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Amanda Seef

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Lupus Walk will raise awareness of autoimmune disorder

It was a word six years in the making — two vowels sandwiched between three consonants, bearing six years of frustration and complications to last a lifetime. The word is lupus, a relatively simple word for something increasingly complex for myself and 1.5 million other Americans diagnosed with the autoimmune disease. Lupus, like other autoimmune diseases, is the result of the body fighting itself. Cells misbehave and attack healthy tissue causing a painful inflammation response.

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Land bank to combat vacancy approved for Syracuse, Onondaga County

To combat growing vacancy issues in the city, the county and city are exploring a new option in tandem — a land bank. That program was approved today by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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Ticket sales on hold for New York State Fair grandstand acts

Tickets for Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan at the New York State Fair have been put on hold, pending a completed contract with the fair’s ticketing company.

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Democrat Gary Morris announces run for County Clerk

Republic Sandra Schepp gets party designation

The race for the Onondaga County clerk's office is heating up.

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Friends remember avid racer Dan Cerio

Cerio, a 2008 Fayetteville-Manlius graduate, was racing at Michigan’s US 131 Motorsports Park, when his modified snowmobile had a mechanical failure and crashed at 170 miles per hour. The race was the last in a long line that pitted him as “up-and-coming” in the circuit.

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Spring season paves way for bikers on the road

What to do before, after an accident is crucial

He spent nine months in the hospital after a driver ran a red light. From there, Jerry Letson was on crutches and in casts for the better part of three years. The Clay man remembers his 1986 motorcycle accident like it was yesterday.

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Area men grow mustaches for Burn Foundation of CNY

The mustache is back. Or, at least, it was for the month of April as men from fire departments, ambulance corps and the general public grew the finely-shaped facial hair to raise money for the Burn Foundation of Central New York.

Drone protesters charged at Hancock Air Base for marching without a permit

Thirty-three activists were charged after an anti-drone protest at Hancock Air Base Sunday.

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McShane's revisited by Restaurant Impossible crews

Restaurant Impossible crews were back at McShane's Restaurant in DeWitt on Tuesday.

Clay man ejected, critically injured in DeWitt accident

A Clay man is in critical condition after a serious accident in DeWitt overnight.

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Bald is beautiful at Kitty Hoynes' St. Baldrick's fundraiser

With a warm heart and a cold head, Central New Yorkers helped raise more than $300,000 to find a cure for childhood cancer.

Brianne Murphy withdraws from race for Congress

Brianne Murphy has withdrawn from the race to fill the 25th Congressional District seat.

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After 26 years, Tuesday's tournament could be the final Drug Quiz Show

An annual tradition for the better part of three decades could be coming to an end if thousands of dollars aren't raised.

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Mustache contest to benefit Burn Foundation is growing

The firefighter mustache contest is growing. Onondaga County emergency personnel — firefighters, 911 operators, police officers, EMTs and paramedics — will be growing the facial hair for a good cause.

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Open government, transparency shine in Onondaga County for Sunshine Week

Eagle Newspapers reporters Amanda Seef and Sarah Hall took an in-depth look at numerous issues in the community regarding open government and transparency.

County Comptroller's 'Project Sunshine' marks first year

It’s been one year since the county comptroller’s office began releasing documents on its website for “Project Sunshine.”

Towns, villages slow to get on board with new open meetings law provision

A provision in the state’s open meetings law aims to help the public understand what’s going on at board meetings.

Project Sunshine celebrates first anniversary

It’s been one year since the county comptroller’s office began releasing documents on its website for “Project Sunshine.” The documents — new hire lists, claims for costs in the county, and travel requests by county employees — are posted on the website of Comptroller Bob Antonacci on a regular basis, he said. “It’s a real-time sampling of this data,” he said. “This is a way of letting the public know where the money is going.”

