News & Opinion

Democracy for Sale

The Koch Brothers will spend close to a billion dollars to elect the Republican of their choice.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney has a campaign fund in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, and is all but certain to cruise to a third term this fall without any serious opposition.

How much do you truly want to go to SU?

Kramer takes a walking tour of S.U.

Someday, when Andrew Pregler is president of the United States, he’ll look back on February 2015 when he was a volunteer tour guide at Syracuse University, and he’ll think: Now that was a tough job.

News & Blues

News & Blues for Feb. 25 – March 3

Curses, Foiled Again Bradley Hardison, 24, managed to elude authorities for nearly nine months before they nabbed him after a local paper published his photo for winning a doughnut-eating contest at a police anti-crime event in Elizabeth City, N.C. “I was pissed because it’s like throwing it in our face,” Camden County sheriff’s Lt. Max Robeson said after he read the article, which led investigators to Hardison. (Hampton Roads, Va.’s WTKR-TV)

The Challenges of February

Our Editor in Chief is out sick for an indefinite period of time

This week’s cover story by Jim MacKillop and the arts feature by Carl Mellor show us, once again, the struggles many before us have waged in the pursuit of basic civil rights for all. A fitting end to our last issue of February to remind us about our history so we don’t endure the misfortune of repeating it.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

Feb 16 – 22

Every Sunday, we tally our analytics to give you the Top 5 most read stories of the week on

In the Groove with David Broda

Michelle Malia profiles local photographer David Broda, who collects records, remembers the past, and embraces change

Sporting a purple polka-dotted smoking jacket, David Broda leaned and rocked to the beat of St. Germain’s “Rose Rouge,” playing on his classic 1200 Technics turntable. The sound system projected the jazz tune with booming clarity through his garage-converted-record-collection-shrine off his Jamesville home, a space he calls Funky Butt Hall.

Local Label for the Love of Music: L.R.S. Records

Music writer Jessica Novak on the success of L.R.S. Records

Mark Turley started playing in bands while at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. He studied sound recording and production at SUNY Binghamton and interned with Ulf Oesterle at Aux Records in Syracuse. Yet starting his own record label still seemed like an elusive dream when he graduated in 2007.

Syracusan Recalls Archbishop Romero’s Legacy

Kip Hargrave reflects on the legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero

Thirty-five years ago this week, a little-known cleric in a country few of us had heard of, sent a letter to the president of the United States. On Feb. 17, 1980, Archbishop Oscar Romero called on President Jimmy Carter to stop sending weapons to his country, arguing that to do so would only bring more repression to his long-suffering people.

It looks like someone could have used a calendar for Christmas

The words of an expert on Valentine’s Day

Saturday is Valentine’s Day, and you know the deal, guys: no roses, no hoses. Of course it’s not exactly that simple. Women want more than just flowers and chocolate from their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. According to Brian Williams, they also require romance and, in more severe cases, actual feelings.

News and Blues

Your weekly recap of weird and funny news from around the nation

Curses, Foiled Again Police looking for a bank robber in New Kensington, Pa., found suspect Shane Lindsey, 32, two blocks away at a restaurant where he stopped for chicken and biscuits. Officers entered the restaurant hoping its surveillance video might show the suspect passing by, only to spot Lindsey eating at a booth. (Tarentum’s Valley News Dispatch)