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

Welcome to April Fool's Day!

Telling someone they have a spot on their shirt when there isn't one, putting a whoopee cushion under their seat, or putting a "kick me" sign on their back—there are countless practical jokes and pranks that can be played on people. On April Fools' Day, these pranks are in full force, and many a person is sent on a fool's errand.

It isn't exactly known how the day started. One prominent theory says that it started in France in 1564, after New Year's Day was changed to January 1 that year. Those who wanted to continue celebrating the old new year around Easter became known as "April fools," and tricks and jokes were commonly played on them. Although France started beginning their years on January 1 in 1564, they didn't adopt the Gregorian calendar until 1582, and some sources claim this may have been the year that April Fools' Day started. Either way, an early prank in France was to put a paper fish, known as a poisson d'avril, meaning "April fish," on someone's back. It represented an easily caught fish, which was a symbol for someone who is gullible. The tradition still takes place today.

SU News


Heritage Panthers class of 2026 four-star athlete Demetres Samuel Jr. announced his commitment to Syracuse University on Sunday. The class of 2026 ATH received nearly 20 offers and chose the Orange over the University of Florida, Minnesota, and Nebraska. ( image)

Heritage Panthers 4-Star Athlete Demetres Samuel Jr. Commits to Syracuse University - Space Coast Daily (; Rodriguez)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Heritage Panthers class of 2026 four-star athlete Demetres Samuel Jr. announced his commitment to Syracuse University on Sunday.

The class of 2026 ATH received nearly 20 offers and chose the Orange over the University of Florida, Minnesota, and Nebraska.

Samuel Jr. can do it all. Last season he saw action on offense, defense, and special teams. In 2023 he concluded his sophomore campaign with 5 interceptions and 440 purpose yards.

Samuel Jr. is ranked among the Top 80 Recruits in his class and is the fourth-ranked ATH according to On3.

Happy Easter @CuseFootball
— Demetres Samuel JR (@demetres_jr) March 31, 2024

SU football lands first commitment for Class of 2026 (PS; $; Axe)

Syracuse football coach Fran Brown is already looking well into the future, landing his first verbal commitment for the Class of 2026.

Demetres Samuel Jr. (6-foot-1, 190 pounds), a versatile prospect from American Heritage in Palm Bay, Florida, verbally committed to Syracuse on Saturday night, he wrote on social media.

He also had offers from Florida, Illinois, Iowa State, Minnesota, Marshall and Nebraska among others. He is unrated on the 247Sports composite. On3 rates Samuel Jr. as a four-star prospect while Rivals rates him at three stars.

Samuel Jr. took an unofficial visit to Syracuse earlier this week and was in attendance at an Orange spring practice on Thursday.
— Demetres Samuel JR (@demetres_jr) March 31, 2024

“Coach Fran is building an SEC type of program at Syracuse,” Samuel Jr. told On3. “I watched practice on Thursday and I love the environment and what the coaches and players are doing. Coach Fran is changing the program. Everything is evolving at Syracuse and that is why I committed to them.”

Syracuse’s 2025 class, which includes one four-star prospects, is ranked No. 15 in the country and second in the ACC by 247Sports. The Orange is one of 10 ACC schools that has a commitment from at least one four-star recruit.

Verbal commitments are not binding until a player signs a National Letter of Intent.

Syracuse football recruiting: 2025 running back Bo MacCormack commits to the Orange (TNIAAM; Wall)

The Syracuse Orange football program keeps picking up the 2025 verbal commitments this Spring.

Massachusetts running back/athlete Bo MacCormack became the 9th player to commit to Fran Brown.

Committed . Extremely grateful for family, friends, and coaches who have helped me get to this point. @FranBrownCuse @CoachNixon_Cuse @CoachDRedd @CuseFootball @Coach_Willey_FB
— Bo MacCormack (@BoMaccormack) March 29, 2024
The 6’ 195 pound MacCormack plays for Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, a top prep school in Massachusetts. Last season he scored 31 touchdowns and had a game where he ran for 431 yards and scored 9 touchdowns.