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Changes to Open Meetings Law aim to make board documents more accessible to public

A provision in the state’s open meetings law aims to help the public understand what’s going on at board meetings. The newest portion of the law requires boards to make available any document they may be discussing prior to the meeting. The law also requires municipalities to post the documents, such as resolutions, site plan proposals and budgets, on their website, should they have a functioning website. “This new provision will have an immense impact over time,” said Bob Freeman, executive director of the state’s Committee on Open Government. “This new amendment provides real transparency. No longer will people sit in the second row at a board meeting and wonder what the board is discussing when a reference is made to the third paragraph on page two. That document will be made available to the public prior to the meeting. This is the most significant change we’ve seen in three decades.”

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FOIL — the term is thrown around, but who is actually using it in Onondaga County?

More than 20,000 pages of documents were released by Freedom of Information Law last year in Onondaga County. Those documents correspond to more than 2,500 requests made across 20 towns, villages and the city of Syracuse. These documents were made available by FOIL, a law that allows most documents held by government to be open to the public. The laws require municipalities to fulfill requests made for any number of documents, including police reports, emails, meeting agendas and minutes, calendars of public officials, building permits and policies. Eagle Newspapers tested towns, villages and the city of Syracuse’s access to records in anticipation of Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of open government and freedom of information. The nationwide celebration, started by journalists but used to encourage citizen engagement, runs from March 11 to 17. A request was sent to the towns, villages and city of Syracuse Feb. 9, seeking out a log, should they keep one, of all FOIL requests processed by the clerk’s office in 2011. If a log wasn’t kept, reporters requested access to the file of FOILs, which are required by state law to be kept by the clerk for at least six months. Two towns, Clay and DeWitt, purged the records that quickly. Three towns, Camillus, Cicero and Manlius, kept a log of all FOIL records from 2011. While the village of Jordan didn’t have anyone looking for records, the city of Syracuse was inundated with nearly 1,500 requests. “FOIL [Freedom of Information Law] is great for keeping our government open and transparent, and letting people know what’s actually going on out there,” said Roy Gutterman, associate professor of communications law at Syracuse University.

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Their business is love: Matchmaking service takes aim at singles

This couple’s business is love, and they want to make your love their business.

Police charge owner of Syracuse's Market Diner with felony DWI

The owner of Market Diner, near Carousel Center, has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated.

Teen charged after police find him with sawed-off shotgun in Carousel Center

Police have charged a 15-year-old with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest after an incident at Carousel Center.

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Leading the way: Clear Path for Veterans works to heal wounds of war

The relationship between veterans and dogs is being fostered at Clear Path for Veterans, a non-profit organization that aims to help veterans returning from war re-acclimate to American life. It provides Dogs2Vets, among other programs, to help re-acclimate and reintegrate veterans into their daily lives after returning to the States.

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Officers from across the county honored for traffic safety

Camillus, Manlius, East Syracuse, DeWitt, Marcellus, Solvay, Liverpool, North Syracuse, New York State Police, Syracuse and Onondaga County Sheriff's Office officers, troopers and deputies were honored at the annual ceremony.

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Air-1 to bill for medical transports after FAA approves license change

The Onondaga County Sheriff's Office is now able to charge for medical transports, traditionally offered for free.

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An unfolding storyline: Rochester's Bob Lonsberry comes to WSYR

Bob Lonsberry isn’t from Syracuse. He’s never lived here, studied here or worked here — but he’s not trying to act like he has, either.

WSYR to add Rochester's Bob Lonsberry to lineup

WSYR will add a new host to its lineup next week.

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Three choppers cover CNY as Air-1's future hangs in the air

With county funds cut, Sheriff Walsh looks elsewhere to keep Air-1 flying

A public battle over Air One’s helicopter service has drawn many parallels between the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office air service and other local entities, sometimes unfairly, said Sheriff Kevin Walsh.

Manlius man charged with possessing child porn

A Manlius man has been charged with possession of child porn.

SPCA seeks town funds for cruelty investigations

A new contract offered to local towns could decide the SPCA’s involvement in local animal cruelty investigations.

