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Mayor Richards says, Im Done,
Support Swells for Lovely Warren
Children, Grandchildren and
Great-Grandchildren of RTS Employees
Have Buses Named After Them
Local News
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pg 5
New Parent Leadership Group and League of Women Voters
Partner to Increase Voter Knowledge
local news
pg 5
Generation Outreach Ends
#RememberOctober - 31 Days of
Kindness Series with Makeover Express
pg 3
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LovelyWarren
Thanks to everyone who voted in the Democratic Primary, Lovely Warren is
now the official candidate of the Democratic Party. But our work is not done!
ITS TIME TO SEAL THE DEAL!
NOVEMBER 5 IS ELECTION DAY
If you want Lovely Warren to be Rochesters next Mayor,
you must get out and vote AGAIN
LOVELY FOR MAYOR #LETS SEAL THE DEAL ON NOV. 5
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LOCAL
By Delani Weaver
Generaton Outreach, a local
organizaton owned and operated
by Justn Ortz, has held a diferent
event every Saturday during the
month of October as part of his
#RememberOctober - 31 Days of
Kindness event series. Each event
was given an event ttle and centered
on a theme of community service
and involvement. The last event of
the month, held this past Saturday
afernoon, was called Makeover
Express.
Joy Community Church on Goodman
St. was flled with local hairstylists
and barbers, music, local youth and
cameras as young boys and girls
received head to toe makeovers. The
haircuts and hairstyles were free, as
well as the clothing that was provided
for the kids.
Were giving young children new
makeovers, and new outits and new
hairstyles, Ortz said. Were just
giving them some confdence because
they dont normally get things like this.
So, its defnitely a blessing to them.
We have groups like Phu Concepts
sponsoring the clothing, Sharp Edgez
Barber Insttute sponsoring the
haircuts, my wife Alexis and her friend
Latrice doing the hairstyles for the girls.
So, were here having a good tme, and
just trying to build the kids confdence
by making them look good.
The kids were chosen through Bethel
Express, a group based out of Bethel
Christan Fellowship Church on East
Ave., led by Michael Peace. The group
caters to children between the ages of
six and 12, providing them with food,
mentoring, academic and biblical
teaching.
In additon, several aspiring barbers
from the Sharp Edgez Barber Insttute
volunteered their tme and skills to cut
hair for the boys.
Richard Johnson, staf assistant
instructor at Sharp Edgez said, The
school always wants to be able to
help the community when we can,
and haircuts are our way of helping.
We want to make a diference and
be an infuence. Right here is a good
opportunity because some of the kids
might be inspired to be a barber or
hairstylist by us being here.
The girls were freshened up with new
hairstyles by Ortzs wife Alexis Ortz
and Divas Design Hair Studio stylist
Lachelle Roberts.
I love doing hair. I was happy to agree
when the opportunity came up. All of
his events have gone really well this
month. So, Im happy, Ortz said.
Additonal Generaton Outreach
events this month included:
Generaton Outreach Community
Event, Saturday, Oct. 5
Public Service Announcement Day,
Saturday, Oct. 12
Generaton Wipe Out, Saturday, Oct.
19
Makeover Express, Saturday, Oct. 26
This month has gone really well,
Ortz said. We had a good amount
of people show up to each event. We
had great tme with Lovely Warren
showing up to the public service
announcement event. The Rochester
Police Foundaton donated money for
every event we had. We feel like were
making a positve change throughout
the city. Season two of Generaton
News is coming out Nov. 30 on CW
16. In January, well be holding afer
school programs, teaching kids careers
and trades, and mentoring them in
fnancial literacy and employment
etquete. We just want to contnue
making positve changes for our city.
Generation Outreach Ends #RememberOctober - 31 Days of Kindness
Series with Makeover Express
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LOCAL
High School Roundtable: Edison Students want to be Understood
By Delani Weaver
In most cases, students rarely, if ever,
get the opportunity to truly be heard
about the issues they are faced with
every day and how they deal with them.
As a result, the Minority Reporter
gathered ten Edison Technical High
School students together to speak
their minds relatve to the conditons
of their school lives.
The students were chosen at random,
and they were between the ages of 15
to 18, in grades ten through twelve.
For the most part, the students said
they hoped to pass all of their classes,
get a proper educaton and go on
to college. Several were athletes,
partcipatng in sports like track,
football and volleyball, and said they
have plans to apply for scholarships,
both academic- and sports-related.
In additon, they said they commended
certain instructors for making sure
there was a high level of respect
between students and teachers, as
well an efort to keep the lessons
upbeat and interestng.
Sophomore Lyric Joseph, 15, said,
Some teachers here are very cool.
They understand that even though
were the students and they are our
teacher, we deserve to be respected
just like they do. They dont treat us,
like, beneath them.
Senior Kherie Ernisse, 17, said, I had
a science teacher in the ninth grade
who was such a great teacher. He
would talk to us nicely, and he played
music while we did our work. I learned
so much in his class because he made
the stuf we were doing interestng
and fun, with actvites. Teachers think
that we dont want to learn, but thats
not true. We want an educaton, but
we need to be interested a litle bit. I
know that everything cant be turned
into something fun, but if my teacher is
monotone, never comes from behind
their desk, and doesnt care about
the informaton themselves; how am I
supposed to learn?
