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Syracuse University’s Connective Corridor, which collaborates on improvement projects with the city of Syracuse and Onondaga County, is kicking off a summer of art installations throughout downtown Syracuse. The goal is to get students off the university hill and to beautify the area.

Jon Bocksel is about two stories high in the air painting two 208-square-foot murals along either side of the Penny Pub in downtown Syracuse.

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New York lawmakers say if the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant and its 615 jobs are to be saved, they just need to keep it open long enough to benefit from nuclear plant subsidies that are currently under consideration, but its owner Entergy has repeatedly said it is not interested in that state support. So, some state lawmakers are now proposing drastic steps to rescue FitzPatrick that could involve a state takeover of the plant.

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is asking SUNY Upstate Medical University to enter into a service agreement with the city, to help cover the cost of providing city services to the hospital. Miner has reached service agreements with other large nonprofits in the city, which do not pay taxes on their properties.   

Coming off the heels of the announcement that Syracuse University will provide $7 million to the city over four years for general services, Miner said she wanted to strike while the iron is hot and try to reach a deal with another big entity.

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Syracuse University students and faculty are protesting the University Place Promenade project, the first step in a massive renovation worth hundreds of millions of dollars happening on campus. Protesters say the money can be better spent elsewhere.

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The Syracuse Common Council has approved changes to two busy streets on the Syracuse University campus. The council is also preparing for a potential vote on requiring a certain percentage of contract workers to be hired from within the city.  

The council chambers were packed Monday afternoon with striking Verizon workers who cheered when the council passed a resolution supporting their protesting efforts against outsourcing and other issues.

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As the Syracuse University Board of Trustees moves forward with plans to renovate its campus, the university is asking the Syracuse Common Council to approve of changes to vital streets in the area. The changes are expected to bring an increase in traffic.

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Vice President Joe Biden was the guest of honor Friday at the Syracuse University Law School graduation ceremony, but the focus of the event centered on his late son Beau Biden. 

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Election officials at the Bird Library voting location on the Syracuse University campus said that about one-third of the approximately 200-300 students that came in by 5 p.m. Tuesday were turned away for not being properly registered as a Republican or Democrat in Onondaga County.

Some of those students are registered to a political party but live in New York City and were told they needed to fill out an absentee ballot weeks ago. Many of those students, including sophomore Sunnie Addison, said they had no idea they needed to fill out an absentee ballot.

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The city of Syracuse has struck a deal with Syracuse University to provide $7 million in revenue over the next five years. It extends an earlier service agreement that would have expired later this year.

One of the issues that impacts a cash-strapped city like Syracuse, is the amount of tax-exempt property within city limits -- things like churches, universities and land owned by other governmental entities.

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Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright came to Syracuse University to talk about the current political climate in Washington and share stories from her career. Albright served as secretary of state from 1997-2001. She talked about the dangers of being a diplomat in the Foreign Service and the worst day she experienced as secretary of state.

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As fans of all ages cheer on the Syracuse University men’s and women’s basketball teams in the Final Four this weekend, some are celebrating this milestone by looking back on Jim Boeheim's career. Boeheim is in his 40th year as the head coach, but started as a player on the team in the 1960’s before becoming an assistant coach.

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The Syracuse University men’s and women’s basketball teams will both be playing in the Final Four this year. It’s the first time in the school’s history that both will compete in the Final Four at the same time.

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It’s a big week for sports fans around the region, as the Syracuse University men’s and women’s basketball teams are each headed to the Final Four this weekend. One of the ways fans like to show their support? Buying T-shirts.

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Senate Democrats are crisscrossing their states this week looking for support for proposed legislation that would help students saddled with college debt. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) asked students at Syracuse University Monday to lobby lawmakers to support the "In the Red Debt Free College" proposal.

Flanked by students in SU’s Eggers Hall, Schumer proclaimed that a college education in this day and age is a necessity, but is being priced as a luxury, breaking the bank for students and families across the state.

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The Everson Museum is showing a black and white street photography exhibition by the late Helen Levitt, a photographer who was based out of New York City. The museum teamed up with Syracuse University to get students in the Syracuse City School District to display their own street photography that reflects where they live.

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The state of New York's energy market changed dramatically in 2015. As natural gas and renewable sources took center stage, nuclear power sources like Oswego County's FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant were squeezed.

