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Businesses hopeful for boost from ‘Spider-Man’

Filming for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” may have the collective spider senses of Rochesterians tingling. But for some of the food businesses along Main Street affected by the filming, many believe they will have to wait and see when it ...

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Crowds gather downtown for
‘Spider-Man’ filming

Mike Cobbs has one cool story to tell his kids about the day he left work at the Brown and Hutchinson law firm on State Street to head downstairs and watch the filming of a Hollywood movie just outside the ...

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Can rail rebuild Rochester?

The investments made in Portland, Ore., light rail, street car and bicycling systems had a real payoff, beyond a healthier population, growth in retail and commercial businesses and a housing boom. Try cold, hard cash, to the tune of $2,500 ...

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Local leaders, Cuomo might talk money

The governor’s plan for a task force to address the fiscal issues facing local municipalities could be a help, if done right, according to some local leaders. The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the task force proposed by Gov. ...

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Filmmakers foot bill for police, fire

Leaders of cash-strapped local governments have sent out the cry for fiscal help to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators. In fact, the city of Rochester anticipates a $28 million budget gap for its 2013-14 budget, and there are no ...

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‘Spider-Man’ to take over downtown for filming

Just about everyone in Rochester and surrounding suburbs is talking about Spider-Man. Except for one person, that is. That’s Nora Brown, executive director of the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film and Video Office. The office, which was created more than 20 years ...

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Community marks crime victims’ week

When tragedy strikes, a community suffers along with the victim — at least for a while. Take the fatal shootings of two West Webster firemen, police Lt. Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, and the injuries suffered by two of their ...

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No decision on Pittsford housing plan

A decision on a controversial housing plan proposed for a Pittsford neighborhood rich in history appears a ways off. But some Pittsford town staff and representatives from the developer of a proposed subdivision will meet in an attempt to iron ...

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Housing plan back before board in Perinton

A proposed housing project in Perinton that drew the ire of neighbors is back before the town, although the updated version reflects some of their concerns. A presentation from the developer, Victor-based Pride Mark Homes, is scheduled for 8 p.m. ...

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Courtroom setting can’t be beat for this opera

One night, it hit her. Sue Cotroneo is managing director of the Rochester Lyric Opera. “Trial by Jury” is on the opera company’s docket next week, as part of a series of operettas to be performed to fulfill the company’s ...

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Attorneys, runners react to bombings

As investigators try to piece together clues in the days after the bombing at the Boston Marathon and Americans mourn the dead and injured, many runners in the local legal community already are preparing for the next step. Many attorneys ...

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