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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Juneteenth!

Although Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, it was not until after the war was over that slaves became free in Texas, possibly because the Proclamation could not be enforced there, or because news of the Proclamation had not been spread there. The war ended in April of 1865, but word did not reach Texas until the following month, and it was not until June that the Confederate Army in the area surrendered. On June 19th, Union General Gordon Granger read "General Order No. 3" in Galveston, which said all slaves were free. The next year freed slaves began celebrating not only the proclamation, but the freeing of all slaves in general, and gave the day the name Juneteenth. Over time the celebrations spread to other parts of the country. During the Great Migrations after World War I and World War II, when large amounts of African Americans moved north, they brought Juneteenth traditions with them. Although this helped spread the holiday, in some cases it made it harder for people to celebrate, as it was harder to take time off from work during the week at urban factory jobs than farm jobs. Juneteenth celebrations also were given a boost after the 1968 Poor People's March, when returning attendees brought the tradition back to their communities. By the 1980's and 1990's, Juneteenth celebrations were prevalent all around the country, and almost all states now recognize the day in some way. As of 2021, it has been recognized as a federal holiday.

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247 Sports publisher Mike McAllister joins Brian Higgins to discuss some of the players who recently committed to Syracuse football, which 4-star visitors from this past weekend could end up in Orange, whether or not Adrian Autry is done adding to the 2024 men's basketball roster, and more.

Donnie Freeman will attempt to put Syracuse back in the Olympics (; Burstein)

Thanks to an incoming freshman, Syracuse Men’s Basketball may be represented in the Olympics for a sixth straight time. Rising five-star freshman Donnie Freeman will suit up for his birth country of The Bahamas in an Olympic qualifying tournament in Valencia, Spain from July 2 to 7.

If the The Bahamas can finish at the top of a six team mini-tournament, the country will qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris later this summer.

While he has spent most of his life, and almost his entire playing career, in the United States, Freeman was born and raised in The Bahamas before moving to Washington, D.C. at age six. Now the power forward will represent his birth country on the senior national team level as they try to qualify for the Olympics for the first time.

One of two athletes committed to Syracuse in the 2024 class, Freeman saw a rapid rise in the 2024 player rankings over the past year. As a five-star, 247 Sports has Freeman as the second-best SU recruit in the website’s time tracking recruits. Now he has an opportunity to play at the international level.

Freeman would be the first Syracuse athlete, regardless of sport, to represent The Bahamas in the Olympics. And his team is not one to be taken lightly. Reported members of the team include NBA players Buddy Hield, Deandre Ayton, Eric Gordon and Kai Jones.

While Freeman has competed with some of the best high school talent in the nation, now he will have the chance to learn from some of the top talent at the professional level. And in the qualifying tournament, The Bahamas are guaranteed games against Finland and Poland, laying the ground for matchups with some of the top talent in Europe.


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Syracuse men’s basketball: the Orange’s future is all about swinging for the fences (TNIAAM; Chiappone)

For the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team, the future under head coach Adrian Autry is simple: go big or go home.

However it plays out, the class of 2025 recruitment cycle will serve as an inflection point for the future of the program with Autry — who is now entering his second year as the program’s coach. The eggs are clearly in the 2025 basket, and for Autry, landing a commitment from consensus four-star prospect Sadiq White is (hopefully) just the beginning.

Including White, Autry and the Orange have extended offers to four of the top-10 performers at this year’s annual NBPA Top 100 camp (per On3).

Five-star forward Chris Cenac plus four-star guards Kiyan Anthony and Acaden Lewis aren’t the only top recruits that Syracuse is after. In total, Syracuse has extended offers to 21 prospects from the class of 2025 — including one five-star and 15 four-stars, according to rankings from 247Sports.

Six of those offers from Syracuse are to recruits that 247Sports currently has ranked in the top-30. Those names include White (No. 24), center Malachi Moreno (No. 26), power forward Niko Bundalo (No. 30) plus guards Darius Adams (No. 17), Jerry Easter (No. 19), Darryn Peterson (No. 3). Many of those names Autry is targeting shined and then some at this year’s camp.

How Syracuse’s offseason played out over the past few months signaled Autry’s desired goal of assembling a loaded 2025 recruiting class.

This offseason saw abundant change for Syracuse — eight players from last year’s team are now gone. Returning starter Chris Bell remains the lone recruit from the class of 2022, the final recruiting class under former Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

Amid all those departures, Autry’s focus in the transfer portal centered on bringing in production without taking away spots on the team beyond 2024-25.

Each of Syracuse’s new incoming transfers — Eddie Lampkin Jr. (Colorado), Lucas Taylor (Georgia State), Jyare Davis (Delaware) and Jaquan Carlos (Hofstra) — all possess just one year of collegiate eligibility remaining.

