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Jazz Fest 2019, Day 4: Jeff reviews Enemy and Paa Kow

When a band climbs onstage, a trio wearing all black, you will soon discover one truth. There are many shades of black. Cavernous Christ Church can make a band look and sound like trolls scuffling through a shadowy cavern. Enemy overcame that through sheer virtuosity during its first set Monday night at the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. First the thrum of Frans Petter Eldh's bass. Then Kit Downes reaches into the depths of his piano to elicit a new language from the strings....

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Orleans County native David Bellavia will be presented with the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony Tuesday.

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When a band climbs onstage, a trio wearing all black, you will soon discover one truth.

There are many shades of black.

More than 200 migrant children detained in a remote Border Patrol station in southwest Texas without adequate food, water and sanitation have been moved after news of the conditions became public last week.

"This morning, my office was informed that only 30 children remain in the Clint Border Patrol station in El Paso County," Rep. Veronica Escobar tweeted Monday. She said that last week lawyers for Human Rights Watch had "found 255 children in beyond alarming conditions."

The Treasury Department will conduct an investigation into the circumstances leading to a delay in the production of a new $20 bill featuring a portrait of slave-turned-slave-emancipator Harriet Tubman.

In a letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., released Monday, acting Inspector General Rich Delmar explained the inquiry will be folded into a larger examination of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's project management processes for new note design that was already in the works.

Rochester Regional Health Information Organization


A Rochester organization has released a report with new details about the health of residents in Monroe County and 12 surrounding counties in the Finger Lakes and western New York.

The Rochester Regional Health Information Organization has been collecting data from patient visits to doctors’ offices for the last few years.

It wasn't easy, pretty or elegant. But the U.S. Women's National Team battled to beat Spain in the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup. The U.S. had an easy road in this tournament. Until Monday. Spain, playing in its second World Cup, looked like it had been there many times before. But in the end, it was not enough. The U.S. defeated Spain 2-1.

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The third day of the 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival was full of amazing acts including the Campbell Brothers, Michael Winograd, and Over the Rhine. Check out the photos that WXXI photographer Fred SanFilipo took during the festival Sunday in our Flickr album.


Adoptee rights advocates are applauding state lawmakers for passing legislation that grants adoptees access to their original birth certificates.

That's good news for Brad Cupples of Victor, an adoptee who has been lobbying for this for decades.

He says, until now, adoptees would have to go through a judicial proceeding to gain access to the document and the important information it contains.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has released a survey to help gather feedback from the Jewish community about a range of issues, including the rise in anti-Semitism across the country. The questionnaire, called "Every Voice Counts," is open to people who identify as Jewish, have Jewish heritage, or who have relationships within the Jewish community. It polls participants about services, cultural interests, as well as concerns about security.

Our guests discuss the survey, what they hope to learn, and how the results will help them plan for a more inclusive community. Our guests:

  • Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester
  • Judy Azoff, chair of the "Every Voice Counts" Jewish Rochester Survey
  • Dr. Jacob Moalem, M.D., vice chair of the "Every Voice Counts" Jewish Rochester Survey, and associate professor of surgery and endocrinology at the University of Rochester Medical Center

A number of industries -- from manufacturing to food -- are experiencing a middle skills gap. The Foodlink Career Fellowship seeks to help fill those gaps and reduce poverty in the Rochester area.

The program will wrap up its inaugural year this week. We sit down with a program participant and organizers who share its results and discuss the state of the industry. 

  • Gloria Soldevila Ramos, member of the inaugural cohort of the Foodlink Career Fellowship
  • Mitch Gruber, chief strategy officer for Foodlink, and member of Rochester City Council
  • Lindsy Bennage, training and development coordinator for Wegmans



News from NPR

Anyone who has tried to shop around for hospital services knows this: It's hard to get prices in advance.

President Trump signed an executive order Monday that he says would make such comparisons easier, and make the pricing process more transparent.

The 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Italy.

The International Olympic Committee voted Monday to accept the joint bid by Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo over the runner-up, Stockholm, Sweden.

The last time Italy hosted the Winter Olympics when Turin was home to the 2006 Games. Cortina hosted the Winter Olympics in 1956.

Milan-Cortina won 47 of the committee votes cast. Stockholm won 34 votes and there was one abstention.

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Three summers ago, Ayse Tenger-Trolander, a graduate student at the University of Chicago, ordered a batch of monarch butterflies from a breeder, and made an accidental discovery: the butterflies had likely lost the ability to migrate.

The latest victim in the recent string of American tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic was identified by family as Vittorio Caruso of Glen Cove, N.Y.

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From the Inclusion Desk

The local Alzheimer’s Association is involved in a pilot program designed to better serve people with developmental disabilities.

The Golisano Foundation is providing a $100,000 grant that will be used by Alzheimer’s Association chapters in the Rochester and Buffalo areas to help train providers who are serving older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Step-by-Step Developmental Services

Even as preschool special education providers began inking contracts with Monroe County this week, the county has continued to clarify what those contracts mean.

The new agreements, set to take effect July 1, laid out new reimbursement rates for preschool special education services. The county sets these rates, and pays the providers, to ensure that children receive the services they’re entitled to under the law.

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Nina Daut is blind and is accustomed to receiving assistance when she's at the airport.

But a partnership between the Greater Rochester International Airport and the Aira Airport Network could help change that.

Daut can now use a smartphone app from Aira, a company that connects her with a trained professional agent who can provide visual information.

This gives her a new sense of independence when traveling.

"Because if I ask them what am I facing, and which street is behind me, they would tell me," she said.

Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester kicked off its opening day over the weekend with a celebration in Webster. The organization held a groundbreaking ceremony at the event Saturday for a new play area designed to allow typically developing children to play alongside those with disabilities.

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