Other students said these were the
reasons they were dissatsfed with
some teachers:
Senior Jariah Jenkins, 17, said,
Teachers tell other teachers what
they think of us and how we are
in their class, and the teachers use
someone elses opinion and believe
thats how we will be with them. So if
a teacher tells another teacher, shes
mean or hes a bad student or she has
an attude, that teacher who doesnt
know me will treat me diferently
based on what they heard from my old
teacher. They dont give us a chance
to form their own opinion about us.
They stereotype us. Maybe something
happened with that teacher and thats
why Im like that in their class.
Senior Andrew Hilton, 17, said, I dont
feel like the teachers want to help us.
I hate doing homework or an essay
and, on the paper, it says fx this and
fx that. The teacher doesnt tell me
exactly what I did wrong or how to fx
it. They say, Just get it done. When
you ask questons, they assume that
you didnt read the instructons or
you werent paying atenton in class.
I know how to read very well, and
when I ask for further instructons, it
has nothing to do with me not paying
atenton. I do my work, and well. I ask
for help when I need it.
The students also said they sometmes
feel blamed and punished for things
that are out of their control. In
additon, they said teachers need to
be more organized.
There were stories from some
students about receiving low or failing
grades because they said the teacher
lost their work. The students said
teachers either made them redo the
assignment or gave them a failing
grade for the work.
They tell us, Well, I have some
odd students, and its hard to keep
track sometmes. Well, thats not
my problem. Youre the teacher, you
need to keep up with my work, Tyra
Williams said.
To date, Rochester City School District
exam scores have been some of the
lowest in the state, and, according to
the students, the hardest tme of the
year is when its tme for exams.
The group said teachers normally
teach to what will be on the exams,
however; the problem arises when the
class falls behind in the lesson.
Senior Joseph Foster said, Some
teachers will tell us every day, Were
behind, were behind, were behind,
but dont worry about it, well catch
up. When its tme for exams, they
try to cram the informaton in at the
last minute. How can they expect us to
pass?
I dont think that teachers should only
teach whats on the exam. They need
to plan the lessons the right way and
teach everything theyre supposed to,
Jenkins said.
Ernisse added, Last year, a lot of the
things that were on the exam were
never taught to us.
Shes right, Williams said. They tell
us to study our notes. But how can I do
that? You didnt teach the informaton.
So many people failed those exams and
it wasnt their fault. Everyone thinks
that it is, but we were not taught what
was on the exams.
The students had this to say regarding
the issue of racial discriminaton and
whether it exists in the classroom:
I would say, not really, Ernisse said.
Were prety united for the most part.
It does bother me when people that
are not close friends or family call me
ginger. Im Irish and I have red hair,
but that doesnt mean I want to be
called ginger.
Sometmes, it bothers me that
teachers and some students want to sit
next to me in class because Im Asian,
and they think, Ooh shes smart, she
can help me, senior Amy Tran said.
The other students said they hadnt
seen or experienced any racism in the
school.
Next, the students discussed their
aggravaton with the metal detectors
and security guards at the school.
Some said they felt they were being
treated like criminals because they
have to remove earrings, belts and
book bags before theyre allowed to
enter the school. Others said they
thought the metal detectors kept them
safe from violence in school. And, stll
others said they thought the security
guards were useless because when a
violent incident was about to happen,
they were nowhere to be found.
But, the students said they were not
just complaining or asking for changes
they felt were unreasonable or
impossible. They said they wanted to
learn in order to get the best educaton
they could, so they would be prepared
for college. They also said, in the end,
they were simply asking teachers to
care about their educaton as much as
they do.
Additonally, the students said they
want teachers to treat them as
individuals, and scholars who each
learn in a diferent way, rather than
assuming every class or student is the
same.
The roundtable ended with one
queston: If there was one thing you
could change about your school, what
would it be?
Senior Charles Nash, 17, said, The
teachers. We need teachers that care
about their job more than they care
about their paycheck. If youre not
doing that job because you want to
do that job, and you want to see these
students be somebody, then pick
another career. Dont waste our tme
Contd on next page
L to R: Charles Nash, Jariah Jenkins, Melique Butler, Kherie Ernisse, Amy Tran
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ow many people pay atenton to the
RTS buses when theyre riding around
the city? For those who dont, they
probably never notced the names
engraved on the buses either. But,
Saturday afernoon, the annual Bus
Naming Ceremony took place once
again at the Rochester Genesee
Regional Transportaton Authoritys
(RGRTA) headquarters on E. Main St.
For the last fve years, before each new
bus is rolled out to serve the public,
RGRTA has named each bus afer a staf
members child, grandchild or great-
grandchild. The company chooses the
names randomly, from children ages
12 and under, in a drawing that takes
place three weeks before the buses go
on the road.
Employees fll out the forms, which
are then put into a basket, CEO
of RGRTA Bill Carpenter said. The
communicatons department comes
up to my ofce and makes sure Im not
playing favorites with anybody. We
pull names and then the employees
are notfed.
Once selected, the names of the kids
are painted on the outside of the buses
and remain there for the life of the
bus, which, according to Carpenter, is
about 12 years.
Twenty-eight buses were named afer
38 children Saturday, bringing the total
to 58 buses named this year, in honor
of 78 RGRTA employees children and
grandchildren.
Carpenter said the buses cost
approximately $350,000 each, and
since the naming ceremony began in
2009, more than 168 buses have been
named afer 208 children. Some buses
have two names. Nineteen more buses
are expected to be named by spring
2014.
Twelve-year-old Deja, one of the
children honored at the ceremony
said, I was so excited. My sisters have
buses in their names, and I didnt want
to be lef out. Im really happy. Its fun.
