA hospital have a bathrobe and shower slippers,” Just said. “The homeless kits have wool hats, wool gloves, and the sweatsuit.”

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  Many Central New Yorkers are following Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S., which kicks off late Wednesday when he arrives in the nation’s capital.  David McCallum is Special Assistant to the President for Mission Integration at LeMoyne College, a Jesuit school.  He says the Pope’s Jesuit roots give the Pontiff a fearlessness to champion social issues.

As was the case two weeks ago when Terrel Hunt tore his Achilles against Rhode Island, Syracuse lost its starting quarterback Saturday en route to a win at the Carrier Dome. This time, it was Eric Dungey suffering an upper-body injury and leaving the game in the second quarter.

"Everyone's Italian" for Festa Italiana

Sep 18, 2015
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The summer festival season continues this weekend in downtown Syracuse.   The 17th annual Italian heritage celebration kicked off Friday morning and  continues through Sunday.  Festival president Ginny Lostumbo says  along with all the food and festivities, every year they try to add an educational element to the feast.

 "We have Italian classes, we have our mass on Sunday, we're having our first reading in Italian, the second reading will be in English.  So everything we touch we try to put both sides, from the old country and from America.”   

  Public schools across New York State are getting ready to add something new to their health curriculum.  Starting this October, hands-only CPR training will become a graduation requirement for all high school students.  This is part of the new CPR for Schools law, which was approved yesterday by the New York State Board of Regents.