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This photo illustration shows how the Van Duyn retirement home paid approximately $60 million between 2016 and 2020 for goods and services to four outside companies controlled by one of the retirement home owners. (Photo illustration, Christa Lemczak/Getty Images)

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How the Syracuse retirement home injected $60 million into the owner’s businesses: A network of businesses controlled by one of the owners of the Van Duyn nursing home charged the struggling facility about $60 million to provide food, management and other services from 2016 to 2020 Efraim Steif, co-owner of Van Duyn, has a financial interest in the four companies to which the retirement home outsources services. NY Attorney General is investigating whether this practice in Van Duyn undermined resident care.

Police experts point out the good, the bad of the Syracuse police arrest of an 8-year-old child: A video of an 8-year-old boy being arrested by three Syracuse police officers for stolen Doritos exploded online last week, sparking criticism of police by some and debate over how it should have been handled. | The Post-Standard interviewed three law enforcement experts — including a former New York City officer — about the incident. Here’s their take on what went right and what went wrong.

Covid cases stabilize in Onondaga County, but 4 more die: Four Onondaga County residents have died of Covid-19 in three days, Onondaga County reported Monday. That brings the total for April to 12 Covid deaths, the same number as the whole of March but far less than the 55 in February. The number of new Covid cases has begun to stabilize in the county, although the rate remains among the highest in the state.

Schumer visits Syracuse, asks for more money to fight gun violence:U.S. Senator Charles Schumer visited Syracuse on Monday to say he was pushing for more money for community organizations working to stop children from getting guns as cities across the countries are seeing an increase in armed violence. Invest in anti-violence programs “will be paid back many times over with greater peace in our communities, less violence, fewer injuries that need to be taken care of,” Schumer said..

Look forward

The food truck season is about to start in CNY: Central New York food trucks are about to enter their high-traffic season. While individual trucks have been out since warmer weather returned, large gatherings of mobile food vendors begin this week. Here’s a preview of upcoming food truck gatherings in the area.


West Genesee vs. Fayetteville-Manlius Tennis – April 25

West Genesee vs Fayetteville-Manlius boys tennis at West Genesee High School, Camillus, NY, Monday, April 25, 2022. Marilu Lopez Fretts | Collaborating photographerMarilu Lopez Fretts

FM OPENS THE SEASON WITH WIN OVER WEST GENNY: The Fayetteville-Manlius boys’ tennis team opened its season with a 7-0 win over host West Genesee on Monday in a Salt City Athletic Conference Metro Division contest. Results, more photos. (Photo by Marilu Lopez Fretts)

The SU men will end the season unranked for the first time in over 45 years: The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team ends its season on Sunday against another Top 10 team. It ends a historically bad year for the men of Orange, who head to their final game unplaced in the national polls for the first time since 1975.

Another offseason change for the SU women’s basketball roster: Syracuse’s women’s basketball program is undergoing a massive roster overhaul for the second straight offseason. It’s not as unprecedented as the loss of a dozen players last year, but Orange have had a significant number of incoming and outgoing transfers over the past three weeks.


In short

Judge changes bond, possibly releasing accused 15-year-old shooter a month before murder trial

Howie Hawkins of Syracuse will campaign for governor of New York, his 4th try

Home sales in central New York fell again in March

Elon Musk to buy Twitter for around $44 billion and take the company private

Busy day for the Air 1 helicopter: a man with a bag of drugs, ATVs gone crazy, a drunk driver in the woods

New York judge scorns Trump and fines him $10,000 a day for withholding documents

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