Everyone who atended the event
was able to watch the ceremony
with fall favorites such as donuts,
cookies, botled water and apple
cider. In additon, each child was
given a certfcate, a bag of Halloween
candy and treats. Afer the ceremony,
families posed for a keepsake photo,
and each one was allowed to explore
their bus.
We think this is a great way to
celebrate our staf and, at the same
tme, make the riding experience a
litle bit friendlier for our customers,
Carpenter said. Since we started the
traditon, its been one of the most
popular staf events we hold, and
its defnitely delightul to see the
kids receive certfcates bearing their
buses numbers.
Federal Express names their airplanes
afer employees children as well.
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and waste your tme doing something
you dont want to do.
I would change our students, Jenkins
said. I shouldnt have to come to
school and feel like Im in war. I have
to put on my game face. I tell myself,
dont say anything, its not worth it.
I know not to go down this hallway
because theyre gonna be smoking
weed; I cant go down that hallway
because theyre gonna be fghtng. If
people would check these students,
and the horrible things they do; school
would functon a lot beter.
Senior Melique Butler, 17, said, If
we change the way that the class is
actually taught, that would be beter,
because not everything should be
taught directly from the book. If
teachers do more engaging things,
itll keep the high school kids not only
paying atenton, but they will get
the informaton and retain it. Theyll
be involved more and want to learn
more, and it will actually keep them in
school.
I agree with what Melique said,
Ernisse said. There are students that
are more hands-on. They need to be
engaged in what theyre doing. Its
just that some of these teachers dont
have the resources that they need to
do that. Im a visual learner; I need
to see what Im learning. I think that
if teachers just change the way they
teach certain things and some of the
curriculum, it would make things a lot
easier for everybody.
Some of the teachers use big steps
instead of breaking it down to us, Tran
said. It makes it hard to understand,
especially if youre a slow learner.
Hilton said, For me, its the structure.
I came here as a freshman. I was
accepted into the program at Wilson
but I came here (Edison) because, at
the tme, I liked mechanics. I wanted to
use the auto body shop that Edison has,
but that wasnt available to use ninth
grade year, tenth grade year, eleventh
or now, my twelfh grade year. I think
that if everything was more organized,
it would be so much beter. Right now,
theres a big hole in Edison, where
theyre doing constructon. Id say 30
percent of the classrooms are gone.
Were too cramped in here, therere
too many kids in too litle areas. It just
doesnt work. Its too congested.
I would change the teachers, Joseph
said. I think that if every teacher was
looked forward to and fun, and hands
on with us, it would just be a family
when were in class; then everyone
would be much happier. There would
be less fghts, there wouldnt be so
many kids failing, summer school
wouldnt be needed. It all starts
with the teachers. If you have a bad
teacher, youre not learning. Youre
not going to class; youre not doing
what you need to do. It starts with
the teachers and the administrators
having a good attude, being positve
and understanding that every student
is not bad or the same. School would
be beautful.
Structure, organizaton, Williams
said. We need teachers that care. No
one is forcing them to be here. They
(teachers) tell us to leave if we dont
want to be here, they should do the
same thing. They need to change
the curriculum. Im in English 3 and
weve been working on the same thing
since the frst day. They moved kids
to another school because of the big
hole. If that was planned the right way,
then they probably wouldnt have had
to do that in the frst place.
Senior Broderick Penny said, They
need to understand how each of us
learns.
They need to be consistent, Foster
said. If everyones fumbling around
every year, then we cant get a good
educaton like other schools. For
example, we had 90-minute classes
freshman year. Sophomore year, we
didnt have early Wednesdays, we had
academy Wednesdays. Junior year, we
had early Wednesdays and we got out
early, and now we dont. Everything
is changing and no one can get into
the stride of how school should be.
Everyone is confused, no one knows
whats going on, and no one knows
where theyre supposed to be; so, no
one wants to be here anymore. If they
had more consistency, then things
would fow beter. If youre going to
implement something, then stck to it,
and follow through with it.
High School Roundtable...from previous page
Children, Grandchildren and
Great-Grandchildren of RTS Employees Have Buses Named After Them
Candidates for Rochester City School
Board presented their plans and ideas
for the district Wednesday evening
at a community forum, sponsored
by alumni members of the Greater
Rochester Parent Leadership Training
Insttute (PLTI) and the League of
Women Voters.
Held at the Downtown United
Presbyterian Church, last nights forum
was the PLTI Alumnis frst community
event and the frst tme that the
League has held a candidate forum at
the School Board level.
The League of Women Voters is
pleased to be asked to co-sponsor this
debate for candidates for the School
Board, said Georgia DeGregorio,
President of the League of Women
Voters. We all know how important it
is for parents to express their concern
regarding the educaton that their
children receive. We are glad that the
League can help voters be informed
about these issues.
The Rochester City Schools have
struggled in recent years. This year,
5.4 percent of city students met or
exceeded the ELA profciency standard
New Parent Leadership Group and League of Women Voters Partner to
Increase Voter Knowledge with School Board Candidate Forum
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By Delani Weaver
Mayor Richards held a press conference
Wednesday afernoon explaining that
he was not aware untl very recently
that Independence Party Chairman
Steve Corryn was leading a campaign
urging people to vote for him, even
though Richards announced that he
is no longer seeking to be re-elected.
Richards opted to drop out of the race
last month due to personal issues and
the death of his son. He said he now
endorses candidate Lovely Warren.
I believe that my announcement
today (Wednesday) will, and should
mean that Lovely Warren will be
elected our next mayor, Richards said.
