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A globally recognized coach and speaker visiting Rochester this week is challenging people to be more authentic.

Ritu Bhasin says embracing our own unique qualities is not only the path to empowerment and personal success; it's also the foundation for a more inclusive world.

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Scores of law enforcement officers gathered Friday morning in the parking lot outside the Golisano Neurology Rehabilitation Center at Unity Hospital in Greece.

Some were on horseback, some came on motorcycles, and dozens of them stood in precise formation, waiting to salute Officer Denny Wright.

The 23-year Rochester police veteran survived a violent knife attack after responding to a domestic call on Oct. 4.

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Early this week, Rochester City School District board member Natalie Sheppard sent a plan to City Council and the Board of Education.

The plan’s goal is to make three changes that could re-establish the district’s credibility after its former Chief Financial Officer, Everton Sewell, told the board and city council that the district’s 2018-19 budget was balanced when it was actually $30 million in the red. That budget was approved by both the school board and City Council. 


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The two gold medals wrapped around the neck of Amanda Vito are bouncing and clinking as she walks around the massive track at the new, 108,000-square-foot Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College.

Vito looks up at the big electronic scoreboard, and then turns her attention to a far corner of the track.

"Wow!" she said with a smile. "That's where the pole vault is."   

Amanda is a multi-sport athlete who competes in track, bowling, soccer, basketball, bocce, and swimming. But track and field is her passion.

A panel of judges this week said that Rochester voters can vote on a Police Accountability Board in this year’s elections, but for Frank Simmons, it's about getting justice for his son.


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A former Brighton resident is suing the Democrat and Chronicle and its parent company, Gannett, claiming he was sexually abused by a supervisor when he was a paperboy.

Rick Bates said he was 11 years old when the alleged incidents started in the early 1980s.                              

"I'm filing a suit against Gannett to hold them accountable for the conditions they created that left me and other paperboys alone," he said. “We got up and worked for them at 5 in the morning and made them money, and they left us alone with a predator."

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Monday was the second annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day in Rochester. It was also Columbus Day, which has served as a day for Italian-Americans in Rochester to celebrate their heritage. The city recognizes both holidays, which has stirred some controversy. 

Craig Marvin led a public demonstration of Haudenosaunee social dances on Indigenous People's Day, Monday. Marvin is Mohawk and Wolf Clan of the Akwesane Reservation. 

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Transparency and a lack of confidence were among the concerns voiced as Rochester City Council members peppered city school district leaders with questions about the district's finances Thursday night. 

Internal and external investigations are ongoing into how the district went from a balanced budget that it presented to City Council in June to about $30 million in the red this fall. 


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Contestants will spend 30 hours inside coffins -- sometimes with worms for company -- for the chance to win cash and other prizes in a contest at Six Flags Darien Lake. 

The second annual "Coffin Challenge" on Friday and Saturday is part of the park’s annual Fright Fest. 

Participants will compete for a $600 grand prize, season passes to the park for next year and access passes to the remaining weeks of Fright Fest.

Mike Arena with Six Flags says that the contest suits the season.

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New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli joined striking members of the United Auto Workers union outside a General Motors plant in Rochester on Monday, as tensions continue between workers and the company.

DiNapoli spoke to workers on the picket line outside the plant on Lexington Avenue. He says he supports the UAW in their negotiations with GM.

"I certainly support them in their battle and I hope that GM, which has been an enlightened company in many ways, will listen to their better angels and come up with a positive resolution as soon as possible," DiNapoli says.

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