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Four indicted in alleged mortgage fraud scheme including Kevin and Todd Morgan

The son and nephew of Rochester area developer Robert Morgan have been among those indicted in what the U.S. Attorney’s office calls a ‘multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.’ U.S. Attorney James Kennedy says that a federal grand jury has returned a 62 count indictment charging 43 year old Frank Giacobbe of East Amherst, 34 year old Patrick Ogiony of Buffalo, 42 year old Kevin Morgan of Pittford and 29 year old Todd Morgan of Rochester with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud....

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Philip Roth, whose novel American Pastoral won a Pulitzer in 1998 but who was best-known for the controversial and explicit 1969 Portnoy's Complaint, has died at age 85.

Roth's biographer Blake Bailey, who confirmed his death to NPR, says the author was surrounded by friends and family.

First hour: Discussing phase three of Reimagine RTS

Second hour: What are we teaching kids about healthy relationships?

JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

More than 8,700 runners  and walkers hoofed it through downtown Rochester Tuesday night, for the 28th running of the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge. 

This was the second year the event has been held downtown; previously it was held at RIT for a number of years and before that, Highland Park.

This event features teams from more than 360 businesses and other organizations. 

The son and nephew of Rochester area developer Robert Morgan have been among those indicted in what the U.S. Attorney’s office calls a ‘multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme.’

U.S. Attorney James Kennedy says that a federal grand jury has returned a 62 count indictment charging 43 year old Frank Giacobbe of East Amherst, 34 year old Patrick Ogiony of Buffalo, 42 year old Kevin Morgan of Pittford and 29 year old Todd Morgan of Rochester with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

Todd is Robert Morgan’s son, and Kevin is his nephew.

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Paychex founder Tom Golisano challenged his property tax assessment Tuesday afternoon as part of the annual statewide Grievance Day.

Golisano was the first to challenge his assessment right at 4 p.m., carrying with him a life-size plastic goose as a visual aid. The philanthropist and billionaire now has his primary residence in Florida.

There’s a new company that will operate Darien Lake theme park in  Genesee County and it’s a familiar name.

Late Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire the lease rights to operate five amusement parks including Darien Lake.

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The New York State legislature has chosen Barbara Underwood, the acting Attorney General, to replace the former AG Eric Schneiderman for the remainder of the term, which ends December 31. Underwood will be the first woman to hold that office.  

By a vote of 190 to zero at the joint session of the legislature Tuesday afternoon, Barbara Underwood became the first woman in New York’s history to hold the post of Attorney General.

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Ontario County Deputies say that two people are dead, the result of a fire in the Town of Naples early Tuesday morning.

Deputies say the fire was at a house on County Road 36, and it was called in by a driver passing by. The house was engulfed in flames when authorities got there.

The house is owned by 94 year old Marian Fleischman. She rented a room in the house to 64 year old Michael Schenk.

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After eight months of work, the University of Rochester Commission for Women and Gender Equity in Academia has released its preliminary report.

The group formed last fall, after sexual harassment allegations were made against professor Florian Jaeger.

The report says that while the university has made a number of changes already in the spirit of their motto “Meliora,” there is still room for more work.

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Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, has devised what could be a powerful new way to hold hospitals accountable for the quality of their care.

Starting in less than two years, if the hospitals haven't met certain designated targets for safety and quality, they'll risk being excluded from the "in-network" designation of health plans sold on the state's insurance exchange.

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson — who is facing possible jail time after an Australian court found him guilty of concealing child sex abuse — says he will stand aside from his duties but will not resign unless "it becomes necessary and appropriate."

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Philip Roth, whose novel American Pastoral won a Pulitzer in 1998 but who was best-known for the controversial and explicit 1969 Portnoy's Complaint, has died at age 85.

Roth's biographer Blake Bailey, who confirmed his death to NPR, says the author was surrounded by friends and family.

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From the Inclusion Desk

The Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series is underway. It features films and performances that address the stigma attached to mental illness and behavior disorders, while providing messages of hope.

One of the films in this year's lineup is the documentary, Deej; it tells the story of David James Savarese, a non-speaking young man with autism. Savarese joins us in studio to share his remarkable journey and the challenges he has overcome. Plus, we get a look at what's next in the series. Our guests: 

  • Dr. Larry Guttmacher, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and co-director of the Reel Mind Film series
  • David James Savarese, poet, co-producer of Deej, and advocate for people with autism 
  • Dr. Lori Jeanne Peloquin, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Lynne Fisher, education program administrator for NAMI-Rochester

Marsha King

Familiar sounds and movements can make difficult tasks seem easier because they are comforting. Through those associations, music can connect the mind to the soul.

Take Jason King, for example. “Jason has always been a handful,” said Marsha King about her 16-year-old son. “He was diagnosed with bipolar/ADHD when he was about 9.”

Jason has a 134 IQ and is as mature as a 10-12 year old. When Jason was 15, he was stabilized with medication and diagnosed with high functioning autism.

“One of the biggest issues he experiences is the ability to be flexible and follow direction to do things when he should,” his mother said.

However, Jason moves to the beat of Artists Unlimited. There, Jason can express himself because it gives him the opportunity to perform on stage, just like he does at home.

Andrea Francis

A 24-hour helpline for Rochester-area families with children on the autism spectrum will be place by July 1. It's one of the responses advocates say is needed after the death of Trevyan Rowe.

The 14-year-old, whose family said he had autism, died in the Genesee River after walking away from School 12 in March.

“As the parent of children with autism, that story really hit home hard,” said Andrea Francis of Farmington. “I think the community is still shaken up over it.”

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The Arc of Monroe County is accepting applications for its Adult Project SEARCH program, which prepares adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for employment.

Kayt Davidson is director of transition services with Job Path at the Arc of Monroe.

She says the program focuses on employment readiness.

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