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Caitlin Whyte

Weekend Edition Host

Caitlin joins WXXI after working down the street at Stephens Media Group where, she co hosted a children's radio show, "Saturday Morning CarTunes" on WARM 101.3 and worked as a traffic reporter for various affiliates.

Prior to that, she lived in Western Alaska where she worked for KNOM in Nome.  When she was not engrossed in all things Iditarod, Caitlin served as the community and education spot producer and hosted the weekday morning program.

Originally from Rochester, Caitlin graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a B.S in Audio/Radio Production and Broadcast Management. She is excited to make the jump to public radio and host Weekend Edition.

 

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Members of the Latino community and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement were shocked to see the Public Safety Building closed when they showed up for a photo op Thursday evening.

The event was intended to be a gathering of members of the Latino community, posing with a banner outside of the building. Supporters were surprised and disappointed to see that the court had also been shut down early, bus routes in the area had been affected, and barricades blocked the steps up to the building on exchange street.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state should get tougher on the synthetic drug called 'K2.'

He told reporters Monday that an arrest was made Sunday evening by State Police for the sale of 150 packets of the drug in Rochester.

Cuomo says that drug will most likely begin to spread across Upstate and Western New York.

The sale of K2 and other synthetic drugs in most municipalities is a crime to begin with, but now Cuomo says they are going after the convenience stores and bodegas where the majority of sales are made.

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Former Greece Central School District Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams was appointed as the new Rochester City School District Superintendent Monday afternoon.

Williams said it was an unanticipated choice, when she received a call about the position in late June. She had committed to another year working as Deputy Superintendent with Boston Public Schools, but the opportunity to come back and work with Rochester was one she could not pass up.

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The Brockport Arts Festival's annual duck derby will be held this year after all.

Earlier this month, officials from the New York State Gaming Commission told organizers of the Festival that the derby violated state regulations because it took place on the Erie Canal, which is state-owned property.

Chairman of the Brockport Art Festival, Art Appleby said he wasn't surprised by the regulations.

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The National Airplane Museum in Geneseo is hosting their annual airshow this weekend.

Aircrafts of all shapes and sizes will be on the ground and soaring through the skies throughout this afternoon, at what has been dubbed "The Greatest Show on Turf," referring to the airfield's grass landing strip.

Private First Class Leslie Palmer Cruise Jr. is believed to be the last surviving paratrooper who jumped from the Whiskey 7 on D-Day and will be reuniting with the nostalgic plane.

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Speakers and poets addressed a crowd full of protestors gathered at the Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester for a Black Lives Matter rally Friday evening.

Building Leaders And Community Knowledge or B.L.A.C.K, created the event on Facebook and word spread through social media.

Jay Solomon is a part of the organization and said the goal was to create a safe space for people to deal with their emotions in the wake of the recent deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

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Red, White and Blue decorated Titus Avenue Monday morning for Irondequoit's annual Independence Day parade. It is traditionally one of the larger July 4th parades in the area.

Rob Dematteis and his family were lucky and found a shady spot to set up their chairs. Dematteis said they've been going to this and other parades for years.

"Well we live here in Irondequoit about a mile away, we come every year for Memorial Day and 4th of July. We got family, extended family here. We love just sitting and enjoying the parade."

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Riders on the 4th day of the annual Journey Along The Erie Canal Bike ride made a stop in Fairport Wednesday afternoon.

OurAbility is an organization that works to advocate for employment and workplace accessibility for those with disabilities, and has been hosting the ride for 4 years. The goal of the ride is to emphasize the ability inside everyone, from riding the Erie Canal, to finding meaningful employment.

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Seven members of the McQuaid Jesuit crew team are participating in the Row for Hope, an over 300 mile row from Buffalo to Albany via the Erie Canal, to raise money for disadvantaged and disabled youth in Western New York.

The boys hope to raise $30,000 for Kelly for Kids, a foundation started in 1986 by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly.

Jonathon Sutton is going to be a senior at McQuaid Jesuit High School next year, and is one of the rowers. He said they chose this cause, because they felt it was important to keep all the funds raised local.

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With mosquito-borne illnesses in New York increasing, Senator Charles Schumer came to Rochester Monday afternoon to urge the rail freight company CSX to clean up a swampy area that has formed behind homes along their tracks in Charlotte.

Schumer said the buildup of branches and other debris in the area has caused the standing water.

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