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A 'Relic' And 'Burden': Manhattan District Attorney To Stop Prosecuting Prostitution

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 4:42pm
Manhattan's district attorney announced Wednesday that his office will no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage under a new policy that's believed to be the first of its kind in New York. Cyrus Vance Jr. also appeared virtually in Manhattan Criminal Court to request the dismissal of more than 900 such cases dating back to the 1970s, according to a press release . He moved to dismiss another 5,000 cases related to the state's controversial anti-loitering statute , which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo repealed in February. In a statement, Vance noted the disproportionate impact of such laws on the LGBTQ community and other vulnerable populations, and credited advocates and survivors with making this set of reforms possible. "Over the last decade we've learned from those with lived experience, and from our own experience on the ground: criminally prosecuting prostitution does not make us safer, and too often, achieves the opposite result by further marginalizing vulnerable New

American Indicators Check-In: The Faces And Stories Behind The Economic Statistics

NPR Topics: Economy - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 4:12pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the American indicators, four people whose stories illustrate what the American economy faces a month after President Biden signed a coronavirus relief bill into law.

How to talk to kids about the Derek Chauvin trial?

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 3:44pm
Moments before the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial was announced, Kevin McGowan, superintendent at the Brighton Central School District, shared how his district’s would talk about the trial. McGowan said it’s not about telling kids what they should think, but giving them a safe space to form their own thoughts and share their feelings. “We need to be exceptionally careful about sharing our own deeply held personal beliefs in a way that makes it impossible for a student to freely express their personal beliefs,” McGowan said, adding that conversations need to be age-appropriate. At Brighton schools, teachers are prepared to facilitate difficult conversations, and for older students, teachers will treat the trial as a civics lesson. McGowan expects these will be difficult conversations. “Finding the right way to acknowledge that there are different perspectives is important,” he said. “Understanding that there are children in our classrooms whose parents are related to or involved in

NYers over 60 to get walk-in vaccinations at state-run sites

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 3:35pm
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) Walk-in COVID-19 shots will be available to anyone over 60 at mass vaccination sites run by New York state starting Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. "You can just walk in to any of the mass vaccinations sites across the state, and walk in, and they will give you the vaccine," Cuomo said during a virtual briefing in Yonkers. "You don't have to go onto the internet, you don't have to make a phone call, you don't have to do anything. Just show up at the vaccination site if you're 60-plus, and they will give you vaccine." The new policy is a change from previous appointment-only rules for everyone that often involved hours scouring different websites for available slots. People over 50 have been eligible for walk-in vaccinations at dozens of New York City-run sites since last Friday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that walk-in vaccine availability would be expanded in the coming days. "What could be easier than just walking in and getting the shot?" de

90,000-square-foot expansion of Museum of Play begins

WXXI Local Stories - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 3:34pm
The Strong Museum of Play broke ground on a 90,000-square-foot expansion Wednesday. CEO and President Steve Dubnik said the new wing will feature the museum’s biggest exhibit yet: ESL Federal Credit Union Digital Worlds. Dubnik said it's expected to be home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame, an outdoor play exhibit, a new atrium, and admissions area. All told, he said the museum will eventually be 375,000 square feet. The museum is expected to stay open while under construction. “This will be an exhibit that tracks the history of those games, talks about how those games work, how those games are designed and put together and celebrate both the games and the individuals that help make the games,” said Dubnik. It's part of an ambitious plan to more than double the roughly 550,000 visitors who come to the museum each year. A key element of the plan, said Dubnik, is what’s going up around it. “When the city first announced they were filling in the inner loop, the land that was going to

90,000-square-foot expansion of Museum of Play begins

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 3:34pm
The Strong Museum of Play broke ground on a 90,000-square-foot expansion Wednesday. CEO and President Steve Dubnik said the new wing will feature the museum’s biggest exhibit yet: ESL Federal Credit Union Digital Worlds. Dubnik said it's expected to be home to the World Video Game Hall of Fame, an outdoor play exhibit, a new atrium, and admissions area. All told, he said the museum will eventually be 375,000 square feet. The museum is expected to stay open while under construction. “This will be an exhibit that tracks the history of those games, talks about how those games work, how those games are designed and put together and celebrate both the games and the individuals that help make the games,” said Dubnik. It's part of an ambitious plan to more than double the roughly 550,000 visitors who come to the museum each year. A key element of the plan, said Dubnik, is what’s going up around it. “When the city first announced they were filling in the inner loop, the land that was going to

