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3:34 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Connections: Books For The Season

We continue to present books for the season, including two authors with local ties:

3:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Connections: Cultural Awareness in Education

Our guest this hour is Zoe Weil, the founder of the Institute for Humane Education. She trains teachers to foster more cultural awareness in students. Examples: kids do not learn much about food and food labeling, and they don't know how animals are treated. Also, kids are not taught to understand where basic products, such as clothing, come from (and the conditions under which they're made). Weil was in Rochester to visit Rochester teachers. 

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3:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.5 Percent

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The State Labor Department says that the unemployment rate in the Rochester area  dropped in October. The rate for the metro area was 5.5  percent, down one percent from this time last year.

State Labor Analyst Kevin Jack says there are a number of reasons why the rate fell, including the fact that the labor force is shrinking, partly due to demographic and other factors.

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Arts & Culture
12:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

United Christian Leadership Ministry: Ferguson Decision Shameful and Unjust

Reverend Lewis Stewart of United Christian Leadership Ministry
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The leader of the United Christian Leadership Ministry says the decision by a grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was "shameful and unjust, and the decision has outraged all of us who deemed justice a matter of moral responsibility and necessity."

Reverend Lewis Stewart and his group held a news conference Tuesday at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester.

Stewart maintains this is a prime example of systemic racism, and what happened in Ferguson is tearing this nation apart.

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12:13 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Mayor Warren Talks About Ferguson & Her Facebook Comments

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is speaking out about the controversy caused by the decision not to indict in the Ferguson case. And the mayor also is reflecting on comments generated by her recent post on social media.

Warren says she was not surprised that there was no indictment in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri by a white police officer. She feels the legal process was flawed from the beginning.

But what may have caught Warren a bit by surprise is the large number of comments on her Facebook posting right after the grand jury decision was announced.  On her Facebook Page, Warren talked about a “young unarmed black man and an authority figure who had little regard for this young man's life.”

That was among the sentences in her post that angered some of her critics, although the Facebook statement did have its share of Mayor Warren supporters as well.

Warren says it's ok to have these discussions as long as we try to do it civilly.

"In our community, we embrace those social differences, we talk about them, we come together as a community, and we may agree to disagree, but we're able to have a civil discourse and I think that, that's important.”

Warren repeatedly emphasized in our interview that Rochester is not Ferguson, and she says progress is being made in helping city residents understand how they can work together.

Local News
11:38 am
Tue November 25, 2014

More Local Reaction To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Jean Carroll, president and CEO, YWCA of Rochester/Monroe County

"Thoughtful but disappointing," is how the president and CEO the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County views a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

The grand jury decided to not indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

YWCA president Jean Carroll, whose organization has initiated local discussions about race and racism, said views on this case depend on your personal experiences.

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WXXI Top Stories
10:08 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Around the State 11-25-14

The WXXI News staff checks newspapers and websites to help keep tabs on what's happening in communities across New York state.

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10:20 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren Issues Statement In The Wake Of Ferguson Decision

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren on Monday night reacted to the decision by a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri in the death of Michael Brown. She posted a message on her Facebook page (which also generated a lot of heated discussion)

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10:08 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Bills Crush The Jets, 38 to 3

DETROIT (AP) — Kyle Orton threw two touchdown passes, Robert Woods pulled off a slick one-handed catch and Scott Chandler added a snow-themed celebration as the Buffalo Bills shook off a rough week and drubbed the New York Jets 38-3 on Monday night.

Heavy snow in the Buffalo area moved the game to Detroit, but there were plenty of Bills fans in attendance at Ford Field. Buffalo (6-5) couldn't even practice before arriving in Michigan on Friday, but it was the Jets (2-9) who looked out of sorts all night.

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