I intend to work to make that occur
successfully and I urge everyone to do
so as well.
Warren sent her thanks to Richards. I
want to thank Mayor Tom Richards for
his strong statements of support over
the past days and weeks. I thank him
for his service to the city, and contnue
to wish him and his family well,
Warren said.
Warren has been receiving
overwhelming support for her
campaign from local community and
elected leaders, state leaders and out
of state organizatons.
U.S. Sen. Ted OBrien said, Lovely
has been a champion for middle and
working class families in the city of
Rochester for years, working to expand
youth employment opportunites,
improve and grow afordable housing,
provide a beter educaton for our
children, and collaborate with RPD
to make our streets safer. Lovely has
many qualites that will serve her
well as mayor, but what truly makes
her the best choice for this city is her
ability to listen to all perspectves and
make decisions not driven by politcs
or special interests, but by what is
best for the people she serves. As the
frst female mayor of Rochester, her
electon would send a clear signal that
our city is ready to begin a new era of
growth and opportunity. Thats why I
support the next mayor of Rochester:
City Council President Lovely Warren.
EMILYs List, the natons largest
resource for women in politcs, located
in Washington, D.C. also announced its
endorsement of Lovely A. Warren for
mayor.
Public service is Lovely Warrens
passion, and as city council president
she has spearheaded innovatve
eforts to improve educaton, revitalize
neighborhoods, and make housing
afordable, said Stephanie Schriock,
President of EMILYs List. Lovely works
trelessly to help women and families
thrive in her citys communites, and
now the EMILYs List community of
more than two million members is
excited to help her make history as
Rochesters frst woman mayor.
Chairman Joseph Morelles statement
of support may have been the most
notable. Previously, Morelle came
under fre when he prematurely
announced Thomas Richards as the
Democratc nominee for mayor.
I feel the need to reiterate what
should already be abundantly
clear to everyone, Morelle stated.
The Democratc Party, its leaders,
commitee members and actvists
strongly and enthusiastcally support
Lovely Warren for mayor. She won a
clear and resounding victory in the
Democratc primary, she will be the
next mayor of Rochester and we are
eagerly looking forward to the new
administraton.
On Nov. 5, less than two weeks
away, results will show whether or
not Warrens widespread support is
enough to win her the mayoral seat in
Rochester.
Rochester is facing many challenges,
but challenge and opportunity ofen
go hand in hand. I extend my deepest
appreciaton to these community
leaders, who represent a broad cross
secton of interests and sectors, for
supportng my candidacy for mayor
of Rochester. They each have a
demonstrated passion for our city and
I look forward to working side by side
to face our challenges and build on our
opportunites, said Warren.
Mayor Richards says, Im Done, Support Swells for Lovely Warren
LOCAL
Mayor Richards
and 5 percent met or exceeded the
profciency standard in math. These
are the lowest numbers in the state,
compared to Bufalo at 11.5 and 9.6
percent, and 26.4 and 29.6 percent in
New York City. RCSD students in 2012
graduated at a rate of 43%, lower than
any other large city in New York. For
African American male students in
the district, the graduaton rate is 9
percent, the lowest in the naton.
People rarely understand the critcal
role that School Board members
play, explained Kara Finnigan, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Educatonal
Leadership at the Warner School at
the University of Rochester. These
elected ofcials hire (and fre) the
superintendent, develop local policy
and oversee implementaton of state
and federal policies, establish budget
priorites, and are accountable to the
public for the performance of schools.
It is critcal that parents understand
the many roles of the Board, as well as
the ways to communicate with board
members through formal and informal
channels to ensure their voices are
heard.
Finnigan spoke at the start of the
evening, along with Brian Brent, Ph.D.,
also a professor at the Warner school
at U of R, and Robert Brown, Esq., an
atorney and former member of the
Rochester City School Board. They
discussed the use of educatonal
policy by School Boards in general, and
Rochesters in partcular.
In Rochester, voter turnout is at an all-
tme low. Only 23% of those registered
came out to vote in the citys primary
electon in September. This included
the primary for Rochester City School
Board. It was statstcs like this that
prompted the development of the
PLTI program, which trains parents
in leadership and civic engagement
to improve outcomes for children
throughout the Greater Rochester
community.
The focus of PLTI is to increase the
impact of parents in the community,
with the goal of making things beter
for children, said Claire McLauchlin,
a graduate of the program. PLTI is
sponsoring this event because of
the urgent changes needed in the
Rochester City Schools. If more parents
can learn about the candidates and
come to the polls to vote, it has the
potental to make profound change.
The candidates for Rochester City
School Board in atendance were Jose
Cruz, Howard Eagle, Ron Hall, Mia
Hodgins, Candice Lucas, Lori Thomas,
and Van White. Each was given the
opportunity to address questons
posed by the moderators and by
members of the audience.
For Reuben Tapp, a city parent, the
upcoming electon is an important
one. If parents, kids, and taxpayers
want change and actual advocates, if
they want to interrupt the patern of
apathy and disengagement, it maters
greatly who is elected. An efectve
School Board engages parents and kids
to get more involved, and challenges
the districts current structure and
policies.
New Parent Leadership Group...from previous page
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Vote for
LovelyWarren
Thanks to everyone who voted in the Democratic Primary, Lovely Warren is
now the official candidate of the Democratic Party. But our work is not done!
ITS TIME TO SEAL THE DEAL!