Assembly impeachment inquiry leader gives update

WXXI Capitol Bureau Report - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 3:20pm
The leader of the New York State Assembly’s impeachment inquiry gave a brief update Wednesday regarding several investigations into Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine said a hotline set up by the committee has generated over 200 tips on probes into sexual harassment allegations made by multiple women; whether Cuomo illegally used staff to help him write and promote a memoir; and if his family and friends got preferential access to coronavirus tests when they were hard to get earlier in the pandemic. The committee is also investigating whether the governor and his top staff hid nursing home death numbers from the public. Lavine said the committee, working with the Davis Polk law firm, is following up on many of those tips and talking to other potential witnesses. “In total, Davis Polk has spoken with attorneys for about 70 people who may have relevant information,” said Lavine, who added the committee is also in contact with four different state agencies. Lavine
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Assembly impeachment inquiry leader gives update

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 3:20pm
The leader of the New York State Assembly’s impeachment inquiry gave a brief update Wednesday regarding several investigations into Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Lavine said a hotline set up by the committee has generated over 200 tips on probes into sexual harassment allegations made by multiple women; whether Cuomo illegally used staff to help him write and promote a memoir; and if his family and friends got preferential access to coronavirus tests when they were hard to get earlier in the pandemic. The committee is also investigating whether the governor and his top staff hid nursing home death numbers from the public. Lavine said the committee, working with the Davis Polk law firm, is following up on many of those tips and talking to other potential witnesses. “In total, Davis Polk has spoken with attorneys for about 70 people who may have relevant information,” said Lavine, who added the committee is also in contact with four different state agencies. Lavine

Connections: Discussing the future of Parcel 5

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 3:00pm
After years of public debate and false starts, Rochester’s Parcel 5 has a future, or, at least some new grass seed. The one-acre plot in the heart of downtown has long been a coveted space, and for now, it will become a green gathering place. We talk about what that means for Rochester. Our guests: Rachel DeGuzman , founder and executive director of 21st Century Arts, Inc. Mary Lupien , member of Rochester City Council André Primus , planner with Highland Planning LLC Ben Woelk, principal at Slow Road Consulting

Biden Says Goal Of 200 Million COVID-19 Vaccinations In 100 Days Has Been Met

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 2:42pm
President Biden announced Wednesday that Americans have received 200 million COVID-19 vaccinations since he took office, double his initial goal of 100 million vaccinations in his first 100 days, and what he called "an incredible achievement for the nation." Biden, who will officially cross the 100-day mark next week, also announced the availability of tax credits to employers who give their workers paid leave to get a shot. "No working American should lose a single dollar from their paycheck because they are doing their patriotic duty to get vaccinated," Biden said. The tax credits for employers with fewer than 500 employees were part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan he signed into law last month. The administration is calling for employers to incentivize employees to get their shots, including by giving them discounts and through product giveaways. The administration said that nearly a quarter of Americans who do not plan to get vaccinated say they would if they got paid

Connections: Candidates for Rochester City Council, part 4

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 2:22pm
We sit down with another group of candidates for Rochester City Council. 16 candidates are running for five at-large seats. Our goal is to talk to all of them at length prior to Primary Day. This hour, three candidates share their priorities and platforms, and answer our questions and your about issues affecting Rochester. Our guests: Mitch Gruber Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson Miquel Powell

Where Efforts To Overhaul Policing Stand In Congress After Chauvin Verdict

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 2:18pm
Updated April 21, 2021 at 4:49 PM ET With the verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin now in for the murder of George Floyd , attention is turning to Congress and whether lawmakers can meet the growing demand from across the nation for meaningful changes to policing. On Capitol Hill, the guilty verdict appeared to add a new sense of urgency around talks on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House of Representatives in early March , but seven weeks later remains bogged down in the Senate. The legislation would ban chokeholds and end qualified immunity for law enforcement — the legal protection for police officers that limits victims' ability to sue for misconduct. It would ban no-knock warrants in federal drug cases, mandate data collection on police encounters and create a nationwide police misconduct registry to help hold problematic officers accountable. The bill would also prohibit racial and religious profiling and redirect funding to

Masks Remain Extremely Effective Indoors, But Are They Necessary Outside?

