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Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Earth Day!

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. Prior to this, there was virtually no environmental movement. Factories pumped toxins into the air, recycling was almost non-existent, and gas guzzling vehicles were the norm. The seeds of the modern movement had been planted, however, with the publishing of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1962. This book raised the public's awareness of pollution and its effect on health. In 1969, water pollution and chemical waste disposal came to the attention of the public, after the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire.

Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was deeply concerned about environmental issues. After witnessing the Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969, he began planning for the first Earth Day. This was during the time of Vietnam War protests and teach-ins, and Nelson thought he could bring the problems of pollution into the public consciousness by organizing similar types of teach-ins. He hoped that by shining a spotlight on environmental issues in this way, there may be a chance of bringing them into the realm of national priorities, where they had yet to be seen. He announced Earth Day at a conference in Seattle in September of 1969.

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Four-star transfer Dakota Leffew, who visited Syracuse basketball last weekend, will visit another top suitor on Saturday. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Basketball: 4-star transfer target Dakota Leffew continues to go on visits (itlh; Adler)

Mount St. Mary's senior guard Dakota Leffew, a four-star transfer who visited Syracuse basketball last weekend and has the Orange among his finalists, is reportedly going to visit one of his other top suitors on Saturday.

The X account 24/7 High School Hoops, led by recruiting insider Sam Kayser, said in a post on X that the 6-foot-5, 185-pound Leffew will visit Southeastern Conference member South Carolina on Saturday.

Mount St. Mary’s guard Dakota Leffew (@Kotaleffew1) tells @LeagueRDY he’s visiting South Carolina tomorrow.

Leffew has recently taken visits to both Syracuse and Villanova. He’s also considering Pitt, Georgia and Xavier.

He averaged 17.6PPG, 4.3RPG, 3.9APG and 1.5SPG this…
— 24/7 High School Hoops (@247HSHoops) April 19, 2024

Leffew has also visited Villanova. There has been a lot of stuff floating around social media and chat rooms about Leffew's recruitment, including the potential involvement of NIL dollars in his ultimate decision.


Villanova had an offer for around $450-500k to Dakota Leffew.

Villanova has shifted their focus to Jeremy Roach and made him their top target.

Roach had Nova in his Top 4 coming out of high school. His primary recruiter? Kyle Neptune.

It is unclear if Villanova’s…
— No Destination (@no_destinationn) April 17, 2024

Syracuse Basketball: 5-star Donnie Freeman huge rankings jump into top 15 nationally (itlh; Adler)

has published its final national rankings for the 2024 class, and Syracuse basketball five-star commit Donnie Freeman made one of the largest leaps around the country, the latest reflection of his stellar senior year for a powerhouse program in the Sunshine State.

The 6-foot-9 Freeman, an elite power forward from Washington, D.C., catapulted 41 spots to No. 11 around the country in the final 2024 update, according to Rob Cassidy, who is the basketball recruiting director for that media outlet.

Freeman, who recently earned high praise from NBA scouts and recruiting analysts at the college and high school levels for his performances during the McDonald’s All-America game and other festivities surrounding that annual event, has proven one of the biggest stock-risers in the high school senior cycle over the past year or so.

As Cassidy noted, Freeman “is hitting his stride at the exact right time.”

Syracuse basketball 2024 five-star commit Donnie Freeman is on a roll.

Cassidy and other recruiting experts have said throughout the 2023-24 season that Freeman is an athletic and versatile power forward who has vastly improved his long-range shooting, defends and rebounds well, excels out in transition, and can effectively score in a variety of ways in the paint and further out.

Former Syracuse basketball big man Maliq Brown commits to Duke (PS; $; Ditota)

Maliq Brown announced Saturday he is transferring to Duke.

The former Syracuse basketball center/forward went into the transfer portal on April 2. Various media outlets reported he would visit Duke this week.

Brown became a crucial piece for the Orange last season, playing big minutes before eventually landing as the SU starter at center when Naheem McLeod went down with a season-ending injury.

Brown, who is 6-foot-8, averaged 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, but was a do-it-all big man who landed on the ACC’s all-defensive team. He shot 69.8% overall and 72.8% on 2-point shots. In limited attempts (7-of-18), he shot 38.9% from the 3-point line.

He was among the most efficient shooters in the nation, according to

When the Orange lost 86-66 to Duke last season in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Brown scored 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds.

Former Syracuse basketball players Jason Hart and Tony Bland hired as assistants at Kentucky, Washington (PS; $; Waters)
Former Syracuse University basketball players Jason Hart and Tony Bland have been hired as assistants at Kentucky and Washington, respectively, according to reports.

