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By Aaron Sortal
UPDATED at 12:45 AM, October 15 with student reaction
SYRAC– — USE, NY-Syracuse University was locked down for an extended period earlier this evening after a shooting took place near the campus. The University is no longer under the lock down as local authorities scramble to get a handle on the full extent of the situation.
At 8:29 PM, Syracuse University students received an email, followed by a phone call, from the Department of Public Safety to say indoors and not let anyone into their homes or dorms. What caused the closings was a homicide on Hope Avenue, a street close to the University campus.
A shooter was then thought to go into Oakwood Cemetery, at which point the University was put on lock down.
One person was killed and at least one other wondered in the shooting.
According to Alexa Torrens’s story in the Daily Orange:
“At about 9 p.m., a Syracuse police officer said it is believed at least one person is armed near Oakwood Cemetery, though the officers on the scene are unsure how many people total are in the area.”
Oakwood Cemetery is located directly behind Syracuse University with ESF, Day and Flint Halls closest to the scene.
The State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), located on Syracuse’s campus went into lockdown.
Students in Flint Hall were told to “turn their lights off”, according to the Daily Orange.
Other buildings were then encouraged to go into lockdown.
At 10:37 PM, students received an email from Department of Safety to “Be advised the emergency no longer exists and it is clear to resume normal activity. Continue to be diligent and report any suspicious activity.”
Currently it is unclear if the suspects involved were Syracuse students or had any connection to the university’s community.
Students Recount Confusion As Campus Became Aware Of Shooting
At 8:30 PM, Ellen Greene, an undeclared freshman from Massena, NY, was working the desk at Manley Field House, an athletic center near Oakwood Cemetery. It was there that she received the news that the campus was on high-alert.
Greene first didn’t think anything of it until her boss came over and moved her to an area with the rest of the students. “They seemed prepared for the situation,” Greene said of the reaction, which made her feel safe.
Watch: Video From Inside The S.I. Newhouse School of Communication During Lockdown
Across campus, there was miscommunication about what was happening.
Gabriela Robles, a freshman Public Relations major from Queens, New York, was locked in a classroom inside the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
The Syracuse Department of Public Safety (DPS) never called an official campus-wide lockdown, but they placed certain buildings on specific lockdown, for example, Flint Hall and Day Hall located closest to the scene were locked down.
Newhouse was far from the situation, but students inside experienced the miscommunication.
Robles said that Newhouse was “locked in”, meaning that no one could get in but they could leave. Students were then moved to a large space- the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, with the rest of the people in the building.
Robles said that students were told they were encouraged to stay in certain areas, but were also told they could leave.
“No one knew what to do,” Robles said. “So they just stayed put.”
Watch: Live student TV broadcast coverage of the developing situation
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Sunday February 14th is Valentine’s Day and many Miami restaurants have special menus to help you dine with the one you love. Please call ahead to confirm details and to make reservations. In many cases, a la carte options are also available.
Here is MIAbites Weekly Nibble of food and dining events over the next week.
Valentine’s Day and Weekend:
Metropolitan by COMO is offering a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu at The Traymore Restaurant and Bar on Sunday, February 14th.Chef Juan Loaisiga invites locals, visitors and hotel guests to experience the sumptuous menu, created especially for couples who wish to end their special day gazing into each others eyes over a candlelit dinner within one of South Florida’s most romantic restaurants. The four-course Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu at The Traymore Restaurant and Bar is priced at $75 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and alcohol) or $120 per person with a wine pairing with each course. Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. 305-695-3555
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster– is featuring a 4 course prix fixe Valentine’s brunch menu all weekend for $75 pp that includes plenty of oysters, caviar, champagne and other New England seafood delights, including red velvet whoopie pies. Full A la carte menu also available. Izzy’s Fish & Oyster 423 Washington Ave. Miami BeachFL. (305) 397-8843
Byblos sets the mood for love and romance with a special four-course Valentine’s Weekend menu. On Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th, guests can indulge in a choice of appetizer, including Organic Artichoke & Lemon Labneh, Uri Buri Shrimp, or Charred Beets before divulging in their second course with a choice of Octopus Kataif, Roasted Cauliflower, or Creamed Spinach Pide. For their third course, patrons can choose between delicious Day Boat Black Cod, Yufka Rolls, and Hand Roll Couscous. For dessert, guests have a choice between Krembo, Yogurt Mousse, Walnut Fudge, Revani, Hibiscus Chocolate Truffle, and Meyer Lemon Sorbet. The menu is $85 per person and a wine pairing option is available for $150. The a la carte menu is also available. Byblos Miami 1545 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139305 508 5041.
