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September 4 Voice of the Citizen - Budgeting for Public Safety Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Location: 530 Webster Avenue The Voice of the Citizen (VOC) series is a tool used by the City to reach out to residents for their input when it comes to issues that matter to them, like the budget and public safety. In 2013, Mayor Richards held two VOC series that generated ideas on filling the budget gap and on reducing violence. 5 Voice of the Citizen - Budgeting for Public Safety Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm Location: Danforth Community Center The Voice of the Citizen (VOC) series is a tool used by the City to reach out to residents for their input when it comes to issues that matter to them, like the budget and public safety. In 2013, Mayor Richards held two VOC series that generated ideas on filling the budget gap and on reducing violence. 7 Clothesline Arts Festival Time: 9:00am-5:00pm Location: Memorial Art Gallery Grounds Rochester’s largest and longestrunning fine art and crafts festival! It’s now the place to experience all-day live entertainment, sample food from some of Rochester’s favorite vendors, enjoy free family art activities, visit the museum, and of course, browse and buy original artwork throughout the grounds. October 5 DELTA 5K FOR EDUCATION AND HEALTH Time: 9:00am-3:00pm Location: Lake Riley Lodge, Cobbs Hill Park, Rochester, NY 14610 Description: A fun-filled day to raise funds for higher education scholarships and community service projects in Greater Rochester. Visit our website: http:// racdeltasigmatheta.org for more information. Registration fee is $20.
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ROC Rhythm Presents Nyerry Weaver: “A Rose in a Concrete World” Growing up on the rough ends of Avenue D and Conkey Ave, Nyerry was raised in a traditional Baptist church under the leadership of her grandfather Pastor Willie Randle. With the southern roots of Mississippi, Nyerry Weaver is steering away from traditional and even contemporary gospel music to focus on what I like to call “feel good gospel.” Now don’t get me wrong, all gospel makes you feel good. What I’m talking about is bright melodies and smooth vocals that are still and upbeat or soft pop. The kind of gospel you can twostep to or play while hanging with friends and family on a fun afternoon outing. But don’t let me steal the spotlight, read what she has to say about her life and her music. DW: What does music mean to you? NW: Music is like my heartbeat, its life in melody. It’s like when I listen to a song, I’m not only listening to the lyrics and the vocals but I’m listening to the beat, picking out each instrument I hear. Music is my medicine. DW: Tell me about your background, where you’re from and how did you get started in music? NW: I’m originally from Amory, MS. I grew up in the church raised by my grandparents. I’m the oldest of 17 grandchildren. When I was about 8 I joined the youth choir at my church, and there is where my passion for singing was sparked. DW: How long have you been singing? NW: Forever! No, seriously I’ve been singing since I was about 8. DW: Why gospel and not R&B? NW: Gospel is comprised of almost all music genres, R&B, soul, rock, blues all of the styles of the different genres can be heard in gospel music. DW: What do you consider your style of gospel? Traditional, contemporary, etc…? NW: I consider myself all of them, because I have and can sing them all. DW: Who are some of your favorite artists that inspire you to do what you do? (And why) NW: Mary Mary, because they go against the grain in their music, so does Kierra Sheard and Tye Tribett, Kirk Franklin, they have something for everyone and that’s what I like. DW: What is your process for writing? NW: It’s complex, lyrics come to me in pieces, so I record the piece on my phone so I don’t forget it. Most of my songs I come up with the melody on my own in my head. DW: What has been your greatest Nyerry Weaver accomplishment musically? NW: I just performed at Kingdom Bound 2013. DW: Your biggest challenge musically? NW: Stage fright. DW: How are you gonna separate yourself from gospel singers who are already out there? How are you different? NW: I’m like the melting pot of gospel music. I add so much flavor, and so many different genres in one song, you may not know what’s coming next but you’re guaranteed to love it. DW: Where have you performed publicly? NW: Some of everywhere. The Carolinas, New York City, Ohio, just about everywhere in the tri state area and then some DW: Have you collaborated with anyone? NW: I love collaboration. I feel it enhances you as an artist. I haven’t collaborated with anyone as of yet. DW: So are you actively looking for a record deal? NW: Yes and no. Simply because I’m already doing everything that a label would on my own minus the signing advance. DW: Once you get a deal, and your music is being heard around the world, how are gonna stay connected to your roots in Rochester? NW: Come back as much as possible, perform here as much as time allows. This is home. DW: Are you worried about credibility? No, people will talk whether you do good or bad, and before we are Christians we are human. And no one is perfect. DW: How has your faith affected your music? NW: Only positively, I believe God gave me the gift to use to bring people to him music makes people happy, makes them feel good and all he wants if for us to serve him and be happy.
