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RBTL meets with local developers in preparation for Bob Morgan’s possible exit from Parcel 5 project

While denying Bob Morgan’s official exit from the Parcel 5 project, the Rochester Broadway Theater League held a private meeting for other local developers last week. Parcel 5 is an acre-sized piece of prime downtown real estate. RBTL chairman Arnie Rothschild declined to call the meeting a “pitch session,” but acknowledged that RBTL is preparing for Morgan’s potential departure by trying to find a new developer – or two – to step in.

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A simple phone call can reduce suicide risk

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JAMA Psychiatry

The latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show suicide rates continuing to climb nationwide. In New York, the CDC found that the rate has risen almost 30 percent since 1999.

People who have gone to the emergency room once for an attempted suicide are at high risk for attempting it again after their release.

Now, a study has shown a straightforward way of reducing that risk: calling those patients.

Rochester Regional Health

Rochester Regional Health cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new medical center set to open in Irondequoit.

The Riedman Health Center, in what used to be a Tops supermarket at Ridge Road and Goodman Street, will provide primary care and non-surgical services.

City of Rochester

While denying Bob Morgan’s official exit from the Parcel 5 project, the Rochester Broadway Theater League held a private meeting for other local developers last week. Parcel 5 is an acre-sized piece of prime downtown real estate.

RBTL chairman Arnie Rothschild declined to call the meeting a “pitch session,” but acknowledged that RBTL is preparing for Morgan’s potential departure by trying to find a new developer – or two – to step in.

With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, anti-abortion advocates say they are feeling closer than ever to a victory in ending abortion. That could mean sending the issue back to the states or a federal ban on abortion.

Our guests are pro-life activists. We discuss what they think a post-Roe v. Wade world would look like. In studio:

Less than a month after the legislative session officially ended, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been calling for the state Senate to come back and work on what he says is unfinished business.

Organizers of a new anti-gun violence initiative say they hope educating people about the causes and effects of gun violence will help make the community safer.

Councilmember Willie Lightfoot announced the #ThinkAboutItCampaign Tuesday at City Hall. He says he hasn't seen conversations about curbing violence happening consistently in the community. He joins local anti-gun violence advocates to discuss the campaign and the changes they hope it will generate.

In studio:

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Ground was broken this afternoon on a new housing development at Eastman Business Park.

It's called The Eastman Reserve, and it's part of the overall plans to transform the 1,200 acre research, development and manufacturing campus.

The mixed-income, mixed use housing development will include space for commercial tenants. Up to 27 of the 187 units will be set aside for homeless young adults and survivors of domestic violence.

Labor leader Flo Tripi passes away

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A long time labor leader in Rochester has died.

Florence "Flo" Tripi, President of the CSEA's Western Region was 79 years old.

Tripi was active in CSEA, one of New York's largest and most influential unions, for 50 years.

CSEA President Danny Donahue issued this statement:

The town of Irondequoit is considering a new way to provide electricity to its residents, with the goal of lowering utility bills and encouraging the use of renewable energy.

Town Supervisor Dave Seeley says the program is called Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA.

And it has been proven to provide a lower rate for electricity.

"Municipalities can work together or on their own to contract with an administrator who uses the bulk purchasing power to leverage a more predictable, ideally lower fixed electricity rate for residents," he said.

Cuomo ahead in poll

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A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday finds that Governor Cuomo continues to lead his challengers by double digits.

Quinnipiac University polling analyst Mary Snow says the survey finds Cuomo has gained  nine points since the last time potential voters were asked in May, and leads his Democratic primary challenger Cynthia Nixon 59 to 23 percent.

Snow says the biggest reason people gave for backing the two term governor for re election- experience on the job.

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AI Innovators Take Pledge Against Autonomous Killer Weapons

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The Terminator's killer robots may seem like a thing of science fiction. But leading scientists and tech innovators have signaled that such autonomous killers could materialize in the real world in frighteningly real ways.

During the annual International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Stockholm on Wednesday, some of the world's top scientific minds came together to sign a pledge that calls for "laws against lethal autonomous weapons."

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has words of praise for Sarah Sanders, his successor on the podium, and says she has figured out how to please President Trump in the job in a way he struggled to do.

"I think Sarah has done a great job of making sure that she understands what the president wants," Spicer told NPR's Mary Louise Kelly in an interview on Wednesday in advance of next week's release of his book The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President.

When people think of particle accelerators, they tend to think of giant structures: tunnels many miles long that electrons and protons race through at tremendous speeds, packing enormous energy.

But scientists in California think small is beautiful. They want to build an accelerator on semiconductor chips. An accelerator built that way won't achieve the energy of its much larger cousins, but it could accelerate material research and revolutionize medical therapy.

First of all, what is an accelerator?

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From the Inclusion Desk

Prime Care Coordination, described by its executive director Tracy Boff as “an umbrella organization” for groups that aid people with disabilities, has opened its regional hub in Webster.

“This is going to coordinate all of a person’s care including their medical care, behavioral health needs, social needs, their housing — all of their needs,” Boff said.

Prime Care, a Medicaid-funded company wholly owned by non-profit agencies, has replaced the Medicaid Service Coordination program, which until July 1 handled medical and social services for people with disabilities.

New York agency to protect disabled vows more transparency

Jul 5, 2018
New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs

ALBANY — New York's agency tasked with investigating accusations of abuse and neglect against disabled people in state care is promising to improve transparency following years of complaints about conducting nearly all of its work in secret.

Denise Miranda took over last year as executive director of the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

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The founder of Rochester's first film camp for deaf and hard of hearing youth is offering a workshop at Writers and Books this summer.

Speaking through an interpreter, Stacy Lawrence said she wants to share her passion for filmmaking with kids and help them understand what they are capable of.

"I want these children to realize that they are in the same company as wonderful deaf artists and deaf poets right here in Rochester, right under our noses."

Reports of sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities in New York State funded and licensed facilities will now be investigated by a newly created response team.

The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs says the establishment of the specially trained team comes at a critical time.

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