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Baylor shoots past Syracuse in NCAA Tournament
March 23, 2019, 4:41 am | Source
SALT LAKE CITY — Baylor heard all week about Syracuse's vaunted zone, how long the Orange are, how difficult it is to find openings.The Bears solved it by going over the top — after getting it inside.Creating open shots through the high post and kick-outs off drives, Baylor set a school NCAA Tournament record with 16 3-pointers to beat Syracuse 78-68 Thursday night in the West Region."The fact that we play zone helped us in this game, being able [...]

Community News for March 22, 2019
March 22, 2019, 2:47 am | Source
OLD FORGESpring Ladies Night planned at ViewView, 3273 State Route 28, is hosting its Spring Ladies Night from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.Start the night with an introduction to Essential Oils while learning to make essential oil-infused cocktail and mocktails. After creating your cocktails, participants will learn the art of wet felting with this fun, step-by-step felted acorn project, designed specifically for beginners.No prior [...]

Death notices for March 22, 2019
March 22, 2019, 1:31 am | Source
Acker, Deborah K.: 60, of Waterville, died March 20, 2019. Arrangements by Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Homes Inc., Waterville.Goodhines, Joseph G.: 68, of N. Utica, died March 19, 2019. Arrangements by Ackley-Mills Funeral Home, Remsen.Hugo, Catharine "Tink": 84, of Clinton, died March 20, 2019. Arrangements by Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service Inc., Clinton.Morra, Joseph A.: 25, of Baldwinsville, died March 18, 2019. Arrangements by Maurer Funeral Home, [...]

Start-up company Go Figure of Utica wins $200,000 prize
March 22, 2019, 1:02 am | Source
ROME — In the latest effort to create more economic development opportunities in the Mohawk Valley, Griffiss Institute on Thursday evening gave away $300,000 in prize money to two local companies.The program is part of the AFRL Commercialization Academy Demo Day and Innovation & Development Entrepreneurial Accelerator NY business accelerator competition at Griffiss Institute in Rome.Griffiss Institute President William Wolf said the program allows the area to [...]

Comets try to solve recent woes
March 22, 2019, 12:46 am | Source
The Utica Comets’ situation recently has steadily grown more precarious at a critical time in the American Hockey League regular season.It has been largely a March to forget for the depleted Comets, who are fighting to get into back into the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division with 10 regular-season games remaining.Utica has hit a stretch of futility over the last month, compiling a 1-7-1-0 mark since March 1 in dropping a season-worst eight consecutive [...]

Oneida County History Center raises over $29,000
March 22, 2019, 12:36 am | Source
UTICA — The Oneida County History Center raised over $29,326 during its 14th annual telethon on Thursday, according to a release.The proceeds will support educational opportunities for students, free public programs, exhibits and collections maintenance.The telethon was broadcast live on WUTR-TV from the History Center’s main gallery, and is one of the History Center’s largest [...]

Final decision on hospital SEQR still pending
March 22, 2019, 12:30 am | Source
UTICA — The planned downtown hospital cleared another hurdle Thursday, but the final environmental impact statement on the project won’t receive approval for at least 10 days.The City of Utica Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to accept the statement as final, meaning it is “adequate and accurate,” said Chairman Fred Matrulli.But the board must wait at least 10 days to vote on whether to accept the statement’s findings, a [...]

Mussina's Cooperstown visit a reminder of his excellence
March 22, 2019, 12:28 am | Source
COOPERSTOWN — Two months after he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Mike Mussina still had a hard time believing his good fortune."Gratifying is a good word," Mussina said Thursday after touring baseball's shrine to prepare for his July induction. "I'm an example of someone that didn't win a ton of individual awards, I never won a World Series, and I never won 20 games in one season as a starter until the very last season."There's a lot of players out there who [...]

MVCC students host vigil to honor New Zealand victims
March 21, 2019, 11:41 pm | Source
UTICA — The Mohawk Valley Community College campus community turned out for a vigil to honor the victims of the two recent New Zealand mosque attacks.Fifty people were fatally shot in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand on Friday, March 15, and Thursday night the MVCC Muslim Student Association hosted a prayer and candle vigil to honor them.At the quad, MVCC sophomore Ei Ei explained the importance [...]