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Lovely Warren, A Crowd Favorite at Recent Mayoral Forum
By Delani Weaver Mayor Thomas Richards appeared to be in the hot seat Tuesday during a mayoral forum at the Lyell Avenue library where local residents were allowed to question Mayor Richards as well as City Council President and candidate for mayor Lovely Warren and Green Party candidate Alex White. Lovely Warren on the other hand, received applause for most of her responses as she answered questions and laid out her vision for the LyellOtis area and the rest of the city of Rochester. Her theme focused around “fresh ideas and change now, not later”. She made it a point to say several times that she sees what’s going on because she goes to church in the area and she knows what needs to be changed and how to do it. “I have walked this neighborhood. I have been over on Smith Street, Locust Street, Jay Street, Grape Street. Some of the living conditions we have allowed people to live in is atrocious,” Warren said. “…What we tend to do is-if you’re poor, you get a separate set of standards.” Several members of the community wanted to go head-to-head with Mayor Richards about conditions such as education standards, police harassment, prostitution and crime in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood so much so that the coordinator of the event had to reel a few members back in. Mayor Richards tried to impress on the community members that the city is not in as bad a condition as it appears. He repeatedly said that change takes time. “I believe we have made progress in the last several years. Enough? Hardly. We are not able to do everything as quickly as we would like,” he said. He said $1.1 billion have been invested into the neighborhoods out of the $1.7 billion in public and private funds. This unnerved the crowd as several people simultaneously asked “where?” Alex White tried his best to keep the mood light in the room by making jokes during his responses to questions, which were few. However, he made
(L to R) Alex White, Lovely Warren and Mayor Thomas Richards it clear that he is implicitly against the construction of the Marina, set to be finished by 2015 by calling it an unnecessary project. Voters will be at the polls to cast their votes September 10 for either Warren or Richards in the Democratic primary. White will be running against the winner in the general election in November.
“Gear for Grades” Campaign Comes to Los Flamboyanes
By Delani Weaver The Los Flamboyances Apartment on North Clinton Avenue were the center of attention Tuesday as the “Gear for Grades” initiative wanted to make sure that students living there were prepared for the school year. Citizens Bank partnered with Landsman Development and the Rochester YMCA to distribute 75 book bags to local elementary school students in need living in the apartments. The bags were filled with donated school supplies such as pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks, plastic rulers, erasers, safety scissors and spiral notebooks from the bank’s customers and colleagues at local branches. The annual summer event, attended by community members, Deputy Mayor Leonard E. Redon, Citizens Bank Public Affairs Manager Chuck Hinkel and Landsman Development Activities Director, Keira Sanchez, is a part of Citizens Helping Citizens Strengthen
Communities, the bank’s program for contributing to the economic vitality of communities and encourage a positive attitude toward school by helping each student start the year with the supplies necessary to achieve success 1,800 backpacks will be distributed to local children in need before the start of the school year in New York. Gear for Grades will provide more than 38,000 backpacks to children in need across the 12 states that the bank resides.
