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In our Winter issue, our cover story is on David Hills, who works as an outreach worker with S.N.U.G. — guns spelled backward. After serving prison time himself for a shooting, he now strives to stop people from killing.
Click on the cover image to view the full pdf or pick up a copy this weekend when our 39th issue comes out.
Find out how to become a paid contributor to The Stand
Next year, The Stand will offer two General Interest meetings at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, and again at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17.
These free sessions will be held at the South Side Communication Center located at 2331 S. Salina St. Each session will provide an opportunity to submit story ideas, ask questions and learn how to become a paid contributor.
Federal program could give South and Southwest sides help they need
City officials began applying last month to a federal program that would designate parts of Syracuse’s South and Southwest sides as a “Promise Zone.” The distinction would give those areas preference for certain federal programs for a 10-year period, according to the city’s director of research, Janet Burke.
“It would make us more eligible for tax credits, jobs, and job readiness and training programs,” Burke said. “The goal is to get all people out of poverty and into affordable housing, get jobs and continue education.”
David Hills overcame criminal past to work to defuse violent situations
A few weeks ago, two men ready to end each other’s life called a truce over a mediated meal. They’d exchanged bullets before trading words: One had put bullet holes in the van of the other. One had shot at the other several times.
“These guys are killers, literally. We know that they have bodies underneath their belts. But, they were going at each other’s heads, and we interrupted that,” said David Hills, one of the mediators in the situation who detailed the negotiation that started with individual talks to the men.
“I know when a person wants to reach out, sit down and wants to squash something. I can sense it.