J.P. Morgan Chase

Thousands of feet will be pounding the pavement around RIT on Tuesday evening for the 25th annual  J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.

The road race and walk is held by the banking company all over the world, but on a per capita basis, Rochester is one of their more popular spots. The local race originally was held in Highland Park, but as it grew, they needed a bigger venue, and  now use the RIT campus.

Mark Allen is a regional executive for J.P.  Morgan Chase.  He says more than 400 companies, non-profits and other groups are fielding teams. 

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Battle Of The Bulge Veterans Mark Memorial Day

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There aren't as many anymore, but local Battle of the Bulge veterans marked Memorial Day at the monument at Ontario Beach Park.

"I just hope we're able to keep it up for a while. I'm going to be 90 in a couple of months, and I'm the baby of the group," said World War II machine gunner John Foy of Rochester.  The Battle of the Bulge was one of the deadliest in World War II.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leader of the Republican minority in New York's state Assembly says legislators must pass ethics reforms before adjourning next month.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, a Republican from Canandaigua, says that recent corruption scandals have disrupted legislative work and damaged the public's trust in government.

Kolb wants lawmakers to OK a Constitutional Amendment that, if passed by the voters, would strip pensions from convicted public officials.

Kolb also wants to see eight-year term limits for legislative leadership positions.

A day after severe weather left three people dead and washed away hundreds of homes in Texas and Oklahoma, another Rochester area Red Cross volunteer is deploying to that region.

Officials with the organization say that Lucille Frisicano of Webster left Monday for Oklahoma to help Red Cross efforts there as a health services supervisor. She becomes the 6th volunteer from the Western and Central New York Region to help with the Red Cross response in that area.

The Red Cross is doing things like providing shelter, food and other types of support.

Memorial Day in Irondequoit

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It was a small crowd that gathered at Irondequoit Cemetery on Culver Road this morning for the 88th Memorial Day Observance.

Town dignitaries, members of the Laurelton, Ridge-Culver, Sea Breeze and St. Paul Fire Department Color Guards, the Irondequoit Police Department's color guard, and members of several local Boy Scout troops were in attendance.

Alex Johnson, vice commander of the American Legion Post #134, offered a history of the holiday, which began as Decoration Day at the end of the Civil War.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York lawmaker says the state should ensure that military veterans discharged for their sexual orientation under the U.S. military's old policies are eligible for the 53 state programs, benefits and tax breaks other vets can get.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman of Manhattan says he'll sponsor legislation to do that for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers among the estimated 114,000 service members discharged since World War II for their orientation or gender identity.

Sydor Instruments, which works with specialized types of imaging techniques such as ballistics and does other types of diagnostics, has received a one million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Chili company  will use that grant in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to develop a new X-ray imaging camera.

Officials with the company say it will improve the ability to study the characteristics of certain types of substances.

The product will be sold to the research market.

Canandaigua VA Medical Center

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has had the same man the helm of the Canandaigua VA Medical Center since late 2007. Craig Howard has worked for the VA for 37 years. At the end of the May, Howard will retire.

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There are a number of parades and ceremonies going on around our area Monday to honor those who served our country.

That includes the annual Rochester Memorial Day parade. It steps off at 10:30 Monday morning at the intersection of East Avenue and Scio Street. It proceeds down East Avenue to Main Street, then goes west on Main Street to South Plymouth Avenue.  The parade route in Rochester has been altered this year due to work on the Inner Loop.