Messy fight over Columbus statue blurs political lines; more top stories (Good Morning CNY for Sept. 8)

 Messy fight over Columbus statue blurs political lines; more top stories (Good Morning CNY for Sept. 8)

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NEW LIFE FOR QUIRKY OLD MANSION? Growing up in Syracuse’s Strathmore neighborhood, Chris LaBerge couldn’t help but notice a grand old mansion that had fallen on hard times on West Onondaga Street. LaBerge and local developer have agreed to buy the 129-year-old home for $25,000 from the Greater Syracuse Land Bank. They plan to redevelop it into a mixed-use building, at an estimated cost of nearly $2 million. Take a look inside. (Rick Moriarty photo)

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Battle over Columbus statue blurs political lines: For almost a year, supporters of Syracuse’s Columbus statue have waged a war on Ben Walsh — one that’s become increasingly political as a mayoral election…

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