NOVEMBER 5 IS ELECTION DAY
If you want Lovely Warren to be Rochesters next Mayor,
you must get out and vote AGAIN
LOVELY FOR MAYOR #LETS SEAL THE DEAL ON NOV. 5
POLLS ARE OPEN 6 AM TO 9 PM
Vote
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NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals
court block of a judges ruling that found
the New York Police Departments
stop-and-frisk policy discriminated
against minorites may be short lived,
depending on the outcome of next
weeks mayoral electon.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
said Thursday that the ruling by U.S.
District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin would
be on hold pending the outcome of an
appeal by the city, a fght that could
be dropped if Democrat Bill de Blasio,
who is leading the polls by 39 points,
has his way.
De Blasio has said he would drop
objectons to the decision, which had
called for a monitor to oversee major
changes to the police tactc.
His Republican rival, Joe Lhota, said the
citys next mayor must push forward
with the appeal.
For the next 60 days, we dont want
an outsider coming in who doesnt
know anything about crime fghtng,
putng the lives of our police ofcers
and the lives of the public on the line,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday
on his weekly WOR Radio show.
Police ofcers have had their names
dragged through the mud over the
past year and I think they deserve a
lot beter than that, Bloomberg said.
We want them to understand that we
support them and we are in conformity
with the requirements of the law.
The topic became an electon
fashpoint, resonatng natonwide.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly
was shouted down over the tactc by
students during a speech at Brown
University earlier in the week.
This is indeed an important decision
for all New Yorkers and for the men
and women of the New York City police
department who work very hard day
in and day out to keep this city safe,
Kelly said Thursday.
The three-judge panel also took the
unusual step of removing Scheindlin
from the case. It said she ran afoul of
the code of conduct for U.S. judges by
misapplying a related case ruling that
allowed her to take the case, and by
giving media interviews during the
trial. It noted she had given media
interviews and public statements
responding to critcism of the court. In
a footnote, it cited interviews with the
New York Law Journal, The Associated
Press and The New Yorker magazine.
In the AP interview, Scheindlin said
reports that Bloomberg had reviewed
her record to show that most of her
15 writen search and seizure rulings
since she took the bench in 1994 had
gone against law enforcement was
a below-the-belt atack on judicial
independence. She said it was quite
disgraceful if the mayors ofce was
behind the study.
Scheindlin said in a statement later
Thursday she consented to the
interviews under the conditon she
wouldnt comment on the ongoing
case.
And I did not, she said.
Scheindlin said some reporters used
quotes from writen opinions that gave
the appearance she had commented
on the case but a careful reading of
each interview will reveal that no such
comments were made.
In 2007, Scheindlin told the same
lawyers who had argued a similar
case before her to bring the stop and
frisk case to her, because she said the
two were related. Not long afer, the
current case was fled by the atorneys.
The appeals court said a new judge
would be assigned at random to
handle further decisions and said it
would hear arguments in March on
the formal appeal by the city. That
judge may choose to make alteratons
to Scheindlins rulings, but it would be
unlikely.
Scheindlin decided in August that the
city violated the civil rights of tens of
thousands of blacks and Hispanics
by disproportonally stopping,
questoning and sometmes frisking
them. She assigned a monitor to help
the police department change its
policy and training programs on the
tactc.
Stop and frisk has been around for
decades, but recorded stops increased
dramatcally under Bloombergs
administraton to an all-tme high in
2011 of 684,330, mostly of black and
Hispanic men. Four minority men
who said they were targeted because
of their races fled a lawsuit, and it
became a class-acton case.
To make a stop, police must have
reasonable suspicion that a crime
is about to occur or has occurred, a
standard lower than the probable
cause needed to justfy an arrest. Only
about 10 percent of the stops result in
arrests or summonses, and weapons
are found about 2 percent of the tme.
Scheindlin heard a bench trial that
ended in the spring and coincided
with a groundswell of backlash against
the stop-and-frisk tactc. She noted in
her ruling this summer that she wasnt
putng an end to the practce, which is
consttutonal, but was reforming the
way the NYPD implemented its stops.
The Center for Consttutonal Rights,
which represented the four men
who sued, said it was dismayed
that the appeals court delayed the
long-overdue process to remedy the
NYPDs stop-and-frisk practces and
was shocked that it cast aspersions
on the judges professional conduct
and reassigned the case.
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WASHINGTON (AP) A year afer
Superstorm Sandy devastated the East
Coast, President Barack Obama signed
an executve order Friday to make it
easier for states and local governments
to respond to weather disasters.
The executve order establishes a task
force of state and local ofcials to
advise the administraton on how to
respond to severe storms, wildfres,
droughts and other potental impacts
of climate change. The task force
includes governors of seven states
all Democrats and the Republican
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Fourteen mayors and two other local
leaders also will serve on the task
force. All but three are Democrats.
The task force will look at federal
money spent on roads, bridges, food
control and other projects. It ultmately
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be made more resilient to the efects
of climate change, such as rising sea
levels and warming temperatures.
The White House said the order
recognizes that even as the United
States acts to curb carbon polluton,
ofcials also need to improve how
states and communites respond
to extreme weather events such
as Sandy. Building codes must be
updated to address climate impacts
and infrastructure needs to be made
more resilient, the White House said
in a statement.
The task force includes Govs. Jerry
Brown of California, Jay Inslee of
Washington and Neil Abercrombie
of Hawaii, as well as Delaware Gov.
Jack Markell, Maryland Gov. Martn
OMalley, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin
and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.