Assemblywoman Buttenschon holds open house
March 21, 2019, 10:52 pm | Source
UTICA — Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-Marcy, held an open house Thursday night at her district office, room 401 in the Utica State Office Building.The event featured light refreshments and a chance to meet and talk with the assemblywoman."This is just an open house to make sure everyone knows where we're located," Buttenschon said.Among those in attendance were Rome Common Councilman Cam Tien, who represents that city's first ward. Tien said [...]

UPDATED: Utica councilman calls on mayor to release video from argument
March 21, 2019, 9:44 pm | Source
UTICA — Utica Councilman Joseph Marino doesn't deny that he had a verbal altercation with Councilman Frank DiBrango at a budget meeting March 5.But he wants people to see what happened for themselves.Marino, D-4, sent a letter to Mayor Robert Palmieri on Thursday asking for a video of the incident to be released to the public.City officials previously said the incident in question is under investigation, and the video would not be released until [...]

Traffic alert: Part of Bleecker St. in Utica to close Saturday
March 21, 2019, 9:43 pm | Source
UTICA — The New York State Department of Transportation Utica Regional Office in coordination with City of Utica has issued the following traveler advisory, weather permitting: From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Bleecker Street between Genesee Street and Burnet Street will be closed to through traffic due to utility work at the intersection of Genesee and Bleecker streets.

Poll: More Americans say too little spending on health
March 21, 2019, 7:20 pm | Source
WASHINGTON — A growing majority of Americans want greater government spending on health care, and the increase is being driven by both Democrats and Republicans.That's according to new data from the General Social Survey, a widely respected trend survey that has been measuring views of government spending since the 1970s. An analysis by The AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and General Social Survey staff reveals that Americans want to spend more money on a wide range [...]

Rome's Cops vs. Coaches basketball game changes venue
March 21, 2019, 6:09 pm | Source
ROME — The Cops vs. Coaches basketball game set for Saturday night will take place at a different location than previously planned.It now will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Rome Free Academy on Dart Circle instead of Strough Middle School.All the proceeds from this event go to the Shop with a Cop program.

State issues advisory for eating locally caught fish
March 21, 2019, 4:59 pm | Source
The state Department of Health recently issued an advisory about the consumption of certain fish caught in either the Erie Canal, Mohawk River or Sauquoit Creek.The notice is based on elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and mercury, state officials said.The fishing season begins — for most types of fish — Monday, April 1.The department recommends that men over 15 and women over 50 eat no more than one [...]

Grab a coffee with Oneida Sheriff Rob Maciol
March 21, 2019, 3:27 pm | Source
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol will host a Sheriff’s Community Coffee event Friday at Sangertown Square.The event will take place from 7-9:30 a.m. in the center court of the mall.There are no set speeches or topics for these events. Rather, these events are an informal way for law enforcement and the general public to interact and build better relationships.For questions, contact the Sheriff's Community Affairs Unit at (315) 765-2224. 

Which Florida man are you? This Google search will tell you
March 21, 2019, 2:33 pm | Source
Everyone knows Florida is the hub for wacky news.From an ex-boyfriend clinging to a car through speedy I-95 traffic to  [...]

Syracuse man convicted of threats against Obama, Rep. Waters
March 21, 2019, 2:29 pm | Source
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a central New York man faces up to 20 years in prison for threatening to kill former President Barack Obama and California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.According to Syracuse.com, a jury convicted Stephen Taubert on Wednesday.The charges stemmed from phone calls, including racial slurs, that he made to [...]

Utica planning board could vote on hospital plans today
March 21, 2019, 1:09 pm | Source
UTICA — The City of Utica Planning Board could vote today to move the Mohawk Valley Health System’s downtown hospital project a big step closer to completion.The board will consider finalizing the project’s environmental impact statement at its regular meeting at 4:30 p.m. at Utica City Hall, but the board may choose not to vote. A vote to finalize would end the State Environmental Quality Review process and clear the way for the health system to begin acquiring [...]

New urgent care opens in North Utica
March 21, 2019, 10:38 am | Source
A new urgent care facility in North Utica will officially open Thursday.The WellNow Urgent Care at 230 N. Genesee St. is the 31st location for a chain that’s growing rapidly across upstate New York. It already operates centers in Oneida and Rome and has plans to open centers in New Hartford and Herkimer.The center, which opened for preview tours on Wednesday, offers visits with a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. [...]

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