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Election Day

Orrin, center, and Ridley Merizzi help their dad, Dana, right, place his vote at the Fleming Fire Department 1 polling place on election day.

HIT: To the inclusion of state funding for the early voting proposal being pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Among the budget proposal amendments put forth Monday by the executive branch was $7 million for county elections boards to implement early voting, which would provide people the opportunity to vote in person ahead of the general election day. Early voting is used widely throughout the country, and it's shown to help improve participation, which should be everyone's goal in a representative democracy.

For counties in New York state already shouldering a heavy load of unfunded state spending mandates, being forced to pay on their own for early voting isn't a fair or reasonable burden. The governor's amendment changes that, and for us, that should put this measure on a path for approval.

MISS: To a disturbing case in Cayuga County Court last week.

The Cayuga County District Attorney's Office said a convicted rapist pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted arson Friday in connection with a case in which he terrorized a woman with an ax and crossbow and lit her on fire inside a garage where he was living in Brutus.

HIT: To the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team, which snapped out of a bit of a funk with an impressive week.

After dropping games on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3, SU defeated Louisville on the road on Feb. 5, probably the team's highest quality win of the 2017-18 campaign. The Orange followed that with a home victory Sunday against Wake Forest.

The win over the Demon Deacons also secured Syracuse's 49th straight winning season, a streak unmatched by any program in the nation.

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