Remaining competitive in 2024-25 will be an obvious desire for Autry and the Orange. Syracuse has a lot of new faces, but among them are five-star forward Donnie Freeman and four-star guard Elijah Moore. Both will be the first of the cornerstone pieces needed for Autry to build some sort of consistent foundation for the program.


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How Syracuse Basketball Can Take Advantage of its Schedule to Make 2025 NCAA Tournament (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball's 2024-25 schedule has a solid mix of elite teams, toss-ups and gimmes. The Orange need to keep the rebounding margin close with guys like Eddie Lampkin and Donnie Freeman, plus get special performances from JJ Starling and Chris Bell, to keep up with Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina, and Texas/Tech Tech. Adrian Autry can utilize the depth more against teams like Georgetown, Maryland, and Wake Forest. The Cuse also need to blow-out Cornell, Colgate, and Albany.Jackson Holzer gives you his thoughts about Syracuse's schedule next season on this edition of the Locked On Syracuse Podcast.

There are TWO KEYS for Syracuse Basketball in Pulling Upset Wins Next Season (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse); premieres at 10 AM today)

Syracuse Basketball's 2024-25 schedule has a solid mix of elite teams, toss-ups and gimmes. The Orange need to keep the rebounding margin close with guys like Eddie Lampkin and Donnie Freeman, plus get special performances from JJ Starling and Chris Bell, to keep up with Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina, and Texas/Tech Tech. Adrian Autry can utilize the depth more against teams like Georgetown, Maryland, and Wake Forest. The Cuse also need to blow-out Cornell, Colgate, and Albany.Jackson Holzer gives you his thoughts about Syracuse's schedule next season.

Syracuse men’s basketball: Oshae Brissett becomes first Orange alum to play in and win NBA Finals in 44 years (TNIAAM; Ostrowski)

No matter who their pro team is, Syracuse Orange fans all have one thing to celebrate from this year's NBA Finals.

Thanks to the Boston Celtics finishing off the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night, a title drought dating back decades has been broken. It has nothing to do with the team that won, but rather one of its players.

Oshae Brissett, who played two college seasons with Syracuse, recently became the first former Orange to check in to a Finals game since Marty Byrnes in Game 6 of the 1980 series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers. And with Boston clinching the series in Game 5, he's now the fourth alum to win an NBA title, joining Dion Waiters, Byrnes, and Billy Gabor. (Waiters was injured in the Lakers’ 2020 title run and did not play beyond the Western Conference semifinals.)

Brissett appeared in 10 postseason games this season, including three in the Finals, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 boards. His seven points in Game Four are the most of any SU alum in the Finals.

After the final buzzer on Monday, he shared an already-iconic moment with Celtics' star Jayson Tatum:


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Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics celebrates with Oshae Brissett #12 after defeating the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five to win the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden on June 17, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)Getty Images

Oshae Brissett becomes 4th Syracuse basketball player to win NBA championship (photos) (PS; $; Herbert)

The Boston Celtics won the NBA Finals on Monday night, making Oshae Brissett the fourth former Syracuse basketball player to win an NBA championship.

The Celtics defeated the Dallas Mavericks, 106-88, in Game 5 at Boston’s TD Garden to secure the franchise’s 18th title, breaking a tie with the Los Angeles Lakers for most in league history.

“It means the world,” said star forward Jayson Tatum said on stage after the team received the trophy from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “It’s been a long time. And damn I’m grateful.”

Tatum, who scored 31 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds, was visibly emotional as he hugged Brissett immediately when the game ended. Brissett played the final minute of the game, making his third appearance in the series.

Brissett, Billy Gabor, Marty Byrnes and Dion Waiters are the only four Orange alumni to win an NBA championship. Gabor, whose No. 17 jersey was retired by Syracuse University in 2009, was part of the Syracuse Nationals’ sole NBA championship team in 1955. Byrnes, who played at SU from 1974-1978, was part of the L.A. Lakers’ 1980 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Waiters was part of the Lakers team that won the “bubble” title in 2020.

All-CNY boys hoops standout commits to Gerry McNamara’s Siena squad (PS; $; Lacy Jr)

During the boys basketball season, Fulton senior Gavin Doty flirted with the idea of heading to prep school for another year before heading off to college but said if the right opportunity presented itself he wouldn’t turn it down.

That opportunity came in the form of a full scholarship offer to join head coach Gerry McNamara in his first year with Division I Siena.

Doty announced his commitment to the Saints over the weekend.

“I just feel like I didn’t need another year of prep school,” Doty said. “I feel like I’m ready for the college level and all the coaching staff believed that too and they think I’m going to come in and help their program and make an impact. So I believe that too and I just said, ‘You know what? I want to get to college and play ball already.”




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Syracuse house destroyed: 11 people hurt, 2 seriously. No one is left in rubble (PS; Moss)

Update Wednesday morning:
Update: child pulled from rubble in house explosion, dogs brought in from Albany to confirm no one left

Update: 7:30 p.m.: Syracuse firefighters have completed a search of the home and found no sign of anybody else in the collapsed structure, said District Chief Matt Craner, a fire department spokesman.

