Syracuse local news

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How comfortable would you be seeing your doctor through a mobile phone or tablet?  Tele-medicine holds promise from bringing some types of medical care to rural areas, while also reducing costs for non-emergency physical and mental health needs.  Technology and acceptance are advancing, though the use of telehealth is still small.


Congress Member Anthony Brindisi has just enjoyed seeing his work rewarded … he had his first bill signed into law by the president.

Stigma, Secrecy and a lack of understanding continue to make suicide hard to prevent here in Central New York and across the nation.  Mental health also continues to get less attention than physical health problems. 


A Central New York national security expert says the whistle-blower complaint against the White House indicates some unusual activities by the President.  Bill Smullen directed Syracuse University’s National Security program and worked in the state department. 


A SUNY Cortland Political Science Professor says the memorandum of a July phone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukraine President raises warning flags about the appearance of enlisting a foreign power for political gain. 

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All Saints Parish in Syracuse is working to help people develop a greater understanding for those living in poverty. They’re hosting the Community Action Poverty Simulation on the 21st of the month. Participants will get the chance to walk in someone else’s shoes by assigning them a role to play in a real family.

The huge hurricane, Dorian, didn’t impact us here, but it did make big changes to a trip Central New Yorkers are taking to North Carolina for hurricane relief.

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The weather conditions might have put a damper on the first day of the New York State Fair in Syracuse.  However fairgoers still seemed to be finding their own fun … mainly inside. The Governor and other state officials also made some announcements. 

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  Syracuse women’s basketball star Tiana Mangakahia continues chemotherapy to treat her stage-two breast cancer, and she says she's felt enormous support from the surrounding community. Thousands have taken to twitter to support her by using the hashtag #Tough4T. 

Mangakahia spoke to the media on Tuesday and emphasized how crucial the community’s support has been over the first four weeks of her treatment. 

Tom Honan

A 4-day concert and festival event wrapped up this weekend at the original site of Woodstock marking its 50th anniversary.  For some people it was a sort-of homecoming, while others just wanted to get a feeling of the original, iconic event.