Section Of Erie Canal Reopens

11 hours ago

Boaters who want to cruise the Erie Canal have some good news.

The Canal Corporation has reopened the stretch closed between Lyons and Brewerton.

The Cayuga-Seneca Canal might take another week or ten days to reopen, because of high water and strong currents.

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STILLWATER, NY (AP) Several dozen people will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States during naturalization ceremonies being held on the Fourth of July at three upstate New York locations, including one near Rochester.

BUFFALO (AP) Nearly 10,000 American troops overseas are getting a slice of American pie for Independence Day.

Chicago-based Pizza 4 Patriots is sending 5,500 pizzas to troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait to give them a taste of home on the 4th of July.

The pizzas were donated by Buffalo-based Rich Products and delivered by DHL Express.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia. (AP) — With the title match looming, Pittsford's Abby Wambach isn't mincing words.

"All I care about is winning this World Cup," she said.

The star U.S. forward is playing in her fourth Women's World Cup, and she says it will be her last. A victory Sunday in the final against Japan would be the perfect ending to her World Cup career.

It would also solidify a legacy. Wambach, who has been on the national team for 15 years, has scored 183 goals, more than any other player, male or female, in the world. Of those, 77 have come on headers.

Hamlin Bridge To Close For A Year Monday

13 hours ago

The 1,700 drivers on the west side of Monroe County who cross Sandy Creek in Hamlin on Route 19 every day will see a detour beginning Monday.

The state DOT is replacing the 55-year old bridge.

In a statement to WXXI, NYS DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald said a short traffic detour will help crews finish the project efficiently.

“We strive to keep traffic impacts to a minimum and  -- in this case -- determined that a short detour during construction is the most efficient way to progress.”

Construction could take a year.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management to enhance monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday, July 4 in light of the recent terror warning issued by the FBI and  and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Cuomo urged New Yorkers to be alert and aware of any potential suspicious activity during the holiday weekend.

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A suburban New York prosecutor says compliance with a state law to combat school bullying, harassment or intimidation is a "disaster."

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recently reviewed statewide reporting of the so-called "Dignity Act."

She noted 58 percent of all schools failed to report even one incident of bullying. And 82 percent had no incidents of cyberbullying.

She says the numbers reflect "serious problems" with the reporting.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is declining to report his outside income on a state disclosure form, citing federal charges that he collected nearly $4 million in kickbacks.

The Manhattan Democrat wrote on the disclosure forms that it would be "inappropriate" to detail his legal work or his non-governmental income in light of the charges. Silver says he will be exonerated.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York State Police are seeking the public's help in locating the owner of a backpack an escaped murderer was carrying when he was shot and wounded by a trooper near the Canadian border.

Police on Friday say 35-year-old David Sweat had a red and black TYR brand backpack. Officials have said Sweat was carrying maps, tools, Pop Tarts and other items in the backpack when he was caught June 28.

Troopers say the backpack is believed to have been stolen from a camp in neighboring Franklin or Clinton County.

RIT Professor Wins National Award

Jul 3, 2015
Lea Vacca Michel
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RIT associate professor of chemistry Lea Vacca Michel has won a national award for inspiring women in the fields of science and technology.

Michel is director of an RIT program called WISE - for Women in Science.

The success of the program made her one of 100 women to win the national INSIGHT Into Diversity award, from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, for encouraging young women to consider STEM careers.