A Syracuse financial advisor is offering investors some perspective on the impact China’s economy had on investments, portfolios and retirement accounts.  China is the world’s second largest economy...and when the dragon roars, investors here in Central New York can  fear the consequences.  

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Members of a wide-range of labor unions gathered at the state fairgrounds for an annual rally that celebrated their accomplishments…as well as a different kind of support and leadership.  There was a strong showing from  teachers at this year’s rally, ranging from members of the Syracuse Teachers Association to United University Professions.  

  But the keynote speech came from the resident of New York State United Teachers, representing 600,000 members in education, health care, and human services.  Karen McGee took the helm of NYSUT as the first woman president in April 2014.   She made the trip to Syracuse from Harrison in Westchester county, where she’s been an elementary school teacher for 30 years. 

"You seen the bumper stickers on the car.  Union: the folks that brought you the weekend.  You're damn right we brought you the weekend and the 40 hour work week, and fought against exploiting children in the workplace."

McGee says today, they’re fighting for fair wages for the working poor, including the $15 an hour wage for fast food workers.  She says they’re fighting against overtime abuse and wage theft.  The only other person to make remarks at Monday's rally was someone who on the surface might seem like an unlikely supporter of labor.  But Republican Congressmember John Katko heaped plenty of praise on unionized workers past and present, and committed to fix something that has generated much concern among teachers, parents, and children.

  "I'm fighting every day to try and undo the mess that common core has become," he said to a cheering crowd.  "You deserve to teach how you want to teach.  You can't teach a kid in the city of Syracuse the same way you teach them in Fayetteville-Manlius.  It's time they recognize that," he said to more applause and cheers.  "I'm with you, I don't care what party I'm with because I understand labor is the backbone of Central New York."

Katko says he broke with his party to side with labor in his opposition to the Trade Promotion Authority, which congress approved earlier this summer.  He says the TPA amounts to another NAFTA, draining good jobs from upstate in favor of cheaper labor overseas.  

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An impromptu art exhibit on Syracuse’s North Salina Street tells a lot more about the artists than it does about any of the paintings, sculptures, poems or other works.  The art works at Syracuse Behavioral Health’s 2015 Recovery Arts Festival give insight into the journey and struggle of recovery.

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Terrel Hunt lay on the Carrier Dome turf after a two-yard scramble midway through the first quarter and was being attended to by trainers. He grabbed his helmet with hands. The trainers then had to help him to the sideline as Hunt didn't put pressure on his right leg. 

After three decades of dust, gusts and deluges at the New York State Fair Grandstand, from having my belly pushing up against the front rail for the Southern Spirit Tour to resting my back two rows from the top for Kid Rock, I sat smack dab in the middle of a green patch of grass next to my dear wife Karen Thursday night on chairs from bags I brought slung over my shoulders.

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  WAER News embarked on a three-part series looking deeper into the significance and impact of the new Lakeview Amphitheater.  Thursday's concert is the only one planned for this year; a full slate is expected to be scheduled for 2016.  


Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney still finds herself trying to convince skeptics that the amphitheater can be a boost to the local economy.  She says the concert…and the opening of the grounds to the public for the first time, might be a starting point to win over critics.

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  Zaire Franklin fielded the same questions and gave similar responses at both the Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day and Syracuse's opening press conferences.

"I can't believe that I'm here," he told a room full of reporters at ACC Media Day in July. "It's almost surreal that I'm sitting in front of you guys."

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  A former orphanage in Syracuse has been turned into a place that’s trying to improve learning - and the future - for some of Syracuse’s less fortunate children.  The Determination Center got some attention from the area’s Congressional representative Wednesday that just might help.

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  One of the people through the turnstiles at the State Fair Tuesday was Governor Cuomo.  He was ready to share with fairgoers his vision for a new look to the fairgrounds.  The visit was making good on a promise to move the attraction into the future.