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  For the second time in two weeks, members of a wide-array of community advocacy groups gathered Friday in front of the Syracuse Federal Building to peacefully protest the lack of charges against white police officer, Daniel Panatelo, for the July killing of unarmed black man, Eric Garner.

Didi Schanche is deputy senior supervising editor on NPR's award-winning International Desk. She also is NPR's Africa and Latin America editor.

A journalist since 1981, Schanche landed her first reporting job as freelance correspondent for The Jerusalem Post in Cairo, Egypt. She returned to the United States and got a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1982. With the ultimate goal of becoming a foreign correspondent, Schanche spent several months banging on doors and was hired by The Associated Press as a reporter based in Montgomery, Ala. After two years, she was transferred to the foreign desk at AP headquarters in New York. Two years later, she was sent to Nairobi, Kenya, to cover East Africa.

Syracuse University Sport Management Club

The Sport Management Club at Syracuse University has been working all semester to prepare for their 10th Annual Charity Sports Auction this Saturday, December 6th. The students have been working countless hours, collecting donations, promoting the event, and preparing for this day. 

Syracuse Peace Council

  The Syracuse Peace Council is hoping community members will do some holiday shopping at a city high school this weekend, rather than the big box stores. 

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Obamacare has provided health insurance for some New Yorkers, but there’s a new proposal that one State Assembly member, some doctors and others say would be a better way to deliver healthcare.  State Assembly Health Chair Richard Gottfried authored an act that would bring state-wide universal healthcare to New York.  He says under the program, people with employer funded health insurance would save even more. 

They would not pay a premium; they would not pay a deductible; they would not pay a co-pay.  If they go out of network , they would not pay out-of-network charges.  The system would be entirely funded by brad-based assessments based on ability to pay."   

Robert Ostrander is a doctor with a family practice and teaches at Upstate Medical University who supports the plan.  He thinks it would simplify the healthcare system and cut his overhead costs in half.  He says that taxpayers already pay enough…

"When you consider Medicaid, Medicare, Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, the State Exchange Subsidies and health insurance for government employees on every level, taxpayers are already purchasing a large percentage of health care coverage in an unnecessary complicated and inefficient manner."  

Ostrander adds that most physicians, employers and patients favor a single-payer healthcare system… even with some misgivings.

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  Those traveling out of Hancock International Airport this holiday season should expect some changes in airport security. The airport has put in new devices where people undergo full body scans instead of just walking through a metal detector. It's called Advanced Imaging Technology...or AIT.  

Some people laid some pretty personal stories on the Syracuse Common Council today trying to get them to eliminate the part of job applications that makes someone disclose a felony conviction. The Syracuse Anti-Discrimination and Fair Employment Act also known as Ban the Box is a step forward against employment discrimination.

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Jim Boeheim said that his team saved its best game for its best opponent. But his two freshmen saved their worst moments for the final minute against No. 17 Michigan.

The Orange had eliminated the Wolverines’ 10-point lead, tying the game with 56 seconds to play.  Then Kaleb Joseph and Chris McCullough both turned the ball over with less than 20 seconds left and Syracuse trailing by one. 

“You can’t do that and win games,” Boeheim said after the game.

  There's no doubt we all could use a good laugh these days.

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