Major Discovery Backs Up Einstein's Prediction

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Far from our galaxy, in the vast darkness of space, two massive black holes merged into a single, larger hole.

And now researchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist.

Researchers at RIT helped by creating a simulation of what these waves might look like back in 2005, in order to identify them when they were picked up by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory, or LIGO.

The former Dean of the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester has been named the next president of Alfred University.

Mark Zupan is currently director of the Bradley Policy Center and is also a professor of economics and public policy at Simon. He served as the school's dean for ten years until 2014.

He will succeed Charles Edmondson, who has been president at Alfred since 2000. Edmondson is retiring. 

Zupan's appointment is effective July 1.

As temperatures dip into the teens and below, the Open Door Mission says it's seeing some homeless individuals at the shelter who are responding to ongoing efforts to build trust.

Mission spokesperson Chris Scribani says teams do "street sweeps" during good weather to encourage homeless men to seek shelter when it gets dangerously cold.

"We try to build that trust on the outside for days just like this when we're pleasantly surprised that folks are coming in, who wouldn't normally come in, and they feel like they belong."

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has announced the hiring of Meredith Dragon as its new CEO.

She will assume the duties held by Larry Fine, the current executive director, who has held that job for close to 30 years and who last year announced his plans to retire.

Dragon is currently executive director for the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.

The Rochester organization is the central planning, community relations and fundraising organization for the Jewish community.

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's highest court is considering whether to overturn smoking restrictions in state parks, including an outright ban at several smaller parks in New York City. 

Attorney Edward Paltzik, representing a smokers' rights group, argues that parks officials exceeded their authority, and the decision should be left to the Legislature, which has enacted outdoor smoking bans at playgrounds and train platforms. 

He calls it ``a public health measure masquerading as a parks operational measure.'' 

An accident on Lake Avenue in Rochester killed two people late Wednesday night. Police say it happened just after 11 p.m. when a Honda Accord was moving north on Lake Ave., and it appears the driver lost control on the slippery road and crossed into the southbound lane.

The car was hit in the passenger side by a Jeep Wrangler traveling south on Lake Avenue.  The driver and passenger of the Accord later died at the hospital.

The driver of the Wrangler  had a possible broken leg.


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A well-known community activist has died. Audrey Smith, who founded Friends and Families of Murdered Children and Victims of Violence in 1991, has died at the age of 81.

Smith was inspired to help those who lost lost loved ones to violence  after her son Richard was shot to death.  She spent  more than a decade providing both comforting families who faced tragedy as well as working on anti violence initiatives.

We examine the debate over Uber and Lyft, and whether it's time for the state to allow them to operate across New York.

For now, these transportation providers can only operate in New York City, but advocates say lawmakers should open it up. Opponents say that Uber and Lyft could sink the taxi cab industry, which tends to pay drivers better wages. We hear from all sides. Our guests:

Donald Trump has won a state. Will he win New York in April? Will he march to the nomination? Were the naysayers wrong?

Our panel looks at where the GOP goes next. Our guests: