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President Trump said he would walk away from a planned meeting with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, if it looked like the two sides were not going to be able to reach a deal.

"If we don't think it's going to be successful ... we won't have it," Trump said at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Wednesday at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. "If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting."

The House holds a special celebration to remember the life of Rep. Louise Slaughter.


A group of alumni of Hobart and William Smith Colleges wants more transparency from the school surrounding the recent resignation by President Gregory Vincent, amid allegations of plagiarism.

Retired CIA officer John Sipher graduated with Vincent in 1983.

He says it's his belief the school brought in Vincent to help move the colleges to the next level.

But an anonymous email alleging Vincent did not properly cite parts of the doctoral dissertation he earned from the University of Pennsylvania changed all that.

The Irondequoit Town Board has unanimously voted to amend the town speed limit to 30 mph.

The town says these changes now align the speed limit in Irondequoit with neighboring suburbs that already have lowered their speed limits on their local roads.

This change will largely affect local roadways in Irondequoit.

The speed limit on most county roads will remain at 35 mph. Parts of Cooper Road, Titus Avenue and the north ends of St Paul Boulevard and Culver Road will be reduced to 30 mph.

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When you think of a walkout or a protest, you might think of something loud. Megaphones, speeches and chants.

But the students at Brighton High School decided to use the power of silence to their advantage.

Over 100 students walked out the doors of the high school Wednesday morning, gathered around the flagpole and laid down for a moment underneath it.

A short speech was read, everyone stood up, and the students then returned to the building.

A new documentary called Photo City tells the story of Rochester’s past, present, and future as a hub for photography. It will be screened as part of the One Take Film Fest at The Little Theatre.

The filmmakers are from Ireland, and we talk to one of them about why his team chose Rochester as the subject of the film. We also hear from local photographers and filmmakers who will share their take on Rochester as a photo city. Our guests:

  • John Murphy, co-director, co-writer, and editor of Photo City
  • Arleen Thaler, socially-engaged photojournalist
  • Jack Garner, retired national film critic for Gannett Newspapers
  • Linda Moroney, filmmaker, and director and programmer for the One Take Film Festival

The Parliament of World Religions is coming to Toronto, and Rochester is hosting a pre-Parliament event today. The parliament goes back to 1893, when organizers sought to create an international dialogue about religions and interfaith issues. This year, the theme is about the promise of inclusion.

Our guests discuss it:

Governor Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the annual meeting of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where he offered remedies to fix the nation’s Democratic Party.

Cuomo railed against President Donald Trump and his administration, saying they are “anti-American” and opposed to everything that King preached about. But he said the Democratic Party got it wrong in 2016.

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City residents and visitors with traffic violations will now be able to handle them at the new Traffic Violations Agency in downtown Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren says the new office will help bring fairness and equity to city residents trying to adjudicate parking and traffic violations.

"If you got a ticket in Brighton and Gates and Greece and they went to town court, residents were able to negotiate a plea deal and were able to work out a payment plan. Now in the city of Rochester, you’ll be able to do that as well."

The owners of Mario’s restaurant on Monroe Avenue say they will be bringing back that eatery, but at a different location.

They say that after almost 3 years since the last meal was served on Monroe Avenue, they will open a restaurant in the space now occupied by their current Bazil Restaurant on Irondequoit Bay.

The new restaurant is called Mario’s Homemade Pasta Kitchen, and Mario Daniele says it hearkens back to his roots of growing up in Italy eating in his mother’s kitchen.


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The Democratic National Committee filed an attention-grabbing lawsuit against the Russian government, WikiLeaks and Donald Trump's presidential campaign that claims they conspired to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The suit — which is unlikely to yield any outcome given the ongoing investigation into Russia's attack and the legal difficulties involved with suing a foreign government — develops a theory about alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians.

At schools across the country today, students are getting up from their desks and walking out when the clock strikes 10 a.m. They're participating in the National School Walkout, part of the movement that has taken hold among students to call for action to end gun violence.

Today marks 19 years since the shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., in which two high school students shot and killed thirteen people.

Gina Haspel, the first woman nominated to lead the CIA, has a five-foot-tall poster of Johnny Cash in her office. She's an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan — though she transferred from that school and graduated from the rival University of Louisville. She majored in journalism.

A few months ago, I wrote a check for $12,000 but couldn't figure out exactly why.

The payment was to secure a place for my mother at Sligo Creek Center, in Takoma Park, Md. It's a nursing home and rehab center owned by Genesis Healthcare.

My mother was about to be discharged from Holy Cross Hospital, in nearby Silver Spring, after a fall. Medicare wouldn't pay for her rehabilitation care.

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From the Inclusion Desk

The Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester has received a significant grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation.

Just over $487,000 will go towards the construction and operation of their inclusive complex in Webster, which makes sports more accessible for children with disabilities.

President of the Board of Directors for Challenger Miracle Field, Ron Kampff says part of that money will go towards phase two of the field’s buildout.

Musician redefines herself after hearing loss

Apr 4, 2018
Photo Credit: Eastman School of Music

Gaelen McCormick has been losing her hearing, to varying degrees over several years as a result of Ménière’s disease – a condition that also causes vertigo and tinnitus.

"My husband and I have a morning ritual. Wake up, and the first thing he says, is “I love you” and the next thing I can say is “I can hear you” or “I can’t hear you” – and that’s how we start our day." 

The loss of hearing was a particular challenge for McCormick because of her profession: she is a musician.


April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. A local advocate says most people are aware of the condition, with one in 68 children getting the diagnosis.

But Rachel Rosner, director of education for AutismUp, says there's still room for improvement on the acceptance part.

Rosner hopes people can move closer to understanding and respecting the rights of those on the autism spectrum to live and thrive in their communities.

For 10 years Rochester has joined communities around the country to help do one thing: put an end to a word individuals with disabilities call offensive and derogatory - the R-word - meaning “retard” or “retarded.” It’s all part of an initiative spearheaded by the Golisano Foundation called: Spread the Word to End the Word. It’s linked to a national campaign launched by Special Olympics and Best Buddies. On this edition of Need to Know, we discuss the damaging impact of a word gone wrong.

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