July 7, 2015
Collection of the many books, novels, poems and articles published by John A. Williams

John Williams passed on July 3rd 2015. With the exception of a few items held by Syracuse University, the University of Rochester holds the complete,...

Patti Labelle, Hank Williams Jr. and Jim Gaffigan Headline Final Grandstand Lineup at The Great New York State Fair

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Three Shows Feature Throwback Pricing to Celebrate Grandstand’s Final Year All Shows, Plus Demo Derby and Monster Truck Shows, On Sale July 15 The 2015 Great New York State Fair Grandstand is going out with big names and small prices. Comedian Jim Gaffigan, the legendary Patti Labelle and rebel country pioneer Hank Williams Jr. will More »

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Governor Directs Port Authority to Light Spire of One World Trade Center in Rainbow Colors This Sunday

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Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Supreme Court’s Decision on Marriage Equality “New York has been a leader in the fight for marriage equality, and today’s Supreme Court decision affirms what we have fought so hard for – that marriage is a fundamental right that should be afforded to everyone, regardless of whom they More »

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Syracuse Councilor Pam Hunter Receives Democratic Committee Endorsement, Will Run for 128th Assembly District Seat

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – City Councilor Pam Hunter officially announced her candidacy today to represent the 128th District in the New York State Assembly.   She was endorsed last night by the Onondaga County Democratic Committee to run for the 128th Assembly seat. The Committee voted to endorse her for the Democratic line over fellow City Councilor More »

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Katko Reacts to Supreme Court King V. Burwell Decision SCOTUS Supporting the President’s healthcare law

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman John Katko (NY-24) today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell: “While today’s Supreme Court decision supports the President’s healthcare law, it does not change the fact that there is an urgent need to act.  This law has not lived up to its promises More »

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A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement with Aspen Dental Management That Bars Company from Making Decisions about Patient Care in New York Clinics

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Agreement Requires Aspen Dental Management To Pay $450,000 In Civil Penalties After AG Investigation Found The Dental Management Company Was Engaged In The Unauthorized Practice of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene Agreement Stops Illegal Fee Splitting between Aspen Dental and Dental Practices; Requires Aspen Dental Management To Be Clear It Is Not A Provider Of Dental Care More »

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Body Found In Sewer Identified as Brandon Closure

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After an examination by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s office, the body found in a sewer system this afternoon was positively identified as that of twenty-eight year old Brandon Closure. Today at 2:00 p.m. workers from the Onondaga County Water Environment Protection Department (WEP) found a body in a sewer beneath the More »

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Retailers Scramble to Distance Themselves from Confederate Flag

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Walmart, Amazon, eBay, Sears and Kmart will no longer stock merchandise bearing the Confederate flag after the Charleston church massacre, in a movement  that’s snowballed against what many say is a symbol of racism in the American South. After the shootings at “Mother” Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina; political leaders, retailers and average More »

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Why the Symbols of Racial Hate Must be Removed, Now!

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Retailers Rush to Remove Merchandise Displaying Confederate Flag. The flag is both representative of southern pride and protection of the institution of white supremacy. A man opened fire at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.Carolina.  The individual was attending a scheduled Bible Study at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church. Upon arrival the shooter asked, “Who More »

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City of Syracuse Announces July Fourth Observances

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse announced today that all city administrative offices, including City Hall and City Hall Commons, will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Fourth of July. Trash pickup will run on a normal schedule for July 3. Metered parking will be free on Saturday, July More »

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Onondaga Community College Selected for “Achieving the Dream Reform Network”

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Onondaga Community College has been selected to participate in the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network. OCC is one of only 16 community and technical colleges chosen to join the nationwide program in 2015. Achieving the Dream is a network of over 200 colleges working to preserve access and assure that their students, especially low-income More »

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Syracuse City School District Offers Free Meals to Students through Summer Food Service Program


The Syracuse City School District will be providing free meals to students twice a day throughout the summer as part of its Summer Food Service Program. Over the course of the school year, an average of 10,500 breakfasts and 14,600 lunches are served each day. The Summer Food Service Program is an effort to ensure More »

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Three City Pools to Open Early This Weekend; Remaining Pools to Open the Following Week

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Burnet Park, Thornden Park Pools to Open Saturday, Schiller Park Pool to Open Sunday SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse announced that city pools in Burnet Park and Thornden Park will open on Saturday, June 21 for the season. The Schiller Park pool will open on Sunday, June 22 for the season. Additional pools More »