While he isn’t currently rated by any of the main recruiting sites, MacCormack had offers from Boston College, Rutgers, and Nebraska.

The Juice Online - Syracuse Recruiting Roundup: 4/1/24 (; Kang)
Syracuse continued to host recruits as spring practice rolled into its second week. Some committed, while others walked away with a changed impression of the school.
We spoke to each of them about their recent visits.


6'2" | 180 LBS | ATH | 2026

"I want to build something new. I want to make a dynasty."

6'2" | 200 LBS | PRO QB | 2025

"The campus was beautiful. It just felt like a place where I could definitely be for the next four years."


5'11" | 200 LBS | RB | 2025

"I loved the coaching staff and the way they do things."


5'10" | 195 LBS | RB | 2025

"It definitely changed my perception on Syracuse in a positive way."


5'11" | 192 LBS | RB | 2025

"Coach Brown has changed the culture and mindset of the program."


6'0" | 174 LBS | WR | 2026

"I really love the practice and how they competitive it was."


6'2" | 217 LBS | RB | 2025

"He was telling me how I have a great chance of starting there since I’m physically ready."

Syracuse football 2025 class in top 15 nationally - deeper dive on commits' rankings (itlh; Adler)
Despite new head coach Fran Brown and his staff only taking over the Syracuse football program in early December of last year, they quickly managed to put together a 2024 class that is in the top 40 at the high school level and in the top 30 via the transfer portal.

As stellar as they did in 2024, Brown and his assistants could be poised to do even bigger things with their 2025 cycle, which is already off to a fast start.

When running back/athlete Bo MacCormack from Massachusetts verbally committed to the 'Cuse on Friday, that gave the Orange at least nine verbal pledges to date among high school juniors.

At the time of this writing on Saturday evening, the Syracuse football 2025 class checked in at No. 15 around the country, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. This 'Cuse cycle was also inside the top 40, per both and the On3 Web site.

Now, to be fair, these team rankings will ebb and flow as others haul in more commits. These ratings also factor in both how many commits a squad has, and the individual rankings of those pledges. So the Orange's 2025 class will fluctuate based on additional commits it lands, as well as what other programs do in this cycle.

DT w/ Syracuse DC Elijah Robinson on Football Alumni (youtube; video; DT)

DT w/ Syracuse DC Elijah Robinson on Football Alumni
Marlowe Wax, Jr, on having Fran Brown as Syracuse HC (youtube; video; DT)

Marlowe Wax, Jr, on having Fran Brown as Syracuse HC
Syracuse Football is building a "SEC PROGRAM" - Fran Brown Brings in TOP-80 RECRUIT Demetres Samuel (youtube; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Football is building a "SEC PROGRAM" - Fran Brown Brings in TOP-80 RECRUIT Demetres Samuel

ACC News

Florida State, Clemson Test Antitrust and Contract Attack on ACC (; Ebert)

One of the largest college sports conferences, the Atlantic Coast Conference, is defending aggressive antitrust and contract theories brought by Florida State University and Clemson University, two football powerhouses, and is fighting for home-field advantage in a North Carolina state court.

The stakes are high for the ACC and other conferences, which could see more claims like these from disgruntled teams if the conference doesn’t successfully beat them down. In these suits alone more than half a billion dollars in television broadcast rights and contract penalties are on the line.

On March 22, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Florida State University faced off in the North Carolina Business Court as teams of lawyers argued whether the school’s nearly $600 million fight to exit the conference should be heard in the ACC’s home base of North Carolina or in Florida state court.

Both the schools and the conference are banking on shaky legal theories, lawyers say, where the choice of venue could help tip the scales.

The ACC preemptively filed a lawsuit in North Carolina to bar FSU from leaving the conference. FSU followed with its own litigation in Florida state court. Those suits’ core issue—whether fees to exit the conference are so high that they’re illegally anti-competitive or unconscionable—was complicated by a pile-on $140 million complaint filed on March 19 by Clemson University in South Carolina state court echoing FSU’s claims.

