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More than 900 Syracuse City school children will be going home with a backpack full of food every weekend thanks to a program that aims to fill gaps in hunger for under resourced families.  It’s called “Blessings in a Backpack,” which has grown this year to include five schools. 

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  The New York State Fairgrounds played host to the New York State Arms Collectors Association’s gun show over the weekend, which drew second amendment supporters and gun enthusiasts. The show has been in Syracuse since 1938. Well over 1,000 tables were set up for the buyers and sellers of the wide variety of guns, ammunition, knives, and more. One of the six directors of the show Doug Roberts says that although most of the transactions are business deals, many of them are historically driven.


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Onondaga County homeowners are being asked to shell out an additional $30 next year to help cover the cost of repairing and maintaining the aging sewer system as part of Joanie Mahoney’s 2019 budget proposal.  She delivered her $1.3 billion spending plan to lawmakers Friday. 

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The Catholic Diocese of Syracuse is offering a ‘Mass of Forgiveness’ at all churches this weekend as an attempt to heal wounds from child sex abuse cases.  Local cases first became public from 2002 to 2006. 

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Many are wondering just how many registered Democrats will actually go to the polls today to select the party's nominee for Governor, State Attorney General and for races closer to Central New York.  Thanks to recent intiatives, the turnout numbers could be higher than in the past.  Volunteers of two organizations have been giving millennials a nudge by sending out 200,000 texts asking if they can count on them to vote.  Common Cause of New York Executive Director Susan Lerner says although there’s a strong surge of interest and activism, people must actually vote.  She says the importance

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Syracuse University is about to host a hackathon focused on helping people and communities leading up to, during and after natural disasters.  During the two day event which starts Friday, Hurrican Florence is expected to hit the Carolinas and Virginia. 


Democrats in the state senate’s 53rd district will have a choice on tomorrow’s ballot between a long-term in incumbent and a progressive challenger.  Dave Valesky is trying to fend off strong opposition from Rachel May.   

Democratic primary voters on Thursday have a choice of four candidates for state attorney general, after former AG Eric Schneiderman resigned in May over allegations he physically abused several women that he dated.

Syracuse democrats heading to the polls for Thursday’s primary will see three choices for city court judge on the ballot.  All are Syracuse natives, all are running for office for the first time, and all have years of experience as attorneys who’ve tried a variety of cases in many different courtrooms.   They also say the position is more important than people think. 

Dean of Hendricks Chapel at SU Reflects on 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Sep 11, 2018

Hendrick’s Chapel at Syracuse University opened its doors on this 9/11 to offer a time of reflection and meditation about the tragic events at the World Trade Center, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.