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(WXXI & WEOS ) Activists and concerned residents packed Geneva Public Library  this week to discuss allegations that a police officer posted racist and harmful images.

Two weeks ago, a collage of memes and images allegedly posted by a Geneva officer between 2012 and 2015 to his personal Facebook page went viral, with some people calling for his dismissal. Some of these images include a meme stating, “Trust me, I’m white,” a Confederate flag and a cowboy posted against an American flag asking why he has to “press 1 for English.”

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Federal, state and local officials came to Rochester Thursday to tout the progress being made at a photonics facility in the city.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, Chamber of Commerce President (and AIM Photonics Leadership Council Chairman ) Bob Duffy, and various state officials put on their hard hats, and toured a couple of floors of a former Kodak building on Lake Avenue which will be the headquarters for what is called a TAP, or Testing, Assembly and Packaging facility.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is considering a possible challenge to Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Democratic primary for the 2018 governor’s race.
Miner says if she does run for governor, it won’t be a conventional campaign.

Phantom bike lane barriers in Rochester

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Bicycle enthusiasts are responding to the placement of toilet plungers on some city streets to remind motorists not to drive or park on designated bike lanes.

"I've talked with the cycling community, and either people are hiding the fact that they did it, or they literally don't know, but I'm still scratching my head, but if I knew who it was I'd buy them a beer," said Jesse Peers, a certified cycling instructor and volunteer with the Rochester Cycling Alliance.

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Rochester area apple growers say a series of unusual weather conditions and a little luck combined to produce the best apple crop they've seen in years.

“They're beautifully plump, a gorgeous size and this gorgeous, glowing color on every single variety," said Amy Machamer, co-owner of Hurd Orchards in Holley.

A wet spring and summer and sunny, cool August provided the perfect growing conditions for apples and other fruit crops.  The unseasonably warm weather of the past several weeks means an early apple harvest and Machamer said they’re racing to keep up.

THE SMITH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

First hour: Celebrating new inductees to the National Women's Hall of Fame

Second hour: Revitalizing the music scene in the Finger Lakes

A Rochester woman is waiting for word from her relatives in Puerto Rico, which has been slammed by Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit the island in over 80 years.

Carmen Rosa is office manager at Ibero-American Action League.

She says she last talked to her mother Tuesday night, after her mother traveled to Puerto Rico, despite the fact a hurricane was bearing down on the island.

A response has been issued by current and former faculty at the University of Rochester, after the university this week outlined steps for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

But the people making the complaint are not happy with what has been proposed.

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Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn announced a new housing area in the downtown Monroe County Jail specifically designated for incarcerated military veterans.

Laura Stradley, Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center says it’s important to focus on these defendants because they once put their lives on the line for our country.

"They spend possibly years away from home, time away from family and situations in circumstances that many Americans can’t even fathom."

Melissa DeRosa, Gov Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again wading into national issues this week. He’s had a press conference against the latest attempt in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. And he met with the governors of California and Washington to discuss steps to slow climate change.

In both cases, the governor said he’s addressing the matters because the actions — or, in the case of climate change, inactions — in Washington have a harmful impact on New York.

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