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Bill Cosby Sentenced To At Least 3 Years In State Prison

Updated at 5 p.m. ET Editor's note: This story contains a graphic description of sexual assault. A Montgomery County judge sentenced disgraced comedian Bill Cosby to three to 10 years in state prison Tuesday, saying words of Cosby's main accuser Andrea Constand that the entertainer took her "beautiful, young spirit and crushed it" helped him reach his decision. "It is time for justice, Mr. Cosby," said Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill. "This has all circled back to you." The punishment,...

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What makes a political ad effective? A recent ad endorsing Democrat David Brill for Congress in Arizona has gone viral. It features a series of testimonials from voters who say Brill’s opponent, Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, won’t work for his constituents. Here’s the catch: those voters are Gosar’s siblings.

The ad has garnered a lot of attention, and is one of several that has sparked conversations about how to engage voters. This hour, our panel weighs in on political ads: what works, what doesn’t, and which ads stand out and why. In studio:

  • Adrian Hale, activist, veteran, and senior manager of workforce development/economic development and education initiatives at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce
  • Don Riley, vice president of Mark IV Enterprises

The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have led to renewed conversations about the #MeToo movement. President Trump recently tweeted his belief that any person who is sexually assaulted will immediately report it to authorities. That led to the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, with women across the country sharing why they chose not to talk to authorities when they were sexually assaulted or raped.

This hour, we hear from local survivors who are sharing their stories. In studio:

  • Ilhan Ali, intersectional feminist, standup comedian, and proud immigrant
  • Rachel Pazda, medical secretary and Navy veteran
  • Meaghan de Chateauvieux, CEO for Willow Domestic Violence Center


The West Irondequoit School District is crediting its anonymous tip line for helping lead authorities to find and then question a student who allegedly made a threat against the school Sunday on social media.

Superintendent Jeff Crane says the district's "Safe School Helpline" was set up last year, and it worked exactly the way it needed to work.

Junior League of Rochester

With 50 percent of children in Rochester living in poverty, one necessity that may get overlooked for the youngest of these children is diapers.

The Junior League of Rochester is one group that has been trying to curb the need, with Rochester’s only diaper bank. With this week being National Diaper Awareness Week, they want the community to pitch in and help.

Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein remained in his job on Monday afternoon after a visit to the White House that sparked a flurry of reports suggesting he might resign or be fired.

A person close to Rosenstein said he was expecting to be fired after the New York Times story on Friday about his early tenure in office. The deputy attorney general oversees the special counsel's Russia investigation, which has made Rosenstein's job security part of the long-running political battle over the probe.

First hour: Sexual assault survivors discuss #WhyIDidntReport

Second hour: What makes political ads effective?

Updated at 8:32 p.m. ET

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh says he isn't considering withdrawing following more allegations of sexual misconduct from decades ago, and he proclaimed his innocence in a new TV interview Monday evening.

"I'm not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process," Kavanaugh told Fox News' Martha MacCallum in an interview alongside his wife, Ashley.

Officials in the West Irondequoit School District say they are investigating a security concern after a call from a concerned citizen.

Authorities said on the district’s Facebook page that they have been working closely with Irondequoit Police, and had increased security at Sunday night’s football game in Victor, and that continued, along with a police presence, when the team returned to Irondequoit High School.

PR Unidos en la Distancia

This Wednesday will mark one-year anniversary of the devastation in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria.

Irene Sanchez is the president of PR Unidos en la Distancia or United in the Distance and says the island is still in crisis, and not much has changed in a year.

"And we here, the people in the diaspora, we feel the need to step up and try to be a voice for the people who are voiceless in Puerto Rico right now.

People gathered in Washington Square Park Saturday, reading the names of hurricane victims and sharing stories from the destruction.

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The University of Rochester Medical Center has received a multi-million dollar federal grant to fund new research into e-cigarettes.

There’s a public impression that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to conventional smoking, the university said, but precious little research has corroborated that idea.



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Justice Department official John Gore must sit for questioning by attorneys for the lawsuits over the citizenship question his department requested to be added to the 2020 census, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

A report on clerical sexual abuse in Germany released on Tuesday found thousands of cases of sexual abuse of minors by clerics in the Catholic Church between 1946 and 2014 – and warns that the actual number is surely higher.

The study looked at more than 38,000 sets of personnel records from the country's dioceses, as well as criminal records and interviews with those who say they were abused and clerics accused of abuse.

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

Twenty-seven years after testifying that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her, Anita Hill says she believes the upcoming hearing on an alleged sexual assault by the current nominee "cannot be fair and thorough."

As it stands now, the hearing cannot provide the senators "with enough information to reach a reasonable conclusion," Hill tells NPR.

Even as he was making plans to rent a Taipei apartment last week, it appears that Cody Wilson had already severed all ties with the controversial 3D gun printing company he founded in 2012.

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From the Inclusion Desk


Wegmans is partnering with a high-tech company to offer a new option for people who are blind or have low-vision.

The Rochester supermarket chain is working with a California-based tech company called Aira, a firm that uses artificial intelligence and augmented reality to remotely assist people who are blind or have low vision with a variety of tasks.

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The old Gates police substation in Westgate Plaza has sat empty for roughly a decade. But on Thursday, the Autism Council cut the ribbon for the station’s new life as the Autism Family Information and Referral Services Center.

The center is a one-stop shop for families, educators and people with autism who need help with education, employment or wellness. It doesn’t provide specific services, but staff there meet with drop-in visitors to send them where they need to go.


People with special needs will have access to new ID cards that state Sen. Pam Helming says will help them communicate with emergency responders.

The City of Rochester has adopted new, accessible construction guidelines.

Stephanie Woodward is the Director of Advocacy at the Center for Disability Rights in Rochester.

"It was certainly a windy road to get here, but the point is that we got here."

Woodward says the CDR has been working tirelessly with the city in order to make sure people with disabilities have access to accessible, affordable, and integrated housing in Rochester.

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