A class offered at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester is encouraging people to learn more about the history and practice of Islam.

Dr. Joseph Kelly is the professor emeritus of religious studies at Nazareth College and leads the sessions. He said the classes were created to eliminate any uncertainty or fear people might have towards the faith, and separate the religion from extremist groups.

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NORTH HARMONY, N.Y. (AP & WXXI News) — Republican Rep. Tom Reed was greeted by dozens of boisterous protesters at a town hall held in Chautauqua County this weekend.

The crowd at a senior center in North Harmony was so large that Reed's meeting was moved outside on a sunny Saturday morning. Many in the crowd held signs opposing Donald Trump's presidency.

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Members of the Catholic Worker Movement who staged a sit-in at an office of a New York congressman who supports President Donald Trump have ended their protest after the Republican lawmaker showed up to speak with them.

Staffers at the Yates County Chamber of Commerce are mourning the loss of their President and CEO.

Mike Linehan died suddenly this past Wednesday. The cause of death of the 54 year old Linehan has not been determined yet.

Linehan headed up the chamber for 24 years.  The current chair of the chamber, Kathy Waye called Linehan “a tireless advocate for local businesses,” and said that “with his sudden death, the board will continue moving forward in following Linehan’s vision as president.”

Former board chair Mike Manahan said that “he was a true visionary.”


Rochester is among cities across the country that  are backing a lawsuit which seeks to continue blocking the travel ban President Trump issued last month.

That executive order has been stayed in the courts and this week the president said he will roll  out a new immigration executive order next week.

The cities signing on to the federal lawsuit say they would be impacted by the immigration order previously imposed because of their sizeable immigrant and refugee populations.

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:

  • Rochester's status as a sanctuary city, and perceptions of immigrants;
  • The Dakota Access Pipeline, and Native American rights; 
  • Black Lives Matter Day in the Rochester City School District;
  • How senior Republicans are addressing climate change by proposing a carbon fee and dividend.

Heart disease affects 27.6  million American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We talk about common conditions, treatment, heart-healthy diets, and more. Our guests:

  • Dr. John Bisognano, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine, and director of outpatient services in the Division of Cardiology, and director of the Comprehensive Hypertension Center at the University of Rochester
  • Dr. Rebecca Shallek, M.D., cardiologist in the Department of Cardiology at Highland Hospital, and senior instructor of clinical medicine in cardiology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

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Taxi drivers from across Rochester gathered at city hall Friday afternoon in response to the possibility of Uber and Lyft ride-hailing services coming to New York State.

Protestors say the apps would destroy full time professional driving jobs for the 300 taxi drivers already working in Rochester.

Ismael Medina is one of those drivers. He’s been driving in Rochester for 4 years and says our city doesn’t use cabs enough to be able to support everyone who would drive if Uber came in.

In this month's episode of Unleashed, we hear from a dog owner who is working to turn her heartbreak into action. Denise Krohn's two dogs were killed during a home invasion, and now, she's fighting for legislation that would make it a crime to hurt a pet during the commission of another crime. Read the petition here.

We also talk to a Wayne County woman whose dog, Derby, took to the national stage, competing in the Masters Obedience Championship at the Westminster Kennel Club Show. We talk to Leanne Capozzi about the experience of a lifetime.

And, Dr. Edward Gschrey from South Towne Veterinary Hospital will be in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior. Our guests:

Organizers of  the Black Lives Matter at School Day held Friday for the Rochester City School District say the event was created to reflect on the past, present and future of the civil rights movement and black lives in our country, and to encourage conversation about social justice and sustainable progress.

Rakia Hardaway is a social studies teacher at Edison Career and Technology High School, she said it’s important to have these events in schools to show that youth participation is essential.