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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!

A simple combination of bread, cheese, and a little butter has become one of the greatest comfort foods ever created: the grilled cheese sandwich! Cheese and bread have been being combined since the ancient Romans, but it wasn't until the twentieth century that the grilled cheese sandwich began to take shape.

Two factors set the stage for the rise of grilled cheese: inexpensive processed cheese and sliced bread. James L. Kraft opened his first cheese plant in 1914 in Illinois. The following year he invented pasteurized cheese—cheap processed cheese that wouldn't spoil when it was being transported long distances. Shortly thereafter, in the late 1920s, sliced bread came on the market. The sandwiches made at this time often had names like "toasted cheese" and "melted cheese." Recipes had grated cheese with a binder such as salad dressing, white sauce, or mustard.

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Mount St. Mary’s transfer Dakota Leffew lists Syracuse basketball among his top 6 options (PS; $; Carlson)

Mount St. Mary’s transfer guard Dakota Leffew has trimmed his list of potential destinations to six schools, he announced on Instagram.

Syracuse is one of those six, along with Villanova, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Georgia and Xavier. He is scheduled to visit Syracuse this weekend. So is Delaware transfer Jyare Davis, a 6-foot-7 forward.

The Orange is also reportedly hiring Leffew’s former head coach at Mount St. Mary’s, Dan Englestad, to fill the assistant coach vacancy created by Gerry McNamara’s departure to Siena.

Leffew, who is 6-foot-5, averaged 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.6 steals last year for Mount St. Mary’s. He also shot a healthy 36.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc and was even better (38 percent) from deep during the previous year.

His team finished last season 13-19 (9-11 in the MAAC). He was named to the league’s all-conference first team.

Syracuse has playing time to offer at guard alongside returning starter JJ Starling. Both starting point guard Judah Mintz and backup Quadir Copeland will not return to the Orange. In addition to Starling the Orange is expected to have a healthy Chance Westry and return backup guard Kyle Cuffe Jr. Syracuse is also bringing in freshman guard Elijah Moore, known largely for his shooting.

The Orange has already plucked one expected contributor out of the transfer portal in
Colorado center Eddie Lampkin Jr.
Syracuse Basketball: 4-star guard transfer Dakota Leffew, to visit 'Cuse, names top 6 (itlh; Adler)
Mount St. Mary's senior guard Dakota Leffew, a four-star transfer who is set to visit Syracuse basketball this weekend, has cut his list of contenders down to a half-dozen. The Orange, unsurprisingly, made the cut.

Per On3 national reporter Joe Tipton, Leffew's top six include the 'Cuse, Villanova, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Georgia and Xavier.

NEWS: Mount St. Mary’s transfer guard Dakota Leffew has cut his list to six schools, he tells @On3sports:

South Carolina

The 6-5 senior averaged 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game this season. He will take his first…
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) April 11, 2024

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Leffew had a strong 2023-24 season for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference ("MAAC") school Mount St. Mary's, which went 13-19 overall this past term.

Leffew averaged 17.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game, while connecting on 43.0 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 76.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Syracuse basketball is in the top six of four-star guard transfer Dakota Leffew.

Per 247Sports, Leffew entered the transfer portal on March 18, which was the first day that the portal opened, and this current window will run for 45 days. Tipton reported on that same day that the Orange was one of numerous college squads which had reached out to Leffew.

Besides Leffew, Delaware senior forward Jyáre Davis, also a four-star transfer prospect, is also expected to visit the 'Cuse this weekend. Syracuse basketball coaches have secured on commitment to date via the portal, as last week, Colorado senior center Eddie Lampkin Jr., a four-star transfer prospect himself, pledged to the Orange.

Mintz will transition to ‘next phase in my career’ (PS; $; Waters)
In a social media post on his Instagram page, Judah Mintz announced that he would not be returning to Syracuse next year as he transitions “to the next phase in my career.’'

Mintz, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, led Syracuse in scoring this past season at 18.8 points per game. He finished third in the ACC in scoring behind North Carolina’s RJ Davis and Clemson’s PJ Hall.

