Mark Bialczak

I certainly am not qualified to judge if Tuesday's high temperature of 65 degrees in Syracuse, N.Y., had anything to do with global warming. That is such a serious matter that I had to mention it here this once. I surely worry about the polar bears losing their habitat at the melting glaciers at the poles and the domino effect of eco structures tumbling around us and the planet that will or will not be left for future generations.

Scott Stabbert / nccnews.expressions.syr.edu

   Syracuse University officials have taken the first step in going completely smoke-free. A letter was sent out earlier today to Syracuse students, faculty, and staff, stating that Syracuse University will become a smoke-free campus beginning July 1, 2015.  Officials say this will allow the campus to provide a healthy environment for students to thrive.  All Syracuse University owned buildings will be going smoke-free including all outdoor venues with the exception of the Carrier Dome, the Sheraton Hotel, Drumlins, and Syracuse Stage.

Anne Mostue’s work in radio journalism has taken her from black bear dens in the North Woods of Maine to the streets of Seoul and San Juan. 

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Leaders and citizens of the Onondaga Nation were among members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy in Canandaigua Tuesday to commemorate the 220th anniversary of the signing of the Canandaigua Treaty. The pact, signed in 1794, brought peace between the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations and the United States. It also recognized the sovereignty of the six nations to govern and set their own laws. But Onondaga Nation Counsel Joe Heath says over the centuries, it’s been ignored by state and federal governments with the taking of nation lands and other injustices.

Onondaga County Honors Veterans on Veteran's Day

Nov 11, 2014
Angelica Rodriguez / WAER News

Today Onondaga County remembered and honored D-day Veterans and all Armed Service members in the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at the War Memorial Center in Downtown Syracuse.  70 years ago U-S soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, France on  D-Day to liberate Europe from Nazi control.   

Scott Willis / WAER News

It’s Veteran’s Day, and Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing a bill that would support military veterans with expanded mental health services in an effort to stem the growing suicide rate.  At a stop in Syracuse Monday, Schumer said 1,500 veterans in New York State have committed suicide in the past 10 years.  He says the measure is geared toward “state side” veterans…those who are not deployed and not eligible for some psychological support benefits.

Schumer also says the trauma suffered by veteran who are not deployed should not be underestimated.

David Fine/WAER Sports

Syracuse’s 2014 bowl hopes – already diminished by back-to-back losses to Clemson and NC State – took one final blow on Saturday. 

The Orange lost to the No. 21 Duke Blue Devils, 27-10, in the Carrier Dome for its seventh loss of the season.  That means Syracuse (3-7, 1-5 ACC) no longer has a chance for bowl eligibility, after reaching the postseason in three of the past four seasons.

"It hurts," Scott Shafer said.  "It’s a difficult situation because that’s one of those goals that we wanted to come back and reach. But we didn’t. So what are you going to do?"

Cole Murphy just wanted to play football.

But when he decided to join his high school team, his parents gave him only one option.

“You can play, but you can only be kicker,” he said.

For Murphy, the decision to kick has been a good one.  The true freshman at Syracuse has been almost flawless since taking over for Ryan Norton earlier in the season. He’s 12-14 on field goals, including a 50-yarder in back-to-back games.

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