Women ages 18 to 80 will have access to a variety of free health screenings including tests for asthma, AIDS/HIV, osteoporosis, breast cancer, heart disease, stroke risk, dental problems, diabetes, glaucoma, kidney disease, lead poisoning, mental health issues and skin cancer at the 5th annual women’s health fair. The fair will be held Saturday, September 7 from 9am to 1pm at the Public Market and sponsored by the
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Public Market Hosts 5th Annual Women’s Health Fair
City of Rochester, URMC, Chase Bank and Monroe Wheel Chair. Information booths will be available to Ask the MD, Ask the Ob/Gyn, Ask the Nutritionist and Ask the Pharmacist. Help for smoking cessation and also for insurance enrollment will be offered for those in need. Physicians and midlevel care providers will be on site throughout the event for screenings and to answer questions.
Teen rescued from Rochester’s Genesee Gorge
Authorities say a teenager has had to be rescued from the Genesee River Gorge in Rochester after he went into the gorge to retrieve his friend’s Buddha statue. Fire officials say 17-year-old Kwamell Hagan and a teenage girl were walking along the edge of the gorge around 9 p.m. Tuesday when she dropped the small statue. Both teens went down about 100 feet into the gorge to retrieve it, but the girl couldn’t climb back up the slippery incline because she was wearing flipflops. Hagan says he gave her his sneakers and she was able to climb out and call 911. Firefighters using ropes rescued Hagan in about 45 minutes. Across 1. Fab Four drummer 6. Hip-hop 9. Old time Dad’s 12. No-no 13. Capitalize 14. Coffee holder 15. S. American cassava plant 16. Gas guzzle rate 17. Can be open or choppy 18. Swindle 20. Fellow 21. Behave affectedly 24. Beeper 27. Dry red wine 30. First act 34. Some reality show winners 35. Butterfly 36. Hindu festival 38. Perfume base 39. “Get your ___ running.....” Steppenwolf 41. Keats creation 42. Finale 45. “___ show time!” 47. Bother 48. Peruvian coin 50. ___ and desist 55. “Forget it!” 56. 5th for one 57. Operatic solos 58. If at first you don’t succeed, ____ again 59. Protective covering 60. Get a new tenant for Down 1. Messy place 2. Greek letter 3. 1970 Jackson 5 song 4. Bird of myth 5. Jungle sound 6. Cuban dance 7. Egyptian snake 8. Hit the nail on the head 9. Word on a door 10. Kind of rug 11. Zest 19. Select 20. Thick liqueur 21. Involved with 22. Ghana money 23. Suppose (old way) 25. Decision to move forward 26. Grandiose 28. Pack carrier 29. Norway seaport 31. Alliance acronym 32. Relative of “Oh, no!” 33. Character 37. Player, in tag 38. Gallery display 40. Lubed 42. “Out of the question” 43. Skunk’s defense 44. Decayed 46. Lasting effect 48. Fall guy 49. Fertility clinic stock 51. “Maid of Athens, ___ we part”: Byron 52. Have a bug 53. Returnable envelope, for short 54. Approx.
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Former NY postal worker gets jail time for thefts
Federal prosecutors say a former postal worker has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and fined $7,500 for stealing a rare Mickey Mantle baseball card, cash, jewelry and gold from mail at a Rochester distribution center. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 59-yearold Dale Richmond of Williamson, east of Rochester, was sentenced on Wednesday. Richmond pleaded guilty to mail theft and mail tampering in November and had faced up to 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge David Larimer also ordered Richmond to pay $7,800 in restitution to the victims. Richmond worked as a mechanic for the U.S. Postal Service in the Rochester Logistics and Distribution Center. Prosecutors say he rifled through mail and stole items which he later sold at a pawn shop for more than $30,000.
Info session on plans for NY boys’ charter school
Leaders of a proposed charter school for boys in Rochester are inviting the public to an informational session. Supporters of the Vertus Charter School say they plan to apply to the state in September for permission to open in 2014. Thursday’s session is meant to build community support. It takes place at the Freedom School at 5 p.m. The Vertus school is proposed as a career and technical school for boys that will tailor learning to students’ abilities and interests and prepare students for the workplace. Its founders are Perry White, who founded the successful Citizens Academy charter elementary school in Cleveland, and Leigh McGuigan, who is interim executive director of ROADS Charter High Schools in New York City.
