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The skies of Central New York will be lit up over the holiday weekend with fireworks displays.  A local doctor and fire official are worried about children getting burned with hand-held sparklers.  Even more so this year because they say the sale of sparklers in Cortland and Madison counties is legal during the holiday time.  The State allows each county to decide if they can be offered for sale. City of Syracuse Deputy Fire Chief Steve Cavuto says kids under the age of 5 get injured by sparklers.

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  People in downtown Syracuse will be covered by the watchful eye of crime cameras in more places from this point forward.  The Downtown Committee had a little different reason to seek out the high-tech crime fighting tools.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner confirmed Wednesday morning that a 28 year-old man is presumed dead following severe weather Tuesday night.  He was assisting other motorists caught in a flash flood; however his body has yet to be found.  The incident happened at the intersection of East Fayette and Croly Streets at the peak of the storm. 28 year-old Brandon Closure and his female passenger managed to push their vehicle out of waist-high water. Miner says he then noticed other stranded motorists who were also in distress.

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The history of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad is an important story in Central New York and really throughout the state.  A unique project “Harriet Was Here” brought elementary students together with musicians and historians found a unique way to teach those lessons. 

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  People standing on either side of the debate on Hydrofracking are speaking out about the State D-E-C’s final report that bans the natural gas drilling practice in New York. 

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  An investigation of how two convicts broke out of a maximum security Prison in Northern New York is causing authorities to ask: what can be learned from the case? The prison break wasn’t anywhere near Onondaga County, but Sheriff Gene Conway says it’s common sense to review policies.

“You look at your own operation and you take that as an opportunity to either reassess or reevaluate or do an overall assessment of what are security features are.  I’m quite confident most every sheriff in New York State has done that or is doing that or is talking about it.”   

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  People who make a prank call to the police department could face more serious punishment. Cases such as the fake bomb threat last week at the John Mulroy Civic Center would be regarded as a new federal crime.

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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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