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The Strong Museum of Play says an upcoming exhibit could boost its potential as a national destination.

Tentatively titled "Digital Worlds", the 24,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibit will explore the history and the cultural impact of video games. It will be part of The Strong's upcoming expansion.


The 30th Hispanic Business Person of the Year is a manufacturing manager at Gleason Works who spends much of his free time volunteering, including serving as president of the Puerto Rican Festival.

Orlando Ortiz received the award today (Tuesday) at the Rochester Hispanic Business Association’s annual gala.

Ortiz says he started volunteering as a teenager, and it has led to developing good networks and relationships with a wide variety of people.


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."


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.


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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Watching a guy regurgitate a string of razor blades doesn’t necessarily ruin a beautiful September evening in Rochester.

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Officials at the Seneca Park Zoo say that the zoo’s male red panda, named Blaze, has died unexpectedly.

In a Facebook post, they say the cause of death was determined to be a respiratory infection. Blaze was born in 2013 at a zoo in Kansas and in 2014 he was moved to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, where he sired two offspring.


Among the hundreds of shows in the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival lineup this week is one called, "Suffragettes Unite!"

The performer is jazz singer Ann Mitchell. She doesn't sing in this show, but speaks the words delivered by suffrage leaders Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other women, including Sarah C. Owen.

"She was just another woman, like you or myself, that was at the convention,” Mitchell said. “She was part of the movement."

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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.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Somewhat maligned Josh Allen ran for a touchdown, threw for another, and the Bills claimed the bragging rights of New York with a 28-14 victory over the Giants on Sunday.

Buffalo has its first 2-0 start since 2014 and only the third in 11 mostly fruitless years.

Devin Singletary scored on a 14-yard run and Frank Gore iced the game with a 1-yard plunge into the end zone with 5:53 to play as the Bills completed the New York/New Jersey sweep at MetLife Stadium. They beat the Jets last weekend.