October brings a spike in Covid deaths in Onondaga County; more top stories (Good Morning CNY for Oct. 25) – syracuse.com

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2021 Mountain Goat Race in Syracuse

MOUNTAIN GOAT RACE RETURNS: Nearly 1,200 runners finished the 10-mile Mountain Goat race Sunday in downtown Syracuse. There were also 86 two-person relay teams this year. Because of Covid-19, the race was moved to the fall for the first time in its 43-year history. Click to see more photos, as well as results for every runner in 10-mile race. (Dennis Nett photo)

What’s Trending

Covid-19 deaths spike in October: October is likely to be the deadliest month for Covid-19 in Onondaga County in at least eight months — since the tail end of the winter surge. In the first 22 days of October, 39 people died of the respiratory illness, according to county data. That’s already equal to the number who died in all of September. And, tellingly, this month has been far deadlier than October 2020.

Area’s “Best and Brightest” honored: They excel in academics at the very top level. They work to make Central New York and the world a better place in big and small ways through volunteering and their leadership. Many are dedicated to sports, make amazing art, or make us laugh or cry through their writing, films and work in the theater. Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard on Friday honored 21 high school seniors chosen this year for the Best & Brightest Awards. Meet the winners.

Father of cinematographer killed on set: “I don’t hold Alec Baldwin responsible”: The father of Halyna Hutchins, a 42-year-old cinematographer who was shot with a prop gun and killed on the set of a movie filming in New Mexico, says he doesn’t blame actor Alec Baldwin for her death.

Looking Ahead

Traffic alert: I-81 ramp closed today: Heads up, morning commuters: The I-81 southbound ramp to Salina Street downtown will be closed this morning, a New York State Department of Transportation official said.

The 2021 Upstate NY grape harvest: Big, juicy and plentiful: Remember this past summer, when it seemed to rain every day? A reminder can be found now in the vineyards of the Finger Lakes and other Upstate New York wine regions, where a warm and wet summer has led to a grape harvest that is full of big, juicy berries.

Sports

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Syracuse Orange wide receiver Damien Alford runs for the game-winning touchdown catch in the final minute of SU’s game at Virginia Tech on Saturday. (Hannah Pajewski photo)

Late comeback lifts Orange over Hokies: It was another close call for the Syracuse football team on Saturday. This time, though, it was the Orange that came out on top. Garrett Shrader tossed two touchdown passes in the final 3 minutes to lead SU to a dramatic 41-36 win at Virginia Tech.

Observations from SU basketball scrimmage: The Syracuse men’s basketball team unveiled its 2021-22 roster Friday night in the Carrier Dome in an intrasquad scrimmage designed to introduce the Orange to paying fans for the first time in about 19 months.

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