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Syracuse University has permanently expelled the Chapter of Theta Tau today after videos filled with hatred, bigotry, racism and insensitive comments targeted at the LGBT community, Jews and people with disabilities surfaced this week.  In a message to the campus Community posted to the website Vimeo, Chancellor Kent Syverud says the Dean of Students, Robert Hradsky delivered a letter to Theta TAU leadership today informing the fraternity of the university’s final decision. 

Foster Grandparents at Syracuse Schools Shape the Future and Teach Kids

Apr 19, 2018
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Van Duyn Elementary Students have been getting some extra support with their subjects when seven special visitors show up daily.

The Foster Grandparent Program provides an opportunity for youngsters to learn from their elders and to gain social skills. Grandparent Ellen Kace says she looks forward to seeing the kids at school every day.

“Just being with these kids here makes me feel happy, alive,” Kace said. I look forward every morning just to come here to be with these kids. It makes me feel wonderful.”

ProLiteracy VP Remembers Barbara Bush's Efforts to Promote Literacy

Apr 19, 2018
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Senior Vice President Peter Waite of ProLiteracy from Syracuse is recalling the legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush who worked tirelessly to ensure that people could have better lives.  Bush died on Tuesday at the age of 92. Waite says that Bush was a stellar promoter of adult and family literacy long before her time in the White House.  They met in 1982.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.

Cuomo railed against President Donald Trump and his administration, saying they are “anti-American” and opposed to everything that Dr. King preached about. But he said the Democratic Party got it wrong in 2016.

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Syracuse’s Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center has become the sixth nursing home facility in New York State with a specialized cardiac unit.

The TeliStat Restorative Care Unit or TRCU is part of an ongoing pilot program to establish a total of 14 across the state. Founder and CEO of the technology, Dr. Anthony Bacchi says these units are key factors in combating the problem of patients being unnecessarily re-admitted to hospitals.

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What can Central New Yorkers learn about issues involving the environment?  Or economic development projects?  Author and Utica College Professor Brett Orzechowski will answer those questions Wednesday when he speaks at Syracuse University about his book, “FOIL: The law and the Future of Public Information.”  For 40 years, state residents have been using the Freedom of information Law to access government information.  Orzechowski says people can use this open data to shine light on governmental issues.

Those battling poverty face many stresses, and their own health may not be a top priority. But at Step Up Moment, the volunteers push participants to realize it should be one. City Limits’ Katie Zilcosky tells us how they’re doing it. 

This episode is part of the City Limits sub series On The Front Lines, which examines individuals and agencies making a difference in Syracuse's poverty problem.

On The Front Lines is made possible by the Central New York Community Foundation.

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Hundreds of people from across the state interested in the future of renewable energy will gather in East Syracuse on Friday for the 14th annual Symposium  on Energy in the 21st Century that comes during what organizers are calling an exciting time in the industry.  Symposium Director Rhea Jezer said they’ve always tried to be on the cutting edge.

“14 years ago, at our first Symposium, we actually had to bring a solar panel for people to look at, and they were amazed because no one knew what a solar panel looked like. We’ve come a long way since then,” said Jezer.

OCC Hosts TEDx Event Focused on Central NY Community

Apr 16, 2018
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This past weekend, Onondaga Community College hosted its third and largest TEDx event to date with the goal of fostering a sense of community among Central New Yorkers. Over 250 people attended the event which was independently organized by brothers David and Jason Furney, both professors at the college. Jason said they wanted to use this opportunity to bring together people from all walks of life.

Green Party's Howie Hawkins Announces Run for NY Governor

Apr 13, 2018
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Yet another candidate has announced a run for New York governor.  Syracuse’s own Howie Hawkins is seeking the Green Party nomination for the state’s top job. Four years ago, Hawkins earned more than 184,000 votes, which he says pushed the state in new directions.  

 “We got five percent and Governor Cuomo, I think, was compelled to compete for those progressive votes by adopting some of our demands like the ban on fracking, the millionaire’s tax, the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave. Well, we moved policy, and we intend to do the same thing this time.”

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