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The leaders of five SUNY Schools today put their collective voices behind a plea to state lawmakers for more investment in their institutions as the they begin budget negotiations this week. The leaders gathered at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, where president Quentin Wheeler said almost half of the buildings in the SUNY System are 45 years old or older.

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  Syracuse residents are getting their chance to say how they might walk along Onondaga creek, or bike or access a creek path from their neighborhood.   The first of three public meetings on expanding the Onondaga Creekwalk was last night.  Syracuse Facilities engineer Russell Houck has been working on phase two of the Creekwalk for two years and says the first portion has been beneficial.

There’s that recreation connection from downtown to the lake; it opened areas along that section as well.  We’ve seen additional development in the Inner Harbor are and I think the Creekwalk has had a big impact on that to promote that development.  We hope the Creekwalk phase II promotes some additional development south of the city as well.

There’s been a plan to extend the trail for years; a 2008 feasibility study laid out potential routes for the trail, but no plans are definite.  The City of Syracuse wants to find the best location for the trail and how it might integrate into various neighborhoods. Houck says individuals, developers, or commercial entities will see an improvement in a neighborhood and want to take part.

We talked about promoting development, improving the streetscape and the look of the neighborhoods along the creek corridor, creating more access to the creek corridor itself.  Those are the goals.  

  The second public meeting takes place Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Southwest Community Center;  a third introductory meeting is March 4th at the MOST.  After those meetings, final design plans will be brought back in front of the public for more input.  

The City of Syracuse is starting to plan for the next phase of the Onondaga Creekwalk, and residents are invited to add their thoughts.  

  

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Three public information meetings will be held throughout the city to give the public an opportunity to comment on design options for Phase II of the  Creekwalk.  The proposed second phase of the Creekwalk will extend 2.2 miles, from Armory Square to West Colvin Street.

Brendan Glasheen (@BJ_Glash)

B.J. Johnson finally found his shooting touch -- and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Syracuse Orange.

With some of Syracuse's usual offensive options held in check, Johnson led all scorers with 19 points and the Orange beat No. 9/8 Notre Dame, 66-60, on the road on Tuesday night.  Syracuse improved to 18-10 on the season and 9-6 in ACC play.

Johnson lifted his team to its second top-12 win in a week on a night when many of his teammates sputtered or faced foul trouble.

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Women are making-up a larger part of the military...leading to more women veterans.  And services might not be as supportive as they could be.  A conference at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School this week will examine women’s experiences both in the service and once they get out.  

Ellen Blalock, artist

  It’s never easy to talk about race in our community.  Several Syracuse arts organizations are collaborating to bring together exhibits and performances about Apartheid, civil rights and identity to help that conversation.

Mark Bialczak

With a name like Winterfest, you've got to expect a certain amount of snow and cold in Hanover Square for the annual Chili Cook-Off.

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Syracuse kept chipping away at Pittsburgh's nine point lead, turning another disappointing showing into a dramatic comeback.

But like so often this season for the Orange, it came up just a little bit short.

A last minute comeback was derailed by a illegal screen call on Rakeem Christmas with 35.1 seconds left and the Pittsburgh Panthers escaped the Carrier Dome with a 65-61 win to sweep the season series and bolster their NCAA Tournament resume.

In this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll hear my interview with legendary pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis who will be celebrating his 80th birthday in 2015.  He discusses everything from his album of all original material to exuding class on stage.

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A number of people remembered to bring their camera to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. And now, some of those photos will appear on a billboard. 

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