In the video message to Syracuse fans, Mintz said the last two years at Syracuse “have been an incredible ride.’'

Mintz’s announcement confirms a report last week that cited sources saying that he would not return to Syracuse for a third season.

“I feel fortunate to have been able to add my name to the Syracuse family roster,’' Mintz said in the video. “I’ll always cherish my time in Central New York.’'

In both his Instagram post and on SU’s basketball social media account, Mintz indicated he would enter his name in the draft.

Mintz also entered the NBA draft last year after a stellar freshman season with the Orange. He participated in the NBA Combine, learning his likely status among NBA executives. He removed his name from draft consideration just prior to the NCAA’s deadline for players to return to school.

Early entrants have until April 27 to put their names into the NBA’s 2024 draft.

Judah Mintz announces departure from Syracuse (DO; Schiff)

Judah Mintz will not return to Syracuse next season, according to an announcement via social media. Syracuse men’s basketball announced that Mintz will be entering his name into the 2024 NBA Draft.

Following Mintz’s standout freshman season, he tested professional waters and participated in the 2023 NBA Combine. In two scrimmages, Mintz totaled a combined 22 points. He ultimately decided to return to SU for his sophomore season on May 31, 2023.

In what would be his final home game for the Orange on Feb. 27 against Virginia Tech, Mintz explained why he gave collegiate basketball another try:

“I just wanted to show that I’m one of the best point guards in the country. I wanted to be one of the best players,” Mintz said. “Whether somebody sees me as that or not, that’s what I’m trying to prove everytime I step on the court.”

In two years with Syracuse, Mintz averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 assists per game. During his sophomore campaign, the 6-foot-4 point guard surpassed 1,000 career points — a feat he managed in just 59 games, tied for seventh-fastest in program history.

This past season, Mintz earned Second-Team All-ACC honors this season. He also finished third in Atlantic Coast Conference scoring — behind North Carolina’s RJ Davis and Clemson’s PJ Hall — and ranked third in the ACC in assists (4.5 per game). Though Mintz began the 2023-24 campaign on preseason watchlists for the Cousy Award, Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award, he was not named a finalist.

Mintz now becomes the seventh player to leave Syracuse this offseason. He joins Justin Taylor, Quadir Copeland, Peter Carey, Maliq Brown, Mounir Hima and Benny Williams, who was dismissed from the program earlier this season.

As of the latest ESPN mock draft, Mintz is currently projected to go undrafted.

NIL era heralds demise of Division I college sports (Your Letters) (PS; Ruthig)

To the Editor:

Now that virtually all of last season’s Syracuse University basketball team’s starters have entered the transfer portal and apparently opted for more lucrative name-image-likeness (NIL) deals, one has to ask if we have reached the end of an era.

The exciting sophomore class that recently completed this season will not return to excite us again next season. No longer will we see teams grow and develop over four years. Growth of players like Syracuse native Danny Schayes from a freshman center into an NBA star will not be on our stage. Gone will be the days of Cinderella teams making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Relationships among players and between coaches and players will change. Coaches will have less time to devote to coaching basketball, football, lacrosse or skills in any other sport, as more time will be dedicated to recruiting and speculation about who will leave and available players to take their place. Coaches will have less pride in successful player development, and more frustration in “starting over” every year.

And what about the players? How will the college experience and development of life long friendships change for them? And then there is academics. Will fewer players earn degrees? Will more money that would have gone to the pursuit of academics now be funneled into NIL pools?

Soon college athletics at the Division I level will be ruled by a few large institutions that have the largest and wealthiest alumni associations committed to funding NIL pools. Is this good? Is this progress? Is this a healthy environment for true student athletes? I think not.

Alan Ruthig




Alec Baldwin, center, is pictured with Syracuse University students at SU's Newhouse School while filming a project for his late mother's cancer research fund Thursday, April 11, 2024. Photo by Justin Dalaba

Alec Baldwin films at Syracuse University to help mother’s cancer research fund grow (PS; $; Herbert)

Alec Baldwin visited the Syracuse University campus Thursday while in town on behalf of his late mother’s charity.

