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Plowshares Craftsfair Goes Virtual for 50th Anniversary

Central New Yorkers might be choosing to stay home this Black Friday and avoid crowded stores because of the surge in COVID-19 infections. But the organizers of an annual holiday tradition in Syracuse have a safe way to find unique gifts while supporting local artists. However, going virtual isn’t exactly what they had in mind for the 50th anniversary of the Plowshares Craftsfair. Plowshares Committee member Jonathan Trier says they held out for as long as they could before deciding what to...

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Our refrigerators will probably look a bit different the day after Thanksgiving this year. With so many staying home and having smaller celebrations, the amount and variety of leftovers will be limited. But there are still dozens of interesting ways to use leftovers to create great meals for days to come.

There's soup to make, and sandwiches to build. The classic midnight sandwich: turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and/or stuffing, and hot gravy piled onto any type of sandwich bread.

The Trump legal team has suffered another loss in its continuing attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.

In a scathing opinion, a federal appeals court said Friday that a lower court acted properly when it threw out the Trump campaign's challenge to the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania.

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Climate change was top of mind for voters in recent election, fueling momentum for a Green New Deal.   Corporations in New York State are also looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint.   Last month, JP Morgan Chase officially signed a deal with Brookfield Renewable Partners that will supply 90 percent of their New York State operations with renewable, hydro-electric power.   The company has been leading the charge by committing to source 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020.

President Trump's refusal to concede and the delayed transition to the administration of President-elect Joe Biden have raised many questions about the transfer of power in our system.

One in particular has long been asked: Why do we wait until the latter part of January to swear in a president we elect in November? Put another way: How is it that the Brits can have a newly elected prime minister meeting with the queen to form a new government within a day or two, but we need 10 or 11 weeks to install a new crew?

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Central New Yorkers might be choosing to stay home this Black Friday and avoid crowded stores because of the surge in COVID-19 infections.  But the organizers of an annual holiday tradition in Syracuse have a safe way to find unique gifts while supporting local artists.  However, going virtual isn’t exactly what they had in mind for the 50th anniversary of the Plowshares Craftsfair.

Plowshares Committee member Jonathan Trier says they held out for as long as they could before deciding what to do.

Six U.S. oil executives held for three years in Venezuela were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms Thursday.

Known as the Citgo 6, the men are all employees of the Houston-based refining company of the same name, which is owned by Venezuela's state oil company, PDVSA.

Five of the men, Gustavo Cárdenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano and Alirio Zambrano, and Tomeu Vadell, all U.S. citizens, were sentenced to eight years and 10 months. Jose Pereira, a permanent resident of the U.S., received 13 years, The Associated Press reports.

In recent years, up to 1.2 million Americans took part in Thanksgiving Day charity runs.

This year, the start of the giving season looks different across the country: Turkey trots in Midland, Michigan, and Granville and Chillicothe, Ohio — all to raise money for important causes — were called off.

President Trump this week acknowledged that the transition for President-elect Joe Biden to take office is going ahead. But on Thursday, he made clear he's in no mood to concede the election, even after the Electoral College formally votes this month.

"It's going to be a very hard thing to concede because we know there was massive fraud," Trump said, without evidence, complaining that the U.S. election was "like a Third World country."

This month's elections, especially in the aftermath of this summer's protests against racial injustice, were seen as a test for criminal justice reforms. This was especially true for so-called progressive district attorneys.

Many policies in the higher-profile cities of Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago already had drawn the ire of some in law enforcement, including choosing not to prosecute certain low-level crimes, among other changes.

Those policies appear to be just fine with voters in cities with prosecutors who vowed to continue shaking things up.

Yuko Watanabe had to learn a lot of plant names. She lists them with as much confidence as she does her extensive soup menu. Calathea, pothos, Swedish ivy, song of India.

For over a decade, her Yuko Kitchen has fed Los Angeles Japanese comfort food — something like your friend's mom might cook for you after the school, Watanabe says. But this pandemic spring, when streets emptied and her phones grew quiet, a mini-jungle took over the chairs and tables, her cafes pivoting to sell nourishment both for the body and the soul.

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