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Irfan Rahman’s laboratory sits at the end of a long hallway on the third floor of the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Inside, Rahman and a team of researchers take apart e-cigarettes. They analyze the liquids that the devices turn into inhalable vapors in an effort to figure out exactly what those vapors are made of.

This fall, New Yorkers will have their first-ever opportunity to vote early in November's elections. Polls will be open a full 10 days before the Nov. 5 Election Day.

But the logistics will vary depending on where you live.

Laura Ladd Bierman, executive director of the League of Women Voters of New York State, said she's hopeful that voters will be eager to take part in an option already offered in 38 other states.

"It will tell people, 'Oh my gosh, I can go vote at this place, any time, for nine days before Election Day,' " Ladd Bierman said.

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So far this year, at least 158 members of law enforcement have died by suicide in the U.S. 

One group that tracks the statistics says police departments don't always report these deaths.

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The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has played contemporary music on their concerts alongside older classics before -- but this weekend’s concert is the first time that the whole program is dedicated to the work of living composers.

Leila Josefowicz is the violin soloist for the RPO's concert this weekend. She says that she no longer plays the older classics and wants to work with music that is "more unexpected, more edgy, more contemporary."

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On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria touched down in Puerto Rico. Thousands of families relocated to Rochester in the months that followed. 

Karla Reyes Ríos is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She’s 23 years old and a mother of three. She describes Hurricane Maria as dangerous and chaotic.

“Wow, the water -- you could swim in the water,” she says. “The windows crashed down and the door couldn’t close because literally the water was coming through.”

Henry McDonald was born in Haiti in 1890 but when he was 5, his parents allowed an American coconut importer to adopt him and bring him to Canandaigua, believing he’d have better opportunities in America. He wouldn’t see his mother again until he was in his 60s, he told the Democrat and Chronicle.

McDonald spent his life in the Finger Lakes region, where he shined as an athlete at Canandaigua Academy and East High School. 

Scott Pitoniak, a longtime sports columnist and author, called him a forgotten pioneer.

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Watching the dark and dystopian world of "The Handmaid's Tale" on television inspired Shayna Swanson to create its opposite: a world where women come together and lift each other up.

The result is a performance show she named "Brave Space."  Swanson, founder of Chicago-based Aloft Circus Arts, calls it a circus show inside of a blanket fort.

It features an all-female cast of circus performers and 250 yards of fabric.

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Rochester's first murder, 182 years ago, is still somewhat of a mystery today.

"All these people who lived in that neighborhood heard the shot -- including his wife -- and never went outside to look at see what happened," said Aprille Byam, creator of "Wanted: Who Killed William Lyman?," a Rochester Fringe experience premiering this weekend.

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As the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival continues this week, eight of Rochester's leading actresses will take the stage to portray 22 different women exploring universal themes such as grief, motherhood, dating, and survival.

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(AP & WXXI News) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred were among the inductees at the National Women's Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The Class of 2019 inducted into the hall in Seneca Falls also included activist Angela Davis , attorney Sarah Deer, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg , retired Air Force fighter pilot Nicole Malachowski, the late artist and suffragist Rose O'Neill and the late U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter of New York.

The ceremonies were held at the del Lago Casino & Resort in Waterloo.

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