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A free speech expert at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School says it’s a sad state of affairs when so many people are targeted at a satirical Paris newspaper for freedom of expression.  Roy Gutterman is director of S-U’s Tully Center for Free Speech.

"Unfortunately, it looks like it's a trend.  Extremists dealing with content they disagree with.  Violence is no way to answer rhetoric or offensive jokes or anything like that.  But, that seems to be our world today."

 He says most attacks on the press are more isolated kidnappings or killings of one or two reporters, but very rarely a mass murder.  Gutterman says it could have a chilling effect on journalists and cartoonists across the globe.

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The usual fall expos at the New York State Fairgrounds took place this weekend alongside a crowd of costumed heroes and characters from Japanese television shows.

Fandom members from far and wide converged at the fairgrounds Art & Home Center for the fifth annual Syracuse Anime Convention, which has been extended to a two-day event for the first time in its history.