JW Marriott Miami’s Executive Chef, Alex Paz, invites couples to share a romantic dining experience at the Trapiche Room. Menu highlights include Black Truffle and Taleggio Potato and Chocolate Dusted Prime Filet with Stone Crab Risotto. The delectable experience finishes with a decadent Red Velvet Rum Cake. The romantic dinner on February 14th is priced at $80 per person with the option of wine pairings for an additional $25. JW Marriott 1109 Brickell Ave. Miami FL
Bazi– Featuring Chef Michael Pirolo’s bold flavors and exciting Asian-inspired dishes, Bazi is offering a five course prix fixe tasting menu for $75 per person. The Valentine’s Day feast kicks off with Dressed Oysters served with white ponzu, blood orange, and cucumber, followed by Sweet Potato Dumplings, a popular dish with chicken, fermented black beans, and Thai basil. The dinner continues with Shrimp & Crab Udon topped with pea tendrils, ginger, and soy; while the fourth course offers a choice of Miso Marinated Grouper with bok choy & sake burre blanc or Grass Fed New York Strip Steak with miso butter & miatake mushrooms. Cap off the evening with a sumptuous Molten Chocolate Bowl prepared with passion fruit and Thai basil anglaise. Bazi The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. (305) 695-0101.
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana– Lincoln Road’s upscale Northern Italian eatery will offer several dinner specials this Valentine’s Day, including Carpaccio di Tonno – tuna carpaccio with avocado sauce, lemon dressing, baby water cress, and radish salad ($26). Entrée selections feature Polenta ai Funghi con Tartufo – creamy truffle polenta with mix mushrooms, truffle sauce, and 2 grams of fresh black truffle shavings ($37); Gnocchi Pesto E Gamberi – white gnocchi with pesto, pine nuts, and shrimp ($27); Turbot con Vongole e Caviale– pan fried turbot with manila clams, water cress fumet broth, and 3 grams of Calvisius caviar ($47); and Costate Di Agnello con Salsa ai Funghi – rack of lamb with beech mushroom sauce ($49). Quattro 1014 Lincoln Road. (305) 531-4833
Meat Market– Lincoln Road’s hot steakhouse, is getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with some special touches, including a rose giveaway for the ladies as they walk through the door and delectable MM chocolates for couples at their end of their meal. The restaurant will be offering their regular lunch and dinner menu save for a few romantic additions, such as “His & Hers” specialty cocktails ($14) and Lanson Pink Rose Champagne ($75) to mark the occasion. Lunch ends at 3:30 PM and dinner begins at 6 PM. Valentine’s Day specials will also be available at Meat Market Palm Beach. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. (305) 532-0088 Meat Market Palm Beach is located at 191 Bradley Place. For reservations, please call (561) 354-9800
The Dutch– award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini’s roots-inspired American restaurant, is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with a three course prix fixe menu designed with couples in mind.Priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the dinner comes with a complimentary glass of champagne and features a variety of creative dishes and desserts. The Dutch at The W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL (305) 938-3112
Macchialina– Miami Beach’s rustic Italian eatery, will offer a delectable five course prix fixe tasting menu for $75 per person. Chef Michael Pirolo created custom dishes including Dressed Oysters with burrata and caviar and a first course featuring Yellowfin Tuna Crudo topped with avocado, preserved lemon, and truffle. The evening continues with Truffled Risoto with salsify & porcini, Veal Cheek Crepinette with prosciutto, sage, and braised cabbage, and for dessert Molten Chocolate Cake topped with pistachio and cherry. Macchialina 820 Alton Road on Miami Beach. (305) 534-2124.
