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Sister of Eric Smith speaks before his release from prison

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Holly Soles is one year younger than her brother, Eric Smith — the 41-year-old Steuben County man who’s been in prison since he was 13 for killing 4-year-old Derrick Robie.  Smith is now set to be released after 27 years. “I feel that people do deserve a second chance," said Soles. Holly knew Derrick, as most…

Local grip comments on Alec Baldwin incident in New Mexico

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Mac Cushing has worked on film and television sets for 14 years. He’s a grip, which means he manages equipment that support the cameras. “It’s our responsibility and our job to try to give them that look and what they want within the limits of reason,” said Cushing. He is a union member of The…

Stephanie Miner on Cuomo: ‘There was a track record of

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A theme that runs through Attorney General Letitia James’ reports on both sexual harassment and the COVID-19 nursing home deaths scandal is that it was more important for Andrew Cuomo and his administration to look good than do good.  It’s a theme, that, if you look closely, has been running throughout Cuomo’s tenure in office. It manifested…

Durham bus drivers walkout over pay dispute, are fired

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Thirteen bus drivers walked out of Durham Bus Services on Thursday because of the work environment and bonuses they say they have not been given. On Friday morning, they showed up for their shift and were promptly asked to leave or face being escorted off the premises by police. “We had a small meeting, kind…

Man dead in afternoon shooting in Syracuse

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Syracuse Police are investigating a homicide that occurred on Lodi Street on Tuesday. According to police, officers were called at around 2:30 p.m. for a report of gunshots. When they arrived at the scene, police found a man in his 20s who had been shot in the head. The victim was pronounced dead at the…

Natural gas prices soar as home-heating season begins

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Cooler temperatures are causing upstate homeowners to eye their home-heating supplies to ensure they’re prepared for the fall and winter seasons. “We’re busy,” said Paul Wells, owner of Newcomb’s Fuel Oil. “You know, you get them cold nights when they go down to 50 degrees, the phone is going to start ringing.” But Wells says…

Great New York State Model Train Fair returns for 2021

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Great New York State Model Train Fair is returning for 2021. It was canceled last year because of the pandemic, but now it's back for its 46th anniversary.  Next month, the rideable and handheld trains will be rolling around the Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The event…

Man charged in summer homicide in Syracuse

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Syracuse Police say they have arrested a Liverpool man in connection to a homicide earlier this year.  According to police, Carl Newton Jr., 35, has been charged with the shooting death of 31-year-old Jarrett Johnson. Johnson was found inside a car on North Alvord Street with a gunshot wound on Aug. 15. He was taken…

Syracuse-based clothing store looks to promote local looks

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The last two years have not been kind to many in retail, but there are some that have been able to thrive. In a day and age where many businesses are facing hard times, Jamel Newsome and his brand are at the top of their game. “Mastermind is bigger than a store; Mastermind is a…

Marijuana allowed at New York State Fair this year

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Marijuana is allowed at the New York State Fair this year, and officials say it hasn’t caused issues so far. April Stec and her family got in line for their traditional visit to the Fair on Sunday. What You Need To Know Due to New York’s new cannabis law, marijuana is allowed at the New…