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“The last few days have been painful for the people we serve…” Vera House Co-Executive Directors Randi Bregman and Angela Douglas and Vera House Board of Directors Issue Statement

Syracuse, N.Y. – Today, Co-Executive Directors Randi Bregman and Angela Douglas and Vera House Board of Directors issued the following statement:. Over the past few days, Vera House leadership and Board of Directors has collectively reflected on recent events relating to the employment of Marcus Jackson. During this time, Vera House management has started an open dialogue with our staff, people we serve and partners. And, the Vera House Board of Directors will initiate a process to increase transparency as we review our hiring, personnel, and governance policies.
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Crews battle garage fire near Teall Avenue, Syracuse

Syracuse, NY — Syracuse firefighters battled a garage fire at 117 Mooney Avenue Thursday evening. Syracuse Police joined firefighters on the scene. The fire was contained to a detached garage near the Mooney Avenue house. A couple of people who may have been exposed to the fire were treated for injuries, according to Police.
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Democratic legislators sue Onondaga County for gerrymandering

Democratic Onondaga County Legislators filed a lawsuit against Ryan McMahon and Onondaga County Thursday, claiming they gerrymandered new county districts. Democrats say the district lines violate the local charter laws as well as the state constitution and laws. This is not the first time the legality of Onondaga County’s new...
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Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire bring decades of joy to Syracuse (concert review, photos)

Wednesday night’s concert at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview can be summed up in one word: Joy. Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire brought decades of hits to the St. Joe’s Amp as part of their joint “Miraculous Supernatural Tour.” An estimated 14,000 fans attended the show, which was the two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performers’ first time at the Syracuse amphitheater.
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Triple E found in Syracuse area

The Onondaga County Health Department said a State Lab has confirmed the presence of Triple E in the Cicero Swamp area. The trap is located along Route 298. The virus is one of many viruses spread by mosquitos. The health department is warning residents to use personal protection measures including...
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How man sentenced to 20 years to life for CNY murder was let out and, police say, killed again

Fulton, NY — Cody Backus seemed destined to spend decades in prison -- perhaps his entire life -- after being convicted of murder in 2008. Backus, now 37, lost two appeals in state court and a separate appeal in federal court for the 2006 murder of James Brennan Jr. He was properly convicted of murder for his role in a Syracuse robbery that left Brennan dead, judges ruled.
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