Activists and Police Continue to Battle: Why the Left is Still Fighting

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The general consensus seems to be that George Floyd’s death led to protest, which forced the system to be kinder to Black people, and thus progress was achieved. Many simply assumed that with the...

I’ve Gotten My COVID-19 Vaccine, Now What?

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 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Vice President for Medical Affairs, Lorna Fitzpatrick, M.D.   Dr. Fitzpatrick, once a person is fully vaccinated, can they stop wearing their mask? Not yet. The vaccines are highly effective, but we’re still learning...

Light Must Be Shed on Police Reform Plans

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by Frank Anechiarico Last June, in the midst of righteous protests over the murder of George Floyd and generations of unquestioned racism in American law enforcement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order...

Local Burmese Demand Intervention

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In the Cold of February, Utica’s Burmese population (from the country of Myanmar) rallied at Oneida Sqaure to protest the Military Dictatorship that took over the government and has been oppressing the civilians ever...

Rick’s Famous Juicy Burgers Review

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Having heard about some new extraordinary burger joint on Broad street that the staff at the Phoenix are all raving about, I decided to check it out for myself. I most certainly wasn’t disappointed...

First Egg of the 2020 Breeding Season for Utica Falcons

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  The pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting in Downtown Utica now have an egg in their nest box. On Saturday, March 28, at approximately 9:44 PM, the falcon female named Astrid laid her first egg...

My Aunt Dr. Jean Harris was a Trailblazing Female Physician

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Editor's Note: This is my Aunt, Dr. Jean Harris from the 1955 cover of Ebony Magazine. She was the first Black doctor graduated from the State of Virginia. Her sister, Dr. Diane Harris, was...

Sam Cooke’s Family Sings Too!

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The late Sam Cooke and newly discovered daughter Roselyn Trapps Cooke Today, getting your DNA tested is a trend. People pay a fee to businesses like My Heritage DNA or Ancestry dot com, receive a...

All In-The Fight for Democracy

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All In-The Fight for Democracy is a documentary that examines the issue of voter suppression in the US.  With the expertise fo Stacey Abrams and our distinguished guest Governor David Paterson and professor Clemmie...

Utica’s Burmese hold protest against Military Coup in Myanmar

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Today at 2:30pm outside of Munson Williams museum, a crowd of about 50 Burmese immigrants rallied to show solidarity with their country Myanmar (formally called Burma) which has been overtaken in a military coup....