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NEW YORK (AP) U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin revealed Saturday that he was diagnosed last November with early stage chronic myeloid leukemia but said he responded well to treatments and is now in remission.

Zeldin, a Long Island Republican who's running for New York governor, said the diagnosis had no impact on his work or Army Reserve duties. The Iraq War veteran said he suffered no side effects from treatment and that his health is now "phenomenal."

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Rochester Police are investigating vandalism that damaged a mural of Daniel Prude.

RPD says they were made aware of the incident near 52 Child Street by a local news station. Officers say the mural was spray painted, which covers some of the mural.

RPD says it is investigating the incident as a hate crime and is notifying the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.  Police say it is unknown exactly when the damage occurred.

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Searching for spirituality in ‘Remnants’

Just a few moments into Friday’s KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival show “Remnants,” at Ellison Park, I became ashamed of my inferior spirituality.

The park, just off of Interstate 490 and Blossom Road, is home to the remnants of Rochester’s long-ago heritage. A replica of Fort Schuyler. And the spirituality of the Haudenosaunee people.

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The Rochester Police Accountability Board’s executive director is free to hire his own staff, city attorneys said Friday, walking back a letter that stated any hires needed the City Council president’s approval.

What may seem like a minor miscommunication grew out of a nearly year long conflict between city officials and the Police Accountability Board over the amount of autonomy the agency has.

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Gov. Kathy Hochul ordered the immediate release of 191 state prison inmates Friday. Under terms of a new parole reform law signed by Hochul, they are no longer required to be incarcerated for committing technical parole violations. The governor also is taking steps to improve what she called “hell on earth” conditions at New York City’s notorious Riker’s Island jail.

A local OB/GYN is accused of using his own sperm to artificially inseminate multiple women. Dr. Morris Wortman is now being sued by a former patient – a woman who says he is her biological father. A second adult has come forward, saying Wortman is also his father. The story has led to questions surrounding donor conception. What does the law state? What rights do patients – and their children – have?

Our guests this hour discuss a range of issues. Our guests:

  • Tyler Brown, reporter with 13 WHAM News 
  • CJ Lore, Rochester resident who says he is the biological child of Dr. Morris Wortman
  • Greg Franklin, adoptions and assisted fertility attorney with Ashcraft, Franklin & Young, LLP
  • Lindsey Wrobel, one of 28 donor-conceived siblings in the same family

Local youth climate leaders are gearing up for the Green Games. It’s an initiative where they’ll challenge their peers across the Rochester/Finger Lakes region to take action when it comes to combatting climate change.

They join us to talk about Meatless Mondays, fossil fuel divestment, an art challenge and more. Our guests:

  • Bridget Mousaw, junior at Brighton High School, leader of the Brighton High School Climate Club, and Rochester field organizer for the New York Youth Climate Leaders
  • Poppy Burack, 8th grader at School of the Arts, who is trying to bring back SOTA's Climate Club
  • Lola DeAscentiis, senior at Mercy High School, member of the New York Youth Climate Leaders, and participant in the ROC City Compost Pilot program 
  • Harrison Jurenko, senior at School of the Arts, and member of the Seneca Park Zoo Urban Ecologist program


Wegmans is going to reopen its Amore Italian restaurant at the East Avenue store.

It’s been closed  since March 2020, but the supermarket company says it plans to reopen Amore in December. There was not a specific date given for the reopening.

“We are very excited to reintroduce Amore to our guests,” says Wegmans Restaurant Operations Manager Mauricio Valdivia. “We spent the last year and a half experimenting with new recipes and reinventing the menu to give our customers a new taste of Amore.”


First hour: Previewing the Green Games

Second hour: Discussing issues surrounding donor conception

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After five decades, Garth Fagan Dance continues to evolve. It must, if it is to survive. The pandemic has shaken all of the dance world down to the pointe technique of its toes.