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IS THIS NEW YORK STATE’S BEST BURGER?: Five Syracuse-area restaurants are among the top 10 finalists in the annual best-burger contest put on by the New York Beef Council. Among the locals to make the cut is Ale ‘n Angus, the reigning champion, with its “Holy Smokers Burger” (above). See what other restaurants are nominated and find out how you can vote. (Provided photo)
Chili’s shooting survivor: “I can’t live in my hole anymore”: Jessica Saum has let her hair grow again after shearing it off four years ago. Then, she wanted it gone. It reminded her of a gun being held to her head. Today, her long hair is a sign she’s taking back her life. Saum survived after being nearly murdered by Chili’s convicted killer William Wood Jr. For months after the robbery, Wood controlled her thoughts and actions, leaving her in a state of near paralysis. No more. “I can’t live in my hole anymore,” she said. “I can’t let Will win.”
Hochul calls video of police stopping boy in Syracuse “heart-wrenching”: The viral video of Syracuse police officers stopping an 8-year-old boy after he was accused of stealing a bag of chips was difficult to watch, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Wednesday. “Many of us are parents and you can’t help but imagine the fear in that child as he had to endure that experience.
Police: Armory Square suspect confessed: A Syracuse man who turned himself in Tuesday acknowledged he committed the Armory Square shooting that left one dead and four injured, police said in court papers. Brandon Rolfe, 23, was arraigned Wednesday morning on murder and attempted murder charges in the weekend shooting that left Akok Lual, 24, dead.
Radio host Bob Lonsberry opens up about mental illness: Upstate New York radio host Bob Lonsberry is opening up about his personal mental health. Lonsberry, who hosts talk shows on WHAM-AM in Rochester and NewsRadio 570 WSYR in Syracuse, penned a blog post on his website discussing family issues with mental health and his own struggles. Lonsberry said he never sought counseling or other help because he saw it as a “weakness,” but now, at 62, he’s changed his tune.
Smoke on the water: What his first restaurant did with garlic, Jeff Rogers’ new venture will do with smoke. Rogers, owner of Angry Garlic restaurant in Baldwinsville, is taking over the former Lock 24 restaurant and turning it in to a barbecue place.
Fairgrounds hosts state’s largest gun show: New York state’s biggest gun show takes place this weekend at the State Fairgrounds’ Empire Expo Center. Hosted by the New York State Arms Collectors Association, the Syracuse Gun show boasts 1,000 exhibits and displays by gun collectors and dealers from all over the United States.
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Syracuse’s Emma Cecile navigates between East Syracuse-Minoa’s Rylyn Commisso, left, and Emily Murnane during Wednesday’s game at ESM. Syracuse scored a 15-6 win over host ESM in a Salt City Athletic Conference Empire Division game. (Scott Schild photo)
Q&A with John WIldhack: Is SU falling behind on NIL front? How much has NIL changed college athletics and recruiting? Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack said that SU recently hosted a group of local businesses to impress on them that most of the things they had been told not to do for athletes in the past were now fair game — and necessary, if SU wants to have the best chance to win. Wildhack recently talked with us about NIL collectives, athlete compensation and how it all impacts the Orange.
Frustrated high school AD to fans: Knock off abuse of officials: After two referees were confronted by an adult in the parking lot following a recent high school boys lacrosse game, Baldwinsville athletic director Chris Campolieta took to social media to plead with fans to stop abusing officials.
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