According to a spokesperson for the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, the Emmy-winning actor was filming a project with students at SU’s Newhouse School to help the Baldwin Fund grow beyond the search for a cure to breast cancer. The Baldwin family is now supporting funding for research to cure all cancers, starting with a $50 million campaign to help the Upstate Cancer Center achieve National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation — the gold standard for cancer programs.

The Baldwin Fund plans to officially launch a nationwide, fundraising campaign in the coming weeks with a social media challenge created by those students, the spokesperson said.

Baldwin hinted at the project with an Instagram photo of a vehicle wrapped with The Baldwin Fund’s logo and slogan (”Together we will find a cure”).

“Up in the Cuse with my sister, Beth, supporting my mom’s fund and legacy and fighting for a cure for breast cancer,” Alec wrote Thursday.

According to the Baldwin Fund’s website, raising money and helping making Syracuse’s Upstate Cancer Center an NCI-designated cancer center will help bring in experts to run clinical trials and grow cancer research programs at SUNY Upstate Medical University, as well as add infrastructure, such as new equipment and drug libraries, enhance operations of cancer researchers and support the educational missing of the Upstate Cancer Center.

Details about the campaign will be announced soon on the fund’s social media pages, @thebaldwinfund on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter) and Threads. For more information, visit

Alec Baldwin is an actor whose credits include “30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Departed,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Boss Baby,” “Beetlejuice,” the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, and an Oscar-nominated role in “The Cooler.” He visits family in Syracuse often and won the Syracuse International Film Festival’s Sophia Award last year.

Tone Loc performs at the Super Bowl Host Committee's House On Hacienda At Frooogs Camp on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)Getty Images

A very ‘90s concert is set for opening day at the 2024 NYS Fair (PS; $; Herbert)
Opening day of the 2024 New York State Fair will turn back the clock with a very ‘90s concert.

Digital Underground, Tone-Loc and Color Me Badd will share the stage at Chevy Court on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. The “90s Rewind” show is free with admission to the NYS Fair.

Digital Underground is the Grammy-nominated hip-hop group best known for the hits “The Humpty Dance,” “Same Song,” “Doowutchyalike” and “I Get Around” (with 2Pac), as well as introducing the world to rapper-actor Tupac Shakur. The performance will feature founding member Money B with Chris Clarke, a.k.a. Young Hump, a protégé of late DU frontman Shock G (a.k.a. Humpty Hump).

Tone-Loc is a raspy-voiced performer who had two top 10 hits in the late 1980s with “Wild Thing” and “Funky Cold Medina.” He also had memorable roles in ‘90s movies and TV shows like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “Posse,” “Surf Ninjas,” “Bebe’s Kids,” “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest,” “Blank Check,” “Heat” and the Fox sitcom “Roc.”

Color Me Badd is a Grammy-nominated boy band who sold more than 12 million records worldwide with hits like “All 4 Love,” “I Adore Mi Amor” and “I Wanna Sex You Up.” Mark Calderon is the only original member of the R&B/pop group appearing on this summer’s tour; former bandmate Bryan Abrams was arrested in 2018 for assaulting Calderon on stage during a reunion concert at the del Lago Resort & Casino in Waterloo, N.Y.

More than 15 concerts have been announced so far for the NYS Fair’s 2024 lineup, which will feature 39 total acts. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2024 New York State Fair will run from Aug. 21 through Sept. 2. National acts are expected to perform daily on the fair’s main stages; shows at Chevy Court will take place at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., while the larger Suburban Park will feature shows at 8 p.m. (There will be no afternoon shows at Suburban Park this year.)

2024 NYS Fair concert lineup

Aug. 21 at 1 p.m.: Chubby Checker at Chevy Court
Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.: Digital Underground, Tone Loc and Color Me Badd at Chevy Court

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