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.

Tina Norris of Cicero

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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The Syracuse Police Department receives one of its most diverse groups of incoming officers. 

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The last two Syracuse point guards are both headed to Milwaukee as part of a three-team trade, according to an ESPN report.  Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis were traded to the Bucks on Thursday, along with center Miles Plumlee.  The ex-Orange stars will play for former point guard Jason Kidd, whose team has a 30-23 record this season and sits at sixth place in the Eastern Conference.  

Students Get a Chance to Explore Health Careers at MASH Camp

Feb 19, 2015
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Not all students in Onondaga County are truly taking a full winter break. Instead, twenty-four students were seizing the opportunity Thursday and Friday to get introduced to medical career fields. The 13th annual MASH camp has been held at Upstate University Hospital's Community General Campus every year.  It’s a chance for Rural Metro’s Ed Moser to provide them first hand-experience. 

"My job is to teach them what it's like to be an EMT or a paramedic so we get to play with all the toys here today. Everyone wants to see how their heart rate is."

Dr. James Gibbs

  For the next two weeks you can tell New York State wildlife officials just what birds, fish, turtles, insects and other creatures need help surviving.  One local scientist is reflecting on the importance of the “List of Species of Greatest Concern”.

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  The second open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act has ended with hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers getting health coverage for the first time. In the state, there are currently 2.1 million people enrolled in health coverage through the state’s marketplace. Of that number, 553,000 who had not enrolled in coverage through the marketplace in 2014, got insured during this open enrollment period which ended February 15th.

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Welcome back, Rakeem Christmas.

Christmas bounced back from his worst two-game stretch of the season and scored 29 points against No. 12 Louisville and had eight rebounds and four blocks.  It helped Syracuse get its first win of the season against a top 25 opponent, a 69-59 victory in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night.  Coming into the game, the Orange was 0-4 against ranked teams this season.

"I was just getting the ball in the post and getting to the basket," Christmas said.  "We were wearing down their defense just getting to the basket and drawing a lot of fouls."

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  Some Central New Yorkers could unknowingly be moving into a house that once was a methamphetamine lab. Senator Chuck Schumer announced legislation Wednesday that would require home sellers and landlords who know a home was used as a meth lab to disclose that information to potential buyers or renters. 

  He stopped by a neighborhood in East Syracuse to make his point, just down the street from last week's raid of a meth lab.

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