“The Clemson complaint was very carefully, strategically located. They’re trying to pick up whatever is left if Florida blows it up,” said Peter Carfagna, the director of the Sports Law Clinic at Harvard Law School. “It’s almost like a pincer attack.”

Courthouse Sprint

Learning that FSU was planing to sue, the ACC fired first in North Carolina on December 21, 2023. The Tallahassee-based university was planning to break deals it entered with the conference over the last 13 years, the suit said, endangering an organization earning 14 universities hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

The next day FSU fired back with its complaint in Florida, arguing that “draconian” exit fees and rights to game broadcasts lock schools into a conference that’s underperforming. Poor leadership, they claim, also led to FSU’s undefeated college football team missing out on last season’s playoffs and the payouts that came with that opportunity.

“Those failures have coalesced with the ACC’s efforts to effectively deprive ACC members of their fundamental right to withdraw” from an “unconscionable” contract or face monetary penalties “that are unparalleled in the history of college athletics,” the school said in its amended complaint.

The universities claim that the ACC’s long-term TV deals have lost the conferences’ teams hordes of cash compared with the deals struck by other conferences. The ACC is locked into broadcast deals through 2036 with payouts dwarfed by the cash received by schools in other conferences, such as the Big 10 and the SEC.

The ACC contract mandates universities who leave the organization forfeit cash from game broadcasts for the next 12 years, along with a withdrawal penalty of $130 million, totaling $572 million, FSU claims. That makes the exit fee an unlawful restraint on trade, FSU says, arguing these deals limit market competition and violate state antitrust laws—laws that recently the Florida Attorney General leveraged to squeeze a deal that could equate to $80 million in penalties for Spirit Airlines when the company sought a merger.

Clemson hammered home that ACC members make roughly $30 million less per year than schools in the Big 10 and SEC, and with penalties far higher than the SEC’s $45 million fee for defectors. The Big 10 does not levy a fee on schools that leave.

“Judged against these comparators, the Withdrawal Penalty that the ACC insists a member institution must pay to leave the Conference today has ballooned to a point that was unimaginable in 2012, and is unconscionable, unenforceable, and in violation of public policy, especially when sought to be imposed on a public university like Clemson,” the school said.

‘Only So Long as it Chooses’

However disadvantageous the deals may look, the ACC argues that the schools signed on to these agreements, making them “irrevocable” and “exclusive” through 2036.

It cannot be that Florida State is “bound by a contract only so long as it chooses,” the conference said in its amended complaint.

Hal K. Litchford, a senior counsel at Baker Donelson and antitrust expert, said a contract isn’t necessarily illegal just because the terms are harsh and prevent a party from seeking better terms on the open market. Such arguments are often the downfall of antitrust plaintiffs, he added.

“The allegation from the antitrust standpoint is the contract restrained FSU’s ability to make the best deal it can, but we don’t have a well-defined market,” he said. “FSU is being restrained from participating, but so is every other ACC school and every other SEC school and Big 10 school, so that’s not really a cognizable claim.”

Important official visits lining up or Boston College football. Hockey defeats Michigan Tech (youtube; podcast; Locked on BC)
Boston College football is off for the Easter break, but that isn't stopping the flow of news around the program. First off, recruiting is heating up with the first wave of official visits being announced. We look at the names and where the Eagles stand. Second, hockey had a big NCAA tournament win over Michigan Tech, and baseball sweeps Georgia Tech. Let's talk about it!
Best Trick Plays of 2023 CFB (RX; HM)

Best Trick Plays of 2023 CFB
It's that time again...

College Football Best Trick Plays 2023-2024

College Football Best "Trick Plays" 2023-2024 (HD)

Yes, Garrett Shrader's bootleg versus Purdue is in there, along with plays from FSU's win over LSU, Louisville versus Boston College, and Notre Dame's fake punt at Duke.

2024 Way Too Early Top 25 (YB) (RX; HM)

2024 Way Too Early Top 25 (YB)
Yes, I know what day it is, but I promise you this is not an April Fool's joke!

Yardbarker has released an updated "Way-too-early Top 25 for the 2024 NCAA football season", and it's... interesting.

