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The manhunt is finally over.  It took law enforcement 22 days to find convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt, who escaped from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY June 6th.  Richard Matt died Friday afternoon from gunshot wounds to the head after he failed to comply with police orders to drop his weapon.  Sunday afternoon, a state trooper spotted a suspicious man matching the description of David Sweat near a heavily forested area, and shot him.  Sweat is reported to be in stable condition at an Albany Hospital.

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The president of the group CNY Pride says the supreme court’s ruling supporting same sex marriage is probably the most the LGBT community can hope for within the realm of marriage and the rights that come with it.  Dr. Bruce Carter is also an Assistant Professor in the Psychology and Child and Family Studies Departments at Syracuse University's Falk College.  

  He says the decision is consistent with similar cases recognizing the rights of individuals.  He cites Justice Anthony Kennedy’s reasoning in the  decision…

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Green Lakes State Park here in Central New York is one of the main focuses of an improvement plan that will eventually dump almost $1 billion into the parks system.  Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey stood on the tee of the Green Lakes golf course Thursday to announce a series of improvements.  The clubhouse patio was being repaired right in front of her, with the interior slated for remodeling next year.  

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  The renovation of the historic Hotel Syracuse will also bring with it a new name.  The announcement came Thursday in the dusty lobby from Hotel Owner Ed Riley.

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  A law to protect LGBT children in New York schools is not working well, especially for transgender youth.  An NYCLU study on the impact of the 2010 Dignity for All act found almost 5000 complaints in schools for gender identity harassment, more than any other kind of complaint.  A woman the group is calling “Michelle” has a 15 year-old transgender daughter, who she says had to leave school because she was a constant target.

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  This year’s announcement of the upcoming schedule for July’s Northeast Jazz and Wine festival had some special news.  Organizers have more to report than just the musical lineup.

So far so good, Mark Coyle.

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  More than 100 people of many backgrounds marched around Clinton Square during the lunch hour Tuesday to call for an end to the racism linked to the shooting that killed nine parishoners at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina last week.  While the rally was peaceful, it was clear that many are angry about the racism that still pervades the nation. 

The Syracuse Peace Council’s Amelia Lefevre says the act of terrorism is grounded in a history of disregard for…and devaluing of people of color.

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  The effort to take large amounts of anonymous campaign donations out of political campaigns came to Syracuse City Hall Monday where common councilors approved a resolution supporting a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 "Citizens United" ruling.  

Councilor Jean Kessner voted yes because she supports the sentiment.  But she feels a constitutional amendment is a very slow path to get the results they want.

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Syracuse University’s new Athletic Director says he wants student athletes to represent the University in a first class manner both on and off the athletic fields.  Mark Coyle is from Boise State University.  He recognizes Syracuse’s history and tradition of strong athletic programs as one of the University’s strengths.

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