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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to National Dollar Day!
National Dollar Day celebrates the United States dollar, on the anniversary of the date in 1786 when the Continental Congress established the monetary system. On that day, they set the value of what various coins would be, and what metallic makeup they would have. Among other coins, they set the value of a gold piece at $10, the value of a silver piece at $1, the value of other silver pieces at one-tenth of $1, and the value of copper pennies at one-hundredth of $1. They had already established the dollar as the money unit of the United States the previous July.
The United States Mint was founded in 1792, and the first dollar coin, the Flowing Hair Dollar, was first minted in 1794. Its design was based on the Spanish dollar. Paper money dollars are known as Federal Reserve Notes. The first paper dollar wasn't printed until 1862, and it had Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase, printed on it. George Washington first appeared on the $1 bill in 1869. Today, the United States dollar is used in most international transactions and is the world's primary reserve currency.
Brett McMurphy "Orange Nation" 8-7-23 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)
Brett McMurphy, America’s CFB Insider from Action Sports joins Paulie and Steve to discuss conference realignment and what that means for the future of college sports
Mark Bradwick "Orange Nation" 8-7-23 (ESPN; radio; Orange Nation)
Longtime Syracuse fan Mark Bradwick joins Paulie and Steve to give what he thinks are the best road trips of this upcoming season as ranked in his article for NunesMagician.com.
Syracuse Basketball: If ACC implodes, let’s see Orange return to Big East (itlh; Adler)
The latest round of conference realignment is sending shock waves throughout collegiate athletics, and if the Atlantic Coast Conference at some point ultimately collapses, I’d love to see Syracuse basketball and other SU sports return to the Big East Conference.
Of course, such a return could prove highly unlikely, given that college football and TV money are the drivers of realignment, not basketball or Olympic sports. Plus, the ACC’s grant of rights deal, which runs until 2036, seems to be airtight, so to say that the Orange’s current league is on the verge of implosion is probably a stretch.
Sure, Florida State leaders have of late voiced their displeasure with the current ACC revenue-distribution model. If another ACC powerhouse, such as Clemson, follows suit, things could get interesting.
But as far as I can tell, this would be a legal mess and cost any school that tries to leave the ACC a boatload of cash. So Syracuse basketball returning to the Big East likely wouldn’t be happening any time soon.
I want Syracuse basketball back in the Big East Conference.Things are pretty darn crazy these days. Oklahoma and Texas are headed to the Southeastern Conference from the Big 12 Conference.
The Big 12 has added BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF. Then, in recent days, Pac-12 Conference members Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Utah decided to bolt for the Big 12.
The Big Ten Conference will welcome Southern California and UCLA from the Pac-12, along with Oregon and Washington.
That leaves the Pac-12 with only California, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington State. Might the ACC look to add one or more of those schools to its ranks? On the ESPN Web site on Monday, I saw a video of Pete Thamel discussing that Stanford heading to the ACC could be a possibility.
Syracuse Basketball: 4-star PG who eyed possible visit discloses final six (itlh; Adler)
Syracuse basketball is out of the running for 2024 four-star point guard Mikey Lewis.
Recent media reports, including one from On3 national analyst Joe Tipton, stated that the 6-foot-3 Lewis is down to six finalists, and they are Illinois, 2022 national champion Kansas, LSU, Ole Miss, 2023 NCAA Tournament runner-up San Diego State and St. Mary’s.
While I don’t have any inside intel on Lewis’ recruitment, I was a little surprised that the Orange didn’t make his top six. The ‘Cuse coaching staff offered him a scholarship in late April, and Lewis said on several occasions this spring and summer that he was eyeing a potential official visit to the Hill at some point.
Tipton writes that Lewis has taken an official visit to St. Mary’s, and the fast-rising point guard also has official visits planned to Illinois on September 16 and to LSU on September 23.
Once its scholarship winner, Knight returns to One Love tournament as a Knick (PS; Carlson)
The last time Nathan Knight played competitive basketball in the City of Syracuse he won the One Love basketball tournament in 2015, along with a scholarship to help pay for living expenses as he left home for prep school in New Hampshire.
He had, in the eyes of many, a future as a Division III basketball player.
His supporters, though, dreamed bigger.
In the following years, the Nottingham High School graduate went on to earn a Division I scholarship. He grew into the best mid-major player in the country as a senior at William & Mary.
He returned to Wilson Park last week as an NBA player and one of the newest members of the New York Knicks.
Despite going undrafted, Knight has worked his way to a living in the NBA, where he will enter his fourth season next year on a freshly signed, two-way contract with the Knicks.