25. SMU
SMU won nine straight and a league title in its final season in the American Athletic Conference in 2023 before losing to Boston College at the rain-soaked Fenway Bowl. Quarterback Preston Stone is expected back after throwing for 3,197 yards with 28 touchdowns and six interceptions before breaking his leg in the Mustangs' regular-season finale. He's also slated to have running back Jaylan Knighton (5.5 yards per rush, seven rushing TDs) and most of his offensive line return from a squad that averaged 38.7 points per game. Now, SMU will play in the Big 12, but the league is relatively open enough for Rhett Lashlee's group to make some serious noise.

24. Texas A&M

23. Louisville
Back to the ACC. The Cardinals were one of the biggest surprises in 2023, and a bevy of touted transfers for 2024 could see them successfully build on that 10-4 campaign, which included a spot in the ACC Championship Game. Tyler Shough (4,625 career passing yards, 63.2 completion percentage), the 25-year-old quarterback about to play for his third school in his seventh college season, is one reason for the excitement. So, too, is former Alabama receiver Ja'Corey Brooks (57 career receptions, 10 TDs). Meanwhile, Ashton Gillotte (11 sacks in 2023) and Mason Reiger (five sacks) are two formidable defensive ends.

22. Kansas

21. Arizona

20. N. C. State
Last season marked the fourth time in the 11-year Dave Doeren coaching era that NC State won nine games. And, with the 2024 version of the ACC not showing a clear preseason favorite, the Wolfpack might have a chance to finally win Doeren his first league title with the program, especially with transfer additions of former Coastal Carolina star quarterback Grayson McCall (10,005 career passing yards, 1,113 rushing yards, 106 combined touchdowns) and touted receiver Noah Rogers, who comes over from Ohio State. NC State's biggest schedule hurdles appear to be a date with Tennessee in Charlotte and trip to Clemson.

19. Kansas State

18. Florida State
The Seminoles went from 13-0, rally-around-the-CFP snub stars to bowl-season punchline following that awful 63-3 loss to Georgia in the Orange Bowl. The program was then slapped with reportedly significant NCAA penalties from NIL violations. Even more bad news for FSU came before that game, as a host of Seminoles bolted for the transfer portal. The good news: Mike Norvell is still coaching at Florida State, and he must find a way to get his group — whatever that looks like in 2024 — to move past the postseason frustration of being shunned by the CFP committee and the Georgia loss. DJ Uiagalelei (8,319 career passing yards, 1,132 rushing yards, combined 78 touchdowns) is back in the ACC and poised to lead the Seminoles offense. The defense will be young, but there is top-tier talent within the unit.

17. Clemson
Clemson has lost at least three games in three consecutive seasons, and 2023's 9-4 finish snapped a string of 12 consecutive years with at least 10 victories. The Tigers have not been part of the CFP since the 2019 campaign, but the ACC seems there for the taking in 2024. Of course, Clemson needs Cade Klubnik to essentially blossom into one of the country's top quarterbacks after he completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,844 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season. It would also help if he had an established supporting cast at the skill positions, because the Clemson defense is likely to be among the best in the league.

16. Oklahoma

15. Tennessee

14. Penn State

13. Utah

12. Washington

11. LSU

10. Oklahoma State

2024 ACC Spring Football Schedule (RX; HM)

2024 ACC Spring Football Schedule

From the ESPN press release of March 18, 2024...

ACC Network Announces 2024 Spring Football Coverage Plans

  • ACCN to air special UNC Tar Heels All-Access spring practice
  • First look at new head coaches at Boston College, Duke and Syracuse
  • ACC PM and ACC Huddle specials to surround Spring Football Season
ACC Network (ACCN), the 24/7 national platform dedicated to ACC sports, is the exclusive home for ACC spring football throughout April. 13 spring football games and one special All-Access practice will air live on either ACCN or ACCNX, the network’s digital platform, three straight weekends in April. All games on ACCNX will also stream on ESPN+.

