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The University of Rochester says it will give its first ever posthumous honorary degree to Frederick Douglass during commencement ceremonies on May 20th.  He will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

UR officials say the university has a rich connection to the famed abolitionist, since it is home to the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies as well as serving as a collection of record for Frederick Douglass materials.

State officials say that tool installation has begun on schedule at the AIM Photonics Test, Assembly and Packaging (TAP) facility in Rochester.

They also say that work on that photonics operation on Lake Avenue, near Eastman Business Park, is forecasted to come in $3.2 million dollars under budget.

This is all part of a more than $600 million effort with the federal government putting in $110 million  and the state and private sector among those entities that are making up the balance.

New York State has committed $250 million toward the project.

RTS is hoping to make riding the bus easier and more accessible in the coming years. But they need feedback from the community to do so.

On Friday, CEO Bill Carpenter announced the transit group would move into Phase 3 of the Reimagine RTS study. It’s doing the project with a consultant, Transportation Management and Design,  and now a draft of the report is ready for community members to weigh in on.

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The George Eastman Museum on Friday revealed the titles of the films being screened at the Dryden Theatre this weekend as part of the 4th annual Nitrate Picture Show

WXXI's arts & cultural contributor, Jeff Spevak has this overview of what to expect:

Paolo Cherchi Usai, head film curator at the George Eastman Museum and the festival programmer, says he is proud of the subtitle accompanying the fourth annual Nitrate Picture Show. It is a “Festival of Film Conservation.”

The sudden news about sweeping changes in Xerox’s management ranks has left a lot of questions as well as unsettling feelings for some employees.  

With the surprise announcement Tuesday night that Xerox CEO Jeff  Jacobson is stepping down, along with the board of directors Chairman and several other directors, it has raised questions about where the company goes from here. 

The agreement between Xerox officials and two major shareholders also puts the possible takeover by Fuji up in the air as well.

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Timing is everything. The announcement of an actual bricks, windows and door home for the Rochester Music Hall of Fame would have been the big surprise at any of the first six concerts honoring that year’s inductees.

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A performing arts center and residential complex that has been proposed for a key piece of land in downtown Rochester continues to generate a lot of discussion.

People from a number of groups gathered at the Parcel 5 site off Main Street on Sunday to make sure their voices are heard.

They gathered on Earth Day, and that was appropriate since a number of environmental activists are also part of a group called the Our Land Roc Coalition.

The City of Rochester is in the process of trying to make changes to the Nuisance Abatement laws that are now on the books. The law assesses points for various kinds of code violations, so that the city can take action regarding properties that are causing problems.

Rochester originally enacted a Nuisance Abatement law in 1985 and has made various changes since that time.  Mayor Lovely Warren is asking City Council to take steps to make changes that Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development, Baye Muhammad says will make things more consistent.

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Funeral services for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter are being held Friday at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and a number of notable political officials will be in attendance.

Among the most recent names mentioned, Former President Bill Clinton. It was previously announced that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be among those delivering a eulogy, along with civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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The City of Rochester and the owners of the Rochester Rhinos soccer team say they've reached a lease agreement.

David and Wendy Dworkin say while the efforts the past two months diverted a significant amount of time from their primary goal of using a one-year hiatus to solidify a foundation for sustained success, they can now shift their focus back to keeping professional soccer in the region, as well as providing a wide array of events at Capelli Sport Stadium this season.  

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