Examining the psychology of wanting to feel scared

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It's that time of the year, and when Halloween rolls around, many people can't get enough of frightening movies and attractions. Dr. Tyson Kreiger, an associate professor of psychology at Utica College, discussed the emotion of fear and explained why some seek it out. “I love horror movies, but I’m not a fan of haunted…

Black Civil War Vet gets headstone 150 years after death

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To some, it may look like a simple veteran grave marker in an old cemetery, but Levi Tanner is much more than a name on a headstone. On October 6, 1864, he enlisted in the 86th Colored Regiment in Florida, fighting for the north in the Civil War. “These were poor African-Americans, some who escaped…

Volunteer service dog trainers needed in upstate New York

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A new federal law signed in August by President Joe Biden that makes it easier for veterans suffering from PTSD to receive service dogs has put a new spotlight on the need for volunteers in upstate New York to train the pets. One of the programs training dogs at no cost to recipients locally is…

Dominant Skaneateles routs Canastota to go 3-0

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On Friday night, there were a lot of big games on the schedule, including a Class AA clash between unbeaten Baldwinsville and C-NS. Despite having a loss on the season, the Northstars were ranked eighth in the state, while B'Ville was ranked 24th. It was a packed house at Pelcher-Arcaro stadium for the matchup between…

CDC: Oswego County now considered ‘high’ COVID transmission area

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Oswego County is seeing an alarming rate of COVID-19 cases this past week. The CDC is now raising the community transmission level from ‘substantial’ to ‘high.’ The Oswego County public health director says the surge is due to the spread of the delta variant. The county is urging residents to follow CDC recommended guidelines. “Oswego…

New remote system monitors seniors’ health from a distance

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A new technology known as the Vios Monitoring System is helping staff at Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center to observe vital signs of multiple patients at once and track changes in those signs over time. “If you do a traditional set of vital signs, you get a snapshot,” said Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Respiratory…

SU to offer students cannabis certification programs

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Syracuse University is getting students ready for an emerging type of green thumb. The university is partnering with a California-based cannabis education company called Green Flower to start offering students cannabis certificate programs in January, with the goal of opening doors for interested students to working in the industry. The market is growing, and with…

DeFrancisco recounts his battles with Cuomo in state government

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Former New York State Senator and Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco had been an open critic of Governor Andrew Cuomo when they served together, and wrote about some of it in his book. DeFrancisco says Cuomo’s management style gave him pause as he watched him in office for over eight years. “He’s a narcissistic bully,”…

Lawmakers say Bills’ request to publicly fund new stadium is

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills have reportedly asked the state and county for at least $1.1 billion to cover the full cost of building a new stadium in Orchard Park, according to The Buffalo News. New York state Sen. Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, said the team plays an important role in the community, but any commitment to…

Ashby: We’re trying to bridge the divide between veterans and

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Assemblymember Jake Ashby served in the Army Reserve for eight years, completing combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a humanitarian mission to Africa. After earning several commendations, including two Bronze Stars, he knows firsthand about the hold that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can have on one’s life. “I’m fortunate in that I…