Michael Mina 74– This Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable night at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Delight your date on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the hotel’s contemporary American Bistro, Michael Mina 74, where there will be options that include a special prix-fixe menu, wine pairings Lovebirds can enjoy a lavish four course prix-fixe menu for $250 per couple. Add wine pairings (as listed below) for an additional $100 (*$350 per couple). For guests that want to swoon with their beloved under the stars, this menu can be served in a romantic private cabana for $500 per couple. Michael Mina at The Fontainebleau. 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL.
As the Boat Show sails out of town, the 10,000+ foodies arrive for the beginning of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on Wednesday 2/24- Sunday 2/28.
Wednesday February 24th-Sunday February 28th– The South Beach Wine+Food Festival kicks off the weekend with newly added Taste of Fort Lauderdale featuring Robert Irvine hosting Seaside Eats at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. And continuing throughout the weekend with dinners, a DJ party and Bloody Mary Brunch with the cast of Chopped. For full Taste Fort Lauderdale series info go to Taste Fort Lauderdale link here http://www.sobefest.com/events.php?cat_id=33. You can read more about SOBEWFF which continues thru Sunday 2/28 on MIAbites link here http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/1/30/sobewff-2016-wine-food-miami-miami-beach/
Wednesday February 24th– Crawdaddy Wednesdays at The Federal is kicking off early this year. The fourth annual throwdown will launch this Wednesday, February 10 and will be held weekly through the end of spring. The traditional boil, priced at $15 per pound or $50 for five pounds, is served with taters, corn and andouille sausage. Bottomless beer and bubbly will be offered at an additional $20 per person. The Federal 5132 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL305 758 9559
Thursday February 25th– Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne Miamibegins its 2016 Winner Dinner Series with a special event not to be missed: an evening of Alsatian cuisine and wine hosted by owner Jean Trimbach from Alsace’s acclaimed Trimbach Estate. For almost four centuries the Trimbach family has been promoting the exceptional history, terroir and wines of the Alsace region. The Trimbach portfolio pairs beautifully with classic dishes from the region, such as Chicken Oyster and Snail Fricassee and Milk Fed Suckling Pig. Thursday, February 25 7pm reception | 7:30 pm dinner$125 per person + tax & gratuity. db Bistro Moderne255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131 305 421 8800.
New and Ongoing:
Izzy’s Fish & Oyster– A welcome addition to the lunch scene, Izzy’s is now open for lunch and the casual, New England seafood eatery is offering such lunchtime favorites as fresh oysters, lobster rolls, blue crab salad rolls, grouper and many more options to transport you to a seaside beach shack in Cape Cod. Izzy’s 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach FL. (305) 397-8843.
( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please check ahead to confirm details and prices. )
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A man was able to get on a flight from Atlanta to Chicago with a loaded semi-automatic handgun without being detected by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials.
According to Blake Alford, the man who accidentally brought the gun on the flight, the incident took place on November 5th- less than a week after a Russian flight was was reportedly bombed out of the sky by ISIS.
“How could the TSA not have spotted it?” Alford, 67, told the Daily Mail Online. “Especially as it was just a few days after the Russian plane blew up.”
Alford told the Daily Mail that he didn’t realize that he had taken his gun- a Ruger .380 semi-automatic pistol on the flight until he pulled it out of his backpack after arriving at this destination.
“If we find that standard procedures were not adhered to, we will retrain employees as necessary to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures. When our employees fail to meet standards, we hold them appropriately accountable,” the TSA said in a statement obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The incident is sure to raise eyebrows across the security community, especially in light of the events of the terror attacks in Paris last Friday.
WATCH: Man brings loaded gun on flight and TSA didn’t know.
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