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Connections
3:19 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Connections: The Situation in Ferguson (Two programs)

On Monday's edition of "Connections", we spent both hours discussing the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the aftermath which is still ongoing. How could the situation have been handled differently? Could this situation happen in Western New York? We discuss the situation, and the hypotheticals with our panels:

First Hour:

  • Bill Johnson, former Rochester Mayor
  • Kit Miller, director of the Gandhi Institute for Non Violence
  • Verdis Robinson, professor of History and African American Studies at Monroe Community College
  • Bill Clark, Urban League president

Second Hour:

  • Shabaka Mu Ausar, filmmaker of "Young Black Male"
  • Sherry Walker-Cowart, Center for Dispute Settlement president
  • Frank Liberti, Center for Dispute Settlement

Health
10:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

NYS School Board: "Students Don't Have Adequate Access to Mental Health Services"

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A month after the Newtown school shootings, most of New York's school board members say they're still worried students don't have adequate access to mental health services.  

The New York State School Boards Association informally polled its members on topics including school safety, mental health services and stricter gun laws. Within 24 hours, more than 600 members responded. 

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Webster Fire
2:10 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Updated Statement on Conditions of Wounded Firefighters

The University of Rochester Medical Center has issued the following statement from Dr. Nicole Stassen, the trauma surgeon treating the firefighters who were wounded in Webster on Monday:

Both firefighters injured in Monday’s shooting are convalescing and doing as well as I would expect at this stage. Mr. Scardino and Mr. Hofstetter are both receiving supportive care and are making small steps on their long road ahead. It is critical that they remain in an environment where they can focus on rest and recovery. 

Webster Fire
4:00 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Suspected Shooter Had Lengthy Criminal History

photo courtesy of Monroe County Sheriffs Office

Police say it appears an ex convict set fire to his home in order to  lure firefighters  to the neighborhood.  After setting the trap, 62-year old William Spengler then started shooting them when they arrived.  Police say he killed two of the firefighters and injuring two others before killing himself.  Several other homes also caught fire and were destroyed in the blaze.

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Developing
3:15 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Firefighters Killed While Responding to Webster Fire

"This is a safe community, so to have tragedy befall us like this is just horrendous."

Those are the words of Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering after two West Webster firefighters were fatally shot when responding to a house fire early this morning.  Two other firefighters were injured. 

Officials say it appears the alleged shooter, 62-year old William Spengler, set "a trap" for first responders.  Spengler was arrested by Webster police in 1980 and convicted of first-degree manslaughter for killing his grandmother.  He was released  and on parole from 1998 until 2006.

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Webster Fire
12:34 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Statement from NY Governor Cuomo on Shootings

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement in response to today's fatal shooting of two West Webster firefighters.

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