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Local aerial skier Jon Lillis' quest for a medal ends in South Korea

Pittsford native and Olympic skier Jon Lillis made it to the championships Sunday morning in men's aerials at the Olympics, but was out after 2 rounds. The finals began at 6:00 Sunday morning. After two rounds only the top six qualified for the final run, and Lillis came in at eighth. He was the only American to make the men's aerials finals.

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Drew Broderick

Pittsford native and Olympic skier Jon Lillis has moved along in his quest for a medal in South Korea.

The 23 year old moved into the freestyle skiing men’s aerial final by nailing his first round jump on Saturday to get into first place and secure one of the six direct qualification spots.

With his performance, Lillis was exempt for having to perform a second jump and immediately qualified for Sunday’s championship round which begin at 6:00 a.m.

The two other Americans failed to qualify for the finals.


First hour: Special rebrodacast - Jeremy Richman on the impact of mass shootings on communities

Second hour: BBC World Service presents remarkable stories of African American history

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 local schools are protecting and caring for students, after news of mass shootings in American schools;
  • Racism, and what we tell our kids about race;
  • Reactions to the proposed changes to the SNAP program;
  • What's happening with photonics in Rochester. 

Local Swim Coach charged with enticing minors

Feb 16, 2018
Tianna Manon

A Henrietta man was arrested at Jay’s Diner Thursday, while holding Valentine's Day gifts and candy for his "date."


Because, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the girl he believed he was meeting was underage.


A prominent cardiologist and researcher based in Rochester has died.  Dr. Arthur Moss died on Wednesday at the age of 86.

Moss  is credited with saving thousands of lives, during a career that spanned six decades.

Officials at the University of Rochester Medical Center say he made some of the most significant and long-lasting discoveries in the prevention and treatment of sudden cardiac death.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner has positively identified the two people  found in the car recovered from the Genesee River on Thursday.

They are 73 year old Robert Ross and 72 year old Mary Ross. The couple was from Perinton.

Robert Ross was last seen at a medical appointment on January 30th, and the last known contact with Mary Ross was a telephone call on the 31st. 

Authorities had determined that her cellphone was near a tower in the Charlotte area, and that is what led to the extensive search in that area in recent days.

New York’s junior senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, was officially nominated for re-election Friday at a meeting of the State Democratic Party in Albany, where she said she will serve out her entire six-year term if she wins the race in November.

Gillibrand, who was unanimously nominated to run for a second full term, focused her speech in part on Democratic frustrations over lack of gun control laws in Washington in the aftermath of the Florida high school mass shooting.  She said Americans are being “slaughtered,” and Congress is “turning a blind eye.”

Will & Grace is back with new episodes, and a Roseanne revival is set to premiere next month. Plus, there are rumors of a Seinfeld reboot. Fans of these shows are excited about them returning to their screens. So why do we love seeing specific characters and shows back on TV after years off the air?

Our guests talk about nostalgia, and what the teams behind the revival shows need to do to keep their audiences watching. In studio:

  • Bob Thompson, director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University
  • Kate Sweeney, TV fan and co-organizer of Ambush Rochester
  • Tom Proietti, resident scholar in media at St. John Fisher College 

Yet another mass shooting has happened at an American school. The shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday is one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history. The 19-year-old gunman killed 17 students and staff members when he carried an AR-15 rifle into the building. What will it take to stop these shootings? And what will and should schools do in response?

We’re joined by local superintendents who share the steps they’re taking in their districts, and how they talk to students about these incidents. We also discuss the language we use when we talk about our children. The conversation comes after a senator referred to children as “valuable assets” and recommended schools improve their security measures.

Our panelists share their insight, and we take your questions and comments. Our guests:

  • Patrick Blanchfield, freelance journalist and academic, and associate faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research
  • Trina Newton, superintendent of the Geneva Central School District
  • Kimberle Ward, superintendent of Gates Chili Central School District
  • David Inzana, director of safety and security at the Hilton Central School District

Nextcorps bringing the next corp.'s to Rochester

Feb 16, 2018
Alex Crichton

Nextcorps, formerly High Tech Rochester, is open for business in downtown Rochester.

Local, state and federal officials cut the ribbon on the new business incubator located in the Sibley Building.

Part of the downtown innovation zone, Nextcorps, an affiliate of the University of Rochester, houses 25 startups, with plans to launch 100 new tech companies from that space, according to company president James Senall.


Coverage of harassment claims against faculty at the University of Rochester

News from NPR

President Trump spent the weekend at his his Mar-a-Lago resort tweeting about the Russia investigation after a federal grand jury on Friday indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies in connection with what prosecutors describe as a covert Russian campaign to help Trump win the presidency.

All 65 people aboard an Aseman Airlines plane were feared dead when it slammed into Mount Dena in central Iran Sunday during a bout of bad weather, authorities told the Iranian state broadcaster.

But there was so much fog and rain that rescue crews had been unable to reach the crash site via helicopter and were hoping a drone could aid in their search, reports IRNA, the country's official news agency.

The Trump administration is proposing to dramatically cut funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a move critics say is an ongoing assault on the 7-year-old agency.

The bureau was championed by Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats and created in the wake of the financial crisis to protect Americans from getting ripped off by financial firms.

Tommy Rock has had three graduations — high school, college and graduate school. And no one from his family was there — no one to cheer for him, no one to take his picture. And when he came home to Monument Valley, few really cared.

"I didn't get no congratulations or nothing," Rock said. "It was like 'Oh you think you're better than us?' I was like, 'Wow, OK.' "

More news from NPR

From the Inclusion Desk

AutismUp and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester are combining forces to provide support for families of individuals with autism or other developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The two organizations are launching a service to connect families with the support and services they will need following a diagnosis.

Classically trained violinist and songwriter Gaelynn Lea has been immersed in music since her childhood. While she says her primary focus in life is on her career as a musician, it was her rise to fame after winning the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk contest when she also took on a new role - that of a disability advocate and public speaker.  During a recent concert in Rochester at Nazareth College, Lea told Need to Know that the underrepresentation of people with disabilities in the arts has given her a new stage to share a powerful message.

We conclude our Dialogue on Disability Week with a conversation about "invisible" disabilities. Our guests share the challenges they face living with multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. In studio:

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Some 2,000 Rochester area residents with disabilities are in need of housing.

And that number only reflects individuals who get services through one state agency, the New York State Office of People With Developmental Disabilities.  The overall need for affordable, accessible housing is even greater.

This has always been an issue, but it's become a bigger problem in recent years, as more people are interested in living independently.

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Rochester: Hub For Photonics

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