July 29, 2015
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We need a show that highlights the positive achievements of African-Americans from all walks of life. The late Johnnie Cochran is just a few of many...

Ban on Pell Grants Lifted with Second Chance Pell Pilot

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The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have just announced their joint decision to temporarily reinstate Pell Grant access to incarcerated students through the Second Chance Pell Pilot that will study the effect in-prison education has on incarcerated students post-release. This marks the first time in 20 years that Pell Grants More »

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The “NYS MWBE Boot Camp” 1 on 1 Technical Assistance Resources for MWBEs

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      Empire State Development Division of Minority & Women’s Business Development Cordially invites you to participate in The NYS MWBE Boot Camp 1 on 1 Technical Assistance Resources for MWBEs Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Time: 1:00pm-7:30pm (By appointment only) Location: South Side Innovation Center 2610 South Salina Street Syracuse, NY 13205 Co-hosted More »

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Syracuse Stage Seeks Community Members to Appear on Stage in To Kill a Mockingbird and to Sing in The Christians

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(Syracuse, NY)—Syracuse Stage is seeking community members to appear on stage alongside professional actors in two productions in the upcoming 2015/16 Season. In To Kill a Mockingbird, community members will appear as courtroom observers. In The Christians, a praise/gospel choir comprised of community members will sing throughout the show. Prior experience performing on stage is More »

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$550k Settlement Agreement to Shutter Med-Rev Recoveries Debt Collection Company

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Med-Rev Recoveries, Inc. Repeatedly Violated Debt Collection and Consumer Protection Laws Schneiderman: Debt Collectors That Employ Abusive Tactics Will Be Held Accountable SYRACUSE – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that a court order has been obtained against Med-Rev Recoveries, a consumer debt collection agency formerly located in Liverpool, NY, permanently barring it from operating More »

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Social Lending Marketplace StreetShares, awarding $5,000 to a veteran-owned small business.

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StreetShares, the social lending marketplace has innovative financing tools available for small businesses. In addition to small business loans, there are opportunities to fund small businesses through StreetShare’s program that allows investors to support small business through low interest loans. They’ve also introduced a program, Commander’s Call this is a $5,000 Veteran Business Award. (See More »

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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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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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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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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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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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State Announces $7 Million in Funding to Help Disabled Obtain Federal Benefits

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Legal Assistance Aids Those Appealing Denial of Benefits The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that more than $7 million has been awarded to help provide legal assistance to people who have been denied federal disability benefits. A total of $6.8 million is being awarded through the Disability Advocacy More »

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Heat Safety Tips for Seniors

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Onondaga County Executive Joanne M. Mahoney and Lisa D. Alford, Executive Director Office for Aging are making the following recommendations concerning heat safety tips for older adults: Summer’s hot weather can lead to serious heat-related illness, especially for older people and those with chronic illnesses. Hot, humid weather causes the body’s temperature to rise, which More »

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Students Support State Maintenance of Effort Bill, Urge Governor Cuomo to Approve

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Albany – Members of the Student Assembly of the State University of New York (SUNY SA) affirm their support for New York State Senate and Assembly bills S281A-2015/A5370A-2015 (the State Maintenance of Effort bill) by issuing a Memorandum of Support and urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to approve the bill. This legislation would amend current education More »

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Red House Arts Center Presents 13: The Musical

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Red House Arts Center presents 13: The Musical, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, playing in its MainStage theatre from July 30th through August 8th. In this production, following a move from New York City to small-town Indiana, young Evan Goldman grapples with his parents’ divorce, prepares for his More »

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State Labor Department Releases Preliminary June 2015 Area Unemployment Rates

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The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for June 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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New 680 Area Code for 315 Central New York Region Announced

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NANPA Assigns New 680 Area Code for 315 Area Code Region ALBANY — The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) has assigned a new area code for Central New York.  The new 680 area code will provide additional much-needed phone numbers for residents and More »

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Mo’Nique to Appear at the Funny Bone: July 31, 2015 – Aug. 1, 2015


Mo’Nique is a multi-media powerhouse whose consistent, extensive body of work has captivated audiences in stand up comedy, television, film and literature. The award winning comedienne”s career began 20 years ago after her brother dared her to take the stage for the first time in their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. She received a standing ovation More »

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Photography Exhibition Reception: Reflections from Nottingham High with portraits by Lida Suchy

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Located in the ArtRage Gallery windows are photographs by Lida Suchy of the top 25 Academic-Achieving 2015 seniors from Nottingham High School. Suchy was compelled to create this portrait series after reading the student’s written reflections in the academic honors ceremony program. Each student’s reflection accompanies her or his photograph in the exhibition. In Suchy’s More »

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A.G. Schneiderman Op-Ed: Ending the Crisis of Confidence in Our Criminal Justice System

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NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post today on further steps needed to reform the criminal justice system in New York. Below are highlights from the op-ed: ON THE NEED FOR ADDITIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM: There are serious structural issues that must be addressed if all our citizens More »

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