A bad hire puts Vera House on the defensive; more top stories (Good Morning CNY for September 2)

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SPECIAL TIME: 38 Special’s Jerry Riggs gets lost in the music at the start of Thursday’s performance at the New York State Fair. The Southern rock band, formed in 1974, gave the crowd 90 minutes of classic hits, including ‘Hold On Loosely’, ‘Caught Up In You’, ‘Rockin’ Into the Night’ and many more. More photos from the show. (Picture Charlie Miller)

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NYS Fair Attendance Surpasses Half a Million: 74,120 people entered the New York State Fair on Thursday, bringing the 9-day total to 559,797 – easily surpassing the first nine days of last year. But the overall numbers are still lower than pre-pandemic numbers.

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A bad hire puts Vera House on the defensive: Vera House is where Meaghan Greeley found healing as an abuse survivor and found guidance and inspiration for her counseling career. Now that same organization is in Greeley’s crosshairs. She is the author of a petition calling for the resignation of Vera House senior management after it became public knowledge that the agency – which for decades served victims of sexual and domestic abuse – knowingly hired a registered sex offender to work with clients. Agency management has twice apologized and promised changes, but such a public error of a place that serves victims and is staffed by survivors is not easy to undo.

Micron is building a chip factory in Idaho – but CNY isn’t out of the running for another: Micron Technology Inc., one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies, announced Thursday that it will build a $15 billion chip manufacturing plant near its headquarters in Boise, Idaho. New York State and CNY officials tried to persuade Micron to build a massive semiconductor factory at White Pine Commerce Park in Clay. Thursday’s announcement doesn’t change that, as a source said the Idaho plant isn’t the same facility that was being considered for the Clay location.

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Case Closed: Horrific Syracuse Murder Remains Unsolved 26 Years Later:One of the most cruel, disturbing and brutal crimes in Onondaga County history took place 26 years ago on September 1, 1996. The murder of Carol Ryan remains a mystery. “This is a case that begs justice,” Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. Our press team continues to report on this tragedy. Did you know Carol Ryan? Your information, no matter how small, could help solve this case.

New York State Fair

Are taxpayers getting their money’s worth with Event Center? An Air National Guard exhibit joins a children’s play area, tourist kiosk and cafe inside the sprawling Expo Center, the largest building at the New York State Fairgrounds. It opened in 2018, is 110,000 square feet, and has been described as the largest clear span building north of New York between Boston and Cleveland. It’s a popular place to beat the heat (it’s air-conditioned) or wait out a rainstorm – but it cost taxpayers $63 million, leaving many wondering: are we getting our money’s worth?

Behind the scenes with the fair’s unsung heroes: The New York State Fair is a joyous respite from the ordinary for the hundreds of thousands of people who pass through its doors each year. But beneath the shiny surface are the people doing the unglamorous work that makes this big, wild festival so colorful. The strong man. The farmer. The meat. The dancer. Here are the stories of some of the fair’s unsung heroes.

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Sports

Westhill vs. Clinton in Girls Soccer – September 1

Marilu Lopez Fretts

WESTHILL OPENS THE SEASON WITH A SHUTOUT VICTORY: Members of the Westhill women’s soccer team celebrate a 3-0 victory over Clinton in the season opener for both teams on Thursday. “It was a good win for us,” said Westhill coach Pat Connors. “Clinton was a tough opponent.” Story of the game, 75 photos. (Photo Marilu Lopez Fretts).

Oronde Gadsden goes where SU needs him: Oronde Gadsden, fielding as a wide receiver, was listed as Syracuse’s No. 1 tight end on the depth chart for Game 1 against Louisville. The 6-foot-5, 216-pound sophomore revealed this week that he will play more of a flexible receiver role instead of acting as a more traditional, blocking tight end. “If I have to go tight end, running back, quarterback, safety, it doesn’t matter,” Gadsden said. “Wherever I need to go to win the game.”

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