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October 13, 2017 - 1:45pm
Juanita Perez Williams, Ben Walsh, Laura Lavine, and Howie Hawkins explain how they plan to bring jobs back into the city of Syracuse if elected this November.

The main candidates in Syracuse’s mayoral race have similar plans for getting residents of the Near West Side back to work. After the announcement that the Nojaim Brothers Supermarket will close in October, putting approximately 50 people out of work, jobs are an even more contentious issue than before.

October 12, 2017 - 10:44am
Professor Margaret Voss works with professor Stephen Teale to preserve the endangered Darwin's finch while continuing her work as a professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

One sunny afternoon, Margaret Voss examined several bird nest boxes with her colleague in the backyard of his home in Fabius, New York.

“They’re home to any species that wants to move in,” Voss said as she unscrewed the small wooden door to a box. As they peered inside, they commented on the appearance of the nests briefly before moving onto the next one. The scene unfolded like any two bird enthusiasts enjoying a day outdoors.

September 27, 2017 - 9:49pm
After taking the hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam, Syracuse Muslims describe how they feel about the United States' current political climate and the American Dream.

Amina Foco was standing at a cashier’s desk in a Saudi Arabian mall when the gates of the store came falling down suddenly. The strangers to her left and right stopped what they were doing and everyone in the mall began to form lines.

The call for prayer had just gone off during Foco's trip to the mall in between the prayers and activites scheduled during her pilgrimage to Mecca, which Muslims call the hajj.

September 6, 2017 - 9:33pm
After losing her daughter, Debi Hobbs is working to increase the quality and accessibility to mental health care for children in the Syracuse area.

She wanted to be like Michael Myers.

Debi Hobbs woke up in the middle of the night fearing something was wrong. She found her daughter, Amaya Stethers, in the closet with a knife. Amaya, who had been diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder and Autism, later told her mother that she wanted to be like famed movie killer.

Even after this episode, Hobbs waited two months, trying everything else in her power, before seeking an inpatient facility for her daughter. When she could, Hobbs avoided the inpatient facilities available around Syracuse.

April 22, 2017 - 4:03pm
Syracuse's Clinton Square hosted one of the 610 satellite marches as part of a worldwide movement advocating for people to support the sciences.

A light drizzle didn’t stop hundreds from swarming Clinton Square on Saturday morning to support the March for Science, a worldwide movement that took place in six continents and all 50 states in the U.S.

October 7, 2016 - 9:58pm
Central New York artist Edgar Paiewonsky-Conde explains his latest art presentation, “Icons and Eye Poems.”

Edgar Paiewonsky-Conde has a full head of white hair that cascades down into an equally-full and white beard. The whiteness is only slightly broken up by an all-linen, cream jacket and pants, with an aqua blue linen shirt. His words, soft and thoughtful, are accented with the sound of the Dominican Republic – his home long before he lived in Manlius. His handshake is firm and his eyes are endearing when he asks, “Do you know what a GIF is?”

October 4, 2016 - 1:20pm
As the vice presidential candidates square off tonight in their only debate, many are hopeful for a substantial policy discussion.

Following last week's presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Syracuse students are awaiting tonight’s vice presidential showdown.

Advertising senior Daniel Denning was discouraged by the lack of policy discussion last week, and hopes for a more substantive conversation between vice presidential nominees Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

September 18, 2016 - 8:43pm
The Westcott Street Cultural Fair celebrated its 25th year with live performances, street vendors and local businesses.

In the summer of 1992, Grace Flusche walked into the local bookstore Tales Twice Told and walked out with the idea for the Westcott Street Cultural Fair.

She chatted with a group of patrons in the store that day about how the Westcott neighborhood should have a festival, and three months later, its first fair was held.

“The very first year it was small, but I think it quickly got big,” Flusche said.

September 14, 2016 - 8:32pm
Anthony Harper is no stranger to the violence in Syracuse and is rallying his community together to create change.

Anthony Harper sits on a bench near Mountain Park Avenue, hunched over his phone, wearing a black baseball cap, a gray tank top, dark blue denim, and light brown work boots. He stands up, he is 6-feet 5-inches. His arms stretch out like tree trunks with hands the size of catcher’s mitts. His arms are sculpted with hard muscles and tattooed with thick black lines that swirled around his shoulder blades and on to his chest.

March 23, 2016 - 12:47pm
The worlds of Star Trek and Star Wars meet at the charmingly unconventional Syracuse art exhibition.

The white-walled warehouse hallway was littered with little treasures, from sewn blankets to painted Vans, giant canvases, and marker drawings. The Tech Garden's latest exhibition, Star Wars vs. Star Trek: A Logical Choice, is a celebration of two of science fiction’s most iconic franchises.