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A top official at Roberts Wesleyan College says that many people at that Chili-based school are angry about the racial epithets written on a dormitory wall this week. The college plans to respond aggressively to that incident. Hundreds of students attended a meeting at the college Friday to talk about the incident where the racial slurs were scrawled on the door and wall of a dorm suite, which is occupied by several African American students who are also members of the basketball team. And Co...
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A well-known local architect has died. The Democrat&Chronicle reports that James H. Johnson, whose work included the Mushroom House in Perinton and the Liberty Police in downtown Rochester, has died at the age of 83.

The paper says Johnson died on February 2nd.

The 190-foot stainless steel Liberty Pole was built in the 1960s. The Mushroom House, near Powder Mills Park, consists of five elevated pods. It was built in the 1970s.

Keuka College says it’s changing the nickname of its sports teams after legal pressure from North Caroline State University.

At the end of the current season, the college located in the Finger Lakes will stop using the name “Wolfpack” and instead the Keuka teams will be known as the “Wolves.”

The “Wolfpack” name came about as a result of a student recommendation after the student body got involved to help clean up in the region following a serious flood.

Governor Cuomo says he has learned of a leak involving radioactive-contaminated water at a downstate nuclear plant. Cuomo says the water leaked into the groundwater at the Indian Point Nuclear facility in Westchester County.

The governor says the company reported alarming levels at three monitoring wells, but Cuomo says the contamination has not migrated off site and does not pose an immediate threat to public health.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, joining a number of states that have taken action against what's known as "gay conversion" therapy.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans for new regulations Saturday. They will bar New York insurers from covering the therapy for minors and will prohibit mental health facilities under state jurisdiction from offering it to minors.

It's not immediately clear how many insurers or facilities statewide provide the coverage or therapy now.

Wayne County Rep. John Katko (R-NY) delivered the weekly Republican Address on Saturday.

This information is provided by the Speaker of the House website:

Katko discusses the Obama administration’s failure to enforce a new visa waiver law—intended to keep Americans safe—in order to accommodate Iran.

“I am a former federal prosecutor, and I can tell you a law is only as good as how you enforce it,” said Rep. Katko. “This is not a time to start lowering our guard. And we should not put Iran’s feelings before America’s security interests.”

ALBANY (AP) Police in New York will be on the lookout for drunken drivers this Super Bowl weekend.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says state and local police will increase patrols and sobriety checkpoints today and tomorrow, and will also step-up enforcement of laws prohibiting underage drinking.

Last year, state police arrested 31 impaired drivers and issued more than 1,000 tickets. More than 100 additional motorists were charged with driving while under the influence by local police.

Officials say choosing a designated driver before a party is a good idea.

ALBANY (AP) Guns were used in 195 domestic-related killings in New York from 2006 through 2014, according to an Associated Press review of FBI records. Nationally, 6,235 people were killed in such attacks, with current wives and girlfriends accounting for 75 percent of the victims.

New York's 195 killings compared with 637 in California, with a population twice as large, and with 798 in Texas, the second most populous state. The annual number in New York ranged from a low of 17 in 2014 to a high of 31 in 2007 and typically is about 20 per year.

ALBANY (AP) A New York state lawmaker who has sponsored bills targeting synthetic marijuana is calling on the NFL to require players to take drug tests for the substance.

State Senator Jeff Klein cited reports of NFL players using synthetic marijuana because existing drug screenings don't test for it.

Klein, who has sponsored state laws prohibiting the substance, says the NCAA has already added synthetic pot to its list of banned substances. He says the NFL should screen for the drug to protect players and send a signal to the public about its dangers.

News services say at least 14 people, including a baby and a 40-year-old man, have been killed in an earthquake in Taiwan.

A magnitude 6.4 quake shook the southern city of Tainan just before 4 a.m. local time Saturday. The shallow quake caused severe damage to several large structures, including one residential building where authorities say hundreds live.

NPR's Elise Hu, in Taiwan, tells All Things Considered that residential building was 17 stories tall but collapsed down to the height of about four stories.

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:

  • How charter schools are funded and managed;
  • Ethics questions in Monroe County government;
  • Mental health and relationships, following the double-murder suicide in Geneseo;
  • A new documentary about a local program that uses literacy to reconnect children with their incarcerated parents;
  • The book, Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, by Pamela Newkirk;
  • 70s music and the artists we've recently lost.


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