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  The air quality is officially smoke free today inside Syracuse Housing Authority properties.  They’ve been preparing tenants for a year in advance and the new policy is gaining praise from local health officials. 

Back when he arrived in our city to take over the college athletic program to which so many folks attach so much of their civic pride, I wrote a welcome to Mark Coyle in this space with the wish that he concentrate on a task that could and should go a long way toward heads held higher.

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About 100 Syracuse University students and staff gathered in front of Hendricks Chapel as the sun set Monday evening to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of those who lost their lives in the Paris terrorist attacks.  The remembrance featured representatives of every faith tradition who offered their thoughts and read passages from their respective religious texts.  Devon Bartholomew is the Assistant Baptist Chaplain at Hendricks.

  Congress member John Katko says, like people across the world, he was sad to hear about the attacks in Paris this weekend.  But unlike others, he was not shocked.

“An element of me said ‘this is exactly what we thought was going to happen’, based on the vulnerabilities we knew about Europe when we went over to visit them firsthand”


Many Onondaga County homeowners have probably received information in the mail from the water authority about an optional water line protection plan.  Authority executive director Michael Hooker says they began looking into the plans because many water lines in the system are 50 to 100 years old.  In addition, Hooker says last winter’s extreme temperatures froze the service lines of 500 customers.  So, OCWA considered three service providers, and settled on HomeServe.

Syracuse falls to No. 1 Clemson, 37-27

Nov 14, 2015
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Syracuse lost in wire-to-wire fashion yet again on Saturday, this time falling 37-27 to Clemson at the Carrier Dome.


After falling behind 14-0 in the game’s final minutes, Syracuse actually outscored Clemson for the remainder of the game. That was thanks in large part to the play of walk-on quarterback Zack Mahoney, who started in the place of freshman quarterback Eric Dungey. But in the end, it wasn’t quite enough for the Orange (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) to upset the Tigers (10-0, 7-0).

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  One of Syracuse's more conceptual art galleries celebrates its 40th anniversary tonight.  Point of Contact is as much about the ideas as it is about the works of art and writing.

For the second time since last season, Syracuse will welcome college football’s No. 1 team to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Last October, the Orange played host to the Florida State Seminoles, and quarterback Jameis Winston led Florida State to a 38-20 win over SU, sending the Orange to 2-4 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.

Vice President Biden Speaks at SU About Campus Sexual Assaults

Nov 12, 2015
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Syracuse University, through it's It's On Us Campaign, made quite a pep rally for Vice President Biden's visit Thursday, engaging the large student and staff audience with music and multimedia messages like PSAs.  

Less than a month after deciding not to run for President, he’s calling people out on stopping campus sexual violence.  Without having to run a campaign, Joe Biden has time for one of his most passionate causes.

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  The past, present, and future of the U.S. military was celebrated across Central New York on Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day. The Onondaga County War Memorial hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony where County Executive Joanie Mahoney marked the 25th anniversary of the Gulf War in her speech to the crowd. 

"Desert shield, Desert Storm and we come together as a community each year on this day to assure all veterans that we are eternally grateful for their service"

Veteran Lynn Sweatland from Liverpool reflected on his service over the years.