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Green Party Candidate for Syracuse Mayor Howie Hawkins pointed to the crumbling condition of the Westside Academy at Blodgett today as an example of the inequality of education in the city. Hawkins scolded the Joint School construction board for failing to make the school a priority, leaving families uncertain about the future. 

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Advocates for the Forever Wild forest preserves in the Adirondacks and Catskills, are trying to spread the word about two ballot propositions in the November elections. They are for one of the proposals, but against another.

We walk up the trail to the summit of Hadley Mountain  in the southern Adirondacks, fallen leaves crunching underfoot.

The wind picks up a bit as we climb up the fire tower for the panoramic view.

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Chants for freedom reverberated through the streets of downtown Syracuse Thursday as dozens of activists gathered to urge Congressmember John Katko to co-sponsor what they call a "Clean Dream Act." It’s part of a coordinated nationwide Dream Act Week of Action while Congress is in recess.  Gustavo Andrade is director of leadership development with United We Dream. 

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Orange and blue are the colors you normally see on the Syracuse University campus.  But Thursday and for the rest of the month, purple will also be seen both on campus and around Central New York to raise awareness about domestic violence. While the effort ramps up in October, director of the office of health promotion at SU Katelyn Cowen says information and support resources are available year-round.

Local Job Fair Connects Job Seekers with Retail Employers for Upcoming Holiday Season

Oct 13, 2017
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Local residents dressed to impress today as they either applied for jobs with on-the-spot interviews or inquired about opportunities at the Southwest Community Center in Syracuse.  Build To Work Program Coordinator Twiggy Billue says the majority of companies are looking to hire for retail and customer service jobs.

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Middle and high school students in Fulton, the Institute of Technology in Syracuse and across the state today called attention to the billions of dollars of tobacco promotion in stores that is likely influencing kids to start smoking at the average age of 13.  Today is Seen Enough Tobacco Day, and students created displays aimed at raising awareness of tobacco placement and advertising.  Joe Wicks is with the Tobacco Free Network of Central New York, and says even pharmacies are partly to blame.

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This Saturday, the Palace Theater in Eastwood hosts a film festival for horror movie fans. 

Freddy Fest is an all-day tribute to Freddy Krueger … and will feature the screening of all seven of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films in their original 35 mm format.   Director Jack Sholder, who crafted Nightmare on Elm Street Two, will be there for a Q-and-A session, along with actors and vendors .

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The environmental records of Central New York’s senators and assemblymembers are getting mixed reviews in an analysis of their votes during the last legislative session.  The group environmental advocates has released legislators’ scorecards, and Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz says they come with a different backdrop.

SU "Aggressively" Addressing Mumps Outbreak Through Education, Isolation

Oct 11, 2017
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Onondaga County and Syracuse University health officials say they’re continuing to monitor the student population for mumps now that there are 13 confirmed cases of the virus.  There are five more “probable” cases and at least 10 others with possible symptoms.  Senior Vice President for enrollment and student experience at Syracuse University Dolan Evanovich has been reaching out to students and parents. 

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Syracuse residents rallied today to change the Interstate-81 overpass to a road system known as a “community grid”. They say that the I-81 overpass fragments and segregates the city. Robert Doucette is a member of “ReThink 81”, an organization pushing for the community grid. He says grid proponents are eager to see the results of a city-sponsored study on the overpass.

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