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Beauty is skin deep, but cancer kills

Beauty is only skin deep, but cancer can kill you.

Mothers: the oldest class of superheroes

It’s the cape, the magical, flowing cape, that makes a superhero, right? After she gives birth, each mother should be presented with her own cape. Much more stylish than hospital gowns, anyway. Their superhero strength runs stronger than Superman, or Wonder Woman, or the Hulk. After this weekend, I have ...

Cracked swan eggs creates uproar; harsher crimes ignored

Police say Carnell Marshall was left for dead. They say the 27-year-old was beaten, burned and tortured on McAllister Avenue before he, or his body, was left in a hidden part of the tire store parking lot. His killers didn’t want him to live, nor for him to be found, ...

Drunken driving consequences reverberate through community

“He was my only son,” his mother said, holding back tears and speaking with the silent strength reserved only for a grieving mother. “He was my only child and now he’s my angel.”

Seeking the definition of a deadly weapon

I believe in self-defense, and I believe in the right to defend oneself if faced with peril. When it’s a decision between self-defense and serious injury, I’m always going to go with self-defense. As a young female with an inclination for hard news stories, I sometimes get myself in dangerous ...

Fighting back against autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases are what happens when the body fights itself.

Open government should be the norm

The term open government is a crock. If you’re not an open government, or striving to be as open as possible, you’re a closed government. Closed governments aren’t for the people. It’s yet to be seen whether “open government” is the 2012 catchphrase for local politics or if it’s an ...

Fire departments risk burning bridges with online photos

Seven months ago, on a Wednesday, my phone rang just before 3 a.m. with a number I never wanted to see at that hour — my mother. From her front porch in Chittenango, she was watching news crews set up outside of a house fire that called in 14 fire departments from across Madison and Onondaga counties.

Tweet me: The power of social media

When Occupy Syracuse was given an eviction notice, they tweeted it. When snow shut down West Genesee Schools, superintendent Chris Brown tweeted it. When news breaks across central New York, news agencies, myself included, tweet it. Call me crazy, but Twitter may be the best thing to happen to information ...

Syracuse media, community can learn from Lonsberry

There’s a big voice coming to Syracuse airwaves. Though he has big shoes to fill, Rochester’s Bob Lonsberry seems to be the perfect addition to the Syracuse media corps and the talk-radio troops. I hadn’t met Lonsberry until last week, but over the years I’ve become very familiar with his ...

Community journos find the heartbeat of the community

You could say I have a love-hate relationship with news — I love producing news and being a reporter, but I hate seeing what news coverage can do to a community.

Syracuse needs app for parking

I’ve always been weary of parking in downtown Syracuse. The one-way streets and parking meters have always terrified me — it’s my driving luck to go the wrong way, or to park in a fire hydrant zone without noticing. I feel you have to leave 20 minutes early to find a parking spot, only to finally show up five minutes late.

Finding your Emerald City

I never really understood the appeal of staying in your hometown after school. I liked the idea of jet-setting across the country; I was eager to find a new place, a new start, a new version of myself.

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