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AP source: Sheldon Silver released from prison on furlough

NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been released from a federal prison on furlough while he awaits potential placement to home confinement, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Silver, 77, began serving his more than six-year sentence at a federal prison in Otisville, New York, in August after years of fending off going behind bars in a corruption case. He has been released to his home while awaiting the final decision on whether he can...

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Woman Found

Jan 11, 2001

Shortsville, NY – The body of an elderly Ontario County woman was found this afternoon in a snow bank, about one thousand feet from an adult facility she walked away from earlier this week. Hundreds of people were involved in the search for 82-year old Helen Lois Goodwin of Shortsville.

Missing Woman

Jan 11, 2001

Shortsville, NY – The Ontario County Sheriff's Department is searching for a missing elderly woman. 82-year old Louis Goodwin was last seen last night leaving her Shortsville home. She is described as being 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with blue eyes and white hair. Deputies say Goodwin left her home between six and nine last night and hasn't been seen since. She does not own a car and is taking medication.

    Rochester NY – The noted defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran filed a notice of claim against Monroe County on behalf of a 20-year-old woman who says she was raped by three county sheriff's deputies.

    Cochran was joined by the Reverend Norvel Goff of the Rochester NAACP in calling for rapid completion of a state police investigation into the rape charge. Cochran also wants the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Bureau to investigate the Monroe County Sheriff's Department.

    Clean Air in the Classroom

    Jan 10, 2001

    Rochester, NY – One key to improving student performance and attendance in schools may have nothing to do with standardized tests and raising standards, but everything to do with the air in classrooms.

    State advocates released a parents' right-to-know guide about laws governing safe air and other conditions in schools they say are distracting students, making them sick and affecting their performance.

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    Across the Universe with Jeff Spevak

    Aaron Winters

    I had my coming-out from COVID-19 about a week and a half ago.

    My first indoor concert in more than a year. Two solo acoustic performers: a ridiculously talented young guy, Max Doud, then Tommy Brunett, scratchy-voiced scenester and Fairport whiskey baron. It was a night at The Penthouse at One East Avenue, 11 floors up in the downtown Rochester skyline. It’s a spacious room, and the tables seemed separated enough. All four of the people at our table were fully vaccinated.

    News from NPR

    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that Republican lawmakers have shared concerns with him over Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney's ability "to carry out the message," fueling speculation that the no. 3 House Republican may once again face an effort to oust her from party leadership.

    "There's no concern about how she voted on impeachment — that decision has been made," the California Republican told Fox and Friends.

    Trees are "social creatures" that communicate with each other in cooperative ways that hold lessons for humans, too, says ecologist Suzanne Simard.

    Simard grew up in Canadian forests as a descendant of loggers before becoming a forestry ecologist. She's now a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia.

    Updated May 4, 2021 at 2:24 PM ET

    President Biden plans to announce a new goal on Tuesday to administer at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to 70% of American adults by the Fourth of July.

    The administration also plans to see 160 million adults vaccinated with two shots by then, a push to improve the level of immunity in the country to the point where the coronavirus has less of an opportunity to spread and so that more public health restrictions can be lifted, administration officials told reporters.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old, a decision that could come by some time early next week. The vaccine is currently authorized only for people age 16 and older.

    A ruling should come "shortly," Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla told investors in a conference call Tuesday morning.

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    Arts & Life

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    After an attempt to save this year’s edition of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival by moving it back a month and changing the location to Rochester Institute of Technology, the event’s producers announced Monday morning that the event will be postponed again.

    The new dates are June 17-25, 2022. But it was not immediately clear where the festival will be held. 

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    The Eastman School of Music has launched the public phase of a $100 million fundraising campaign.

    More than half of that amount has already been raised during the quiet phase of the campaign, which is being announced in connection with Eastman’s 100th anniversary that is being celebrated this year.

    The public phase of the campaign was announced in an event Thursday night co-hosted by University of Rochester President Sarah Mangelsdorf and Eastman School of Music Dean Jamal Rossi.

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    Even as COVID-19 vaccination rates grow and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its recommendations for outdoor masking, another Rochester summer festival has been canceled.

    Some say government leaders are sending inconsistent and confusing messages on what is and isn't safe.

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    From the Inclusion Desk

    A Rochester organization that provides programs and services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities is raising its base wage for front-line workers.

    Heritage Christian Services is raising the pay scale for those employees to $15 an hour for all positions, effective May 9. Heritage officials said that their residential staff, which is the majority of jobs at the organization, will now start at $15.75, with more money for certain shifts.

    Heritage Christian said that is a 20% increase for all frontline positions since the start of the year.

    Jennifer McDonald

    When Leilani McDonald was 2 years old, her mom became concerned about some of her behaviors.

    Jennifer McDonald said her daughter wasn’t talking and would only make certain noises. Leilani would often marvel at her hands, and clap while walking in circles.

    "I let it go for a little bit, but then I was like, let me just bring her in and get her evaluated just in case,” McDonald said.

    Leilani was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ASD is a developmental disability often detected in early childhood that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. 

    RIT and its National Technical Institute for the Deaf have been awarded a $470,000 federal grant to help deaf and hard of hearing students learn technical skills to better prepare them for the workforce.

    The grant from the National Science Foundation will fund a pilot program called DeafTec Ready, according to Rep. Joe Morelle (NY-25).

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    A pop-up clinic Saturday will focus on vaccinating Rochester’s deaf refugee population.

    The clinic, hosted by the nonprofit Deaf Refugee Advocacy, will offer first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf-blind new Americans. 

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