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April 13 – 19

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Board of Elections Seeks Inspectors

Starting pay for the general election will be $190

The Onondaga County Board of Elections is looking for people to serve as election inspectors for Primary Day (Date TBA) and General Election Day (November 3).

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Micere Mugo’s Tireless Pursuit

Professor Mugo has served on the faculty of the African American studies Department at SU

Can you imagine a Syracuse without Micere Githae Mugo? Can you imagine if a giant walked in our midst, so quietly that we did not know it?

Poetic License to Kill

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, but before you stop reading, just hear me out. A lot of poetry is actually interesting. Or, barring that, here are some recent news events in our area that I’ve turned into verse in an homage to National Poetry Month:

Get a Grip

Writer Ty Marshal investigates the muscle-bound thrills of arm wrestling

Nearly five dozen arm wrestlers top-rolled, hooked and pinned at the Tilted Kilt Bar and Restaurant, 3017 Erie Blvd. E., to compete for a chance to flex their muscles in the 2015 regional championship coming up in Las Vegas.

(Photos) Arm Wrestling

Photos from Battle of Arms III: Judgement Day

To read "Get a Grip" - the muscle-bound thrills of arm wrestling - CLICK HERE

(PHOTOS) Underground Fashion

Photos from The Underground Show at Marisa’s Fortress of Beauty

The Underground Show took place on Friday April 10 at Marisa’s Fortress of Beauty (220 Walton St.) as part of Syracuse Fashion Week.

Top 5 Stories of the Week

April 5 – 12

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A Tale of Two Traffic Stops

An exchange with a “white” Syracuse policeman who, rightly and justifiably, pulled me over

EDITOR’S NOTE: Earlier this year Armory Square entrepreneur Thea St. Omer proposed writing an op-ed piece on her two separate incidents involving Syracuse policemen for the Syracuse New Times. St. Omer, 41, had just closed her gallery, Armory Square Loft, 136 Walton St., yet she was enthusiastic about reopening the space as a creative lounge to be renamed Tea’s Tavern. Following the March 21 grand opening, however, St. Omer disappeared from public view, as friends became increasingly concerned. On April 3, Syracuse Police discovered St. Omer’s body at her business, with her death labeled “suspicious,” although a preliminary autopsy suggests that no foul play had occurred. Beyond her artistic pursuits, St. Omer was also a filmmaker whose documentary on the N-word received a 2009 screening at ArtRage Gallery. She seemed genuinely excited that the Syracuse New Times would publish her article, although no one knew that it would also become a posthumous farewell.