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State police to probe Rochester anti-transgender attack

Aug. 5, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday he was "outraged" by a violent assault on a 30-year-old transgender man in Rochester and was ordering the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to aid in the investigation. Samson Tequir, a local Black Lives Matter organizer, sustained a broken eye...

Fired officer files lawsuit to be reinstated, blames mayor

Jul. 27, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York cop who was fired in relation to a 2018 wrongful arrest has sued to get his job back. Spenser McAvoy submitted court documents alleging that his termination was the result of a false narrative started by the Rochester man who was arrested, Christopher Pate, and pressure...

FILE -This May 14, 2007 courtroom sketch shows Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Frazier, left, and defendants Adham Amin Hassoun, second from left, Jose Padilla, center, and Kifah Wael Jayyousi, far right, on the opening day of their terrorism conspiracy trial in federal court in Miami. Hassoun, who was convicted of terrorism-related crimes, served his sentence and then was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has been deported after a legal battle to hold him indefinitely stalled. (Shirley Henderson via AP, File)

US deports man after push for indefinite detention stalls

Jul. 23, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A man convicted of terrorism-related crimes, who served his sentence and was then detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has been deported after a legal battle to hold him indefinitely stalled. Federal immigration authorities held Adham Amin Hassoun until Tuesday at a...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, standing at a distance due to coronavirus precautions, holds a ceremonial swearing-in for Congressman-elect Chris Jacobs, R-N.Y., Tuesday, July 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. With Jacobs are his wife, Martina Jacobs, second from left, daughter Anna, 1, and mother Pamela Jacobs. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

NY Republican Chris Jacobs sworn in as newest House member

Jul. 21, 2020 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Chris Jacobs of western New York became the newest House member on Tuesday, taking the oath of office to fill the unexpired term of a lawmaker who left Congress after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges. Jacobs, who has been a state senator, had the support of...

Pieces of a smashed statue of a Union soldier that honored a volunteer regiment from upstate New York, lie on the ground in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Thursday, July 16, 2020. The statue was more than a century old, having first been erected in 1875 to honor soldiers in the 77th NY Volunteers, who died in the Civil War. (Paul Buckowski/The Albany Times Union via AP)

Statue honoring Union volunteer regiment found smashed

Jul. 17, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A statue of a Union soldier honoring a volunteer regiment from upstate New York was smashed into pieces in a public park. Police said Wednesday the statue was likely destroyed overnight, and that they are looking for suspects. Photos show fragments of the statue littered...

Police: 6 men shot during fight at large gathering

Jul. 11, 2020 6:40 AM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Six people were shot during a fight at a large gathering in New York early Saturday morning, police in Rochester said. All six were men who were expected to recover, news outlets reported. A car sped away from the scene and crashed into two unoccupied police vehicles, police told...

A replica of a statue of Frederick Douglass sits in the studio of Olivia Kim, a sculptor who worked on finishing three replicas, July 16, 2018 in her Rochester, N.Y. studio. A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass has been ripped from its base in Rochester on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches. Police say the statue of Douglass was taken from Maplewood Park and placed near the Genesee River gorge on Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

Frederick Douglass statue vandalized in Rochester park

Jul. 6, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Police in Rochester were trying to determine Monday who ripped a statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from its base on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, delivered in the upstate New York city in 1852. The statue of Douglass was taken on Sunday from Maplewood...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan's father helps her with a new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. School districts across America are in the midst of wrenching decisions during the summer about how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with socially distanced school buses, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children as the new norm. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Debates turn emotional as schools decide how and if to open

Jul. 5, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected...

In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020, photograph, a woman walks past a mural in tribute to Frederick Douglass on the exterior wall of the Black-owned Slade's Bar and Grill in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Many from outside Boston have recently ordered takeout, purchased gift cards and supported the restaurant amid nationwide protests against racism. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Religious leaders to invoke Frederick Douglass on July 4th

Jul. 3, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — About 150 preachers, rabbis and imams are promising to invoke Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on July 4th as they call for the U.S. to tackle racism and poverty. The religious leaders are scheduled this weekend to frame their sermons around “What to the Slave is the...

Long-serving Rochester Assemblyman David Gantt dies at 78

Jul. 1, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Assemblyman David Gantt, who served the Rochester area in New York state government for decades, has died. He was 78. His office announced his death on Wednesday, and it brought out a wave of accolades from elected officials, praising Gantt for his dedication and concern for those he...