Syracuse Basketball Pre-Game vs. Notre Dame

Jan 28, 2016
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The Syracuse Orange (13-8 overall, 3-5 ACC) hope to get back on track at home against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-5 overall, 5-2 ACC). The Orange are coming off of a close loss to Virginia on the road, after gaining momentum with road wins at Wake Forest and Duke.

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  Long-time advocates of Syracuse’s south side are clearly welcoming the news about plans to finally open a full service supermarket in the impoverished neighborhood. PriceRite will begin construction this spring on a 35,000 foot store at the corner of South and Bellevue avenues.

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A Syracuse infectious disease expert believes that four Central American nations are justified in warning their citizens to delay pregnancy as a precaution against the recent outbreak of the Zika virus.  The virus has made its way to the southern United States, prompting some alarmist rhetoric from citizens. Chief of Infectious Disease at Upstate Medical University Timothy Endy believes their worries aren’t unwarranted.

"We knew it was an emerging virus, but honestly, the current outbreak in Brazil and the types of birth defects that are occurring was unexpected."

Ban-the-Box Laws Gaining Steam in Syracuse

Jan 25, 2016
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Advocates for helping people with criminal records get jobs say the issue is connected with Syracuse’s high poverty rate. There’s been recent attention on the Ban-the-Box laws in Syracuse and other cities. The laws make it illegal to have a check-off box for criminal history on employment applications, so people with a criminal record don’t immediately get rejected. Syracuse Common Councilor Jean Kessner is an advocate of removing that potential barrier.

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Most people who live and work outside the Syracuse University area might not know there’s a new housing subdivision going up not far from Manley Fieldhouse.  After a slow start a year ago, Xavier Woods off Comstock Avenue is getting some traction.

  Transgender Central New Yorkers now have the legal backing to file any complaints of discrimination or harassment.  New regulations took effect this week under the state’s human rights law.  The regulations prohibit discrimination against anyone because of their gender identification or how they present their gender.  That could now be considered discrimination on the basis of sex or disability.  Director of the Syracuse/Onondaga County Human Rights Commission Barrie Gewanter says this change is critical.

  A budget watch dog group is giving Governor Cuomo a mixed grade on his budget proposals, saying he’s done a good job reigning in spending, but is making a mistake by shifting some significant costs to New York City.

The Citizens Budget Commission analyzed Governor Cuomo’s budget plan, and gives him high marks for controlling spending, says the group’s Tammy Gamerman.

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The epidemic of heroin and opioid painkiller abuse was on display in a packed forum last night at Syracuse’s Civic Center.  The event emphasized the incredible scope of the growing problem…but also some ways to attack it. 

A crowd of more than 250 people came to a weekday evening meeting which showed the size and concern over the heroin problem.  It’s pointed out by at least one statistic: an 800% increase in heroin admissions at Crouse Hospital’s treatment facility.  

(A list of treatment resources below)

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  Central New York school districts are preparing for a potentially difficult budget year after new numbers came out Wednesday that would severely limit a district’s ability to raise money from their local communities.  Some say it might be an unintended consequence of the New York State real property tax cap law enacted in 2012.

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  Onondaga County’s Sheriff has a few ideas about how to reduce what he’s calling an epidemic in heroin abuse.  He’s trying to help addicts in the community as well as those behind bars.