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Passport Impasse Blocks Haudenosaunee Lacrosse Team

Haudenosaunee commitment to Native identity trumps chance to play in international lacrosse tournament

Haudenosaunee have traveled internationally on passports from their sovereign nation since 1977. But for the second time in five years, the United Kingdom has refused to admit a Haudenosaunee lacrosse team, preventing the players from competing in a game their ancestors created.



Greens Out Early for 2nd District Council Seat

Green party candidate Frank Cetera looks to take over the 2nd District seat in the Syracuse Common Council

Green Party activist Ursula Rozum doesn’t remember when she first heard it. Sometime during the two and a half campaigns she managed for Green perennial candidate Howie Hawkins, or her own congressional run in 2012, someone passed on word of the mythical prohibition on politics before Labor Day. But it has no reality for her this year as she serves as campaign manager for Frank Cetera, the Greens’ 2nd District Common Council candidate.



Pavement to Paint

The Syracuse New Times street painting festival will take place on Saturday, July 25

The Syracuse New Times and Family Times' annual Street Painting Festival marks its silver anniversary on Saturday, July 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The action takes place in front of downtown Syracuse’s City Hall on Montgomery Street.



A Crafty Celebration

The AmeriCU Arts and Crafts Festival will take place Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26

The 45th annual AmeriCU Arts and Crafts Festival returns this weekend to downtown Syracuse’s Columbus Circle and surrounding streets. Artists, live performers and food vendors from across the area and beyond will convene from Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26.



Honoring the Haudenosaunee Heritage

The Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest will take place Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 as part of Artsweek in Syracuse

The ecological-themed Stage of Nations Blue Rain ECOfest returns to Hanover Square, at the intersection of East Water and South Warren streets, on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, as part of the ArtsWeek festivities.



Fests and Furious

Music writer Jessica Novak reports on this weekend’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival, which climaxes with Duke Robillard.

The 2015 edition of the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival features much more than its name suggests. The event, first inaugurated as Jazz in the Square in 2002, has brought all types of jazz and soul to the stage. But this year’s expanded fest will include a variety of vibrations with a trio of themed days: Funky Friday on July 24, Jazz Saturday on July 25 and Blues Sunday on July 26.



Pint-Size Guest for Big-Time Hotel

As the Hotel Syracuse prepares to open its doors again, the history of its first guest comes to light.

One of the hot topics in recent weeks has been the coming together of plans to launch the long-anticipated restoration and reuse of the Hotel Syracuse, slated to reopen in 2016 as the Marriott Downtown Syracuse.



Altared States for Same-Sex Duos

The LGBT community and its allies celebrated the legalization of same-sex marriage outside of First English Lutheran Church

Tristan and Max Madden were among the first to arrive Friday, June 26, at CNY Pride’s rally at First English Lutheran Church. The couple, who married in Maryland in 2011, were thrilled at the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.



36th Annual Jamesville Balloonfest

Hot air balloons took flight over the weekend at the 36th annual Balloonfest in Jamesville

Over 20 hot air balloons took to the sky this weekend at the annual Balloonfest in Jamesville. Now in its 36th year, Balloonfest attracts thousands to Jamesville beach to gaze at these balloons, eat delicious fair style foods, play games, bop along to live entertainment, and if you’re willing, take a trip in one of the massive balloons. They begin their ascent just feet away from attendees on the lawn of the park.



Ready or Not, Here They Come!

Columnist Cheryl Costa examines the impending transgender tsunami of college-bound students

“Is your college or university ready for the transgender wave of students?” I asked this question to a group of about 40 college employees, support persons and students at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, held June 4 to 6. The answer I received was a resounding “No!”