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Boston Right-Wing 'Free Speech' Rally Dwarfed By Counterprotesters

Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET A small number of right-wing "Free Speech Rally" demonstrators disbanded early from Boston Common after they were confronted by thousands of counterprotesters shouting anti-Nazi and anti-KKK slogans. Deborah Becker, a reporter with member station WBUR in Boston , said that "a few dozen" rally attendees were escorted from Parkman Bandstand by police and placed into police vehicles "for their own safety." "The counterdemonstrators cheered as the group was escorted out of...

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Dick Gregory, the comedian and civil rights crusader, died Saturday. He was 84.

His family announced the news on his public Facebook page.

Rochester Twilight Criterium

International cycling returns to Rochester Saturday night with the Twilight Criterium.

According to the Rochester Twilight Criterium Executive Director Scott Page, a criterium, or a "crit," is an extremely high-paced bicycle race that takes place on a short closed-loop course.

"This is kind of like thorough bred racing, its super, super fast you need a lot of horse power as a rider, you need skill to negotiate all these corners."

Spectrum News

Saturday marks two years since the mass shooting outside the Boys and Girls Club on Genesee St. in Rochester that killed three people and left several others injured.

The club is closed Saturday in observance of the anniversary.

But on Friday night, children from the club gathered to create posters in memory of the youths who were killed. The posters were hung outside the club.

A statement on the club’s Facebook page marked the anniversary:

Constellation Brands

Victor-based Constellation Brands has sent a letter to its employees talking about the impact of the recent violence at a rally that involved white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The letter from CEO Rob Sands is entitled, “Our Moral Responsibility,” and it says that the events in Charlottesville weigh heavily on the minds and hearts of the company’s executive team.

The memo from Sands says that, “events like those in Charlottesville serve as a hindrance to our continued progress and cannot be tolerated.”

Updated at 4:53 p.m. ET

A small number of right-wing "Free Speech Rally" demonstrators disbanded early from Boston Common after they were confronted by thousands of counterprotesters shouting anti-Nazi and anti-KKK slogans.

Deborah Becker, a reporter with member station WBUR in Boston, said that "a few dozen" rally attendees were escorted from Parkman Bandstand by police and placed into police vehicles "for their own safety."

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The public boat launch at the Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park in Seabreeze has reopened.

Town Supervisor Dave Seeley says after a challenging year of high winds and flooding in the water front town, it’s nice to celebrate a victory.

"We love our proximity to the water; it’s one of our greatest assets. This year it created challenges as well, but the fact that we're getting to enjoy that proximity to the water as opposed to fighting it I think is a step in the right direction."

A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was removed from the entrance to Duke University Chapel early Saturday by order of the university president who said in a letter that the move was not only a safety measure but also meant to express the "abiding values" of the school.

The decision to remove the statue from the Durham, N.C., campus, comes after it was defaced on Wednesday and follows violent clashes last week in Charlottesville, Va., between right-wing extremists and counterprotesters over plans to remove another statue of Lee.

Weekend Connections is a collection of some of the most noteworthy moments from the week on Connections with Evan Dawson. This episode includes conversations about:

  • Reactions to the memo about race and gender at Google; 
  • Gun rights and Rep. Chris Collins' proposed SAGA bill;
  • Cross-cultural relationships and themes from the film, The Big Sick;
  • The music of Joni Mitchell. 

The Asian carp captured this summer near the southern tip of Lake Michigan -- triggering a big scare -- apparently slipped past electric barriers.

Officials announced Friday that an autopsy of the 4-year-old fish showed that it originated in the Illinois/Middle Mississippi watershed, spending about a year in the Des Plaines River area.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's authority to block construction of a major natural gas pipeline by denying a key permit has been upheld by a federal court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday rejected the Constitution Pipeline company's argument that the state Department of Environmental Conservation was "arbitrary and capricious" in denying a water quality permit last year.

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Twenty Rochester area seniors with developmental and intellectual disabilities are taking part in a new program that helps them connect with their same-aged peers in the community.

iPads are giving a voice to children who cannot speak.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students at the Cantalician Center are learning to communicate in a new way in the classroom and at home.


Relationships are one of the keys to a richer life for people with disabilities.

That was the main message from an international speaker who visited Rochester today. 

Al Condeluci has traveled the world with this message; it's something that became clear to him years ago as he observed his cousin Carrie, who had Down syndrome.

Carrie was a natural part of Condeluci's family, but she was not connected to her community at large. What she needed, he said, was more social capital.

Our Move to Include conversation expands on the recent headline: Lifetime Assistance is Expanding Independent Housing Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities with New Approach that will Improve Quality of Life and Cost Less.

So what exactly is changing?

We'll meet the people involved:

-Cori Piels, moving into the Frances Apartment in August.

-Karalee Piels, Cori’s mother.

-Luther St. Joy, resident of the Frances Apartment.

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