The action kicks off on Saturday, April 6 with both the Clemson (1 p.m. ET, ACCNX/ESPN+) and NC State (2 p.m., ACCN) spring games.

Head coach Mack Brown and the UNC Tar Heels will hold a special spring practice on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. that will air live on ACCN. Coverage will include unique access and sound from players and coaches. Immediately following the UNC practice, fans will get a first look at newly hired Boston College head coach Bill O’Brien (Noon, ACCN) during the Jay McGillis Memorial Spring Game. Coverage continues throughout the afternoon with Georgia Tech (1 p.m. ACCNX/ESPN+), Pitt (2 p.m., ACCN), Virginia Tech (3 p.m., ACCNX/ESPN+) and Miami (4 p.m., ACCNX/ESPN+) spring games.

Louisville’s spring game will take place on Friday night, April 19 (7 p.m., ACCN). Coverage continues on Saturday, April 20, with Wake Forest (2 p.m., ACCN) and Virginia (2:30 p.m., ACCNX/ESPN+) in action. Reigning ACC Champion Florida State’s spring showcase will air live on ACCN at 4 p.m. Coverage of the spring season concludes with first-year coaches Manny Diaz and Duke (6 p.m., ACCN) and Fran Brown and Syracuse (6 p.m., ACCNX/ESPN+).

ACCN’s studio programming surrounding ACC football continues throughout the spring season. ACC PM will air a four-hour show with a special start time of 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, with live coverage of North Carolina’s Pro Day. Mark Packer will host from ESPN’s Charlotte studio alongside Eric Mac Lain and David Hale while Kelsey Riggs and EJ Manuel will report live from Chapel Hill.

ACC Huddle: Spring Football Preview with host Riggs and analysts Mac Lain, Manuel, Eddie Royal and Mark Richt will air on Tuesday, April 2 (10 p.m.). Following the spring football season, ACC Huddle: NFL Draft Preview (7 p.m.) and ACC Huddle: Spring Football Review (8 p.m.) will air back-to-back on ACCN Monday, April 22.

All spring football games on ACCNX will re-air this spring on ACCN.

2024 ACC Spring Football Schedule

DateTime (ET)EventPlatform
Thu, Mar 283 p.m.ACC PM: North Carolina Pro DayACCN
Fri, Mar 293 p.m.Virginia Pro Day*ACCN
Tue, Apr 23 p.m.NC State Pro Day*ACCN
10 p.m.ACC Huddle: Spring Football PreviewACCN
Fri, Apr 53 p.m.Duke Pro Day*ACCN
Sat, Apr 61 p.m.Clemson Spring GameACCNX
2 p.m.NC State Spring GameACCN
Mon, Apr 83 p.m.Wake Forest Pro Day*ACCN
Wed, Apr 109 p.m.ACC HuddleACCN
Sat, Apr 1310 a.m.North Carolina All-Access PracticeACCN
NoonBoston College: Jay McGillis Memorial Spring GameACCN
1 p.m.Georgia Tech: White & Gold Spring GameACCNX
2 p.m.Pitt Spring GameACCN
3 p.m.Virginia Tech Spring GameACCNX
4 p.m.Miami Spring GameACCNX
Wed, Apr 179 p.m.ACC HuddleACCN
Fri, Apr 197 p.m.Louisville Spring GameACCN
Sat, Apr 202 p.m.Wake Forest Spring GameACCN
2:30 p.m.Virginia Spring GameACCNX
4 p.m.Florida State: Garnet and Gold Spring ShowcaseACCN
6 p.m.Duke: Blue & White Spring GameACCN
6 p.m.Syracuse Spring GameACCNX
Mon, Apr 227 p.m.ACC Huddle: NFL Draft PreviewACCN
8 p.m.ACC Huddle: Spring Football ReviewACCN
TBDTBDFlorida State Pro DayACCN


MSN (; Buhler)Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi is not a fan of how Deion Sanders is going about rebuilding his Colorado football program at all.

