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Rep. Louise Slaughter dies; remembered as 'trailblazer' and 'tireless advocate'

Rep. Louise Slaughter, 88, died early Friday, her office has announced. Liam Fitzsimmons, chief of staff to the congresswoman, said she passed away surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital after suffering an injury in her Washington, D.C., residence last week. Slaughter was the first woman to chair the powerful House Committee on Rules since it was formally constituted on April 2, 1789, and was serving as its ranking member. Her office said she was "a relentless fighter...

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Thousands of people lined the streets along East Avenue and Main Street in Rochester on Saturday for the annual St. Patrick's Day parade.

It was cold, but sunny, and people bundled up to watch the afternoon festivities.

This year’s parade featured a new leprechaun. John Patrick Sullivan has been doing the honors for about 30 years, but turned over the duties to Luke Dowdell of Spencerport this year.

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New York U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have written to Amtrak officials asking that the train station in Rochester be named in honor of their fellow Democrat and friend, Louise Slaughter.  The 88 year old Slaughter died early Friday at a Washington, D.C. hospital, after suffering a head injury when she fell in her D.C. apartment last week.

The two senators say that last October, after years of fighting to secure over $15 million in federal funding, the new train station opened.


The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be chilly, but should be snow-free on Saturday. The forecast calls for sunny skies with a high in the mid 30s. City crews in recent days removed snow alongside the parade route to make way for what usually attracts tens of thousands of people.

Monroe County and union officials have announced the ratification of a new contract for 121 court deputies and sergeants serving in the Sheriff’s Office.

The announcement came from County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, Sheriff Todd Baxter and John Crespo who is president of the and Monroe County Law Enforcement Association.

The new contract guarantees Court Deputies will receive a raise every year going forward.

The Monroe County Law Enforcement Association is one of four labor organizations representing Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies.

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:

  • The life and legacy of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter;
  • The film, The Rape of Recy Taylor, and how Taylor helped inspire the civil rights movement;
  • What veterans think about President Trump's military parade;
  • The stigma of mental illness.

Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET

Florida transportation officials say that an engineer with the private firm that designed the concrete bridge that collapsed Thursday called the state two days before the incident to report cracks in the structure.

It's not immediately known whether the reported cracks contributed to the collapse of the pedestrian walkway that was intended to join the campus of Florida International University and the city of Sweetwater.

Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET Saturday

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired outgoing FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Friday even though he was on the doorstep of retiring and receiving his pension after two decades of service to the bureau.

President Trump responded on Twitter just after midnight Saturday, calling McCabe's firing "a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy."

Many people have taken to social media to share their memories of Louise Slaughter and also honor the long-time congresswoman who died at 88 on Friday morning. Here's a sample of the condolences and remembrances made on Twitter. Some have also been tweeted using the #LouiseMemories

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In the days since actor and progressive activist Cynthia Nixon indicated she might want to run against Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for governor, Cuomo has made a number of public appearances and taken several steps to shore up his political base.

Rep. Louise Slaughter died early Friday at the age of 88. The congresswoman served 16 terms in Washington and had plans to run for a 17th term in November.

Slaughter was the first woman to chair the powerful House Committee on Rules since it was formally constituted on April 2, 1789, and was serving as its ranking member. Her office said she was "a relentless fighter for families in Monroe County and across the nation, and authored the landmark Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, among many other accomplishments."

Politicians, citizens, and friends are sharing their memories of Slaughter; they say she was known for her determination, compassion, and wit. 

This hour, we discuss Slaughter's life and career with Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, NYSUT Regional Staff Director Carrie Andrews, Rochester City Council Member Molly Clifford, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Chief of Staff Melissa DeRosa, Dr. Bill Valenti of Trillium Health, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and community members.


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Singer Rihanna denounced an ad that appeared on Snapchat making a game of domestic violence that featured photographs of her and Chris Brown. And the social media app's stock price went tumbling.

"Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain't my fav app out there," Rihanna said in a statement posted Thursday on rival social media platform Instagram, where she has 61 million followers. "I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb! You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!"

A former Cornell University student has been charged with four federal crimes after an abundance of weapons were found in his Ithaca, N.Y., apartment.

Two of the crimes have to do with possession of firearms – an unregistered destructive device and a silencer. The others have to do with false statements in connection with the acquisition of a firearm and the required record of a federal firearms license in connection with a firearm purchase.

Before Washington, D.C., had fully processed the late-night firing of Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was let go by Attorney General Jeff Sessions less than 48 hours before his planned retirement after more than two decades of service to the bureau, the saga took several new, head-spinning turns Saturday.

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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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