The panel also includes several big-city
mayors, including Los Angeles Mayor
Eric Garcet, Philadelphia Mayor
Michael Nuter and Houston Mayor
Annise Parker. All three are Democrats.
An administraton ofcial who asked
not to be identfed said the White
House asked several organizatons,
including the Natonal Governors
Associaton, to recommend task
force members. Members were
chosen based on those who were
recommended or who nominated
themselves, the ofcial said. The
ofcial asked to not be identfed
because he was not authorized to
discuss the task force makeup.
The task force builds on eforts Obama
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warming, including the frst-ever limits
on climate polluton from new and
existng power plants. Obamas plan is
intended to reduce domestc carbon
dioxide emissions by 17 percent
between 2005 and 2020. The plan
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years.
Obamas plan would be put in place
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climate legislaton in recent years.
The task force on resiliency is expected
to hold its frst meetng this winter.
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Suspected gunman in custody at Los Angeles airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) A suspected
gunman was in custody Friday following
a shootng at Los Angeles airport that
lef multple people wounded and
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fre with airport police. The airport
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gate at the terminal, which has been
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meaning planes in any other airport in
the country cant take of for the city,
although some fights already in the
air were allowed to land.
LAX air trafc controller Michael Foote
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tower saw passengers spilling from the
terminal onto the tarmac, evacuatng
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Virtually
unknown outside Washington, a
coaliton of hardline conservatve
groups is fghtng to seize control of
the Republican agenda.
Tea party allies like the Club for
Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage
Acton for America showed their might
by insistng that the GOP embrace
the government shutdown that hurt
the natons economy and the partys
reputaton.
Now emboldened, these groups are
warning that their aggressive agenda-
pushing tactcs arent over - and
theyre threatening retributon against
Republicans who stand in their way.
They refuse to learn, Chris Chocola,
a former Indiana congressman who
leads the Club for Growth, says of
lawmakers who buck the will of right-
leaning groups. He predicts that his
group will support primary challengers
to more than a dozen Republican
incumbents seeking re-electon next
fall.
Mainstream GOP groups - such as Karl
Roves American Crossroads or the
partys formal campaign commitees
- queston their more conservatve
counterparts role, fed up by their
outsized infuence in shaping the
partys current agenda.
For decades, interest groups like
the Natonal Rife Associaton have
shaped debates on single issues. But
Republicans suggest that not since the
Christan Coaliton of the 1990s have
outside forces played such a sweeping,
integral role in guiding Republican
priorites as the tea party-led fscal
conservatves have in the ongoing
budget debate.
You have a small group in Congress
that has become the surrender
caucus, argues Illinois Rep. Adam
Kinzinger. Theyve surrendered their
votng card to the wishes of these
outside groups.
Such divisions on display between
the Republican Partys pragmatc and
ideological wings - and their afliated
outside groups - carry huge risk for the
GOP heading into the 2014 midterm
congressional electons. Republicans
will seek to win power in the Senate
and preserve their narrow House
majority next fall.
But primaries that leave eventual
nominees batered and broke for the
general electon could hamper that
goal.
Nevertheless, tea party-aligned groups
already are spending millions of
dollars calling on compromise-minded
Republican lawmakers from New
Hampshire to Idaho to embrace more
aggressive tactcs against President
Barack Obamas agenda.
This is their message as Congress
wrestles with health care
implementaton, considers
immigraton reform and gets ready for
new rounds of debt talks: Republicans
who work with the Democratc
president do so at their peril.
It appears that no Republican is too
large for these groups.
The Senate Conservatves Fund -
founded by tea party hero and former
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint -
has launched television ads against
Republican leaders, including Senate
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of
Kentucky, who helped craf the recent
budget compromise that ended the
shutdown. It also has critcized Sen.
Jef Flake of Arizona and Sen. Jonny
Isakson of Georgia.
The Club for Growth also is targetng
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, despite
his role as leader of the campaign
commitee charged with preserving
the Republican House majority. The
group already has launched a website
enttled, Primary My Congressman,
and so far identfed 10 potental
campaigns to unseat Republican
incumbents.
That group and others also are
spending hundreds of thousands of
dollars to support a challenge against
longtme Republican Sen. Thad
Cochran, of Mississippi, in hopes of
persuading him to retre. And the Tea
Party Patriots is going afer Sen. John
Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Mark Kirk of
Illinois and Sen. Kelly Ayote of New
Hampshire.
Behind the scenes, GOP campaign
ofcials are urging donors to fund
mainstream groups to counter the
conservatve outits. These ofcials
are doing so even as they queston the
right-fanks ultmate efectveness,
given that its groups, although vocal,
typically have far less money compared
with other organizatons standing with
Republicans from the establishment
wing.
The most powerful Republican allies
from the last electon - mainstream
Republican groups such as the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce, American
Crossroads and its sister organizaton
Crossroads GPS - poured more than
$212 million combined into the
2012 electon. Combined, the Club
for Growth, Heritage Acton and the
Senate Conservatves Fund spent $21
million.
Natonal GOP ofcials are watching for
signs of rifs among the right-leaning
groups, which could dilute their power.
The shutdown debate itself exposed at
least one disagreement.
The Club for Growth, FreedomWorks
and Heritage Acton for America
defantly insisted that any deal to end
the shutdown and raise the natons
debt ceiling must dismantle or delay
Obamas health care law. Lawmakers
who didnt stand them with them
risked invitng primary challenges.
But some tea party allies like
Americans for Prosperity, the group
funded by conservatve billionaires
Charles and David Koch, opposed
the tactcs that led to the shutdown.
