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Spaces all around Syracuse will be ‘lighting up’ once again this summer as in the ‘Blacklites’ for Jazz in the City 2018.  

The outdoor concert series has been bringing live music to Syracuse audiences for almost 20 years.  

This year, free concerts will be located in different quadrants of the city every Thursday in August.  Executive Director for CNY Jazz Central Larry Luttinger says there are plenty of great local and national acts to look forward to. 

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The Urban Delights Farm Stand re-opened today in its first appearance this season at the Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. Residents gravitated towards the fresh produce.

Youth ranging from 15 to 21 years-old operate the stand as a summer job. They’re hired through Central New York Works or Jubilee Homes to garden and sell their crops around Syracuse.  19-year-old Karisa Kirby is one of ten workers who not only gain work experience, but also educate CNY’s youth about organic produce.

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Former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and his son Adam were found guilty of federal corruption charges in a retrial that ended Tuesday.

Dean and Adam Skelos had been convicted in 2015 of crimes that included the elder Skelos arranging no show jobs worth $300,000 for his son.

But the conviction was overturned on appeal.

In the retrial, a jury for the second time found both Skelos guilty on all counts.

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The Chair of the Political Science Department at SU's Maxwell School says the summit between the U.S. and Russia amounted to a big nothing-burger.  Brian Taylor has written several books about Russian politics. 

He says President Trump and Vladimir Putin were combative against the American Press about the topic of the Russian-electoral interference.  Taylor says this comes on the heels last week’s Mueller indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers but, it seems Trump is looking the other way.

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School is out for the summer, but for the next month nearly 100 kids from all over Syracuse will continue learning at their local YMCA’s.  Rising third, fourth and fifth graders can participate in the Power Scholar Academy at four sites for no cost. 

  

We caught up with eight-year-old Dominic at the Wilson Community Center, where he read us the power scholar pledge:  

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The second set of corruption convictions of former associates of Governor Cuomo has renewed calls to reform  the governor’s multi billion dollar economic development program that was at the heart of the bribery and bid rigging cases. But Cuomo says the problem has already been fixed.

CNY Homecare Adapts to Shifting Demographics

Jul 16, 2018
Courtesy of Nascentia Health

 

A home healthcare agency that serves Central New York continues to expand its staff to meet the growing demand for an aging population.  In 2010, a Cornell University demographics chart indicated there were nearly 36,000 residents age 50 to 54 in Onondaga County. 

Now, it appears this is driving the need for healthcare agencies.  Nascentia Health continues to grow with the industry.  Vice President of Public Relations Kimberly Graf says that it’s vital to accommodate the needs of aging local residents.

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A nearly forgotten WWI monument on the southern edge of Downtown Syracuse will be rededicated Sunday to mark the 100th anniversary of the regiment and battle it commemorates.  WAER News met Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association Bob Searing at the monument in Billings park bound by S. Warren, E. Adams, and S. Salina Streets.  

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A federal jury in New York on Thursday convicted key players of corruption in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ``Buffalo Billion'' economic redevelopment program. This included Syracuse-based COR Development executives Steve Aiello and Joseph Gerardi.

The jury in Manhattan federal court returned its verdict after a month-long trial, which put a spotlight on how contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars were awarded for redevelopment projects in Syracuse and Buffalo.

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Syracuse Police are investigating what’s behind a rise in “spike” overdoses this week.  Synthetic marijuana overdose cases across the city have increased from one or two per day, to upwards of 20, with more likely going unreported.  

Sergeant Rick Helterline says this may be due to what he calls a “bad batch.”

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