Local Resident Vee Henry Battles Florida Real Estate Company and ATF
Virginia Henry made national headlines in 2011 after being forcibly evicted from her home and arrested by the Rochester Police Department during a foreclosure by Fannie Mae. Today, she’s fighting for another piece of property, this time against the Florida-based real estate and tax lien sales company American Tax Funding LLC. Henry said she purchased the building in July 2012 to house her expanding Stop the Violence Program, and was notified by the city of Rochester in February that unpaid taxes on the property had been sold to American Tax Funding in the amount of $113,000. As a result, she said she contacted ATF to make payment arrangements with Philips Lytle LLP, the Rochester-based law firm that represents the company in the area. “I talked to them several times,” she stated. “It was vice president Tadgh Macaulay that called Phillips Lytle and made the initial arrangement.” First, Henry said, ATF offered her an agreement to pay $5000 down and the same amount per month for each month thereafter, in order to ultimately pay off the total tax debt over time. However, unable to afford the high payments, she said she refused. “Who in the world can pay $5000 every month?” said Henry. “So, I wouldn’t sign it. Then he came up with a new one.” Henry said the new agreement would have allowed her to put $5000 down in April, and then make a smaller payment in May. But, although the company came up with a new deal, she said ATF also simultaneously scheduled the April 12 auction of the property in case she was unable to keep the arrangement. Henry said she signed the contract, nonetheless. “ATF will settle the above tax debt for a total of $65,000,” the contract stated. “We agree to receive funds in the following manner: $5000 by April 11, 2013, $1500 by May 10, 2013, and $58,500 by June 10, 2013. Funds are to be delivered to the office of Philips Lytle LLP.” However, according to Henry, when she attempted to make the first scheduled payment on April 11, Philips Lytle did not accept the fee. “When I took the money up there he wouldn’t take it,” she said. “He said somebody else already wants your building.” And, Henry said, although she also tried to pay the morning of the auction, Philips Lytle turned her down again. “The girl that did the auction said, ‘It’s done now, you can take it or leave it,’” Henry said. So, ultimately, ATF seized and sold the property for $60,000, she stated. Yet, contrary to Henry’s claims, according to Macaulay, the company had given her several chances to make payments, but simply never received them. “She never came in and made the payment,” Macaulay said. “You don’t have to take my word for it, you can call Philips Lytle. Ms. Henry has had a long history with us on numerous properties where she’s made agreements and never followed up on things. We didn’t get any more from the sale than what she agreed to pay, so there was no incentive for us to sell the property. There was no gain.” In May, Henry filed a lawsuit against the company and lost the case; however, she has currently filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court. The city of Rochester instituted the bulk sale of tax liens to ATF in 2009 and, in March, commissioned a study, conducted by the Center for Community Progress, to review the company’s process. “The bulk lien sale does not directly increase neighborhood destabilization and has generated a short term increase in the city’s cash flow,” the report stated. In addition, “The process does not achieve enforcement of taxes or timely change in ownership for all tax delinquent properties; and, a high volume of properties that remain tax delinquent for an extended period of time results in serious community impacts.” Therefore, according to Rochester City Treasurer Charles Benincasa, in general, he is satisfied with the relationship the city has had with ATF so far. “I would say that we’ve had a good relationship overall in terms of the sale
Virginia Henry of liens for the most part,” Benincasa stated. “But we are at the end of our five-year contract with American Tax Funding and we are looking at our next steps forward.” According to reports, Syracuse reportedly cut ties with ATF in 2008 as a result of several disputes between the company and city residents. In addition, according to Syracuse’s The Post Standard, ATF reportedly failed to pay past due taxes on a number of properties the private company owned in the city. Philips Lytle did not return calls as of the printing of this article.
