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State officials and parents weigh in on report about the Rochester City School District

A few dozen stakeholders from across Rochester joined a community discussion at Wilson Foundation Academy on Thursday to talk about a recent report on the state of the Rochester City School District. The report is a comprehensive critique of district management, finances, practices, and educational outcomes. The Distinguished Educator who was appointed by the state, Jamie Aquino, attended the session, as did New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and two local state regents, T....

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Vending Machine Cameras

Jan 12, 2001

Rochester, NY – Kodak is teaming up with Maytag Corporation to put film and single-use cameras in vending machines. They plan to roll out thousands of camera-and-film vending machines over the next three years.

Officials at Kodak say they want to satisfy instant cravings for must-have snapshots in morethan 10,000 high-traffic locations around the country like beaches, parks or ski resorts.

Search Continues for Missing Woman

Jan 11, 2001

Shortsville, NY – The search continues for an 82-year-old woman missing since Tuesday. Helen Lois Goodwin walked away from the privately run home for adults where she had lived since 1998, police said. Temperatures were below freezing on Tuesday.

Goodwin, who had a history of depression, frequently went for walks but usually told the house's owners when she was going out. There was no mention this time and she left her purse behind.

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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    Poland's Internal Security Agency has arrested and charged an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei on suspicion of spying for China. A government spokesman identified the suspect as Weijing W.; media reports in Poland and China say he's also known as Stanislaw Wang, Huawei's sales director in Poland.

    Juan David Ortiz, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent pleaded not guilty Thursday to capital murder in the deaths of four women, The Associated Press reports. His "killing spree" might have continued, prosecutors say, had they not caught a "lucky break" when a fifth kidnapped woman escaped and contacted authorities.

    With many federal workers now losing hope that they'll get a paycheck this week, stress is mounting. But so are some efforts to help the hundreds of thousands affected by the ongoing shutdown — including in Massachusetts, where about 8,000 federal workers live.

    In Boston this week, a pop-up food pantry opened for men and women of the Coast Guard, the only branch of the armed services working without pay.

    Politicians often have to change course when their campaign promises run up against reality. But when President Trump ran for office, and throughout his presidency, an explicit part of his pitch was that he wasn't like all the other politicians. Trump's "great wall" was a big concrete symbol of that.

    Except that now it isn't even concrete. In recent weeks, he has been saying it will be made of "beautiful" steel slats. The way Trump has described the wall has changed a lot over time, to the point of contradiction. That includes how the wall will be paid for.

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    From the Inclusion Desk

    WXXI’s Inclusion Desk is the news arm of the station's Move to Include initiative, which is a partnership to encourage thoughtful discussion about issues of inclusion and the differently abled.

    And 2018 brought about a lot of these stories, from tragedy to triumph, arts, sports and new initiatives.

    Caitlin Whyte and Denise Young from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk talk about the stories that affected those in our communities with disabilities in 2018.

    The spiritual practice of yoga is said to have immense health benefits. A reduction in fatigue, anxiety, and inflammation, plus an improved mood, are just a few of the many upsides. But when you see common yoga poses like downward facing dog, tree pose, and half-moon, it would appear as though the healing benefits are only available for a certain percentage of our population….specifically those without mobility disabilities. But that is not the case in Rochester. On this edition of Need to Know, the impact of adaptive yoga on area residents.

    What does a truly inclusive sports program look like? We sit down with members of the Unified Sports, an initiative whose teams include players with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their peers.

    We hear from a Unified Sports athlete and from program organizers about how to create more inclusive schools and communities. In studio:

    • Nathan Johnson, senior director of the Unified Sports program for Special Olympics New York
    • Kyle Washburn, director of fitness for Special Olympics International
    • Jacob Booher-Babcock, Special Olympics New York athlete and a member of the Athlete Congress (Brockport)
    • Lesli Myers, superintendent of the Brockport Central School District

    This story is reported from WXXI’s Inclusion Desk

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    People with disabilities in Rochester face poverty at a level higher than any of the other 75 largest metropolitan areas in the country, according to a report recently released by the city.

    Employment rates are almost three times lower among people with disabilities than they are for nondisabled people in Rochester, the report found. People with disabilities are also overrepresented in the city’s lowest-paying industries.

    More stories from the Inclusion Desk

    A wide-reaching epidemic

    WXXI, in partnership with public broadcasting stations across New York state, is airing special programming examining the opioid crisis.

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