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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.

Jessica Novak tells the story of the challenges facing Donna Colton (Visconti) as she battles breast cancer. It is great to see the music community rise up and support her with Donnapalooza, a fundraiser at the Westcott Theater on March 1 with many local performers showcasing their talents on her behalf.  If you can’t make the event, the end of the article lists a site where you can make a contribution to help the cause.

Health challenges have visited our staff too, and our Editor in Chief Larry Dietrich is out sick for an indefinite period of time.

Larry has led us through our re-design and the launch of the new format of the paper, and provides us immeasurable leadership and foresight on the editorial side of our business. Bill DeLapp and Reid Sullivan are leading the staff as we pick up the slack while he rests up and gets well again.

Part of Larry’s vision for expanded music coverage has launched with the addition of music writer Micha Crook and a new Hip Hop writer (Emad Rahim) set to join our staff. Stay tuned for more as we bring you this new coverage of a popular and growing part of local music culture.

Well-wishes for Larry can be sent to the address here, or by email to ldietrich@syracusenewtimes.com. We will be sure to pass along your thoughts to him, and we look forward to his speedy recovery and return.

Stay warm!

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billWilliam Brod is the publisher of the Syracuse New Times.

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