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For Tom Uva, helping others is the best way to show gratefulness on Thanksgiving. For the last two years, he and his daughter Jenna, 12, have volunteered with about 250 others at the Syracuse Rescue Mission, serving a hot, holiday meal to hungry families.

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The 2014 football season that began with a pair of wins for Syracuse came to a merciful end on Saturday with a fifth straight loss, a quarterback controversy and bunch of question marks heading into the offseason. 

Syracuse’s season finale concluded like so many other games throughout the year – good defense, bad offense and a few head scratching plays in between. 

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They had just a one-point lead midway through the first half – thanks to a 3-10 shooting start – and the Orange offense looked on its way to another questionable scoring output.  Syracuse didn’t make a three-pointer all night, an all-time low on a team that already struggles in that department.

The shots, again, just wouldn’t fall.

Then Kaleb Joseph drove coast-to-coast and rolled in a righty floater off the glass to give Syracuse a 10-7 lead at the 12:17 mark.  Joseph’s leaner started an overpowering 31-10 run by the Orange to end the first half. 

Central New York bargain hunters were out and about Friday trying to land those limited black Friday specials.  But Syracuse University professor of retail practice Amanda Nicholson says there’s no reason to rush for most items.

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Central New Yorkers heading out on the road this Thanksgiving Holiday are being greeted by gas prices a full 50 cents–a-gallon less than a year ago.  Gas-Buddy-dot-com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says in some respects, the drop  in prices isn't all that uncommon for this time of year.

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Onondaga County Sheriff’s Investigators say a DWI crash on Route 31 in Clay has left a resident homeless for the holidays.  The accident happened in the middle of the night on Wednesday, shortly after 1 AM near the intersection of Caughdenoy Road.  Public Information Officer Jon Seeber says the driver struck three different points.

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  There's something about a cozy crowd of thousands rubbing elbows at the Onondaga County War Memorial when the Syracuse Crunch is on a roll, sure. But everybody around here knows that owner Howard Dolgon dreams of far more than that. Ever since he brought American Hockey League pucks back to the Salt City in 1994, the guy from downstate has made no qualms about planning events that allow his teams to wander away from that rink that sits along State Street to take a shot for for something that includes  these two words in the title. Biggest and Ever.

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The Syracuse Orange hasn’t had the most impressive offensive start to the season, by any metric.  But back home in the Carrier Dome, the Orange got a glimpse that it could be worse.

A lot worse.

The Loyola Greyhounds missed their first 13 shots of the game, unable to make a field goal until more than halfway into the first half.  Tyler Hubbard finally ended the scoring drought with a long three-pointer from the top of the key at the 8:32 mark.  By then, the Orange led 17-4.

And Syracuse fans thought their offense was bad.

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More than 50 people of many backgrounds gathered in front of the federal building in Syracuse today to express their disappointment that no criminal charges will be brought against a Ferguson Missouri police officer.  Darren Wilson is accused of shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown.  While most at the rally didn’t condone the violence that followed the grand jury’s decision, some like David Dunbar of Syracuse understand where the anger comes from.

a snow-covered sidewalk with footprints marking how many people have struggled to walk along the path
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Another attempt to fine Syracuse property owners who don’t clear the snow from their sidewalks has failed in the Common Council.  The vote was 7 to 2 against beefing up a snow removal ordinance to include a warning, followed by a $50 fine for those who don’t comply.  

The measure would have applied only to primary routes and those near schools, and might have included some discretion for the elderly or those with disabilities.  Councilor Bob Dougherty understands the concern, and had hoped to work with community and school groups to arrange volunteers to help:

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