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Communities face drone questionsnew

The Honeoye Falls Fire Department's annual Christmas parade was in full swing when a camera-wielding drone descended on it. The parade is a popular community event, and in this past year's, more than 15 area fire departments queued up in the village; that's a whole lot of trucks covered in wreaths, lights, and holiday lawn ornaments...
City Newspaper  |  Jeremy Moule  |  02-24-2016  |  Policy Issues

The Dirty Fight for Farmland in Latin Americanew

Even though much of the world's food supply still comes from small farmers, those same farmers from Honduras to the Philippines increasingly cannot feed their own families, and they're fighting for survival.
City Newspaper  |  Tim Louis Macaluso  |  10-02-2015  |  International

N.Y. Schools Are No Haven for Transgender Youthnew

A recent report from the New York Civil Liberties Union says that discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming youth is pervasive in the state's public schools.
City Newspaper  |  Tim Louis Macaluso  |  07-01-2015  |  LGBT

Less Water Being Taken From the Great Lakesnew

A US-Canada treaty that greatly restricts large-scale water withdrawals from the Great Lakes is working.
City Newspaper  |  Jeremy Moule  |  05-21-2015  |  Environment

Rochester Marches for Baltimorenew

Members of several Rochester activist groups are marching through the city this afternoon to show support for people in Baltimore protesting the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. Marches and other events are taking place nationwide in what is being called the Black Spring movement.
City Newspaper  |  Christine Carrie Fien  |  05-01-2015  |  Race & Class

The Prison-to-Pension Pipelinenew

The correlation between low student achievement, failing schools, and youth incarceration is clear, especially for black and Latino males in urban public schools.
City Newspaper  |  Tim Louis Macaluso  |  04-13-2015  |  Education

Breaking boxesnew

Depending on who you ask — or when you ask the question — you'll get a variety of explanations of what the Sound ExChange Project really is: A local contemporary classical ensemble; a chamber group; an artist collective; composers; curators; educators; community-investors.
City Newspaper  |  Jake Clapp  |  04-01-2015  |  Profiles & Interviews

Rochester's Fighting Chance for a Turnaroundnew

Upstate cities know decline. For decades, they've seen their once-vibrant downtowns fade and their big employers and industries shrink, shut down, or leave. They've all been trying to reinvent themselves.
City Newspaper  |  Jeremy Moule  |  02-25-2015  |  Economy

Rural Schools See a Financial Cliffnew

New York's public schools are among the most racially and economically segregated in the country.
City Newspaper  |  Tim Louis Macaluso  |  01-20-2015  |  Education

The Legacy of New York's Fracking Decisionnew

New York's long struggle with fracking is over, except that it isn't.
City Newspaper  |  Jeremy Moule  |  12-23-2014  |  Energy

What Happened to HIV Prevention?new

In the more than 30 years since it began appearing in gay men in the New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles areas, HIV/AIDS has transformed from a death sentence to what is perceived by many as a manageable health condition. Still, AIDS is the second-highest killer of New Yorkers ages 25 to 44.
City Newspaper  |  Tim Louis Macaluso  |  12-01-2014  |  Health

Looking for a leader for the White Housenew

Many of us have been reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism" this year. And boy, is it relevant right now, as Americans assess the fallout from the midterm elections and prepare for the 2016 presidential race...
City Newspaper  |  Mary Anna Towler  |  11-20-2014  |  Commentary

Republican wins aren't a mandate for more warsnew

Despite the anguish that many Democrats are feeling over the midterms, the Republican takeover of the US Senate may not turn out to be an unmitigated disaster. There could even be some benefits. The GOP will finally have to do something besides criticize President Obama and question his citizenship...
City Newspaper  |  Tim Louis Macaluso  |  11-13-2014  |  Commentary

Obama pushes for aggressive net neutrality policiesnew

President Barack Obama says that he wants broadband Internet service treated just like other utilities, such as land-line telephones and electricity. Yesterday, Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband under Title II of the federal Telecommunications Act...
City Newspaper  |  Jeremy Moule  |  11-11-2014  |  Tech

Some Progress on Indigent Defensenew

New York State has settled a lawsuit that accused it of systematically depriving poor criminal defendants of their right to counsel. And in doing so it has recognized, for the first time, that it is responsible for providing legal representation for those defendants.
City Newspaper  |  Jeremy Moule  |  10-29-2014  |  Policy Issues

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