Miner, Fowler swear in new class of Syracuse police officers
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Employees at Bethany Gardens Picket Over Increase In Health Insurance
Employees at Bethany Gardens Skilled Living Center in Rome, N.Y. held an informational picket Aug. 6 in response to stalled contract negotiations with the facility’s management over a proposed increase in their health insurance premiums, union officials stated.   read story

State Education Department releases half of Common Core test questions
The New York State Education Department released 50 percent of the 2014 Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and math test questions Wednesday for students in grades three through eight, up from 25 percent in 2013.   read story

New Report on New York's Educational Systems Contradicts Earlier Findings
According to a new report, New York is one of the top 10 states across the nation for its education output and safety, and its school systems rank 20th in the country, which contradicts findings from an earlier study by the Commonwealth Foundation.   read story


Data Shows That Home Remodeling Numbers Are Up as Economy Grows Stronger
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Brand Strategist Linda Ong Says Hispanic Journalists Need to Rebrand Immigration Reform
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Why the Selfie Has a Place in Social Media Marketing
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What you can do to stop bullying in schools
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Food Bank Competition Enters Final Week
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Back to School Sun Safety Tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation
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Syracuse Police Seek the Public’s Help in Located Three Violent Subjects
The Syracuse Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating three dangerous subjects who are wanted for homicide and violent crimes. read story

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100 Black Men of Syracuse mentees participate in experiential learning camp
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CenterState CEO asks Syracuse Common Council to reconsider new “Ban the Box” legislation
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Mayor announces new smartphone app to allow motorists to pay for parking in downtown Syracuse
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Mayor, county executive and superintendent will sponsor gala for Say Yes to Education
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No one would be marching for Michael Brown if he’d been killed by a black man
I’ve had an interesting week, at least as it pertains to my conscience. I agreed to join Dr. Cornel West, Carl Dix, Pastor Jerome McCory and Michelle Alexander in a month of resistance against police brutality and mass incarceration about two weeks before Michael Brown was killed. After Michael was shot in an unfortunate incident involving a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, I saw a kind of rage I hadn’t seen for a while.   read story

Hawkins Faults Cuomo for Delaying Convening of Minimum Wage Board, despite post-Moreland News Release
Hawkins Pushes $15 an hour Minimum Wage, 100% Clean Energy by 2030 (Albany, NY) Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today he would use his administrative powers to raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.   read story

Hawkins Says Rather than Create Women’s Ballot Line, Cuomo Needs to Do More to Help Poor Women
Hawkins Would Eliminate WEP for welfare Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today that Governor Cuomo's effort to create a Women's Equality    read story

Summer Enrichment Means Lifetime Survival
It’s mid-July. Do you know if your children are learning? Just a month ago they were eager to leave the regimentation of the daily classroom to “enjoy the summer”.    read story

July 4 and the meaning of democracy
On July 4, it seems politicians declare their love for the American Revolution and democracy, while doing their best to oppose it both at home and abroad.   read story

Fifty Years After Civil Rights Act: A Land of Opportunity
- Fifty years ago, the U.S. Senate passed the version of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would be passed by the House and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The bill faced a filibuster of 14 hours and 13 minutes by the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.   read story
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