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7:25 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Scholarship Fund Started At Geva In Honor Of Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Geva Theatre in Rochester is where Fairport native Philip Seymour Hoffman first got really interested in acting, so family and friends say it is fitting that they have now announced the Philip Seymour Hoffman Scholarship Fund.

Hoffman, who died earlier this year of a drug overdose at the age of 46, first got excited about acting when his mother, retired judge Marilyn O'Connor took him to plays at Geva, particularly the production of " All My Sons."

O’Connor tells WXXI News that as much as he's known for movies, her son's first acting passion was the theater. 

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Government
5:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Inner Loop Project Delayed Again By Weather

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There's been another delay in the work that will close down a portion of the Inner Loop so that it can eventually be filled in.

Originally, a section of the highway between Monroe Avenue and East Main Street was going to be closed November 21st, but that was delayed until this week due to snow that impacted the contractor who is based in Erie County.

But City Engineer Jim McIntosh says that snow pack is still causing a delay for the contractor, so now the plan is to put off the closing until next Tuesday December second.

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Connections
3:34 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Connections: Books For The Season

We continue to present books for the season, including two authors with local ties:

Connections
3:30 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Connections: Cultural Awareness in Education

Our guest this hour is Zoe Weil, the founder of the Institute for Humane Education. She trains teachers to foster more cultural awareness in students. Examples: kids do not learn much about food and food labeling, and they don't know how animals are treated. Also, kids are not taught to understand where basic products, such as clothing, come from (and the conditions under which they're made). Weil was in Rochester to visit Rochester teachers. 

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Economy
3:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.5 Percent

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The State Labor Department says that the unemployment rate in the Rochester area  dropped in October. The rate for the metro area was 5.5  percent, down one percent from this time last year.

State Labor Analyst Kevin Jack says there are a number of reasons why the rate fell, including the fact that the labor force is shrinking, partly due to demographic and other factors.

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Arts & Culture
12:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

United Christian Leadership Ministry: Ferguson Decision Shameful and Unjust

Reverend Lewis Stewart of United Christian Leadership Ministry
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The leader of the United Christian Leadership Ministry says the decision by a grand jury not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri was "shameful and unjust, and the decision has outraged all of us who deemed justice a matter of moral responsibility and necessity."

Reverend Lewis Stewart and his group held a news conference Tuesday at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester.

Stewart maintains this is a prime example of systemic racism, and what happened in Ferguson is tearing this nation apart.

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Government
12:13 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Mayor Warren Talks About Ferguson & Her Facebook Comments

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is speaking out about the controversy caused by the decision not to indict in the Ferguson case. And the mayor also is reflecting on comments generated by her recent post on social media.

Warren says she was not surprised that there was no indictment in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri by a white police officer. She feels the legal process was flawed from the beginning.

But what may have caught Warren a bit by surprise is the large number of comments on her Facebook posting right after the grand jury decision was announced.  On her Facebook Page, Warren talked about a “young unarmed black man and an authority figure who had little regard for this young man's life.”

That was among the sentences in her post that angered some of her critics, although the Facebook statement did have its share of Mayor Warren supporters as well.

Warren says it's ok to have these discussions as long as we try to do it civilly.

"In our community, we embrace those social differences, we talk about them, we come together as a community, and we may agree to disagree, but we're able to have a civil discourse and I think that, that's important.”

Warren repeatedly emphasized in our interview that Rochester is not Ferguson, and she says progress is being made in helping city residents understand how they can work together.

Local News
11:38 am
Tue November 25, 2014

More Local Reaction To Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Jean Carroll, president and CEO, YWCA of Rochester/Monroe County
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"Thoughtful but disappointing," is how the president and CEO the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County views a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri.

The grand jury decided to not indict a police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.

YWCA president Jean Carroll, whose organization has initiated local discussions about race and racism, said views on this case depend on your personal experiences.

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WXXI Top Stories
10:08 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Around the State 11-25-14

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

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