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Employees and Patrons at Five Onondaga County Businesses Test Positive for COVID-19

Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Onondaga County. Seventy new cases were confirmed in the region today, one of the highest single day jumps since the pandemic began. Most of the new cases come from community spread. County Executive Ryan McMahon said in a tweet that this data includes "some small clusters and one potential larger one." The increase is also being reflected in area businesses. The Health Department says people may have been exposed to the virus at five locations over the...

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Philadelphia officials issued a citywide curfew on Wednesday after consecutive nights of protests — which at times turned violent — following the fatal police shooting of a 27-year-old Black man, Walter Wallace Jr.

He was holding a knife when police shot him.

The curfew goes into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday and lasts until 6 a.m. Thursday, Mayor Jim Kenney said. Kenney also lamented the looting and property destruction that's taken place during nighttime protests.

The Small Business Administration may have handed out billions of dollars in loans to businesses that falsely claimed to have been damaged by the coronavirus lockdowns, a report from the agency said on Wednesday.

Officials at the agency were so inundated with requests for disaster aid starting last March that they couldn't adequately vet the applicants, according to the report from the Office of SBA Inspector General Michael Ware.

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The Chair of the State Republican Party says Central New York’s Congressional seats, as well as several state races are in play as voters continue to cast their ballots.  Nick Langworthy is confident Congressmember John Katko will defeat Dana Balter and keep his seat in the 24th district, and that Claudia Tenney will upset incumbent democrat Anthony Brindisi in the 22nd. 

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Protests were held in four locations in New York Tuesday over the growing number of state prison inmates infected with COVID-19. There have been outbreaks in at least four prisons, in the Greene, Clinton and Cayuga Correctional Facilities, and in Elmira, where at least 565 inmates have now tested positive for the virus.

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Onondaga Community College students came together the best they could during a pandemic to celebrate Unity Day Wednesday.

“We have to do this. We have to keep doing Unity Day, especially now. Because we are not coming to school, we are not socializing as much, so I feel like now is when we need it the most,” said Keila Arencibia, a third year nursing student originally from Cuba.

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Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Onondaga County. Seventy new cases were confirmed in the region today, one of the highest single day jumps since the pandemic began. Most of the new cases come from community spread. County Executive Ryan McMahon said in a tweet that this data includes "some small clusters and one potential larger one."

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, joined the nearly 75 million voters who have cast their ballots early.

The former vice president voted at the Carvel State Office Building in his hometown of Wilmington, Del., after delivering remarks about protecting the Affordable Care Act.

After voting, Biden spoke to reporters about his plans on health care, saying he thinks he'll be able to work with Republicans.

The previous episode of City Limits examined efforts in the Syracuse community to use art to heal the emotional wounds created by instances of racial injustice, police brutality, and social unrest.  In that episode, you heard voices of members of the Black Artist Collective, an organized group of black artists dedicated to enhancing the growth and endurance of all Black arts. 

Representatives of the group sat with Joe Lee to explore the intersection of art and activism and their fight to create a permanent seat at the table.


Every second spent in prison is a "measurement of punishment," says Nicole R. Fleetwood. "You wake up, you're being punished, you're being punished, you make art, you're being punished."

Fleetwood is curator of "Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration," a new exhibition at New York City's MoMa PS1.

On its surface, economic growth data out this week will look like one for the record books. But dig in, and the picture is not as bright.

The Commerce Department is expected to report on Thursday record-setting growth in gross domestic product during the most recent quarter, reflecting pent-up demand as businesses reopened and consumers streamed back into the marketplace.

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