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Chancellor Syverud Selects Mark Coyle as University’s Next Director of Athletics

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Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud on today announced he has selected Mark Coyle to be the University’s next director of athletics. Coyle currently serves as director of athletics at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. There he is responsible for leading the daily operations of a 20-sport athletics department with more than 425 student-athletes. Boise More »

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The Rachel Dolezal Bombshell and Racial Identity

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The leader of the local NAACP of Spokane, Washington Rachel Dolezal has been “outed” as not being what she says she is. Dolezal, who identifies as Black faced mounting pressure to explain herself as her birth parents made public statements to the effect that, “She’s white”. Immediately there was a firestorm regarding race and racial More »

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Jpmorgan Chase & Co. Backs Onondaga Community College’s Workforce Development Program

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$220,000 grant part of firm’s $1 million commitment to upstate New York SYRACUSE, N.Y., June 10, 2015 – Onondaga Community College received a $220,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase today. The funding will support the College’s Workforce Development efforts, specifically in the training of students for employment in the agribusiness and food processing industry. The College More »

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OCC’s Chief Diversity Officer Earns “Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award”

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Onondaga Community College’s Eunice D. Williams has been selected to receive a “2015 Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award of the Tri-State Area.” She will be recognized for her excellence in leadership at the Tri-State Diversity & Leadership Conference in August in New York City. The Tri-State Diversity Council includes the states of Connecticut, New More »

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Playing the Trump Card, Again!

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Donald Trump ignited a fire when he made disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants. With the world watching, the man who brags about his wealth was blunt about his views on immigration. Trump declared his candidacy for the office of Presidency of the United States of America. He went on to paint the entire Mexican immigrant More »

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State Parks Encourages Safe and Enjoyable Holiday Weekend and Summer Swim Season

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100+ swim opportunities at state parks this summer. Free Learn-to-Swim programs expanding statewide As the summer vacation season kicks-off and New Yorkers head outdoors to celebrate the 4th of July weekend, State Parks wishes to remind visitors that there are more than 100 state park beaches, pools and spray-grounds available for swimming.  These facilities provide More »

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Plumbers & Steamfitters Recruit Apprentices

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Ithaca, NY – The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Plumbers & Steamfitters, Local Union #267, will conduct a recruitment from June 29, 2015 through June 24, 2016 for six plumber and steamfitter apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today. Please note that the six openings listed for apprentices represent the total More »

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Electricians Recruit Apprentices

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Clay, NY  – The Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for Electricians, Local Union #43 (Syracuse), will conduct a recruitment from June 10, 2015 through May 11, 2016 for 20 electrician apprentices, the New York State Department of Labor announced today. Please note that the 20 openings listed for apprentices represent the total number for the More »

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Katko Seeking Veteran Applicants for Case Worker Position in Syracuse District Office

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Office of U.S. Rep. John Katko Selected to Participate In Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Representative John Katko (NY-24) is pleased to announce that his Syracuse District office has been selected to host a Wounded Warrior fellow, who will serve as a Veterans Constituent Case Worker. “We owe an enormous debt to More »

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A.G. Schneiderman Op-Ed: Great New Yorker Alexander Hamilton Should Remain on $10 Bill

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NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wrote an op-ed in the Daily News  on the recent announcement by the US Treasury Department to replace or diminish Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. ON WHY HAMILTON SHOULD STAY: There are few people who exemplify the ideals of opportunity, entrepreneurship and commitment to the collective good More »

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State Labor Department Releases Preliminary May 2015 Area Unemployment Rates

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The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for May 2015. Rates are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts approximately 3,100 households in New York State each More »

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City of Syracuse to Celebrate July 4th with Night of Baseball with the Syracuse Chiefs, Fireworks Immediately Following the Game

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First 2000 Fans through the Gates Receive a Free General Admission Ticket to the New York State Fair SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The City of Syracuse will celebrate the Fourth of July with a free baseball game immediately followed by a fireworks display. The first 2000 fans through the gates will receive a free general admission More »

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McDonald’s and the American Black Film Festival Announce Lovin’ Video Competition Winner

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Newark, NJ  Iselin, NJ –McDonald’s USA and the American Black Film Festival joined forces for the first McDonald’s Lovin’ Video Competition. The winner of this year’s competition was Richard T. Fields of Prince George’s County, Md., for his submission, “Puppy Love.” To complement McDonald’s new “Lovin’” campaign, up-and-coming filmmakers were challenged to create one 90-second film More »

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