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HISTORIC LANDMARK
6:25 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Optimism Grows for the Future of the Hotel Syracuse

Cover of the Herald Tribune announcing the opening of Hotel Syracuse in 1924
Credit Herald Tribune

It’s been a long time since anyone has danced in the Grand Ballroom or the Persian Terrace at Hotel Syracuse. A series of various ownership changes and financial problems have long plagued the hotel.  Earlier this month though, the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency took the first steps to prepare to use eminent domain to get the hotel foreclosed and sold to a willing buyer.  A businessman from Camillus wants to rehabilitate the hotel.  If the Hotel Syracuse does re-open, Onondaga County could benefit by booking more conventions at the OnCenter.

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Community
8:52 am
Wed March 26, 2014

La Casita Welcomes a Community to Embrace Art, Culture

La Casita exterior

They filtered into the tidy gallery inside the pretty, refurbished 100-year-old former warehouse  on Syracuse's west side Friday night, stopping to look long, hard, and with much appreciation at the new exhibit set up on two walls.

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STATE BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS
6:53 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Cuomo Campaigns Locally for Property Tax Reform

From left, DeWitt Town Supervisor Ed Michalenko, Manlius resident Chris Haywood, Governor Cuomo, Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, and county legislator Danny Liedka in East Syracuse Tuesday
Credit Scott Willis / WAER News

Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a last-minute campaign push in East Syracuse Tuesday, advocating for a property tax freeze plan that could benefit many Upstate home owners.  He’s been touring the state leading up to the April 1 budget deadline, encouraging residents and supporters to pressure state legislators to approve his proposal.

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Vera House
6:08 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Vera House Gears Up for Its White Ribbon Campaign

Vera House hopes for a large turnout at its annual White Ribbon Campaign in downtown Syracuse this Friday.
Credit Provided by Vera House

Aside from people outside enjoying a mild weather forecast for this Friday, you might also see a lot of walking from Clinton to Armory Square during the lunch hour in support of women.  

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

What's the Boundary Between Music and Noise? 100-Year-Old Instrument Reborn at SU

SU Design Professor Zeke Leonard demonstrates one of his intonarumori instruments. He recreated the instruments from Luigi Russolo ’s original designs. This one is a wooden box with a lever, hand crank, and a cone-like attachment designed to create unusual-sounding “music.”
Credit Randy Wenner/WAER News

A century ago an unusual musical experiment took place that generated howls of protest and actual fistfights from the audience. Now in 2014 that same experimental music genre is making a comeback at Syracuse University – and is still raising eyebrows.

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