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Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange knew that, win or loss, their season would come to an end.

Their opponent, the NC State Wolfpack, knew that their NCAA Tournament chances could come to an end with a loss.

In this latest edition of Jazz Journeys....you are sure to enjoy my interview with the legendary Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist...Paquito D'Rivera. He stopped by the WAER studios just hours before he led a performance of a specially commissioned piece titled...well....you'll have to listen to find out.

  The shores of Onondaga Lake Park will be making serious waves this summer. The US Northeast Mid-Atlantic Masters Regional Championship (NEMA) will be held here in Syracuse. The county will be funding a new 7 lane 2,000 meters course.  The course will be located on the eastern shore of Onondaga Lake. Syracuse Chargers President Joe Bufano says it’s the first regatta here since 1993.

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Syracuse University Kent Syverud disputed some of the findings in an NCAA report, including the allegation over a lack of institutional control in the school's athletic department.

The NCAA found that Jim Boeheim failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.  The report indicated that Boeheim didn't do enough to monitor his staff and make sure his team followed NCAA rules.

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  Syracuse University suffered sanctions that could cripple basketball recruiting and competitiveness for years, after the NCAA announced the result of a years-long investigation today.  The top sanctions include the loss of three scholarships for four years in the Men's Basketball Program.  Coach Jim Boeheim will also be suspended nine games next season.

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The NCAA has suspended Jim Boeheim for the first nine ACC games of next season and will remove basketball scholarships over the next four years for Boeheim's inability to "monitor his program", according to a 94-page report released on Friday from the Division I Committee on Infractions.

The program will lose three scholarships in each of the next four seasons.

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Construction for the final stretches of the Connective Corridor through Downtown will get underway soon.

The City of Syracuse has installed new sidewalks, roads, and bike paths from Waverly and University Avenues down to the Syracuse University Warehouse Building.  

The construction work begins this month and is expected to end by June 2015, according to project officials. 

Owen Kerney, the assistant director for city planning, estimated that about three-quarters of the project is finished and the final result will bring valuable improvements.  

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Syracuse Area State Senator John DeFrancisco says controversial take it or leave it reforms within Governor Cuomo's proposed budget could make it the first late budget in four years. DeFrancisco chairs the Senate's Finance Committee, and says while they're willing to compromise, many are balking at proposed ethics and education reforms tied to critical funding.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Solvay on Wednesday to speak with labor and community leaders about a proposal to raise the minimum wage.  His message: a salary of $18,000 – about the annual income for a minimum wage worker – isn't enough to cover the necessary expenses in the state of New York.

"You can't pay for food and rent and clothing and medical and heat and electric," Cuomo said. "It just doesn't work. Do the math."

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  Onondaga County's top Politician gave a pretty positive review as regards budget matters, progress and taxpayers.  The State of the County address also gave Joanie Mahoney a chance to review her impacts and legacy as she enters an election year.

Mahoney gave a number of reasons why over her tenure in office property tax levies have been reduced by some 22 %.  She credits belt tightening, increased sales tax revenues due to some wise investments and activities, as well as reduced mandates such as Medicare. 

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