Syracuse local news

The Syracuse University community lost a legend when Floyd Little died Friday from Cancer at age 78.  Little played football at SU from 1964-66, during which time he amassed 39 touchdowns and played in the Sugar Bowl and Gator Bowl with the Orange (then Orangemen).  He has a 1000-yard season in 1965.

An upstate New York conservation group has purchased hundreds of acres of land that will protect some of the finger lakes from pollution … and ultimately protect drinking water.  The Nature Conservancy move, aided by a state matching grant, adds to work by the Finger lakes Land Trust to conserve areas that could have been farmed or developed – activities that contribute to harmful algal blooms the lakes have suffered.

If you are wondering whether the holiday period exposed you to the coronavirus, there are numerous opportunities to get tested this week.  Onondaga County has added a number of community locations for tests of those without symptoms.  County officials conitnue to say asymptomatic testing is vital to slow the spread of the virus, since many people never have symptoms but can still make others sick.

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A former Syracuse Parks official is settling into a position to improve relations between Syracuse Police and the community.  The new role comes after summer protests and years of strained interactions with local residents over police conduct.

Restaurant and other tipped workers are facing increasing harassment and more threats to their incomes, according to a new study by a labor group.  They seek better conditions and a living wage for the group embattled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurant and bar workers have already had to deal with layoffs, limited capacity for their customers, switching to take-out-only service.  Now a study shows they’re also seeing their tips plummet and sexual harassment at work spike.

Social justice is one of the major issues on the forefront of public discussion in 2020. For many, though, the fight for equality has been taking place for much longer than this year.

“I think there is no finish line when it comes to racial and diversity issues, and social justice issues,” said Dana Harrell.

Harrell, a member of the Syracuse graduating class of 1971, played for the SU football team in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He is best remembered, however, as one of the ‘Syracuse 8.’

Local elected leaders from the state, city and town level are praising a decision to divest the New York State pension from companies that support the use of fossil fuels.  The landmark environmental announcement came from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli Wednesday. 

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As many as 60,000 New Yorkers might stop smoking if cigarette taxes were raised a dollar a pack. That’s exactly what the American Heart Association is calling for.

People who suffered sexual abuse years or even decades ago might have thought their trauma has been overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.  But the law that opened a window for lawsuits for past crimes is still valid in New York State.  Now one survivor is trying to spread the word.

Syracuse women’s basketball finally has a schedule for this year.  And even though it’s an abbreviated slate due to the pandemic, one player will be extremely glad to be back on the court. 

As an All-ACC First Team point guard, Tiana