Coming off of one of the worst recessions in our history, America has struggled to bounce back in its economic and spiritual recovery. High unemployment rates, budget cuts, layoffs and a lack of growth have sapped the spirit from a once-booming economy. For many, the hard work and can-do spirit that once brought with them the promise of the American Dream, have only led to disappointment. For others, the dream survives despite the woes of our economy.

Changing America covers a wide variety of topics centered around the past and next decades in America. Topics range from the environment, military and dating in the digital age.

Picture Health - The stories included on this website focus on healthcare activities in Central New York, ranging from physicians to patients and many points between.

President Barack Obama made a promise to help veterans, urban sprawls, disabled citizens, legal immigrants, small businesses and the environment. He made all these promises during one of the worst financial times in our nation’s history. The unemployment rate in Syracuse is more than 8 percent, 3 percent higher than a year ago and nearly three times that of nine years ago.

Competitive spirit: The force that drives people to push their minds and bodies to the limit, beyond pain or weakness.

Our "Southside" stories are an indirect contribution to Syracuse University's South Side Initiative. The university has partnered with a coalition of neighborhood residents in an effort to restore, revitalize and rejuvenate the community.