Pat Narduzzi is a good defensive mind, but an even better complainer.
The outspoken head coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers let it be known during the ACC spring meetings in Amelia Island, Florida last week that he is not down with what Deion Sanders is doing at Colorado. Whether it be Mel Tucker at Michigan State, Lincoln Riley at USC or Sanders at Colorado, Narduzzi clearly despises those who use the transfer portal to their distinct advantage.

Here is what Narduzzi told 247Sports' Brandon Marcello about what he thinks about Coach Prime.
There is a loophole that allows first-year head coaches like Sanders to flip their roster. Essentially, he is afforded the right to cut players. It stinks for those kids, but he has to transform the worst Power Five program in the country, one that went 1-11 last season. Narduzzi is not afraid to ruffle some feathers with what he says to the media, just like Sanders is going to do his thing in Boulder.
As long as Sanders isn't doing anything illegal, he should be able to build his program as he wants.
Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi not a fan of how Deion Sanders is rebuilding Colorado
Minding one's own business is a great thing to do, but that's not always fun. Colorado has been largely terrible for the better part of two decades. The Buffs haven't been consistently good since Joel Klatt was their quarterback. Frankly, I would love to see CU return to prominence out west because who doesn't want to see a top-25 program with a live buffalo running onto the field?

But I can understand why Narduzzi is upset. Pitt is not a part of the ACC's Magnificent Seven, despite being a state school in a major football state. He is a good head coach, but he doesn't seem to have the resources or the support Sanders is getting from his athletic director Rick George at Colorado. As long as George and Sanders are in lockstep, this thing just might work.

Josh Pate On ACC's Biggest Questions In 2024 (Late Kick Cut) (youtube; podcast; Josh Pate)

Josh Pate On ACC's Biggest Questions In 2024 (Late Kick Cut)

FSU Football | Has ESPN Informed ACC It Will NOT Extend Contract? (youtube; podcast; Renegade Report)

FSU Football | Has ESPN Informed ACC It Will NOT Extend Contract? (; Springgate)

Ohio State is flexing its recruiting muscles after landing its fifth blue-chip college football prospect in the past three days. They’ve overtaken LSU for the No. 1 ranked class for the 2025 recruiting cycle after commitments from four-star wide receiver Tarvos Alford, four-star edge London Merritt, four-star wide receiver De'zie Jones, and most recently four-star defensive back DeShawn Stewart.

The Buckeyes already have two of the On3 Industry Ranking’s top-ten players in the 2025 class and now they’re hitting the gas pedal to build more talent in Columbus. Stewart and Jones announced within 24 hours of each other, both coming from DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, NJ.

Rutgers football beats out Penn State, Syracuse and others to land in-state 2025 recruit (; Iseman)
Rutgers football has added another in-state product to its 2025 recruiting class.

Renick Dorilas, a cornerback who spent his first three seasons at Union High School before transferring to Don Bosco Prep, announced on Sunday that he had pledged to Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights.

Dorilas, who has taken multiple visits to Rutgers, is a three-star recruit and the No. 19 overall prospect in New Jersey, according to the 247Sports Composite.

running back Kyle Monangai (5) and Rutgers Scarlet Knights quarterback Gavin Wimsatt (left) to celebrate the win against the Miami Hurricanes at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Smith-USA TODAY SportsMore
The 5-foot-11, 150-pound Dorilas had a strong list of offers, but in January narrowed down his top choices to Rutgers, Penn State, Syracuse, West Virginia and Tennessee.

Dorilas, the fourth member of Rutgers' 2025 recruiting class, ultimately chose to stay close to home.


Thousands in Syracuse look skyward during its last total solar eclipse in 1925 (PS; $; Croyle)

The excitement surrounding the total eclipse of the sun on Monday, April 8 is reaching a fever pitch.

It seems nearly everyone is talking about or planning what to do during this once in a lifetime event.

The last solar eclipse over Syracuse was nearly a century ago, on Jan. 24, 1925, a brisk Saturday morning.

Thousands looked to the heavens at what Sumner Blossom, editor of “Popular Science” magazine called “the most magnificent free show that nature presents to man.”

