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The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse is preparing to roll-out some prehistoric creatures that are coming back to life through animatronics.  The Exhibit known as “Dinosaur Invasion!” will run through the summer and kick off on May 25th.  Friends of the Zoo President Janet Agostini says the exhibit will represent the various classes of Dinosaurs.

Throughout the early stages of City Limits, we have briefly discussed the concept of food insecurity. How do families living in poverty function day to day when they are unsure of how they will obtain their next meal?

Syracuse University

Syracuse University is investing $118 million dollars to replace the existing Carrier Dome roof and other upgrades that should be ready by Football season 2020 and provide a stadium-like experience.  Over the weekend the University’s Board of Trustees signed-off on the plan to install the suspended roof and updates inside.  Athletic Director John Wildhack says the focus is on students and the fan experience.

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The $60 million terminal improvement project at Syracuse’s Hancock airport is coming along, but officials today took steps to speed things up to meet a late October completion date.  The Airport Authority Board approved spending additional money to negotiate with contractors and implement an accelerated schedule.  Executive Director Christina Callahan says they want to return to normal operations as soon as possible because the construction is clearly disruptive.

H.E.A.L. of Onondaga County

Organizers of the first-ever Heroin Awareness Walk in Onondaga County are hoping for a big turnout Saturday to help to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.  Recovering addicts, their families, treatment experts, and the community will gather in front of Syracuse City Hall.

Michaline Younis says she has both professional and personal reasons to be heading up the effort.

I’ve been in the field of treatment for 16 years.  We recently lost someone very close to us two years ago from a fentanyl overdose.  And my brother was heroin addicted for 13 years.”

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Most Central New York moms will receive flowers, jewelry, or some other gift this weekend.  But for moms living in poverty with infants,  DIAPERS might be considered a welcome gift. 

The CNY Diaper Bank is aiming to collect 100,000 donated diapers during their third annual, month-long diaper drive through special events and collection efforts.  Founder and president Michela Hugo says they’re at least a quarter of the way there…but probably more…

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Disgraced former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was known as a long time champion of women’s rights. That’s why leaders of women’s groups are still trying to make sense of the allegations that he was a serial domestic violence abuser. 

Just six months ago, Judy Harris Kluger, who runs an anti domestic violence agency, stood beside Schneiderman, where he announced an agreement with a Brooklyn hospital to longer bill sexual assault survivors for forensic rape examinations.

Refugee Center Open House Will Shows Off Changes

May 9, 2018
Chris Bolt/WAER News

A center that helps refugees settle into Syracuse wants the community to know more about what they do and about the new Americans they help. The RISE center might have a few surprises. 

“The biggest myth, of course, that’s continually propagated is that refugees are just here to collect social services and basically feed off of taxpayers.”           

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A life-long democrat and candidate for Syracuse City Court Judge says she’s ready to challenge the Democratic Party’s designee in a primary.   More than two dozen supporters, including some prominent city democrats, stood behind Attorney Shadia Tadros today to show their solidarity.  Tadros says she’d rather run on issues than politics, but had to go through the party’s selection process.

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The city of Syracuse is starting to explore the feasibility of using the collective bargaining clout of its residents to negotiate a better rate with an energy supplier.  It’s called Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA, and common councilor Michael Greene called an introductory meeting Tuesday to discuss how it works.

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