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Welcome to Comic Sans Day!

What do you think about Comic Sans? Love it or hate it, this sans-serif font has caused quite a stir, so much so that two Dutch radio DJs, Coen Swijnenberg and Sander Lantinga, created Comic Sans Day in 2009. It is not very often that a font engenders strong enough feelings for it to have its own holiday, especially only fifteen years after it came into existence.

Comic Sans was designed by Vincent Connare in 1994 and released by Microsoft the same year. Connare originally intended for it to be used in a computer user guide called Microsoft Bob. He saw that Times New Roman was being used in the beta version of the program, in word balloons of cartoon characters, and thought that was too formal of a font for the circumstances. He created the font by adapting it from the font of two comics that were in his office at the time, The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen. It wasn't finished in time to be used in Microsoft Bob, but it was included in Microsoft 3D Movie Maker, and then began being included in Windows 95. Today it is included on over 99% of Windows computers and over 90% of Mac computers.

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Syracuse basketball star Tyus Battle ranked No. 6 on list of top returning players (PS; Carlson)

Syracuse basketball star guard Tyus Battle was recently named No. 6 on a list of the top returning players in the country put together by long-time college basketball writer Andy Katz, who now writes for NCAA.com.

The list, published on Twitter, puts Battle among the elite names in college basketball heading into next season and provides another reason why the Orange shot up many Top 25 lists once he decided to return to school.

Purdue's Carsen Edwards, North Carolina's Luke Maye, Nevada's Caleb Martin, Wisconsin's Ethan Happ and Virginia's Kyle Guy were the only players in the country Katz ranked higher than Battle heading into next season.

The players ranked directly below Battle were Marquette's Markus Howard, Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura, St. John's Shomarie Ponds and Boston College's Ky Bowman.

Which recruits will Syracuse Basketball target next? (cnycentral.com; Tamurian)

It's no secret the summer is when college basketball recruiting heats up, for the Syracuse Orange look no further than the recent visit of sharpshooter Joe Girard III.

Even if Girard commits, which would be a boon for the Class of 2019 on the SU Hill, there are still several more targets out there the Orange covets.

Combo guard Brycen Goodine is the lone commitment so far, and is currently skyrocketing through the national rankings.

Elsewhere, the Orange looks to make a splash with some national recruits, such as Rochester-native Isaiah Stewart, a consensus top-10 recruit nationally.

Recruiting is such a fluid process, so we called on recruiting expert Mike McAllister of Sports for a closer look at the SU situation.

“Getting Girard early would help with one of their other guys who might be their top target in the 2019 class, Isaiah Stewart" McAllister says.

While Stewart, a 6'10" big man with an impeccable game is at the top of a lot of schools wish lists, he's not the only target SU covets

"He (Stewart) is someone to watch and then another guy is Akok Akok, he plays up at Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut. Gerry McNamara is recruiting him very hard, as well and he is someone that Syracuse is in a good position with going forward."
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Syracuse Basketball: Analyzing the 2018-19 rotation for the Orange (bustingbrackets.com; Freeman)

Syracuse Basketball returns most of last season’s total production. With some new pieces coming in, how will the Orange’s rotation look for 2018-19?

No team had to work harder to get wins last season than the Syracuse Orange, who for the most part played with seven guys in every game. The program had been dealing with scholarship issues by the NCAA ever since the recruiting violations and losing grad transfer Geno Thorpe early in the season didn’t help things.

Jim Boeheim essentially had to rely on three players (Oshae Brissett, Tyus Battle, and Franklin Howard) for the vast majority of the scoring production. There were of course struggles throughout the season that nearly cost them a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In the end, the team got in the Big Dance and made some noise, making it to the Sweet Sixteen.

It’s a brand new season for the Orange, and it’ll be filled with familiar faces. Just about every one of importance returns, with the exception of freshman Matthew Moyer. He decided to transfer after the season to Vanderbilt after starting 20 games and averaging a few points and rebounds a night.

They also lost a player who never even suited up for them. Darius Bazley was a five-star forward with first-round NBA Draft potential. He opted to forego college and go to the G-League. That would normally kill a program’s hopes for the upcoming season but Syracuse is still in solid shape to not only make another tournament appearance in March, but also a second-straight second-weekend run.
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City: Railroad engineers at partial collapse of 'active' bridge in downtown Syracuse ) (PS; Dowty)


Engineers for the New York, Susquehanna & Western railroad have arrived at a partial collapse of a bridge -- or viaduct -- in downtown Syracuse, Syracuse officials said.

Part of the concrete viaduct near the intersection of Gifford and South Clinton streets collapsed at 1:04 p.m. on the street below. The debris broke a light pole and left wires toppled and resting on the pavement.

The damage was contained to a "sidewall" -- or concrete barrier -- next to the tracks, according to city officials.

A spokeswoman for the Upstate New York railroad company said one train was being delayed due to the collapse.

Two trains a day, on average, use the viaduct, which connects Binghamton to the south to the much busier CSX tracks to the north, said spokeswoman Melanie Boyer.

It's unclear when the viaduct might be able to support rail traffic again.

Boyer said -- and the state Department of Transportation confirmed -- that the viaduct is inspected by the railroad company. Boyer said the railroad is required to inspect the viaduct -- which includes numerous street crossings -- once a year.

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