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Monroe Community College Interim President Kate Douglas said she doesn’t like the term “reopening,” because she said the college never really closed. Classes moved online in mid-March due to the pandemic. 

Douglas said different work groups filled with more than 70 staffers are discussing how to safely bring students back in person this fall.

“One of them is called the facilities and operations work group and they have been going through every room on campus and revising what the room capacity would be,” Douglas said. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has directed that all local government workforces be reduced by 50 percent at any one time in an effort to slow the spread of novel coronavirus.

With that, local leaders are figuring out how to continue serving residents with far fewer people in their offices.

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A Rochester-based Iranian-American human rights lawyer says that the U.S. drone air strike that killed Iran’s top military commander is part of a decades-long series of aggressions by the U.S. against the Middle Eastern country.

Tina Monshipour Foster works with Volunteer Legal Services of Monroe County.“I think that the people who are suffering there in Iran because of the current regime are doing so in part because of U.S. actions,” Foster says.

A local non-profit group dedicated to ending homelessness held a symposium Tuesday, focused on addressing barriers that homeless people face when they need services. 

In 2018, at least 835 people were homeless in Monroe County, according to a count by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Across the state nearly 92,000 people were without a place to go last year.

But those numbers don’t account for records of student homelessness. The New York State Education Department reported around 153,000 students in temporary housing last year.

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If delivered in the right way, sarcasm has a constructive purpose in the classroom, according to a recent study from the University of Rochester.

Joanne Larson, a professor and researcher at the Warner School of Education, noticed while observing an English class at East High that teacher Timothy Morris used sarcasm to build positive relationships with his students.

"He has these one-liners that he says all the time,” Larson said. “When students are talking when he's trying to give instruction or something, he'll say, 'I hope you enjoy summer school.' "

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In January 2015, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of a new initiative that vowed to reduce poverty by 50 percent in 15 years, but four years later, the mission and the function of the initiative is still widely misunderstood.