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Incumbent Mayor Ray Nagin Wins Re-Election

Mayor Ray Nagin, who became New Orleans' face to the world when Hurricane Katrina ravaged the historic city last year, took 52 percent of the vote in the runoff election to defeat Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu. The victory for the Mayor and former cable television executive defied predictions of many political analysts and proved he could attract cross-over support. "We are ready to take off," he told supporters. "We have citizens around the country who want to come back the city of New Orleans and we're going to get them all back to the city of New Orleans." More than half the pre-storm population of 470,000 remains scattered across the country.


Mushrooms are unlikely source of vitamin D
Mushrooms may soon emerge from the dark as an unlikely but significant source of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin that helps keep bones strong and fights disease. New research, while preliminary, suggests that brief exposure to ultraviolet light can zap even the blandest and whitest farmed mushrooms with a giant serving of the vitamin.

Paper reports NSA collecting phone records
The government is secretly collecting records of ordinary Americans' phone calls in an effort to build a database of every call made within the country, it was reported Thursday. AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth telephone companies began turning over records of tens of millions of their customers' phone calls to the National Security Agency program shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said USA Today, citing anonymous sources it said had direct knowledge of the arrangement.

Gov't OKs first racially targeted drug
The heart failure drug BiDil was approved by government regulators for use by blacks. It will be the first medication marketed for a specific racial group. The Food and Drug Administration called the approval a step toward "the promise of personalized medicine."

Flavor of Love finale sets record for VH1
With just under 6 million viewers, the finale of Flavor of Love “outperformed all the recent reality hits of sister network MTV. That “more than doubles the ratings of VH1’s previous record-holder,”Variety reports. Flavor of Love was Flavor’s third show for VH1, and it will not be the last. A VP for VH1 said, “We definitely plan to continue being in the Flavor Flav business. We’re already working on his next job for the channel.”

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Snoop Dogg Blows Carrier Dome

The Carrier Dome became a (Snoop) Dogg house last night in Syracuse. Good productions mean nothing without the star, so when lights went down a star came out. Known by many names Tha Dogfather, Big Snoop, Uncle Snoop, Snoop Dee Oh Double Gee or Snoop Dogg, he stood in the middle of the stage like the undisputed champion of the world. The estimated crowd of more than 6,000 fans exploded as "Murder Was The Case" kicked off nearly one and a half hours of classic Snoop. Click here for full story

One Of The Oldest Black Churches In Syracuse Collapsed

Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church at 818 S. West St. collapsed into itself morning. Founded by Reverend William Mack, the Olivet National Baptist Church paid $60,000 for the church in 1961 according to the Syracuse Post Standard. The church, built in 1868, was funded by the parents of L. Frank Baum, who wrote America's first fairy tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," said Dennis Connors, Onondaga Historical Association curator of history. There were plans to demolish the 10,000-square-foot structure. "I guess the Lord said, 'You're too slow, let me help you out,' " said Georgianna Pinkard, one of the church's founding members.

Acclaimed lecturer and author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson delivers a message for everyone.

The widely recognized scholar, professor, writer, minister, and intellectual Dr. Michael Eric Dyson put all of his titles to use for the African American Male Congress Baccalaureate Ceremony on the SU campus. Speaking for just over an hour Dr. Dyson started with the "status and potential of young brothers" and finished with responsibilities of your education. Click here for full story

Successful Education Summit In Syracuse

Hip Hop/Music Mogal Russell Simmons along with other entertainment heavyweights Rev Run, Doug E Fresh, Ras B (B2K) and Fabulous gave the crowd of Syracuse City School District students a day they will never forget. Syracuse played host to the Hip Hop Summit Action Network's Education Summit at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome. Nearly 3,000 students attended the event from 5 schools. Click here for full story.

CD Technology Creator John Dove Dies at 79
Inventor, Physicist, and Businessman John F. Dove passed away at the age of 79. For those who don't know his name, you should know that he invented and has the patent on the laser light technology that is used to develop the CD, and DVD. That's right, the world would not have cd's or dvd's if it wasn't for this African American Physicist. Dove holds patents for the compact disc, compact disk drive, and the videodisc. Click Here Full Story

Dirty Money In Syracuse City Hall?
Syracuse Mayor Host Fundrasier For Attorney General

According to a story published December 12, 2003 in the NY Post, Mayor Matt Driscoll sponsored a fund-raising event for crime-fighting Attorney General Eliot Spitzer with two ex-convicts playing key roles. They both were the driving force behind the Attorney General's fund-raiser held in Syracuse. Click Here Full Story

Jana performs at Ononadaga Community College
Grammy Nominee Returns to Syracuse

Pop Singer Jana returns to Central New York to perform as well as teach at Onondaga Community College. The Grammy nominated writer will release her first album next year. She performed a full concert of songs including the Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston classic I Will Always Love You. Click here for concert photos by SIF

Former SU Standout Comes Back
Boys & Girls Clubs get a new director

Duane Kinnon, a former SU football co-captain and record breaking fullback, was named the new executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse. Kinnon, is currently assistant executive director of the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx, and is scheduled to start his new position on October 13. According to Boy & Girls Clubs board president Christine O'Connell, he was selected from nearly 60 applicants.

US Largest Power Outage Aug2003
Blackouts hit the New York area, Detroit, Cleveland, Syracuse, Albany as well as Toronto and Ottawa. The outages spread over an area of 9,300 square miles with a population of roughly 50 million people. 1.2 million of the 1.5 million NiMO customers in NYS lost power around 4pm EST along with Syracuse.

At War with Iraq: Variations of a Phantom Menace Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
Review:A documentary by Audrey Brohy and Gerard Ungerman.

As the massive pre-emptive military strike known to most as Operation Iraqi Freedom moves from Blitzkrieg to assessment and reconstruction, you'd think the mainstream media (particularly television) would begin to give us better historical perspective how this all began. Click Here Full Story

"Juneteenth Again"
Duped, hoodwinked and bamboozled again

In a 2002 post-standard newspaper article, Mr. Jesse Dowdell was quoted as saying he could not find anyone that looks like him to run Juneteenth. For all the people reading that article that did not know, Mr. Jesse Dowdell is an African American. Click Here Full Story

Bachelor Auction A Big Success:
Area Bachelors Come Out For Good Cause

The first annual bachelor auction was a huge success for BC Productions and EVT1 LLC. More than 100 women from around CNY came out to support the fundraiser by bidding on bachelors and attending the after party with musical guest Tosha Makia. Click Here Full Story
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Mahoney Bows Out of Race:
The Council Loses Common Sense

The Syracuse Common Council was dealt a bad hand over the last few years and now it take a blow to the head with the recent announcement that Councilor at Large Joanie Mahoney will not to run for another term. Councilor Mahoney was the last republican to win a city wide race nearly four years ago. Click Here Full Story

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Vaccine for AIDS Works On Blacks and Asians
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Researchers report for the first time that an AIDS vaccine can prevent infection but with sharply different success rates depending on race. Although the AIDSVAX vaccine failed to protect whites and Hispanics, it appears to be effective in Asians(68%) and blacks(78.3).

Jose Esparza, director of AIDS vaccine research for the Joint United Nations Programme, called the findings, "probably the most important accomplishment in vaccine research in 15 years."


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