Now that group is trying to move on,
investng $2 million in a four-state ad
campaign that hammers Democrats
over the troubled health care law
implementaton.
Were convinced that repealing
Obamacare is long-term efort, AFP
president Tim Phillips says, explaining
why it didnt sign onto the right-fanks
demands to defund the law as part of
a budget compromise.
In a sign of another possible crack
in the conservatve coaliton, a
spokesman for Heritage Acton for
America says that in the near future, it
likely will focus its health care critcism
on Democrats, who stood together
during the shutdown debate.
There needs to be some breaks in that
unity, says Heritage spokesman Dan
Holler. That may happen naturally, or
it may need to be forced.
But Chocola said the Club for Growth
wouldnt stop pressuring Republicans,
partcularly as congressional leaders
begin to debate a new budget package.
Chocola wouldnt rule out another
push to link such legislaton to the
presidents health care law, but said
his group might shif its strategy if
major shifs to enttlement programs
are included.
As the possibility of a shutdown loomed
large in September, the network of
GOP outside groups disagreed over
strategy.
Crossroads ofcials briefed members
of Congress on internal polling that
showed the shutdown strategy deeply
unpopular. Given that, the group and
its fellow mainstream Republican allies
largely stayed silent, fearing infuental
talk show radio hosts and aggressive
conservatve actvists would brand
them as heretcs.
Meanwhile, conservatve groups grew
even more vocal in pressuring House
and Senate Republicans to refuse to
budge from tea party demands to
defund Obamacare as part of any
budget deal.
Eventually, House Speaker John
Boehner broke with the right fank and
endorsed the bipartsan plan to end
the 16-day shutdown and raise the
debt limit. And 87 Republicans in the
House and 18 in the Senate supported
it.
The damage to the GOP was severe: a
Washington Post-ABC News poll found
that 63 percent of Americans now
have a negatve view of the Republican
Party, the worst ratng for the GOP in
almost three decades.
Conservative groups driving GOP agenda
FILE - This March 2, 2013 fle photo shows Republican strategist Karl Rove,of
American Crossroads, speaking in Sacramento, Calif. Virtually unknown outside
Washington, a coaliton of hardline conservatve groups are fghtng to seize
control of the Republican agenda. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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23, to answer
questons about
the recent surge
of interest in
his candidacy,
afer it allegedly
became null and
void due to the Democratc Party on
Sept. 10.
The frst queston anyone with
reasonable intelligence should be
asking themselves is, why did he feel
the need to call a press conference in
the frst place? Why did he feel the
need to discuss an alleged moot point?
This was an issue he could have simply
put to rest in a memo, or by postng a
message on Facebook.
I suspect his face being in the media
was connected to the conspiracy to
defeat Lovely Warren. The devil is
in the details of a poorly-planned
conspiracy; and it is one that I allege
has been spearhead by Molly Cliford,
Gary Walker and others who stand to
lose their jobs come January 1, 2014.
When Lovely Warren does become
mayor, and she will, they should be the
frst two casualtes, with all others to
follow, at the end of the clean broom
she should be carrying into City Hall.
I have not agreed with former Mayor
Bill Johnson in decades, but on this
one we are on the same page.
He was interviewed by Rachel
Barnhart afer the press conference,
and said he felt the mayor basically
sent mixed messages. Former Mayor
Bill Johnson, who has been advising
Lovely Warren, said he is disappointed
in Tom Richards statement on the
mayoral race.
I wanted him to say, Do not vote
for me. Thats all he has to say to the
voters of this community...Please do
not waste your votes for me, Johnson
said. This mush-mouth response that
hes given is very unlike Tom Richards.
Johnson called the grassroots efort
duplicitous and a conspiracy.
Its one of the weirdest situatons Ive
ever experienced, he said.
Lets take a good look at what I perceive
is going on, and please take note of the
fact that some people think the voters
of Rochester, Democrats in partcular,
are stupid. The pitful scheme that has
been put into place was meant to make
the current mayors name a household
word between now and Nov. 5; but,
from where I sit, it is simply not going
to work.
It is rather insultng though; that the
respect Lovely Ann Warren is due by
virtue of the fact that she fairly won the
September primary is not forthcoming
by racist power brokers. Yeah, I said
it. They are racists, because if a white
candidate had won Sept. 10 in a city
so heavily populated by registered
Democrats, all would be falling in line
and in support of their party.
But, no, what are the racist mavericks
doing? They are strring the pot, and
refusing to accept the fact that a
36-year-old female atorney, who
happens to be black, will soon be
sitng in the executve chair running
the city of Rochester, because she can.
They refuse to give this litle chocolate
child the respect she has earned. Even
her white supporters have called the
former party-loyalists racist. They are
strring the pot, and the more they str
it, the more it stnks.
Keep the names Gary Walker, Molly
Cliford and Ken Warner close to
you. They really think they are power
brokers. Molly and Gary are currently
city employees who will soon be fred,
I hope. In additon, this movement
gives every indicaton that Warner
needs to be replaced. He has so many
personalites; it is hard to determine
which face you are dealing with
sometmes.
UNICON deserves beter, and it is
tme his pretending to want to see
minorites employed is exposed for
the lie it is.
But, I digress.
The other behind-the-scenes players,
in my opinion, are Joe Morelle, and
others who have been allowed to
call shots in our community far too
long. Oh, I know on the surface he
is supportng Lovely, but, to date,
I havent heard of any money or
resources the Democratc Party has
brought forth to help support her.
