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(WXXI News, AP) Charles Tan, the Pittsford man who had murder charges against him dismissed in the death of his father, pled not guilty on Saturday to the new charges against him in a federal indictment.

Tan entered the not guilty plea in a court appearance in Syracuse  to a three-count federal indictment on gun charges. Tan is accused of receiving a shotgun and ammunition with "intent to commit, among other felonies,  Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter in the First Degree, and Manslaughter in the Second Degree."

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two yet-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on Sept. 7.

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Charles Tan, the Pittsford man who had murder charges against him dismissed in the death of his father, is facing new charges.

He is now facing a three-count federal indictment on gun charges. Tan is accused of receiving a shotgun and ammunition with "intent to commit, among other felonies,  Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter in the First Degree, and Manslaughter in the Second Degree."

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Using shoes to symbolize the loss the Rochester area has been feeling from opiate addiction. That was the purpose of an event held Friday at the Liberty Pole.

It’s not so much the shoes and sneakers that were lined up along the pavement near the Liberty Pole, but who had once been inside them that’s important; that’s how the organizers of the event felt when they came up with the idea to have people who have lost loved ones to overdose from heroin and other drugs donate the footwear their friends and family members used to wear.

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:

  • The debate over punching Nazis;
  • The value of studying abroad, despite concerns about terrorism;
  • Sean Spicer's appearance at the Emmys, and when entertainment and politics mix;
  • Why more "average citizens" are running for office.

Since ancient times, combat veterans have suffered from war stress, PTSD, and suicidal urges. The Veterans Outreach Center is bringing Theater of War to Rochester to examine those issues. The classic Greek story of Ajax depicts the warrior, struggling with pride, reputation, family, and ultimately suicide. Centuries ago, as today, it was difficult to talk about these issues. Theater of War aims to open the door to discussion and to healing. Our guests:

  • Nick Stefanovic, veteran and board vice president for the Veterans Outreach Center 
  • Melissa Fitzgerald, actor in Theater of War
  • Zach Grenier, actor in Theater of War

Wegmans

Wegmans is experimenting with new, heartier produce, and new ways of growing it, on over 200 acres of organic farmland and orchards, and they plan to pass that knowledge on to local farmers.

On the top of a hill, on a plot overlooking Canandaigua Lake, Wegmans Organic Farm and Orchard is growing 1800 cherry tomato plants. Some varieties are more popular than others.

Nate August, the farm's manager, pulls at a golf-ball sized Sakura tomato. He says customers haven't been wild about these bigger varieties. Turn out, people like tinier tomatoes.

The grandchildren of two of the most prominent world figures will come together in Rochester for one night -- but first, they're on Connections.

Gandhi and Dorothy Day worked for social justice through nonviolence. Their grandchildren, Arun Gandhi, and Martha and Kate Hennessy, will speak about their family legacies. It's particularly timely, with violent protests happening around the world. In studio:

  • Arun Gandhi, grandson of Gandhi
  • Martha Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day
  • Kate Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day
  • Harry Murray, professor at Nazareth College

Reimagine public transit in Rochester

Sep 22, 2017
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Rochester's bus company wants its customers to "Reimagine RTS."

That's the name of a forthcoming study of public transit in Monroe County, according to Regional Transit Service CEO Bill Carpenter.

Carpenter says the current bus system was designed 40 years ago when downtown Rochester was the center of the community in a number of ways.

Gov. Cuomo's office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Puerto Rico today assessing damage after Hurricane Maria and bringing some initial supplies to the country.

Cuomo spoke just before taking off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in a fully loaded plane provided by JetBlue.

Sixty members of New York’s National Guard also will be going to offer assistance. And the governor is bringing several power system engineers with him to assess how best to repair the damaged electrical grid.

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