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MURDER-SUICIDE IN SYRACUSE: A 21-year-old woman was shot and killed Tuesday night in an apartment complex on the city’s Near West Side by her ex-boyfriend, who later shot and killed himself near the Syracuse airport, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. (photo by James McClendon)
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Onondaga County’s Unusual Problem: What To Do With $200 Million?Onondaga County’s chief financial officer told lawmakers on Tuesday they expected to see more spending initiatives like the county executive’s $5.5 million plan to mail checks for $200 $ to the elderly. County officials are trying to spend a mountain of money. In the wake of a pandemic that raised fears of a fiscal calamity, Onondaga County, like the city of Syracuse, instead emerged stronger. County officials are working to develop one-time spending measures to utilize unprecedented cash reserves that have built up over the past year and a half.
St. Joe’s merges with Albany Hospital to overcome financial effects of Covid: St. Joseph’s Health is merging with St. Peter’s Health Partners in Albany to address the negative financial effects of the Covid pandemic. Trinity Health, which owns the two hospital systems, said in a letter to employees that the negative effects of the pandemic “are far greater than anyone imagined”.
1,000 acres of forest to be returned to the Onondaga Nation: Centuries after losing nearly all of their land to New York State, the Onondaga Nation will see the return of a 1,000-acre slice of their original 2.5 million-acre territory. . U.S., state, and Onondaga Nation officials announced that the nation would receive two heavily forested parcels, one at the headwaters of Onondaga Creek, considered sacred by the nation. It is one of the largest land transfers made to an Indian nation in the United States, officials said, and the first time the land was returned directly to a New York tribe.
“It’s as if we had never left”: Tuesday’s “soft” opening of Clover’s Diner in Skaneateles wasn’t so soft after all. There were customers waiting at the 6am opening. At 9am a small queue formed of people waiting to be seated. Scrapyard tycoon and philanthropist Adam Weitsman opened the place to fill the void left when the Hilltop Restaurant – where Weitsman and his daughter Clover frequently ate – closed late last year. Weitsman offered jobs to Hilltop employees, and many former clients also returned.
Live music back at Dinosaur’s “Boneyard”: Looking for more live music this summer? Dinosaur Bar-B-Que brings live music back to its “Boneyard,” the outdoor dining/beer garden behind Syracuse Restaurant. The first show was Wednesday night. The complete program for the rest of the summer has not been finalized, but here’s what’s on the agenda so far.
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PACERS PICK UP OSHAE BRISSETT OPTION: Former Syracuse star Oshae Brissett (#12, right) will return to the Indiana Pacers, the team announced Wednesday after picking up his $1.8 million team option for the 2022-23 season. Brissett, a 6-foot-7 forward, played in 67 games for the Pacers last season (25 starts) and averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. (AP picture)
The former Le Moyne coach will enter the College Basketball Hall of Fame: Before coaching at major programs like West Virginia and Michigan and long before becoming head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein was the head basketball coach at Le Moyne College in Syracuse. Now Beilein, 69, has been named to the College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Missouri.
Another pre-season honor for Sean Tucker: Syracuse running back Sean Tucker made another preseason All-America team. The Walter Camp Football Foundation released its 2022 preseason All-America squads on Monday, and Tucker was on the second team. He racked up an impressive number of pre-season honors.
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