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 2:17pm
Scientists and public health experts agree that masks are effective at lowering the spread of the coronavirus indoors, where the vast majority of transmission is likely to occur. But what about outside? About two dozen states have statewide mask mandates that generally require people to wear masks outside when they're not able to stay at least 6 feet apart. Many cities have their own rules. But with vaccinations accumulating, some health experts and journalists are arguing that now is a good time for authorities to ease up on outdoor mask requirements. Studies have linked transmission to indoor settings far more than outdoor ones, though data is limited and there are plenty of caveats. Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University's School of Public Health, notes that case numbers aren't going down and they've been largely stagnant for the past month or two. But he says the situations driving it are groups of people gathering indoors without masks. "Once you get outside, it starts becoming

Activist: Convictions In George Floyd's Death Could Represent 'A Huge Paradigm Shift'

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:47pm
The murder conviction of Derek Chauvin could represent "a huge paradigm shift," if three other Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd's death are also convicted, says Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights attorney and activist in Minneapolis. "Before yesterday's verdict, Minnesota officers had been sent the message that they could take a Black life and that there would not be any real accountability under the law, which makes it dangerous for Black people and other people of color," Armstrong said Wednesday in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition . Along with the charges against Kim Potter, a Brooklyn Center Police Department veteran who killed Daunte Wright , "that is a huge paradigm shift," if all of those officers "wind up being convicted," Armstrong said. "It would have been unimaginable just even a month ago that something like that was possible." "There is a lot of excitement about the fact that what we would call a killer cop is finally convicted," she said. Armstrong

Food processor expands in Geneva, adding jobs

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:42pm
A food processing company based in Ontario County is expanding and adding jobs. Assured Edge Solutions, a vegetable processing and co-packing company which is located at the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva will move from its current location on that campus to a new building. ( A co-packer is a company that manufactures and packages foods or other products for their clients). The company says that will allow Assured Edge to create up to 21 jobs. 14 other jobs will be retained. Assured Edge Solutions was founded in 2012, and produces custom ingredients and does co-packing for a variety of customers. The company says it also does co-packing of organic frozen vegetables for a major local retailer. The company has been running its manufacturing operation at the Technology Park in Geneva since 2017. Empire State Development is helping with the new expansion with up to $150,000 through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program. Ontario County and Greater Rochester Enterprise

On Climate, U.S. And China Pledge Cooperation, But Competition Will Also Be Prominent

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:23pm
President Biden's climate envoy, John Kerry, and his Chinese counterpart, Xie Zhenhua, agreed last week that China and the United States, the world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, should cooperate on tackling the climate crisis. But with bilateral ties at their worst in decades, and few details emerging from their meeting in Shanghai, observers have been left to guess what that cooperation might look like. Meanwhile, competition with China is coming into focus as a key piece of the Biden administration's response to climate change. Some analysts say that might be a good thing. Angel Hsu — an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill who studies public policy, the climate and China — was initially taken aback by the prominent mention of the need to meet "the ambitions of an autocratic China" in Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, unveiled last month. "But then I thought, if it actually leads to productive competition and lights a fire under

Efforts are underway to create mural of Constance Mitchell at East High School

WXXI Arts & Culture News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:09pm
Efforts are underway to create a mural of two icons — Constance Mitchell, the first Black woman voted to office in Monroe County and civil rights leader Malcolm X. Artist Ephraim Gebre will paint the mural. The Rochester native, now a Brooklyn resident, is the lead artist behind the “I am Speaking” mural featuring John Lewis in downtown Rochester. The image of Malcolm X and Mitchell was taken during his visit to Rochester in February 1965, less than a week before his assassination. The anniversary of Malcolm X’s death and his Rochester visit inspired a Twitter conversation that led to the idea that the image should be made into a mural at East High School. A very small team of people, including Rochester photographer Quajay Donnel, journalist Erica Bryant, and East High School principal Shawn Nelms, came together with Gebre to get the project started. Gebre is currently working with Nelms to find potential walls at East High School for the mural. He said he’s being selective because

Efforts are underway to create mural of Constance Mitchell at East High School

WXXI US News - Wed, 04/21/2021 - 1:09pm
Efforts are underway to create a mural of two icons — Constance Mitchell, the first Black woman voted to office in Monroe County and civil rights leader Malcom X. Artist Ephraim Gebre will paint the mural. The Rochester native, now a Brooklyn resident, is the lead artist behind the “I am Speaking” mural featuring John Lewis in downtown Rochester. The image of Malcolm X and Constance Mitchell was taken during his visit to Rochester in February 1965, less than a week before his assassination. The anniversary of Malcolm X’s death and his Rochester visit inspired a Twitter conversation that led to the idea that the image should be made into a mural at East High School. A very small team of people, including Rochester photographer Quajay Donnel, journalist Erica Bryant, and East High School principal Shawn Nelms, came together with Gebre to get the project started. Gebre is currently working with Nelms to find potential walls at East High School for the mural. He said he’s being selective
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