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Recent increase in off-campus crime prompts concern from students, law enforcement

How off-campus crime has changed in recent years

In recent years, Sardino said that the department has noticed changes in frequency specific to the types of crime occurring near campus. While DPS has observed an increase in the number of burglaries in off-campus neighborhoods, they’ve also seen a decrease in the number of robberies, specifically with incidents occurring on the street.

Another newer phenomenon in crime taking over SU’s surrounding neighborhoods are primarily break-ins and car t

Moving forward from the aftermath of a burglary

What follows a break-in experience can vary both by circumstance and person, and it can leave not only a financial impact, but an emotional one as well. Replacing stolen things becomes a hassle on top of dealing with the police, landlords and even insurance companies. It’s also common for victims of a break-in to feel like their space and security have been violated. The majority of college students who decide to move off-campus become first-time renters and enjoy the freedom that comes with it.

SU students transform a Comstock basement into an underground comedy club

From the street, 311 Comstock Ave. looks like any other student house on a Wednesday night. Now, students are discovering the entrance through the back door leads to an underground comedy club. Rows of eclectic seats, cushions and couches face a handmade stage with a spray painted backdrop emblazoned with “The Playground.”

Three Syracuse University upperclassmen, James Cunningham, Elizabeth Goldblatt and Sophie Schlosser, came together this semester to create The Playground, a non-judgmental ha

NYPD’s anti-suicide ride for veterans returns after COVID hiatus

Members of the NYPD’s Mounted Unit will escort veterans on a 20-mile horseback ride through Manhattan Saturday to raise awareness of military suicides — back after a year-long COVID hiatus, officials said.

“I think it’s great for everyone’s morale that we’re getting back to normal and that we can actually see each other again and do these events,” said Deputy Inspector Barry Gelbman, commanding officer of the NYPD’s Mounted Unit. “I know that they were very disappointed last year.”

The annual

Euphoria watch parties take over Sunday evenings

Snacks are a must for this viewing experience. While your heart races with anxiety or you cringe from second-hand embarrassment, there’s nothing better than having something to munch on. Try making these Euphoria brownies from TikTok. Divide the batter and dye it the series’ unofficial colors: blue, purple and pink. Swirl these all in a pan to create a marbled effect. Once they’re baked, top them off with some edible glitter and enjoy. Need more of a meal? Honor season one Cal Jacobs with some a

Ex-con busted in stray-bullet slaying of NYC mom is held without bail

A recently paroled ex-con who was busted in the stray-bullet slaying of a Brooklyn mom was ordered held without bail during his arraignment, prosecutors said.

Oliver Case, 29, was remanded during his appearance in Brooklyn Criminal Court late Tuesday.

He was charged with murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon, all in the second degree, according to a criminal complaint.

Limose Dort — a home health aide from Haiti and a mother of four — was shot twice in the chest while w

NYPD rolls out road safety campaign as city prepares for daylight saving time

The NYPD is kicking off its annual road safety initiative as the Big Apple prepares to roll back the clocks — with the earlier evenings making it more dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists on city streets.

The “Dusk and Darkness” campaign, which is in its sixth year as part of the mayor’s Vision Zero plan, will be a “layered initiative” of preventative policing measures, focusing on increased enforcement as well as education, NYPD Chief of Transportation Kim Royster said at a press conference

Searching for Socialization in Pandemic Norms

The pandemic didn’t kill socialization, it just altered the nature of it and young people have found their own ways of coping and adapting.

Metal clanked in the weight room as Griffin Goldstein finished his reps. It was a Sunday afternoon, leg day for him and his roommate. Goldstein couldn’t stop thinking about the interaction he’d had with the girl at the front desk. She was cute and he suspected she liked him too. He decided to act on the feeling — something he’s never done before out of fear

Bringing Inclusivity and Engagement to Downtown Erie

If you've driven through Downtown Erie recently, the crowds forming in Perry Square are no coincidence. The Erie Downtown Partnership organized more events for this summer than ever before. From daily activities to monthly series, these events all serve the same purpose: to bring life back to downtown.

"Our events this year are really meant to drive people downtown and safely build back that density so that people can discover Downtown Erie again," said EDP events coordinator David Tamulonis.

Curtis Sliwa would cancel NYC’s less-used bike lanes, end ‘war on vehicles’ as mayor

Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa vowed Thursday to end the city’s “war on vehicles” by removing bike lanes and speed cameras — in stark contrast to transportation policies promoted by his Democratic rival Eric Adams.

“This administration, the de Blasio administration, and clearly Eric Adams, if he’s elected, partner with Bill de Blasio, would want to continue this war on vehicles in the City of New York,” Sliwa said at a campaign stop in Manhattan.

The Guardian Angel founder said his

‘Evil’ rooster terrorizes Queens neighborhood, attacking residents

An “evil,” blood-thirsty rooster is terrorizing a Queens neighborhood — along with his cock-y crew, according to the latest victim to run “a-fowl” of the belligerent bird this week.

