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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The 144-year-old shipwreck of a rare sailing vessel that typically wasn't used for long voyages on the Great Lakes has been found in deep water off Lake Ontario's New York shore, according to two underwater explorers.

Western New York-based explorers Jim Kennard and Roger Pawlowski announced Friday that they identified the wreck as the Black Duck in September, three years after initially coming across it while using side-scan sonar in 350 feet of water off Oswego, New York.

Gillibrand: Speak Out Against Hate Crimes

Nov 22, 2016
Alex Crichton

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Rochester to denounce the recent surge in hate crimes that have occurred here and around the state.

She was joined at City Hall by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, other local leaders, and members of the local faith community.

"This hate, this language, this behavior must never be normalized.  It must never be okay," she said.

Gillibrand talked about recent incidents in Rochester with the burning of LGBT flags, hate fliers in Pittsford and Brighton, and anti-Semitic graffiti found at SUNY Geneseo.

Local Refugees Dealing with Uncertain Future

Nov 18, 2016

Organizations that assist refugees in Rochester say immigrants are living with the uncertainty of what a Donald Trump presidency may mean for them.

Saint's Place, a local ministry, partners with Catholic Family Center to provide immigrants with the items they need to start a new life here.

It served 900 refugees in the last fiscal year.

Vice President for family services at Catholic Family Center, Jim Morris, says they don't know exactly what President-elect Trump will propose when it comes to refugees and immigrants.

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The High Falls Film Festival got underway Thursday night at The Little Theatre in Rochester, featuring 15 films and other material predominantly  by women.

Executive Director of the festival, Nora Brown, says one reason for this event, which started in 2001, is to increase the number of women working in film. But she says unfortunately, there hasn't been a whole lot of progress. 

A fixture in local radio and jazz programming has died.

Tom Hampson loved jazz since he was a teenager, and he kept that passion even after he chose the law as a career, becoming an attorney specializing in corporate law. He also hosted a weekly jazz show on WXXI for more than 30 years; it was originally called Mostly Jazz, and most recently has been known as Jazz from the Cellar.

He died this week at the age of 87, but had been recording the show in his home studio until just the last several weeks.

Three New Inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame

Nov 10, 2016

The Swing, Dungeons and Dragons, and Fisher-Price Little People.

Those are the newest inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong.

Chris Bensch is vice president for collections at the Strong.

“Two imagination toys, and one motion toy.  So it’s a good blend of two sides of play,” he said.

Bensch says Dungeons and Dragons is, in some ways, the adult version of Little People.

The swing was recognized for its longevity over many centuries.

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A new space aiming to spark the continued growth of Rochester as a hot spot for creative, maker minded innovation recently opened its doors in the High Falls neighborhood.

Made on State hosted its first open house Saturday afternoon at 510 State Street.

Larry Moss, creative director of the balloon installation studio Airigami, said a bigger space and better visuals attracted them to the area.

Group Celebrating Diversity in Brighton

Oct 27, 2016

A community group in Brighton held a vigil and walk Thursday night in response to racist flyers spread in their town.

They're called Community Uprooting Racism, or CURB.

Organizer Monica Gebelll says the group is committed to promoting education and diversity awareness in the community.

"So that we can show our solidarity and celebrate Brighton's diversity.  We're going to stand together to show that we will not stand for intolerance.  And we want to be able to come together to show our children that our community really is a beautiful place to live," she said.

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.