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Rochester remembers Padre Tracy: 'He made us what we are'

Many in Rochester are mourning the loss of Father Laurence Tracy, who died early Thursday morning due to complications from ALS. Tracy, a Catholic priest, called the North Clinton Avenue neighborhood home his entire life. He spent many decades fighting to reduce poverty, drug use and sales and to provide better educational, housing and employment opportunities, particularly for the local Latino community. He considered himself a Puerto Rican at heart and says he became close with the...

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New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is running in the four-way Democratic primary for state attorney general after former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned in May over accusations that he physically assaulted women he dated.

It’s a short campaign season before the Sept. 13 primary. Now that Congress is in recess, the 52-year-old Maloney, who represents portions of the Hudson Valley, has stepped up his campaign schedule, with daily events across the state.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Pope Francis calling for a worldwide abolition of the death penalty;
  • The Violence Against Women Act, and how to recognize signs of abuse;
  • LGBTQ representation in television and film;
  • The legacy of Fred Rogers.


With students heading back to high school and college, September will bring even more traffic on area roadways, and AAA is stressing safety when school is back in session.

The auto club is offering its License to Learn program, which provides classroom instruction, driving lessons and the necessary materials for teen drivers to take the state road test.

AAA recommends teens get plenty of practice behind the wheel and be willing to accept instruction and feedback about safe driving from adults and driver education instructors.

A recent article in the New York Times is touting creativity as a new "cure" for the midlife crisis. The Times reports that creativity has emerged as a popular antidote for boredom and a way to find meaning and purpose. Many people in their 40s and 50s are picking up their paintbrushes, learning to sing for the first time, or revisiting passions from their youth. The moves have helped these emerging or re-emerging artists combat anxiety and depression, reinvent themselves, or even breathe new life into a decades-long career.

This hour, we're joined by local artists from a variety disciplines, who share how their passions helped them find new meaning both personally and professionally. In studio: 

  • Jack Feerick, critic-at-large for popdose.com, and current lead singer for Roscoe's Basement
  • Laura Fleming, licensed clinical social worker, comedy improvisor, and quilter
  • Jack Baron, president and COO of Sweetwater Energy, and member of the band, You Don't Know Jack
  • Lorraine Fusare, dabbler in the arts

It has been almost four years since the First Fill Ceremony for the Inner Loop. Significant portions of the Inner Loop East Project have been completed, and Rochester residents are now seeing at-grade, complete streets at the old sites. Along those sites are a number of new buildings, and there are plans for more residential and retail development.

This hour, we talk about development along the former Inner Loop and what it means for our community. Our guests discuss housing, transportation, parking, and how to create more connected neighborhoods. In studio:

  • Bret Garwood, chief operating officer for Home Leasing
  • Bill Price, landscape architect, urban planner with SWBR, and president of the board of directors for the Community Design Center Rochester

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the remark he made earlier in the week that America "was never that great" was "inartful."

Cuomo made the comment while criticizing President Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again."

It prompted Trump to tweet that Cuomo was having a "total meltdown."

In a conference call with reporters Friday, Cuomo emphasized that America has always been great, but where Trump is taking this country is the antithesis of American greatness.

Feeding the food insecure this summer

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Foodlink, the food bank serving the 10 county region, has started it’s sixth “BackPack” program, part of the annual Fill the Bus campaign.

Communications manager Mark Dwyer says shoppers at area Wegmans can pick a food bag at the checkout line to donate to Foodlink.

And that donated food will go to children in Foodlink’s service area who are at risk of food insecurity.

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(AP) — A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound check jam.

"We are still in shock," the band said in a statement on its website . "Our families are here, our gear is set, our tents are up. We keep waiting for someone to come over and tell us that there is a solution, and that the festival can go on. Unfortunately, it is not possible."

Drunk driving crashes are on the decline in New York State, according to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. But at the same time, the number of crashes involving drug impaired drivers is on the rise.  Now the state is increasing the numbers of highly trained officers who can identify the signs of drug-impaired driving.


(AP) New York state now prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning booths.

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law on Thursday following passage by the Legislature earlier this year.

The state had already barred anyone 16 or younger from tanning booths, which expose users to ultraviolet radiation and can increase the risk of skin cancer.

Raising the minimum age for tanning booths has the support of the American Cancer Society, which says indoor tanning devices are particularly dangerous for young people who may not be aware of the risk.


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It was just after 7:30 p.m. on July 26 when dispatchers heard Jeremy Stoke's mayday call. The fire inspector had been in his pickup heading to evacuate a neighborhood in northwest Redding, Calif., when he was trapped by the blaze himself.

Only silence answered the dispatchers' replies. They found Stoke's body the next day.

A prominent outside group supporting House Democrats is out with a new ad attacking top House Republican leaders as a scandal-plagued trio following in the mold of disreputable party predecessors.

The new ad, called "Answer," opens with old news footage of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich while a menacing male voice says, "They've shut down the government," before reminding viewers of unsavory moments for each of the three Republicans vying for the top House leadership spots.

A federal judge has sentenced Esteban Santiago to life in prison for carrying out a 2017 shooting in a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., airport that killed five people and injured six others.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom called Santiago's attack "85 seconds of evil" when she announced the sentence Friday.

Santiago had accepted a plea bargain, admitting guilt on 11 charges in exchange for prosecutors declining to seek the death penalty.

Nearly a year since Myanmar began its bloody crackdown on the Rohingya, driving more than 700,00 members of the Muslim minority group to flee, the U.S. is sanctioning several high-level commanders and units in the country's armed forces.

The Treasury Department announced the penalties Friday, saying they're part of a "strategy to hold accountable those responsible for such wide scale human suffering."

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From the Inclusion Desk

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Luticha Doucette always knew she wanted to be a scientist, even if no one else thought she could do it.

"I was very much discouraged from going into the sciences. People would be like, 'Well, don’t you want to be a teacher?' And I would be like, yeah, teachers are great, but that’s not what my heart was in."

University of Rochester Medical Center

A local autism researcher is being remembered as a pioneer in the field whose work significantly changed the approach to autism spectrum disorder.

Tristram Smith died of a heart attack on Monday. He was 57.

“His brain was a national treasure,” said Susan Hyman, M.D., chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at URMC. “It was because of his work that families could have the hope that their children would gain skills. It really has changed how we in Rochester and nationally treat young children with autism."


Laurel Hunter spells her last name, "H-U-N-T-E-the sound a pirate makes."

She has a lisp and is the daughter of a deaf adult.

"I can’t always hear the difference between certain sounds," she says. "That means partly that I can’t hear accents and partly that I can’t say my own name!"

Schools across the country are making their classrooms more inclusive to people with disabilities by including things like appropriate desks and interpreters, but how a classroom sounds can have a big effect on who can learn in it.

Edward Steinfeld is a professor of architecture and Director for the Center of Inclusive Design and Environmental Access at the University at Buffalo.

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