Leon Suseran, 30, told The Post on Friday that he had just left his home on 169th Street in Jamaica to catch a bus to work Thursday morning when he suddenly “felt a peck on the back” of his left hand.

“When I turned around, I saw blood was gushing out,” he said.

“This rooster kept charging at me … It was almost as

Winning $432 million Mega Millions ticket was bought in a Manhattan pizza joint

A Mega Millions lottery ticket bought in a Manhattan pizza joint won a staggering $432 million on Tuesday night — the biggest in Big Apple history.

The lucky ticket, sold at Pronto Pizza on West 48th Street in Midtown, was the only winner in the mammoth draw.

The jackpot will be about $315 million as a cash lump sum, working out to about $192 million after taxes, Mega Millions said.

The pizza joint will also get a slice, with a $10,000 commission for selling the jackpot-winning ticket.


Buckle Up! The 'Voice of Broadway' is Coming to Erie

Mercyhurst University brings the critically acclaimed actress/singer Betty Buckley to the stage at the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. Buckley will headline the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture's annual 501 Summer Soirée on Saturday, Aug. 7. With a career spanning theater, film, television, and even concert halls around the world, Buckley has made her mark in the arts.

Her appearances on stage garnered her the title of the "Voice of Broadway" by New York Magazine. Buckley won a T

St. Patrick’s Day 2021: How to safely celebrate the Irish way

When it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day – Irish heritage or not – Syracuse residents are known to embrace the celebration.

This year the city is taking a break from the traditional Saint Patrick’s Parade and bar crawls to keep festivities COVID-19 friendly, but some traditions can never die. Here are a few ways to safely enjoy the holiday:

Keep it simple, but make it deliciously green

You may not be able to spend this St. Paddy’s Day in a horde of people dressed in green but that doesn’t mean yo

Erie's Local Start Ups will Board the Victorian Princess

What better way to enjoy the local tastes and artistry Erie has to offer than with the backdrop of our famous summer sunsets on the lake? Flower Kitchen Bakery, a local bakery that creates unique flower- and fruit-infused cakes, has partnered with the Victorian Princess to bring the residents of Erie this experience. The first Local Taste of Erie Sunset Cruise will take place this Saturday evening aboard the Victorian Princess.

The idea for the event came a few months ago during a cake tasting

Lake Erie Cyclefest Returns with New Format

Lake Erie Cyclefest returns this weekend for its fifth consecutive year with all new rides, a new event structure, and new partnering non profit organizations. Earlier this year, the previous race directors passed the torch to the Erie Sports Commission who is proud to oversee the 2021 festival. The Lake Erie Cyclefest is presented by Highmark and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital.

Although the fest persevered through the pandemic by offering an adaptive, covid-friendly version of rides, this year par

Three Volumes Remain in the French Creek Concert Series

This Saturday marks the second volume in the four-part French Creek Concert series in Meadville. With the proceeds of each volume supporting a different local nonprofit organization, this concert series makes it easy to give back.

Proceeds from this weekend will benefit The Arc of Crawford County, an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It supports their full inclusion and participation in the community t

Reptiles Take Over in a Scale-tastic Event

Shed your worries and come on down to this scale-tastic, family-friendly event. The Erie Reptile Expo will be held this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Erie Bank Sports Park. The expo has a mixture of vendors, breeders, and educators, giving guests the opportunity to learn about, see, and even purchase an assortment of reptiles.

The first reptile expo was held in Erie this past February and will continue monthly. Dates of each expo can be found on the event Facebook page. You don't need to

Riverside Music Festival Returns

There's no better way to enjoy your vaccinated freedom than with the familiar comfort of summer concerts. Riverside Brewing Company knows what the people want and have brewed up plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy live music alongside good food and tasty beers.

The brewpub is housed in a rustic barn on the former grounds of the historic Riverside Inn at Cambridge Springs. The building has a large indoor bar and restaurant with an outdoor patio overlooking French creek and the extensive lan

The Return of the UPMC Sunset Music Series

Celebrate the return of the UPMC Sunset Music Series Wednesday, July 21 at Presque Isle State Park's Beach 11. The series features local musicians, and will kick off Discover Presque Isle and continue weekly until Aug 11. Concerts run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will feature two live bands, extended swimming hours, and a weekly raffle.

Performances by Lori Burke and Key West Express will break in the first concert of the series. Arrive at sunset to see the two acts or come early to enjoy a day a

Train to Perform at Erie Insurance Arena

Train heads to Erie with the summer concert vibes we all long for. Pat Monahan returns with Train to his hometown once again to perform at the Erie Insurance Arena this Saturday, Aug. 21.

This summer the Erie area has seen a re-emergence of live music and annual concert series after a year hiatus from the pandemic. High-profile concerts are now making a comeback as well and what better way to enjoy a classic end-of-summer concert than with a band that gave us some of the catchiest hits of the 2