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October 30, 1990: One life begins, another ends

October 30, 1990. The date has such significance that even the numbers carry extra weight in their mathematical symmetry: 10-30-90. It is a date inextricably linked to life, and to death. It was the day my second son was born, around … Continue reading

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Taco-loving identity thief delayed donation to cancer research

The more I think about this, the more pissed I get. Last week one of my sons went online to donate to cancer research, but somehow his credit card number had been stolen. Fortunately, Visa froze his card and it … Continue reading

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Life goes on in Syracuse: a vacant building is secured, and a homeless man sleeps outdoors at 2-below zero

My homeless friend James was fortunate to be elsewhere Wednesday when about 10 police cars descended on the vacant Syracuse office building where he has slept for over a year. The police weren’t after James, who sleeps outside in a … Continue reading

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Abandoned Syracuse office building draws police’s attention

Syracuse police and other law enforcement agencies spent several hours Wednesday going through an abandoned 10-story building that has been a daytime hangout for some of the city’s homeless. My friend James, who sleeps in a doorway of the office … Continue reading

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Decades-old rumors about priest, pedophilia were ‘credible’

Yet another Catholic priest has been added to the list of alleged pedophile predators, and this time the sordid tale hits close to home. The priest who was the principal of the high school I attended in the 1970s has … Continue reading

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‘Silent Witnesses’ to domestic violence no more

Dani was in an abusive relationship for two years. One time she awoke on the floor and heard her abuser ask someone else in the room what he should do with the body. When Dani stirred, he told her, “Baby, … Continue reading

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How much crime and decay should we tolerate?

The night the cops raided the apartment below us, we no longer felt safe here. My girlfriend’s apartment building is in a city neighborhood that not too long ago was relatively peaceful and stable. But that has eroded in recent … Continue reading

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Two incidents, hours apart: one a sickness, the other a cure

Yesterday, in the city where I work, an incident took place that was so horrific, our community needs to heal. I’ll get to that incident shortly, but first here is a counterpoint that took place a few hours later. I … Continue reading

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Nothing like coming across a strong-arm robbery in broad daylight

I always wear running shoes at work, and this story is the reason. On a lunch break three summers ago I decided to walk across downtown to my bank. I was wearing dress shoes, which I loathe because they hurt … Continue reading

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