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A composer's journey to the bottom of the world

23 hours ago
Brenda Tremblay / WXXI

A Rochester composer is getting ready to pitch a tent on the ice in the coldest place on earth, Antarctica.

Glenn McClure, who teaches music at SUNY Geneseo and the Eastman School of Music, will team with scientists to collect infra-gravity waves that measure the thickness of the ice.  They’re not audible, but the composer plans to make the data audible in a piece of music.

Flash Flood Watch This Afternoon

Oct 21, 2016
Alex Crichton

It's been a very soggy couple of days, and motorists should be on the alert for ponding on the roads and clogged drainage systems.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Rochester and many other areas until 4 this afternoon.

Even after the notification is lifted, small creeks and rivers can still pose a danger from flooding, according to meteorologist David Thomas with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.

"Streams and creeks will continue to run quite high here, even through the evening hours and overnight hours of tonight," he said.

Proclamation Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Oct 21, 2016

Elected leaders and local lawmakers have announced proclamations against anti-Muslim bigotry.

Members of Rochester City Council, The Board of Education and Monroe County Legislature have sponsored proclamations supporting Muslim residents and their right to live and pray safely.

City Council member Molly Clifford, noting the tenor of the Presidential campaign, says they want our Muslim residents to feel welcomed and safe.

Sacred Conversations on Race

Oct 18, 2016
Alex Crichton

Members of various religious congregations are taking a stand against racism.

This after literature promoting a white supremacist website was distributed in Pittsford and Brighton.

At a news conference at the Trinity Emmanuel Church in Rochester, Wilma Campbell, a Quaker, said only the church has the podium, the sword and the shield to do this work.

"Because politicians can't do it, they'll get fired.  School superintendents can't do it, they'll get fired.  Our calling is this work, this work of uniting humanity," she said.

Adam Fenster

The director of the Eastman School of Music's Institute of Popular Music says Bob Dylan deserves his Nobel Prize in literature.

John Covach says Dylan got a whole generation interested in poetry and literature through his lyrics.

"And he turned songwriters toward the idea that their lyrics should say something; they shouldn't just be about teen romance or cars or surfing; they should try to say something important; something mature that rises above the adolescent and teeny-bopper culture,” he said.


Brandon Stanton lost his finance job in Chicago during the Great Recession.

He moved to New York City, where he started a photography project. Brandon would approach random people on the streets and take their picture. Somewhere along the way, he started collecting little quotes from his subjects as he talked to them about their lives.

Little did Brandon know that this was the beginning of the incredibly successful blog and books “Humans of New York”.  Today, the project has more than 22.5 million followers on Facebook and Instagram alone.

Alex Crichton

Local members of the faith community and some activists say they are proud of the actions taken by soccer players at the School of Inquiry, when they got down on one knee during the national anthem, just as NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has done.

Speaking at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, Minister Kenneth Muhammad, a student representative for the Nation of Islam, said his group believes the players' actions were motivated by love for oppressed people, and have nothing to do with disrespect, or dishonor of veterans or anyone else.

A Fringe Festival By Any Other Name

Oct 5, 2016

Organizers say this year's First Niagara Fringe Festival was a huge success with more people attending than ever, and record breaking ticket sales.

Around 67,000 thousand people attended, up from 63,000 last year, and ticket sales eclipsed $400,000.

That's according to festival producer Erica Fee.

She says with the merger of First Niagara and KeyBank, there will be a new title sponsor next year, and that's important.

It will be known as the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival next year.


(WXXI News & AP)  Twenty-two locations in New York state have been nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced the selections this week.  

In the Finger Lakes region, they include:

Randy Gorbman / WXXI

Nearly 5,000 people came through the doors of the WXXI studios in Rochester on Saturday, for the Open House that is held here on State Street every two years.

They got a chance to meet the people who put together the programs you see and listen to every day, and some of the most popular attractions at the event were PBS characters like Curious George, Elmo and Nature Cat.

One visitor Jenny Giessler says it was fun for the adults also.