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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) A professional hockey player has been sentenced to eight months of home confinement for being part of an illegal sports betting business that took wagers from other players.

Nathan Paetsch also must perform 400 hours of community service and spend five years on probation following his sentencing Friday in federal court in Rochester.

The 32-year-old accepted a plea agreement in June which also requires him to forfeit $265,000.

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Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the plane crash that killed well-known Rochester area business people and philanthropists Larry and Jane Glazer.

WXXI spoke with Ken Glazer, managing partner of Buckingham Properties, the company that his father founded.

Glazer says even though members of the family involved in Buckingham didn't have a lot of time to slow down to mourn their parents passing a year ago, memories of them are still very strong.

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(WXXI News & AP) The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department says that they have identified 3 people believed to be responsible for vandalism at a local mosque.

It was reported Thursday night when someone burned two crosses into the lawn of the World Sufi Foundation Mosque in the Town of Carlton.

Deputies say some kind of accelerant was poured into the front lawn of the mosque in the shape of a cross and ignited.

Drum Corps Championship Weekend in Rochester

5 hours ago
Michelle Faust

The Drum Corps Associates are bringing their World Championship to Rochester for the 15th year.

The championship takes place today, Saturday and Sunday at Sahlens Stadium.

It's expected around 10-thousand people will visit Rochester for the event.

Visit Rochester President and CEO Don Jeffries says the Drum Corps Associates World Championships is important for Rochester because of the economic impact it has.

And they've signed on for two more years.

Jeffries says this promises to liven up the Labor Day weekend in Rochester.

Connections: Tom Parrish and Geva Theatre

5 hours ago

Geva Theatre Center made news when, after 15 years, executive director Tom Parrish announced he's leaving. We'll sit down with Parrish to talk about his work, Geva's place in our community, and we'll get a preview of the upcoming season with Parrish and our guests:

What is the legacy and impact of David Foster Wallace? It's a timely question, with the summer biopic The End of the Tour starting Jason Segel as Wallace. Our wide-ranging panel discusses Wallace's remarkably diverse oeuvre.

  • Chad Post, Open Letter Books
  • Sarah Freligh, author of books and poetry
  • Stephen Brauer, professor of American literature at St. John Fisher College
  • Christopher Duva, creator of a play based on one of Wallace's most well known essays. The play is called "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again" and Duva plays Wallace

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A community task force is proposing some ideas it believes will improve the climate in Rochester schools.

They are designed to complement the recently recommended changes to the district's code of conduct, but unlike those proposals, these recommended changes don't need the formal approval of the school board.

Vargas: Attendance Rate ‘Unacceptable’

7 hours ago
Alex Crichton

  Nearly 1 in 4 Rochester City School District students didn't go to class when school started Wednesday.

Less than 79 percent showed up on Thursday.

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas says the attendance on the first day of class was so low it was unacceptable.

Vargas says it's a serious problem and it's something that needs the support of families and the community to make sure that all children go to school.

He thinks this community can overcome this problem.

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

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  New York's comptroller says state and municipal contribution rates to the pension fund for public workers will drop again next year. 

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, trustee of the more than $180 billion fund, says the average rate will drop from 18.2 percent of salary to 15.5 percent in the fiscal year that starts next April. 

For police and firefighters, the rate will decline slightly from 24.7 percent of payroll to 24.3 percent. 

At the same time, the assumed rate of return for the retirement fund will be lowered from 7.5 percent to 7 percent. 

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