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City and County Leaders Make Final Push for Participation in 2020 Census

Leaders from Syracuse, Onondaga County, and non-profit partners are making a final push to encourage responses for the 2020 census before the September 30 th deadline. Officials are spending the next six days going door to door in less responsive city neighborhoods to spread information about the census. Regional Director of the Census Jeff Behler asked community members to motivate other residents to fill out the census. " We still need your help. If you filled it out, thank you. But we need...

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Leaders from Syracuse, Onondaga County, and non-profit partners are making a final push to encourage responses for the 2020 census before the September 30th deadline.  Officials are spending the next six days going door to door in less responsive city neighborhoods to spread information about the census. Regional Director of the Census Jeff Behler asked community members to motivate other residents to fill out the census.

It's a bit hard to describe Vietnam's Intergenerational Self Help Clubs.

But one thing is easy to say. If you're older — like above the age of 60 — and need help, the club will help you get it. That could mean a microloan if times are tough, a drum lesson as a chance for self-expression and social activity (and to prove that old people can play drums, too). And during the pandemic, the clubs have played a critical role informing and supporting its members.

There are around 3,000 of the clubs in Vietnam, with 160,000 participants, most of them older people.

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Pro voting rights groups are encouraging potential voters to register, and for those who do want to vote, to make a plan in advance.  There are some important dates for voters in New York to remember.

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More than 100,000 people are taking part in studies to see if one or more COVID-19 vaccine candidates actually work.

The United States is home to the world's best-known technology companies, but so far the use of smartphones to fight the coronavirus has been tepid at best.

Smartphones have the potential to be a powerful tool in tracking the spread of COVID-19. They can tell you exactly how close you've been to other people, for how long and keep a detailed log of everyone you've been around for the last 14 days. Linked to testing systems, they can rapidly alert you if someone you've been in contact with tests positive.

Women's Opportunity Center Forced to Lay Off Workers Due to COVID-19 Funding Crisis

Sep 22, 2020
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The Onondaga and Tompkins County Women’s Opportunity Center has had to trim just about all of its staff, due to the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Financial problems are mounting at a time the center’s directors say they’re help for women is needed most. 


Critics of Facebook and Twitter — and even some people inside the companies — say dramatic action is needed to counter the way the platforms supercharge false, and sometimes dangerous, claims.

Facebook says it has taken down a network of China-based fake accounts whose posts included content about the U.S. presidential election.

Most of the activity by the more than 180 fake accounts, groups and pages was focused on Southeast Asia, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security policy, said in a blog post Tuesday.

Remember New York's Plastic Bag Ban? Enforcement Begins Oct. 19

Sep 22, 2020
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Central New Yorkers who aren’t already in the habit of grabbing their reusable bags before heading into the store have about a month to get it right.  You may have heard that the New York Department of Environmental Conservation will start enforcing the state’s single use plastic bag ban on Oct. 19. Enforcement was originally supposed to start March 1, but a court case delayed that. Hanna Ring is CNY program coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the environment, she says COVID-19 was also a factor in the delay.

When big, important people die, it's easy to overuse the term "iconic," but the title fits Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Outside the halls of the Supreme Court, she had another life in pop culture as a symbol of both dissent and feminism. And maybe nothing has cemented her place there more than Saturday Night Live.

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