Here is a look back at how Syracuse and Upstate New York observed the eclipse.

This article was originally published on Aug. 14, 2017.

The last total solar eclipse to cross Upstate New York was back on Jan. 24, 1925.

"Astronomy, queen of sciences, threw her gauntlet into the lists of human circumstance Saturday and thousands paid homage to her greatness," The Syracuse Herald wrote the next day.

Thousands of people in Syracuse and Central New York viewed the "phenomenon of the century" and pronounced it "impressive, awesome, magnificent and inspiring."

There enthuasism was genuine. There had not been a Central New York total solar eclipse since 1726 and not another until 2024.


State officials say that signs cautioning people about eating fish from Onondaga Lake are sufficient to protect the public, but many people who fish aren't aware of the advisories. SYR

Botched testing leaves a mystery about progress of Onondaga Lake cleanup (PS; $; Coin)

It’s been nearly six years since we’ve seen a detailed look at how much toxic mercury remains in fish in Onondaga Lake.

Honeywell is required to catch and sample fish each year to prove its cleanup is working. But because of laboratory errors and bureaucratic delays, fish caught after 2018 have still not been tested.

That has left the public, and especially those who fish at the lake, in the dark about the safety of eating those fish. And the knowledge vacuum comes during a time when Honeywell, the state and the county have made fishing easier by opening more fishing sites around the lake.

“It’s a profound concern that the primary pathway to exposure, the biggest danger in the lake, is fish consumption, and we haven’t had data in several years,” said Alma Lowry, an environmental attorney who works with the Onondaga Nation. “And we’re busy building access points for people to fish?”

In the absence of results from Honeywell’s extensive testing, the limited evidence we do have hasn’t been encouraging. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s much more limited sampling, of just largemouth bass, has shown no decline in mercury levels.

It’s possible mercury levels in fish are ebbing, as DEC and Honeywell expect. But we don’t know that because Honeywell has fallen behind on its requirement to report to the state and the public how much mercury remains in the fish. And despite the years-long delay, Honeywell won’t say when the next batch of results is coming.

Reducing mercury levels in fish and making them safe to eat was the central goal of the lake bottom cleanup DEC ordered in 2006.

Onondaga Lake’s remarkable transformation: Once a cesspool, now at its cleanest in 100 years

“We did not expect people to be in direct contact with the contaminated sediments at the bottom of the lake,” Lowry said. “The concern was that the contaminants will work their way into the fish.”

DEC officials say the six-year data delay hasn’t changed its approach to tracking how well the cleanup is working.

“The delay in the availability of being able to publicly release the data from fish tissues collected in Onondaga Lake has had no immediate impact on DEC’s assessment and monitoring of Onondaga Lake water quality,” Dereth Glance, the regional director for DEC in Syracuse, told

Entertainment attraction closing at Destiny USA after 7 years (PS; Herbert)
An entertainment attraction is closing at Destiny USA after seven years.

The Museum of Intrigue, an interactive mystery-solving escape room-like experience, announced Friday that it will be leaving the Syracuse mall at the end of April. A finale event, “I Am the Sheriff Now: A Live Action Game,” will take place on April 19 starting at 6 p.m.

The museum will be open every Saturday and Sunday until April 20. All gift certificates for play passes will be honored until that date.

In a letter to customers posted on Facebook, owners said they had searched for a “suitable building large enough to house our dreams” but had been unable to find a new location.

“We want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for your unwavering support over the last 7 years,” the letter said. “Your enthusiasm and patronage is a large part of the magic that brings Intrigue, and this community of ours, to life. you have helped us reach others across the country, and for that we are grateful.”

The Museum of Intrigue opened in 2017 on the third floor of Destiny USA’s expansion area, near Regal’s IMAX movie theater.

The immersive experience was created by the producers behind the local escape room, “Escape the Estate,” and the popular Halloween attraction Frightmare Farms Haunted Scream Park. The Museum of Intrigue features actors, sets and clues in a museum-like location, and features elements of the escape room concept but removes the walls, gamemasters and time limits to provide all-ages fun.

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