BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Police searched Saturday for a gunman authorities said opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy's store at a mall north of Seattle, killing four females, before fleeing toward an interstate on foot.

People fled, customers hid in dressing rooms and employees locked the doors of nearby stores after gunshots rang out just after 7 p.m. Friday at the Cascade Mall. A helicopter, search teams and K-9 units scoured the area for a rifle-carrying man.

Cuomo's Pledge to Clean up Albany Unfulfilled

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The criminal charges against nine of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s associates is the latest incident in a wave of corruption that has enveloped the State Capitol for the past several years.

When Cuomo first became governor in 2011, he promised to do something about it. So far, he has not been particularly successful.

Cuomo, in his inaugural speech as governor on Jan. 1, 2011, promised that corruption at the Capitol would end and public trust would be restored during his tenure in office.

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 new documentary, Defying the Nazis, and if another figure like Hitler could rise to power. Our guest is a Holocaust survivor;
  • Mental illness and recovery with actor Richard Dreyfuss;
  • Poverty in Rochester;
  • The impact this summer's drought has had on regional farms;
  • How satire can affect public sentiment.

Connections: Read Local

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Like the local food movement, Read Local is a program that seeks to get readers to enjoy books grown right in their own back yard. It is a book club and event series, highlighting books published by publishing houses based right here in Rochester. The idea is to read the book, meet the author, and support local businesses along the way. 

We meet author Josefine Klougart, and we discuss a range of issues, including translations and foreign books, the health of publishing, and more. Our guests:

Recently, we heard from Nazareth College President Daan Braveman, who wanted to stress the point that the cost of college is not rising as quickly as many people seem to think. That's because the sticker price is not the same as the actual price most students pay.

But University of Rochester graduate and author Kevin Connell counters that there is indeed a crisis in higher education. His new book, Breaking Point, is being released, and Connell is back in Rochester for a book talk. First, he joins us on Connections to discuss the problems he sees, along with possible solutions.

Pittsford Town Supervisor Bill Smith says there’s been another round of leaflets promoting a white supremacist website dropped near some homes.

This time it was in the Knollwood Drive area. Earlier this week, the leaflets were dropped along Knickerbocker Road.

Smith says this latest batch of leaflets was spread around overnight Thursday into Friday.

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  A central figure charged in a New York state corruption case that's shaken Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration has appeared in court for a preliminary hearing. 

SUNY Polytechnic Institute President Alain Kaloyeros was released on his own recognizance Friday. He didn't enter a plea. His attorney says Kaloyeros is innocent. 

Kaloyeros faces state and federal charges that he conspired with developers to ensure they won lucrative contracts. 

Ribbon-Cutting for New Wolk JCC Center in Rochester

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There was a  ribbon-cutting ceremony today at the Jewish Community Center in Rochester, after a $17 million dollar, 26 thousand square foot expansion project which offers fitness, nutrition and many other programs for the Rochester community.

A year and a half in the making, the newly named Louis S. Wolk JCC features a state-of-the-art two-floor fitness facility, a wellness center, juice bar, Olympic pool, outdoor splash pool for the kids, and many other upgrades and improvements.

Geva Theatre

A close to $9 million, seven-year renovation project has been completed at Geva Theatre.

Everything from the roof to the lobby has been updated.  Artistic director Mark Cuddy says the 148-year old  building has kept some of the traditional Geva feel with a whole new look.

"It feels bigger; you see more brick and steel girders, and yet all the furnishings are modern and sleek, but yet warm colors, so it still feels like Geva."

First hour: College at the breaking point?

Second hour: Read Local