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About two dozen peace activists gathered in downtown Syracuse yesterday to reclaim the original meaning of Veteran’s Day.  The Syracuse Peace Council and Syracuse Veterans for Peace chose the site of a World War One memorial in Billings Park to “reclaim Armistice Day.”  U.S. Navy veteran Roger Misso says he wants the public to think of veterans as peacemakers. 

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A recent increase of COVID-19 cases among SU students is changing how the university responds. The cluster emerged after some students visited another college and then attended an off campus party. Vice Chancellor Mike Haynie says the university led an education campaign early on.

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  Many major New York  cities, from Syracuse and Albany, to Hamilton and Ithaca are calling for more federal aid to get through the pandemic.  A dozen members of the New York Conference of Mayors gathered today at Syracuse City Hall to demand Washington stops bickering on aid for cities.

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The Coronavirus pandemic has caused health and fiscal strain across the community, and it continues to even as parts of the economy reopen. But organizations who help those struggling say the problems aren’t new. They’re existing problems that have been made worse by the effects of COVID-19.

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Central New Yorkers who have yet to be counted in the 2020 Census will have more time to respond to the once a decade national headcount. A federal judge ruled just days before the deadline that the count could not end prior to October 31st at risk of an undercount.

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 A local company is ensuring workers at the Syracuse Department of Public Works has more in its arsenal to protect themselves from contracting COVID-19 ahead of the winter weather. Healthway Products of Pulaski delivered three air purification units to DPW headquarters to reduce the air particle count in tight spaces with a goal of lowering the virus count in the air.


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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s decision to halt sweeping changes to the US postal service probably comes as little comfort to postal workers who’ve already felt the impact.  DeJoy wants to cut employee hours and remove mail sorting machinery, but yesterday afternoon said he’d postpone these changes until after the election. 

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The Onondaga Nation has weighed in on Columbus Circle.  Nation leadership seeks change, while including all cultures that call Syracuse home, in a statement released Wednesday.

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Is New York State withholding previous CARES Act funding for Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse?  WAER’s John Smith followed up on Congressmember John Katko's request for the state to release funds.  Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul disagrees that's not accurate as the state is $14 billion in the red.  

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Childcare providers are struggling to stay open with limited revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, on top of the added expense of creating socially-distanced facilities.  New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for a $50 billion investment in the industry.