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Shooting At Maryland High School Injures 2 Students; Gunman Dead

Updated at 2:25 p.m. ET Two students were injured when another student opened fire at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Md., according to the local sheriff. The shooter, identified by the sheriff as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, was confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital. "A male student produced a handgun and fired a round, wounding a female student and another male student in a hallway of Great Mills High School just before classes begun" at approximately 7:55 a.m....

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New York Democratic candidate for Governor Cynthia Nixon delivered a blistering speech against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, and was immediately criticized by a Cuomo associate, who appeared to take a shot at Nixon’s sexual orientation .

Nixon, in her first speech of her newly launched campaign, called Cuomo a “fake corporate democrat”, who she says accepted $87,000 from the conservative Koch brothers. She accused the governor of and his administration of dysfunction and dishonesty.

“If Washington is a swamp, Albany is a cesspool,” Nixon said.

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Two students were injured when another student opened fire at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County, Md., according to the local sheriff. The shooter, identified by the sheriff as 17-year-old Austin Wyatt Rollins, was confirmed dead after being taken to a hospital.

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A package that exploded at a FedEx Ground distribution facility near San Antonio was addressed to a location in Austin — and came from that same city, officials say. It's the fifth explosion of a device either in Austin or meant to be delivered there. Police are now investigating a second explosive device that was found in the FedEx system.

First hour: How could we have helped Trevyan Rowe?

Second hour: The return of the One Take Film Festival

The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC announced that it has filed for voluntary bankruptcy and entered into an agreement to sell its assets to a Dallas-based equity firm.

It also announced that it is ending all nondisclosure agreements that prevented victims of alleged sexual misconduct at the hands of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein from talking about their experiences.

The Weinstein Co. will enter into a "stalking horse" agreement with an affiliate of Lantern Capital Partners in conjunction with entering into bankruptcy proceedings.

Geva Theatre Center has announced its 2018-19 season.  It includes 11 major productions and 2 festivals.

ESL Federal Credit Union and Rochester Regional Health are co-sponsors and Dawn Lipson will serve as honorary season producer.

Rochester’s ROC the Riverway proposal is due to Governor Cuomo in May, and project leaders are asking community members for their ideas. What do you think will revitalize Rochester’s waterfront areas? Where is the untapped potential? Do you think some of the concepts outlined in the proposal are unrealistic?

We heard from project leaders earlier this month, and now it’s your turn to share your ideas. Our guests:

How much do you know about guns? Do you feel like you’ve been “gunsplained” before? The concept was recently coined by Adam Weinstein, a veteran and gun owner writing for the Washington Post. He says firearm enthusiasts try to exclude anyone from the gun debate who doesn’t know the intricate details of an AR-15 or an M-16. At the same time, he argues progressives should study up a bit more on guns so as to better understand what they are trying to regulate.

So should gun control advocates learn more about firearms before calling for changes, or does that shut down the debate? Our guests weigh in:

  • Tim Andrews, president of the New York State Chapter of SCOPE
  • Lieutenant Colonel Andrae Evans, U.S. Army Retired, who served 34 years of with the US Army National Guard, US Army Reserve, and Active Duty assignments, and a current weapons owner
  • Gary Pudup, member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

What looked like possible progress in the lease negotiations involving the City of Rochester and the owners of the Rochester Rhinos apparently fell short.

David and Wendy Dworkin, who own the local soccer team, released this statement on Monday:

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia say they have launched an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the death of Trevyan Rowe.

He is the 14 year old Rochester boy who went missing on March 9th, and was found dead in the Genesee River, four days later near downtown.

Rochester School District officials have previously said they were looking for an independent investigation to determine just what happened.


Coverage of harassment claims against faculty at the University of Rochester

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Top Republican lawmakers do not support legislation aimed at protecting Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller and his Russia investigation from White House interference, insisting that it is unnecessary.

"The special counsel should be free to follow through his investigation to its completion without interference, absolutely," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters Tuesday. "I am confident that he'll be able to do that. I have received assurances that his firing is not even under consideration."

Usually the image of a pub is one of welcome, a cozy place where neighbors gather to share friendship and a pint or two. But Dan Margulis, an advertising professional with a personal interest in immigration issues, decided to use the concept for a kind of social experiment along Detroit's St. Patrick's Day Parade route — and there was no friendly welcome involved.

Congressional negotiators delayed the release of a $1.3 trillion spending bill Tuesday as the clock ticked closer to a Friday shutdown deadline amid battles over more than a dozen unresolved policy matters.

Leaders originally planned to release the details of the bill over the weekend but the spending talks remain mired in fights over immigration, gun control and health care.

For years, religion scholar Bart Ehrman wanted to write a book about the early spread of Christianity, but he shied away from it because the topic seemed too big.

Eventually, Ehrman decided that the massive scope is what made the project so compelling: "The entire history of the West was transformed by the fact that Christianity took over the Roman Empire and then became the dominant religious and political and cultural force in our civilization," he says.

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From the Inclusion Desk

Annual campaign to end the "R-Word" underway

Mar 7, 2018
Alex Crichton

Monroe County, the town of Irondequoit, the city of Rochester and the state of New York all marked Wednesday, March 7, as “Spread the Word to End the R-Word," day, an effort led locally by the Golisano Foundation.

That R-Word is "retard" or "retarded," considered offensive and derogatory to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to Evalyn Gleason, grants coordinator for the Golisano Foundation.


Thousands of athletes participated in the Special Olympics New York State Winter Games Saturday.

The second floor of the convention center was packed with volunteer’s coaches and athletes getting ready for a full day of floor hockey.

Teams from all around the state made the trip to participate. Andy Watson was with his team from Brooklyn, he’s been coaching for over 30 years. He talked about what being a part of the Special Olympics means to him.


The Olympics in Pyeongchang aren’t the only ones to look out for this weekend.

The New York State Special Olympics will take place all day Saturday in venues across Rochester. Nearly 1,000 athletes and coaches will be in town to compete.

As an Honorary Chair of the winter games, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo hosted some of the athletes in the legislature chambers Wednesday morning.

A recently passed House bill has many in the disability community speaking out.

Advocates say that the ADA Education and Reform Act would gut many provisions under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ericka Jones is a Systems Advocate with the  Center for Disability Rights says now, when a person files a complaint about a business not being accessible, it’s reviewed and resolved fairly soon.

But this new bill would give businesses 180 days to act.

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