This was not the case when Richards
won the primary a few years ago. And,
I havent seen any people from the
Democratc Commitee in the street,
so I consider his mouthing the words
of support to be another farce.
I have also envisioned the party chair
called a meetng that was possibly
held in his living room on Sept. 6. At
this meetng, I suspect the supporters
of the current mayor were vowing not
to support Lovely, but instead began
planning the current strategy we are
witnessing.
Yes, I believe the Monroe County
Democratc Party chairman chaired the
meetng I envisioned. Hypothetcally,
he probably opened the meetng by
frst patng Richards on his head,
apologized for not delivering him, and
then explained to all present, Well
you know, as party chairman, I have
to give the appearance of supportng
the party candidate. In the meantme,
we will contnue to meet in secret, so
I can help guide you as we launch a
full-court onslaught in the press two
weeks before the general electon.
It would certainly not look good to the
Democratc Commitee people, those
who elected me, or the governor, for
me to act like I dont want a Democratc
mayor. Richards, your loyalty will
not be questoned even though you
changed your party registraton to
Democrat just to become mayor.
So, this is how we are going to play it.
The expose, the story on Scoty and
the Super Pac he set up, did not work
or cause Lovely the harm we intended.
So, we have to come up with a beter
strategy to work the media and make
sure she does not win. Her people are
stupid, and will stll be celebratng her
primary victory, not realizing they will
need to come out and vote again in
November.
I will be in the background calling the
shots, but we cant aford to let anyone
else know. Bob Dufy has already lost
his job in Albany by interfering in this
race. The governor called him to the
carpet within minutes of him statng
to the press that Lovely should wait
her turn.
I tried to tell him to stay out of it, but
he would not listen. Now, he is going
to be out of a job if Sandy Parker is
not on board with our concerns. So, to
make sure I dont wind up like him, or
hurt my credibility with the governor, I
will have to keep a low profle on this
one. But, the goal is to get Lovely out,
and make sure she loses in the general
electon.
Even though the governor needs
Democratc mayors in all major cites in
Upstate N.Y., I have to redeem myself,
personally, because I feel it is my fault
that a litle black girl we thought we
were going to defeat is going to reign
supreme. But, collectvely, with a full-
court onslaught in the press, we can
correct it.
The botom line is, this city needs the
fresh approach and new ideas Lovely
will bring to the table. Personally, I
believe Lovely Warren to be the one
who can make this happen. I believe it
is her tme. And, I believe the rest is
up to us.
The status-quo needs to once again
feel the wrath of the litle people, and
help assure Nov. 5 that Lovely Warren
will be the next mayor. Vote Row A, all
the way. Help prove, the devil is a liar.
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Sunday - Saturday, November 3-9
Various Locations
Poster Presentation: Freedom to Read
The students in English 264 will create posters exploring the ongoing
conflicts in America, over what students can read and what they can say.
Does your freedom to read conflict with my freedom from fear? Does my
freedom of religion justify the removal of a book from your reading list?
How free is a student's speech, inside a school building?



Thursday, November 7
9:30 am - 10:50 am
Golisano Gateway Mid-Level
In this interactive workshop, a representative from the Rochester Rape
Crisis Center will lead a discussion on the resources available for survivors
of sexual assault.

Four Freedoms Week November 3 - November 9th
St. John Fisher College 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618
Clothesline Project
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Speech
Worship
Freedom to Read Opening Session
Surviving the Holocaust
Film: Little Town of Bethleham
Safe Zone Training
Advanced
Speaking Out Against
Sexual Violence
Hunger Banquet
Box Town
Pittsford Food Cupboard
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Sunday - Saturday, November 3-9
Various Locations
The clothesline project is a vehicle for those affected by violence to
express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt.
Thursday, November 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Campus Center Main Stage
Attendees will receive a ticket that places them in a specific class. This
ticket determines how you will be dining for the evening. Attendees will
have the opportunity to network with Pittsford Food Cupboard for
volunteer opportunities.
Thursday, November 7
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
LeChase Commons
Join fellow students, faculty, and staff in
raising awareness about homelessness. For more information, contact
Students With A Vision (SWAV) at swav@sjfc.edu.
Tuesday, November 5
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hughes Rotunda
Steven Hess was born in Amsterdam, Holland in 1938. Mr. Hess spent
his childhood years under Nazi occupation. He and his family, including
his parents and twin sister, were in the Westerbork and Bergen Belsen
concentration camps during the period 1942-1945. The family
immigrated to the United States on January 1, 1947. He has lectured
widely on the Holocaust throughout the Rochester school systems and at
area colleges and universities. His community activities include
membership on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra, where he serves as Treasurer.
Saturday, November 9
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1 Grove Street Suite 103 A
Pittsford, NY 14534
Volunteers are provided the opportunity to travel to the food bank,
transporting collected donations from the college, sorting food and
repackaging for distribution.
Monday, November 4
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Library Lower Level
Dr. Carolyn Vacca will provide participants with the history of the
Four Freedoms and how they impact our daily lives as American
citizens.
Wednesday, November 6
12:30 pm - 1:40 pm
Golisano Gateway Mid-Level
Participants will learn about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and ALLY
(LBGTQIA) vocabulary, differences between sexual
orientation, gender expression and gender identity.
Tuesday, November 5
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Skalny 141
An inspiring true story of three men in a land gripped by fear, hatred,
and division. Expected to be enemies, they instead strive together to end
the cycle of violence.