Knight appeared at the One Love over the weekend to provide moral and financial support to an event that promotes peace and unity in the city. Those are two themes that resonate deeply with Knight and his family.
Knight’s sister, Yeisha Howard, was 18 years old when she was stabbed to death in 2008, the result of a feud with another woman.
Knight was only 11 years old, forced to grow up in a family wrestling with grief and the impact of youth violence. His mother fought to keep food on their table while making a devoted effort to keep him focused and out of trouble.
Photos: One Love tournament brings out some of city's best basketball players for 23rd year (PS; photo gallery; Nett)
The One Love basketball tournament in Wilson Park brought home NBA player Nathan Knight and brought out some of the city’s best players for its 23rd edition last weekend.
The tournament was created 23 years ago after fears of violence kept children from the Syracuse neighborhood known as “The Bricks” from competing in another popular city tournament. The event aims to promotes unity and peace among city residents.
Fitness structures and grass currently occupy space that may one day be converted into a playground at the creekwalk trailhead in Armory Square in downtown Syracuse.
How can downtown Syracuse be more kid-friendly? One missing piece may be coming (PS; Boyer)
The staff at the Downtown Committee of Syracuse in recent years has noticed a new pedestrian trend.
“We’re seeing strollers,” said Heather Schroeder, the committee’s deputy director.
Families with young children are a fast-growing demographic in downtown Syracuse, but Schroeder said the area is missing a key amenity: playgrounds.
The committee heard that feedback loud and clear in its most recent survey of merchants and residents and is now partnering with the city’s parks and recreation department to try to develop play areas.
“We’ve definitely heard from downtown constituents that they’re missing this amenity that they’re able to find in other neighborhoods,” Schroeder said.
Last month, Schroeder asked the Syracuse Common Council to formally endorse the downtown committee’s application seeking $500,000 from the state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Environmental Protection Fund to build a playground. The city’s parks department would chip in $250,000 in matching funds toward the project.
If the state awards the funds, the committee and the city are leaning toward establish the first new playground at the creekwalk trailhead in Armory Square in a space that currently includes fitness structures and a small patch of grass. The Museum of Science & Technology is located across the street.
Schroeder told the council, which unanimously endorsed the application at its July 24 meeting, that the committee would likely consult with the MOST on the project, as well. The two nonprofits collaborated to install a climbable triceratops statue on the museum’s lawn last summer.
Zac Brown Band, CNY Scottish Games, Taco and Margarita Festival: 15 things to do this week in Central NY (PS; Croyle)
A very busy week for Central New York fans is in prospect this week. The St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater has two concerts including heavy metal band Pantera and country mega-group the Zac Brown Band, which is close to being a sellout. If you can’t make it out to the Amp, Dan + Shay are performing at The Event Center at the Turning Stone Resort Casino on Saturday and Mastodon and Gojira will perform at the Upstate Medical Arena at the Oncenter War Memorial on Sunday night. Away from the music scene, the Inner Harbor is hosting a Taco and Margarita Festival, Camillus honors its Erie Canal heritage at its annual Tow Path Day, and Long Branch Park hosts the 80th annual Central New York Scottish Games.
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PanteraGrammy-nominated heavy metal band Pantera is the latest music act to play at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview during this very busy summer. Special guest Lamb of Gog opens the show on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Led by singer Phil Anselmo, Pantera rose to fame in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with thrash metal hits like “Cowboys from Hell” and “Walk.” Tickets are available from Live Nation.
Where: 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse
When: Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Music group Bell Biv DeVoe performs at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2018 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, June 10, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.Scott Roth | Invision/AP
Bell Biv Devoe to perform at New York State Fair (PS; Tampone)
Bell Biv Devoe will perform at the New York State Fair later this month.
The show will take place at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 at the fair’s Suburban Park. Bell Biv Devoe is best known for hits including “Poison” and “When Will I See You Smile Again?”
The group last performed at the fair in 2021 and before that in 2014.
Like all of the concerts at the fairgrounds during the run of the fair, the show is free with admission to the fair, which costs $6 for adults and is free for kids 12 and under and seniors ages 65 and up.
“It’s always an honor when artists of this magnitude want to come back to The Fair and give the audience another performance to remember,” Sean Hennessey, interim fair director, said in a news release. “Bell Biv Devoe is recognized as pioneering icons in the world of R&B, and their brand of new jack swing is beloved. This will be a great show for those who love classic R&B and hip hop, and those who appreciate singing along with hits too. We’re thrilled to be hosting Bell Biv DeVoe again this year.”