Why are some forms of sports gambling legal and others are not?  That’s one of the main questions to be discussed at an event on Saturday afternoon as part of the University of Rochester’s  Meliora weekend.

It’s being led by a well-known New York City-based lawyer Arthur Miller, who is a U of R grad, and currently heads up an institute at NYU for sports management, media and business.

Senator Gillibrand held a round table discussion about gun legislation at the Thomas P. Ryan Community Center in Rochester.

Gillibrand met with Rochester Police Officers and other law enforcement, city council members, residents and advocates. Also in attendance were mothers and other family members of victims of gun violence.

Gillibrand says she hoped to learn from them.

On Education Friday, we hear often about the value of play early in life... but what does the research say? Our guests will explain how play impacts learning, and how physical activity can set the stage for intellectual development. Our guests weigh in:

  • Cindy Anderson, occupational therapy/physical therapy supervisor at Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes
  • Stephanie Dickson, physical therapist, Clinical Associates of the Finger Lakes

Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic Magazine, and is a well known Libertarian author. For many years, Shermer's position on firearms was the same as many of his Libertarian counterparts: he owned guns, he supported owners' rights, and he was concerned about government overreach. But Shermer studied the research, and even decided to remove guns from his home when he was going through marital problems. This past weekend, he wrote an article that explained his evolution on the issue, and why he's open to some form of gun control -- and even a partial ban on some of the most high-powered weapons. Shermer offers some of the best evidence that Americans can change their minds on guns -- an especially valuable lesson at a time when everyone seems so polarized and entrenched. He'll join us for the hour to take us through the latest research and the reactions he's gotten to his writing on the subject.

New York State’s banking regulator has approved M&T Bank’s acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp.  That was the last approval needed , paving the way for the merger to be completed on November 1st.

The $3.7 billion deal was initially proposed in 2012, but the process was  delayed until M&T upgraded its anti-money laundering and Bank Secrecy Act programs to meet federal regulators’  expectations.



Second year college student, Valerie Hacker, has lost more than 200 course credits that she will never get back. Her hopes for a brighter future vanished last April after Corinthian Colleges, Inc. abruptly announced it would close all remaining Everest Institute locations across the country.

"I had to leave school early on a Tuesday because my father had fallen down and died of a heart attack while I was in class. Saturday I get the email saying that Everest is closing, so I’m like, 'You gotta be kidding me!'" says Hacker.

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A well-known downtown Rochester hotel is celebrating its new name. Officials on Friday dedicated the change of the Rochester Plaza Hotel to its new branding, as the Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown.

Paul Kremp is the general manager there. He says one reason the owners wanted to affiliate with Holiday Inn is the potential for attracting more business customers.

“We believe that their business travel rewards program, called IHG Rewards, that’s one of the items and one of the programs that we felt we missed, being an independent.”

Former SUNY Chancellor Speaks About His Long Life

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Former SUNY Chancellor and self described "black pioneer" Clifton Wharton, Jr. has written an autobiography that chronicles his  life , spending his early years in Spain with his ground breaking diplomat father, attendance at Harvard, and becoming the first African American President of a major University, Michigan State University, which coincided with the height of the Vietnam War protests.

Allegiant Air Takes Off in Rochester

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Allegiant Air has made its inaugural flight out of Rochester to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The low-cost airline will have two flights a week non-stop to Ft. Lauderdale, and add service to Orlando/Sanford starting next month.

Director of Aviation at Rochester's airport, Mike Giardino, says having a Florida destination is important.

"We are primarily a business airport, but for leisure, leisure is big, and we all know, we don't like the nasty weather in the winter, so to have a Florida destination is huge for us."

ZOLL, maker of LifeVest

Researchers at the University of Rochester are conducting clinical trials to learn whether a special vest can help save the lives of people with end-stage kidney disease who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.

Wojciech Zareba, M.D., PhD, the study's principal investigator, said once patients with late-stage renal failure start dialysis, they are at high risk of developing irregular heartbeat which can result in sudden cardiac death.