Team spirit spells success for Holland Patent field hockey

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In sports, a dynasty is a team that dominates their sport for an extended period of time. The Holland Patent field hockey team fits that description. The squad, featuring "Anna and Hanna," will be heading to Cortland in a few weeks. “Going to college is scary, but now that I’m going with my best friend,…

Redistricting process for CNY, Southern Tier to begin this week

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The redistricting process for Central New York, the Southern Tier, and the North Country is set to get underway later this week. This only happens once every 10 years, after the U.S. Census is completed. An independent redistricting commission is in charge of drawing the boundaries that make up both congressional and state legislative districts. …

Effort continues to vaccinate Syracuse, park by park

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The Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) is recommending wearing a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status; if you live in a county where community transmission is considered substantial, or high. Onondaga County is now on that list. A vaccination series in Syracuse is bringing shots closer to those who haven’t gotten one yet. The…

Indigenous boarding school survivors share stories

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Marching more than 5 miles from the Onondaga Nation Arena to Columbus Circle, community members gathered Saturday to mourn children that never came home from boarding schools, and shared their own survival stories. “When people talk about the residential schools, they think about the 1800s, not realizing that there are survivors like myself out here…

Syracuse women’s basketball coach Hillsman resigns

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Quentin Hillsman has resigned as Syracuse University's women's basketball coach. Director of Athletics John Wildhack made the announcement Monday afternoon, saying that "Coach Hillsman and I agreed that parting ways is in the best interest of the University, the program and our student-athletes." In June, the school said it would hire an outside firm to investigate…

Kids left in hot cars: It could happen to anyone

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Have you ever traveled down the highway and suddenly realize you don't really remember any of the past couple of miles? Or maybe you've headed home from work and needed to run a quick errand on the way, only to miss the turn and not realize what happened until after you've pulled into the driveway.…

Homelessness on rise as advocates look to hold landlords accountable

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Rebecca Rathmell has been serving the homeless population for nearly 15 years. She says, with shelters filling up, many of the individuals she advocates for are running out of options. “DSS contracts with 10 local hotels to provide emergency shelter, all of which are currently at capacity, just like every single shelter in Binghamton. That’s…

New York’s child care crisis: Could the sector be turning

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Long before COVID-19, the child care sector in New York was in a state of crisis.  According to Brittany Buffum, director of Workforce Support with the Workforce Development Institute in Syracuse, the system in New York state is quite fragile thanks to decades of under-funding at the state level.  “Also, the supply has not kept…

Syracuse University asking all to wear masks starting Tuesday

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Students, faculty, staff and visitors, including those who are vaccinated, should wear masks while indoors on the Syracuse University campus starting Tuesday, a university official announced Monday on the Syracuse website. "This includes in dining halls and fitness centers," Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation J. Michael Haynie said in the statement. "This is a…

Onondaga County not mandating masks, except in senior care facilities

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Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon will not mandate indoor mask wearing for those who are fully vaccinated, he said Monday.    During a press briefing, he said last week's CDC guidance that fully vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in some cases is only based off of new cases and doesn't take other factors into account like…