Syracuse Marks 77th Anniversary of Deadly Collins Block Fire

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   Vicious winds and heavy rain didn’t stop members of the Syracuse Fire Department Wednesday morning from paying their respects to local firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty. Area firemen, police officers, and onlookers honored those who lost their lives in the Collins Block Fire of 1939.  Nine firefighters perished when the building collapsed. Now, the ceremony honors all firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty in the Department’s history. Fire Chief Paul Linnertz says it’s vital to continue to honor the victims.

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  The Palace Theater was filled with some renowned musicians this morning as a preview of what’s ahead next month at the 2016 SAMMY Awards.

The SAMMY’s… also known as the Syracuse Area Music Awards isn’t a complete acronym but, Director Liz Nowak says it’s as close to the Grammy’s as they could get.  The committee’s mailbox was stuffed full with 118 submissions recorded in 20-15, the most ever.

Second Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens in Syracuse

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  Syracuse’s second medical marijuana dispensary is ready to open on Wednesday.  Etain Health has set up shop on Erie Boulevard East, and will grant eligible patients access to oil-based cannabis products such as a topical oil, a spray, capsules, and a liquid for use in a vaporizing pen.

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Don’t call it a comeback. After starting ACC play 0-4, the Syracuse Orange (15-8 overall, 5-5 ACC) have stormed back, going 5-1 in their last six games to get to .500 in conference play. On Tuesday, the Orange take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (12-10, 4-5) in yet another critical conference matchup at the dome.

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The first public engagement meetings will be held Monday to discuss the preliminary recommendations of the Consensus commission on local government modernization.  Public opinion could play a large role in determining just how government will serve residents in the future.

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The Onondaga Nation is calling for a change in strategy on cleaning up Onondaga Lake. Nation leaders were at the lakeside today, criticizing one part of the remediation that failed. Nation attorney Alma Lowry says the public hears about progress, but not problems.

Syracuse Basketball Pre-Game vs. Notre Dame

Jan 28, 2016
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The Syracuse Orange (13-8 overall, 3-5 ACC) hope to get back on track at home against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (14-5 overall, 5-2 ACC). The Orange are coming off of a close loss to Virginia on the road, after gaining momentum with road wins at Wake Forest and Duke.

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