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Central New York’s upstate revitalization proposal calls for $12.5 million to be invested to create Syracuse University’s National Veteran’s Resources Complex. The university recently asked 30 architectural design firms to submit proposals on the look and layout of the new facility.

The plan is to select three or four finalists in late January and a winner in April. Mike Haynie, the vice chancellor for veteran and military programs at Syracuse University, said currently, the military and veteran programs at the university are scattered across campus.  

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Syracuse University purchased 37 body cameras for about $1,000 a piece, to be worn by their on-campus peace officers. They started using the cameras in October. The cameras clip onto officers’ shirts near their sternums. Officers slide the cover down and the camera starts recording. Slide the cover back up and the recording stops.

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The issue of intellectual property has become more complicated for businesses that find themselves in  global marketplaces in a digital world.  Patents, copyrights and trademarks are coming under fire from many fronts, and it’s affecting innovation, creativity and job growth in central New York.

Air Innovations is a Syracuse company that designs and manufactures specialty air conditioning for niche industries.  President and CEO Michael Wetzel says they’ve had run-ins, regarding intellectual property, in one of the countries they do business with.

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The NCAA Thursday denied Syracuse University basketball coach Jim Boeheim's appeal of a nine-game suspension, but Boeheim will begin serving the suspension immediately. 

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Students, faculty and staff at Syracuse University are standing by students at other colleges and universities that have been plagued by racial tensions.   

Many of the protesting students wore black, the color of the University of Missouri, and they held fists high in the shadow of the Hall of Languages Thursday. They chanted “we do it for Mizzou” and “black lives matter.”

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Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Syracuse University yesterday calling for an end to sexual assault on college campuses. A nationwide campaign is asking students to change the culture on campuses and to speak up when they see sexual assault.

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Many local politicians celebrated the completion of phase two of the Connective Corridor project which brings Syracuse University and downtown Syracuse together through new street improvements, bicycle lanes and pedestrian crossings.

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Syracuse has its first pop-up shop. The space is the result of an AT&T-sponsored competition for student entrepreneurs at Syracuse University.

An empty contained glass space near the front of Marshall Square Mall has become home to this pop-up shop thanks to Julia Haber, a sophomore public relations student at SU.

"A pop-up shop is a space that is occupied by individuals for a certain amount of time that comes and goes and kind of can be whatever it wants to be at the moment, said Haber."
 

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Le Moyne College and Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) are making it easier to get an accelerated degree with the expansion of their successful fast track program.

With college costs skyrocketing anytime a student can cut down on the number of years they have to go to school the better. And that’s just what the fast track program currently does for students at Le Moyne’s Madden School of Business.  

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An apartment building geared towards students is going up in the shadow of Syracuse University. The new complex reflects a real estate sector that developers say has been neglected.

A long-vacant medical building has been torn down, and in its place a six story 54-unit student apartment complex is being built on University Avenue. The $18 million project has been a dream of Syracuse University grad Jared Hutter, a lead developer on the project, ever since he and his college roommate lived together in a house on Madison street in Syracuse a decade ago.

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Disabled Veterans are getting a crash course in how to become entrepreneurs this week in Syracuse.

Dan Piston spent six years in the Navy.  When he got out two years ago, he realized he had a passion for the health and fitness field. And wanted to put that In action by doing something like owning a gym.

"I do not have much training in business. Right now my undergrad degree is in health and exercise science. And I’ve always had an interest in owning a business, but I didn’t know how to do it, or where to get started,” said Piston.

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Syracuse University has joined the ranks of college campuses that are now smoke free.

The ban goes in effect this month.  Work crews dismantled all of the cigarette butt receptacles and signs went up alerting anyone to the new policy, which prohibits the use of all tobacco products -- cigarettes, cigars, snuff, pipes,  and chewing tobacco.  

Gail Grozalis, executive director of the University Wellness Initiative, says vaping is also on the list.

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Syracuse University announced Thursday that assistant men's basketball coach Mike Hopkins will succeed head coach Jim Boeheim when Boeheim retires in three years. Hopkins played at Syracuse from 1989- 1993 and has been an assistant coach on the team since 1996.

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Syracuse University’s new athletic director is promising strong academics and winning teams as he was introduced to the public by Syracuse University. Mark Coyle is leaving his job as athletic director at Boise State University, to take the helm of an athletic department that’s seen its share of troubles lately.

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