They are finishing more searches of the structure, he said.

Police were working with a list of 13 people who possibly lived in the house, Craner said. All 13 have been accounted for. Authorities originally believed up to 20 people lived there.

Editor’s note: This report below was updated at 6:50 p.m. with information from Syracuse officials and the fire department.

Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse firefighters are continuing to search Tuesday evening for two people possibly still trapped in a North Side home that collapsed three hours ago.

Nearly a dozen people were hospitalized after the home collapsed, officials said.

Multiple people called 911 shortly after 4 p.m. to report what sounded like an explosion at 205 Carbon St., Fire Chief Michael Monds said.

Syracuse native opening for Lainey Wilson grew up a mile from amphitheater (PS; $; Herbert)

Nate Felty grew up about a mile and a half from the Empower Federal Credit Union Amphitheater at Lakeview. The Syracuse concert venue didn’t exist by the time he moved to Nashville for his music career, but he’s excited to come back home and play in what feels like his backyard.

Felty, a 2007 graduate of West Genesee High School, will be playing the drums for Zach Top, who’s opening for Lainey Wilson at the Empower FCU Amphitheater on Friday night. The pavilion is nearly sold out, but a limited number of tickets (including lawn seats) are still available through Live Nation, VividSeats and StubHub.

Wilson is one of the hottest stars of country music today, drawing a record crowd of 53,200 fans to the New York State Fair last year. Her hits include “Heart Like a Truck,” “Things a Man Oughta Know,” “Watermelon Moonshine,” “Wait in the Truck” (with Hardy), “Go Home W U” (with Keith Urban) and the new single “Hang Tight Honey.”

Top is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter inspired by traditional country artists like George Strait, Keith Whitley and Randy Travis. Top currently averages 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, thanks to his new album “Cold Beer & Country Music.”

So how did Felty, who started out playing in Syracuse pop-punk bands like Circadian and Leylines, end up here?

Felty, 35, told | The Post-Standard that he was encouraged to play the drums by his music teachers in the West Genesee school district.

“They were very much the facilitators for allowing me to do what I do now so I thank them for showing me the drums in the first place,” Felty said in an interview Monday. “I had some great teachers there that really helped shape me.”

Music soon became his life’s ambition. He played concerts with Circadian at the original Funk ‘n Waffles on the Syracuse University hill and toured with Of Fortune & Fame when he was in Leylines.

“I love those guys I still keep in touch with a bunch of those guys,” Felty said.

An oral history of Syracuse’s wildest nightclubs from the dancers, DJs and divas who were there (PS; $; Croyle)

When Susan Campbell turned 19 in 1989, she celebrated her birthday at Suburban Park, the Syracuse nightclub on Bridge Street and Erie Boulevard.

“We got our big red hand stamps saying we could not drink,” recalled Campbell, although she admits to “a few sips in the ladies’ room from over-age friends” later, “and we danced all night in our high heels.”

The evening was the beginning of Campbell’s years of being a nightclub regular, so much so, that she had a weekly schedule down.

“From the moment I could get into clubs, I went,” she said.

Monday was at Sutters Mill. Wednesdays at Club Chameleon. Thursdays and Saturdays back at Suburban Park. Fridays and, sometimes Sundays, at Club 37 in North Syracuse.

Her friends and co-workers met up at these clubs to dance.

Campbell, who resides in the Strathmore neighborhood of Syracuse today, was one of the dozens of people who shared stories and memories from the heyday of Syracuse’s nightclubs in the 1980s and 90s.

There’s a cage dancer-turned-corporate exec. A dance-lover whose wild night led to 31 years of marriage. A limbo queen who got low in five-inch heels. A deejay whose record collection is in an Italian club. A bartender who now delivers babies.

Together, they make up a cross-section of a seminal moment in Syracuse’s nightlife history. Below are their stories – as best they can remember – from the after-dark era of Syracuse’s biggest clubs.

‘Wannabe music video dancers’

Susan Campbell calls herself a lover of dance and a “survivor” of Syracuse’s nightclub scene in the early 1990s.

Barnes & Noble coming soon to Destiny USA (PS; $; Doran)

Barnes & Noble bookstore is coming to Destiny USA, mall officials said today.

The bookstore will open in the former Banana Republic retail space, said Alannah Gallagher, spokesperson for Destiny USA. The space is on the second floor next to Lululemon, and is 7,700 square feet.

The bookstore plans to open in August, she said.

The New York City-based bookstore chain operates about 600 retail stores across the U.S.

Barnes & Noble has locations in DeWitt and Clay. It also has a bookstore in New Hartford near Utica.

The chain opened a bookstore in Eastview Mall near Rochester in February.

In 2023, Barnes & Noble opened more new bookstores in a single year than it had in the whole decade from 2009 to 2019. The bookseller expects to open over 50 new bookstores in 2024, according to the company.

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