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Pedestrian hit by car on Burnet Avenue dies from injuries; friends remember his "heart of gold"


Scott Griffin's life can be reduced to a bunch of statistics.

On any given night, he could've been one of the 425 single adults staying in a homeless shelter in Syracuse. He, like millions of other adults in this country, was an alcoholic who struggled to stay sober, and Friday, he became the second pedestrian in a week to die after being struck by a car while walking in Syracuse. 

According to police, Griffin fell into the path of a car while crossing the street in the 600 block of Burnet Ave. shortly after 5 p.m. Feb. 27. 

While authorities have not yet confirmed Griffin's passing, his good friend John Tumino, founder of the nonprofit organization In My Father's Kitchen, said the hospital notified him Friday evening that Griffin had died. 

To his friends, Griffin, 57, was so much more than a statistic. A ringer for David Crosby from the band Crosby, Stills and Nash, Griffin was a man who often thought of others before thinking of himself. 


Meet the middle schoolers who have raised over $175,00 for pediatric cancer research

The Baldacious Baldies prepare for this year's St. Baldrick's Day fundraiser at Kitty Hoyne's in Syracuse. 

Onondaga Hill Middle School students who call themselves the Baldacious Baldies are leading the fundraising efforts at one of the nation's largest events to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

On Sunday, hundreds of men, women and children will fill Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant in Armory Square in downtown Syracuse for St. Baldrick's Day.

For 14 years, the pub has hosted the annual fundraiser, part of a national effort where participants raise money and shave their heads in solidarity with children battling cancer.  At Kitty Hoynes, the shaving starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m., turning out hundreds of new bald heads who "braved the shave."


Cons and Crochet: Auburn prisoners make hats, scarves and blankets for babies

AUBURN, N.Y.--Every Wednesday evening, after dinner hour is over, prisoners  at Auburn Correctional Facility return to their cells and wait for roll to be taken.

If there are no issues, the group of men who have been granted permission are led outside and across the prison yard to the section of the compound where classes are held.

They walk down the hallway, single file, and enter the large room that's been designated for the two-hour weekly meetings of the Veterans Group of Auburn, an organization that's been run for the past 31 years by prisoners who served in the military prior to their incarceration.