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Legal nurse consultants a valuable resource

The elderly man was accused of raping someone in his family, and Kelly A. Layland, a sexual assault nurse examiner by trade, was asked to look over his case and provide some direction for the attorney representing him. Layland, who ...

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Stopping ‘brain drain’ key to revitalization

You know the river that is supposed to run through your city is dry when a line item in the budget includes money set aside to “mow the city river.” But that’s not even the worst the residents of Oklahoma ...

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Reaction mixed on wage increase

Low-income workers may be applauding the deal reached in Albany that raises the minimum wage to $9 an hour. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly and state Senate leaders have reached a deal as part of a tentative agreement on a ...

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Two sides clash over NY SAFE Act

In this March 2013 file photo, both sides of the gun control debate are represented at a rally in support of the NY SAFE Act at Rochester City Hall. The law’s name is a bit vague for an assault weapon ban, but the point is the acronym spells “SAFE.” In Albany, political spin applies rosy, vague names to laws, tosses around euphemisms like “gaming” for gambling and calls almost any action a “reform.”

Sheriee Jones said gun violence has claimed the lives of some of her friends. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, she attended a rally Wednesday at City Hall in support of New York’s stricter gun laws, carrying a sign reading ...

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The man behind a bridge – Col. Patrick O’Rorke


  Col. Patrick Henry O’Rorke is the name behind the bridge that spans the Genesee River and connects Rochester and Irondequoit near Lake Ontario. The man behind the name is an Irish immigrant and Civil War hero who gave his ...

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City to discuss church’s future

The battle over the fate of a former church building on West Main Street in Rochester continues, and some nearby businesses are hopeful a resolution will benefit them as well. Marvin Maye, the owner of the 142-year-old former church at ...

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Towns seek help dealing with home vacancies

An unkempt vacant home or building with uncut grass and other unsightly issues can be a source of frustration with neighbors who make a point of keeping up their properties. And it’s a source of frustration for government officials, who ...

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NY SAFE Act survives first court challenge

New York’s strict new gun control measures survived a preliminary battle in court March 13, as a downstate judge refused to block implementation of the NY SAFE Act. Justice Thomas McNamara on Wednesday said case law prevents him from reviewing ...

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New drug law targets sellers, closes loopholes

Gates Police Chief David DiCaro remembers the conversation well. A family in Gates spoke with him about the death of their teen son, which they attributed to his use of synthetic drugs. “I wouldn’t disagree,” DiCaro said. “We see it, ...

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Pittsford reviews housing plan

The owner of 18 acres of property in an upscale neighborhood in Pittsford said he is thinking of the future of his family in proposing to build a 20-lot subdivision on his land. Many neighbors, however, remain opposed to the ...

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