Police warn of potential traffic backup for pastor's funeral services

Camillus Police are warning motorists of potential traffic backups or delays associated with funeral services for Rev. Gregg LeStrange.

Choking law used sparsely in first year

A new law put on the books to help levy stiffer penalties toward people who choke their victim has been used sparingly in Onondaga County.

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Drug Quiz Show in running for $25K Pepsi grant

Drug Quiz Show, formerly sponsored by Eckerd and Rite-Aid, is seeking a new sponsor to save the program. The show, brought to the students in middle-schools across the state, is a buzzer-style competition among students. The questions range from the technical aspects of hallucinogens, depressants and alcohol to social topics including decision-making, conflict-resolution and self-esteem.

Carousel Center named top mall by Travel & Leisure

Carousel Center has been named one of the top malls in the nation by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

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Congressional race in the 25th promises to be a challenge, again

District lines for New York’s 25th Congressional District will have changed by election day next year, but candidates have already declared their intent to join the race to be the district’s next representative.

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A fighting chance: State's ban on mixed martial arts taken to federal court

The ban against Mixed Martial Arts in New York is being challenged in federal court by Zuffa, the parent owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC. The suit, filed in mid-November, names the state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, claiming the ban on the sport is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment. The suit requests an injunction be placed on the state of New York, preventing the state from enforcing the ban.

Camillus girl, 15, reported missing

Police and school officials are asking for the public's help in locating a missing Camillus teen.

Parking in downtown Syracuse to be free until Christmas

Parking in downtown Syracuse on Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas will be free.

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Local PDs reach public faster than ever through social media

Chalk up some of the latest crime tips to the last place many may think to see police — publicly, at least. Area departments are flocking to Facebook, Twitter and other interactive web sites to spread what’s going on in the community, reaching out to help solve crimes and hear what the residents are saying. “We’re getting the information out to the public before the 6 o’clock news or before the newspaper is printed,” said Camillus Police Sgt. Joe Farella. “We can get the message out fast, and it’s nice if the word starts spreading.” Camillus joins five other departments in Onondaga County on Facebook — Manlius, DeWitt, Syracuse, Cicero and the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

Brianne Murphy to challenge Maffei in NY-25 race

A local attorney has announced her intent to challenge Dan Maffei in the Democratic primary for New York's 25th Congressional District.

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Plan your route with CNY holiday light displays

Let Eagle Newspapers light your way this holiday season. We’ve created an interactive Google map with reader-submitted holiday light displays. Head to bit.ly/cnylights (all lower case) for the map, and to add your own light displays, too.

Mattydale man killed in Thruway crash

A 53-year-old Mattydale man was hit and killed on the Thruway late Sunday night in Manlius.

State Police target drivers using cell phones

State Police will be targeting motorists using their cell phones while driving this Thanksgiving weekend.

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Let there be light

Clay man tunes light display to music

For the majority of the 16 years Chris and Christine Hussak have lived in their home, there have not been any Christmas lights hanging from the house come holiday time. That’s a stark contrast from the more than 20,000 lights that adorn their Carmel Drive front yard this year.

Absentee ballots counted; no race results change

After a counting of the absentee ballots this morning, Board of Elections Commissioner Ed Ryan says results of the close Election Day races remain the same.

Train derails on city's southside; residents evacuated

A train derailment on the city's southside has caused traffic delays. The train cars came off the track near Moore Avenue and East Colvin Street. One of those trains includes a propane tank, the other is full of soy beans.

Syracuse, North Syracuse districts named as needing improvement

Two Onondaga County school districts and schools in eight districts have been recommended for improvement by the state department of education.

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Police seek debit card theft suspects

Police are seeking the public's help in identifying two people who are accused of using a stolen debit card in Camillus and Cicero.

Rochester man charged after allegedly filming in NYS Fair bathroom

A Rochester man has been charged after allegedly filming men while urinating at the State Fair.

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