Hart is expected to join new Kentucky coach Mark Pope’s staff. Hart spent the last three years as the head coach of the G-League Ignite.

Hart played at Syracuse from 1996 to 2000. He scored over 1,503 points and remains the school’s all-time leader in steals with 329. He played for nine different NBA teams in a 9-year career, including one year as a teammate of Pope’s on the 2000-01 Milwaukee Bucks.

After his playing career ended, Hart went into coaching; first at the high school level and then as an assistant at Pepperdine. After one year there, Hart joined Andy Enfield’s staff at the University of Southern California. He stayed at USC for eight years before taking the head coaching job with the Ignite. The NBA doesn’t plan to continue its experiment of using the Ignite as a training program for younger draft prospects who seek an alternative to playing in college.

Clemson Basketball Lands Huge Transfer Commitment from ACC School (; MacRae)
Brad Brownell and the Clemson Tigers continue to excel in the transfer portal. The Tigers added a huge transfer Sunday from another ACC school.

Boston College guard Jaeden Zackery committed to Clemson Sunday. Zackery averaged 11.3 points for the Eagles last season.

Clemson fans should be very familiar with Zackery, he ate the Tigers up twice last season. In their Jan. 13 meeting at Littlejohn Coliseum, he scored 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting and had six assists, though Clemson won the game.

Zackery and BC avenged their earlier loss to the Tigers, as he dropped in 22 points and had three assists in an upset victory over the Tigers in the ACC Tournament.

A three-year starter at BC, Zackery averaged 11.3 points and 4.2 assists per game this past season.

This past season, the scored more than 20 points four times. He season-high was his 22 points against Clemson.

Zackery set a career-high 63 steals on the defensive end of the court, while also shooting 41 percent from three-point range.

The rising senior, averaged 10.4 points per game as a freshman and 10.7 during his sophomore season. He had 57 steals–then a record at BC–as a freshman and 48 during his sophomore season.



Reed Granger | Contributing Photographer

Grace Ferguson who is part of the “Luna and The Carpets” duo instructed the crowd to “get low” during the build-up in “Liar,” one of their songs. The band was performing at Walnutpalooza — where students enjoyed music all afternoon for charity.

Walnutpalooza brings student musicians, local vendors together for a cause (DO; Boehm)

At last year’s Walnutpalooza, the student-run music festival’s headliners were predominantly male artists. Many female indie groups who focus on live performances were overlooked, said performer Grace Ferguson, one half of the musical duo Luna and The Carpets. At this year’s festival, many female artists like Ferguson took the stage.

“We’re seeing a resurgence, like Froggies, Luna and The Carpets, Nancy Dunkle, XO, the list goes on and on and on and on,” said the other half of Luna and The Carpets, Anjali Engstrom. “Even seeing the difference in the lineup this year versus last year demonstrates that change in the house show scene.”

Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity and Redgate, a live music venue, co-hosted its second-ever Walnutpalooza on Friday. The event included Syracuse University student bands and musicians along with various clothing and food vendors. All proceeds were donated to the Children’s Miracle Network, which supports children’s hospitals and families of children with medical issues.

Food trucks like Bob Barkers, which serves hot dogs and burgers, and Callé Tropical, which serves empanadas, parked outside of Phi Kappa Theta to serve eventgoers throughout the afternoon. Other vendors included different vintage stores, like The Vintage Yard, who returned to the event. It usually sells a variety of thrifted clothing and SU merch in front of a house on Madison Street.

“We did so well. The student body showed up so much last year that we were like, ‘We’ll definitely come back,’” Andrew Rainbow, who runs the clothing shop, said.

Before making NY Mets debut, 6-time MLB All-Star to play in Syracuse this week (PS; $; Owens)
The New York Mets signed slugger J.D. Martinez to a 1-year, $12 million deal last month, but a bad back has kept the six-time All-Star from playing in the majors this season.

Martinez is reportedly getting close to suiting up for the club — but before heading to Citi Field, he’ll make a detour through Syracuse. reported on Sunday that Martinez will be the designated hitter for the Syracuse Mets on Tuesday and Wednesday when Syracuse faces the Columbus Clippers at NBT Bank Stadium. Game time for both games is 6:35 p.m.

The 36-year-old Martinez was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI on Sunday for the single-A St. Lucie Mets. He is scheduled to fly north on Monday, according to, and join Syracuse for two games. He’ll then be re-evaluated and could join the major league club Friday when New York hosts the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field.

Martinez is a 13-year MLB veteran; the Mets will be his sixth team. He hit .271 with 33 home runs and 103 RBIs for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2023. It was the fifth time in his career that he had more than 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in a season.

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