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Playing With Fire

What will it take for the U.S. to stay out of senseless wars?

Two women have now done something only men have done before: They completed the training to be Army Rangers. Congratulations to Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver for boldly going where no women have ever gone before, and breaking yet another glass ceiling.

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

The Next Big Thing

Music writer Jessica Novak on the Lakeview Amphitheater, a potential game-changer for local concerts and the New York State Fair

It’s been a fast track for the new Lakeview Amphitheater. Since a $100 million pledge was announced to clean up the Onondaga Lake shores in January 2014 and plans for a 17,500-seat venue were shared in July 2014, it’s been nonstop updates on the state of the site and anticipation of the acts. On Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m., the theater will be put to the test when popular country star Miranda Lambert christens it with the first-ever performance.

The 2015 Great New York State Fair Photo Gallery

Photo gallery of the New York State Fair

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis photographed the 2015 New York State Fair on Monday and Tuesday. View the photos below for everything from fairgoers winning prizes, to the animals that are on display.

Just Innocent Fooling Around

A cheating website caught the intrigue of local columnist Jeff Kramer

A few months ago, I received a tip about a secret cheating site called Ashley Radisson. “You gotta check this out, Kramer,” the source said. “It’s shocking what some of these Radisson residents will do when no one’s looking.”

News and Blues

Your weekly dose of weird and funny news

Curses, Foiled Again

The Great New York State Fair Setup Photo Gallery

A glimpse inside The State Fair before it is open to the public

Syracuse New Times photographer Michael Davis captured The Great New York State Fair during its setup process, just days before fairgoers fill the grounds.

New CDs Enter Friday Drop Zone

Music will now be released globally on Fridays in an attempt to synchronize the industry

The International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI) represents a $15 billion industry. It has approximately 1,300 member labels in 61 countries. As of July 10, the majority of those countries have agreed to release music at 1 a.m. local time on Fridays. The change is intended to synchronize the release date with when consumers have leisure time and to crack down on piracy.

Local Funnies Needed to Needle Local Pols

Local political cartoonists would provide comic relief on Syracuse’s issues

Don’t you miss political cartoons? Ever since Joe Glisson hung up his pen here at the Syracuse New Times in December 2012 and Frank Cammuso departed The Post-Standard the following month, we’ve had no local cartoonists.

French Kisses

Arts writer Carl Mellor visits Utica’s MWP Institute for a dazzling show of French impressionists

Monet to Matisse: The Age of French Impressionism, at Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, serves a scrumptious four-course feast.