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Cuomo Health comm to recommend legalizing pot, political opponents are critical

Governor Cuomo’s administration is moving ahead on a recommendation to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, a move immediately criticized by Cuomo’s republican opponent for governor. The announcement came not from Cuomo, but from his health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, speaking to a gathering of medical marijuana providers. Zucker says he’s concluded that when it comes to legalizing pot, “the pros outweigh the cons.” “The report recommends that a regulated legal marijuana program...

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Fuji is suing Xerox  after that company backed out of a proposed merger.

Fuji had reached a deal in January with Xerox to take majority control of that company. But Xerox scrapped the deal last month in a settlement with activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason.

In May, Xerox also announced a new CEO and several new board members as part of that settlement.

Icahn and Deason have opposed the Fuji takeover, saying that it undervalues Xerox. But they have indicated they would consider a better offer.

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First hour: Activists protest the separation of immigrant families

Second hour: What should we do when artists misbehave?

The Children's Agenda

A local independent group is urging the city of Rochester to put more funding into the future of children and youth.

The Children’s Agenda recently released its analysis of the proposed 2018-2019 city budget.

The group notes the city is playing a significant role in a number of initiatives and commends the allocations for developmental screening, full time librarians and expanded community engagement, yet it recommends that the city should do more for its youngest residents.

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"We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says, as top Trump administration officials call out critics of its "zero tolerance" policy that calls for separating families who cross the border illegally.

Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is joining the race for governor, according to an announcement reported this morning in the New York Times. 

Another top ranking for Wegmans. 

The Rochester-based supermarket chain has topped a lot of customer satisfaction polls over the years, and this latest survey comes from Market Force Information, a market research company which conducted this latest poll in an online survey of nearly 13,000 shoppers.

Wegmans finished #1 for  the third straight year in this survey, edging out Florida-based Publix Supermarkets.

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The Trump administration's decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration is adding fuel to an already fiery debate over immigration.

A group of House Democrats converged on an immigration detention facility in New Jersey on Sunday, days before a planned vote by House Republicans next week. Meanwhile, Trump administration officials alternately took credit and sought to distance the administration from the family separation policy.


UPDATE: As of 4:30 p.m. Monday-- The Heat Advisory for the Rochester area has been canceled. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 8pm.


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A drive thru prayer service in the northeast section of the city was giving out water bottles and prayers to anyone who needed either this weekend.

For anyone who has driven around the Rochester Public Market on a Saturday morning, you know it can be a nightmare. I was leaving another interview in that area, trying to find some sort secret back route, which didn’t end up happening. 

I was driving down Scio Street when I saw a bunch of kids and adults standing at an intersection holding up poster board. "Oh, a car wash," I thought. That’s cute my car could use one.

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Christine Bailey graduated from college at the age of 37, while raising her teenage daughter and working. Sometimes they’d even do homework together.

"It was a lot of late nights and a lot of early mornings. There really was no down time,” said Bailey, who graduated from St. John Fisher College in 2014. One day, Bailey took her daughter, who was 16 at the time, with her to school. "At that time, she was actually closer in age to some of my classmates than they were to me,” Bailey recalled.


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It's been a decade since the financial crisis drove up the unemployment rate in the U.S. and forced people in the prime of their careers to give up looking for work.

Even today, as employers add jobs at a furious pace, the workforce participation rate still hasn't recovered. And now researchers think they know one reason why: the opioid crisis.

Whenever you bring together dozens of different countries from around the globe, there's bound be some cross-cultural confusion. The World Cup is no exception.

And if you're Shin Tae-yong, coach of the South Korean national team, you figure out how to work that confusion to your advantage. In a press conference Sunday, Shin explained the unusual tactic he'd employed against scouts from the Swedish team: He'd had his team members swap jersey numbers for the warm-up games, in hopes that scouts wouldn't be able to tell the players apart.

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President Trump today announced his intention to create a "space force" that would oversee the military's activities off-world.

"When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space," Trump said at a meeting of the National Space Council, which oversees the nation's space policy. "We must have American dominance in space. So important. "

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From the Inclusion Desk

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Nazareth College is building a new state-of-the-art sports facility on campus that will also help promote inclusivity.

Tim Shriver, the chair of the Special Olympics, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the event. It was a windy day on campus, which Shriver took as a good sign.

“In this country right now, the winds of change are blowing," he said. "They’re blowing here for us to remind us that we have to be the agents of that change.”

Construction has already begun on the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth College, which will host regional Special Olympics events and be used to help athletes.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Special Olympics, and Rochester’s own history with the event goes back almost as long.

John Robinson and Doug Hamlin are in the midst of what has become an annual endeavor. Partners in the firm Our Ability, they are undertaking their "Journey Along the Erie Canal." For John and Doug, who have little or no use of their legs, the 12-day, 350-mile ride is an "opportunity" to display how people with disabilities can adapt to any circumstance.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon brought her campaign to Rochester on Sunday, specifically to focus on the needs of the disability community.

Nixon met with a variety of  supporters, including those active in the disability community locally during her campaign stop at Ontario Beach Park.

The actress and activist who is hoping to face Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo in a September primary keyed in on several points important to those with disabilities, including low wages for home health care aides.

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