Drum Corps Championship Weekend in Rochester

28 minutes ago
Michelle Faust

The Drum Corps Associates are bringing their World Championship to Rochester for the 15th year.

The championship takes place today, Saturday and Sunday at Sahlens Stadium.

It's expected around 10-thousand people will visit Rochester for the event.

Visit Rochester President and CEO Don Jeffries says the Drum Corps Associates World Championships is important for Rochester because of the economic impact it has.

And they've signed on for two more years.

Jeffries says this promises to liven up the Labor Day weekend in Rochester.

Connections: Tom Parrish and Geva Theatre

30 minutes ago

Geva Theatre Center made news when, after 15 years, executive director Tom Parrish announced he's leaving. We'll sit down with Parrish to talk about his work, Geva's place in our community, and we'll get a preview of the upcoming season with Parrish and our guests:

Connections: Legacy and Impact of David Foster Wallace

37 minutes ago

What is the legacy and impact of David Foster Wallace? It's a timely question, with the summer biopic The End of the Tour starting Jason Segel as Wallace. Our wide-ranging panel discusses Wallace's remarkably diverse oeuvre.

  • Chad Post, Open Letter Books
  • Sarah Freligh, author of books and poetry
  • Stephen Brauer, professor of American literature at St. John Fisher College
  • Christopher Duva, creator of a play based on one of Wallace's most well known essays. The play is called "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" and Duva plays Wallace


A community task force is proposing some ideas it believes will improve the climate in Rochester schools.

They are designed to complement the recently recommended changes to the district's code of conduct, but unlike those proposals, these recommended changes don't need the formal approval of the school board.

Vargas: Attendance Rate ‘Unacceptable’

3 hours ago
Alex Crichton

  Nearly 1 in 4 Rochester City School District students didn't go to class when school started Wednesday.

Less than 79 percent showed up on Thursday.

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas says the attendance on the first day of class was so low it was unacceptable.

Vargas says it's a serious problem and it's something that needs the support of families and the community to make sure that all children go to school.

He thinks this community can overcome this problem.

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

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's comptroller says state and municipal contribution rates to the pension fund for public workers will drop again next year. 

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, trustee of the more than $180 billion fund, says the average rate will drop from 18.2 percent of salary to 15.5 percent in the fiscal year that starts next April. 

For police and firefighters, the rate will decline slightly from 24.7 percent of payroll to 24.3 percent. 

At the same time, the assumed rate of return for the retirement fund will be lowered from 7.5 percent to 7 percent.

The Ontario County Health Department says that the presence of blue-green algae has been confirmed in parts of Honeoye, Seneca and Canandaigua Lakes.

Officials say the “algal blooms” can make water look greenish and form thick scums on the surface. When people or animals are exposed to the algae, they may experience eye, nose, throat or skin irritation. People who drink water that contains the blue-green algae may develop diarrhea or vomiting.

In Canandaigua, Kershaw Park Swimming Beach was closed on Thursday.

DETROIT (AP) — TJ Jones boosted his chances of staying in Detroit, turning a short pass into a 64-yard touchdown to help the Lions beat the Buffalo Bills 17-10 Thursday night.

Jones — who missed all of his rookie season last year because of a shoulder injury — played extensively in part because after another wide receiver was injured.

The former Notre Dame standout made a move to get open on a slant, caught a pass from Kellen Moore and used a burst of speed to split defenders and score.

"I caught that ball and was running for my life," Jones said.

It's been one year since Rochester Police Officer Daryl Pierson was shot and killed in the line of duty.

His sister, Patty, closes her eyes when she talks about the last time she saw him.

"Before I left that day, I hugged him, and I said I loved him, and I said goodbye. And had I known that that was going to be the last time that I'd hold him, or talked to him, or tell him I loved him, I would have never let him go."