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Judge approves Kodak plan to exit bankruptcy
Kodak doesn’t look a whole lot like it did when it filed for bankruptcy protection last year, but its executives and investors are hoping for a pictureperfect future. Many of its products and services are gone, including the camera-making business that made it famous more than a century ago. Also gone are scores of workers, manufacturing facilities, supply contracts and millions of dollars in investments. On Tuesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper approved the company’s plan to emerge from court oversight, paving the way for it to recreate itself as a new, much smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing. Kodak said it hopes to emerge from bankruptcy protection as early as Sept. 3. “They still have people with immense skill and who know how to win,” said Mark Zupan, dean of the business school at the University of Rochester, near Kodak’s headquarters. “But it’s also a team that has gone through hell for the last 10 to 20 years. It has been like constant water torture.” Founded by George Eastman in 1880, Eastman Kodak Co. is credited with popularizing photography at the start of the 20th century and was known all over the world for its Brownie and Instamatic cameras and its yellowand-red film boxes. It was first brought down by Japanese competition and then an inability to keep pace with the shift from film to digital technology. “Up until around 2005, Kodak was one of the most recognizable brands in the world, and that’s now gone,” said Robert Burley, a photography professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. “It’s only real brand recognition these days is as a failed company that was unable to make the transition from the 20th century to the 21st century. To some degree, they have become a poster child for a company that could not keep up with technology.” Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection last year after struggling with increasing competition, continuing growth in digital photography and growing debt. Since its filing, Kodak has sold off many of its businesses and patents, while shutting down the camera manufacturing unit that first made it famous. “Kodak is a different company than the one in the popular imagination and very different from the one that filed for bankruptcy,” Kodak attorney Andrew Dietderich told the court at the start of Tuesday’s hearing. In making his ruling, Gropper noted that his approval of the plan will result in the loss of retirement and health care benefits for many former workers, while many of the company’s investors will recoup just pennies on the dollar. “So at a time of admitted tragedy, let us take a moment to dwell on the future and hope that Kodak will be successful,” Gropper said. Kodak Chairman and CEO Antonio Perez said that with the ruling, the company is now poised to become a leader in the commercial imaging industry, providing professional services such as commercial printing, packaging and film for motion pictures. Zupan said the company also has been developing an alternative for a key composite used in the production of touch-screen display screens. The connection with consumers is gone, though. “Kodak no longer will have any of the core businesses that once defined it,” Burley said. Earlier this year, the company said it would sell its personalized and document-imaging businesses to its U.K. pension plan for $650 million as part of a deal that settles $2.8 billion in claims that the retirement fund had sought from the photography pioneer. It also sold its document imaging assets, digital imaging patents and online photo service, while shutting down other divisions. Last week, a majority of the company’s creditors voted to approve its plan to emerge. But some retirees, shareholders and other parties objected to it. Although some shareholders argued that they should be entitled for something in exchange for their stock, Gropper said he ruled at a previous hearing that they weren’t. He noted that the company’s creditors will only receive 4 cents or 5 cents on the dollar for their investments and that they’re entitled to be paid before shareholders are. Generally, holders of common stock do not receive anything for their shares when a company emerges from Chapter 11. The U.S. Trustee also filed an objection challenging the legality of hefty cash and stock bonuses that Kodak executives are expected to receive when the Rochester, N.Y., company exits from bankruptcy protection.
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Four young African American males from the Urban League of Rochester’s Project Ready Post-Secondary Success Program, chosen to showcase their skills and abilities by competing against other youth from all around the nation, won for the third time. The National Urban League’s Annual Conference held a competition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that required youth teams to present their plan to create jobs, training, or educational opportunities in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) field. The teams competed in front of several hundred spectators and were judged by a panel of celebrities including hip-hop legend Big Daddy Kane and expert judges. Vice President of Program Planning for the Urban League Sheila James said, “It’s an annual competition that’s put on by the National Urban League. There are two rounds as part of this competition. The first round, each of the affiliates have to submit an application and a proposal based on
their program. Then, five finalists are accepted as finalists for the programs and the Urban League of Rochester has been a part of the competition for 5 years and has come in first place three times.” National Urban League President Mark Morial presented the team with their award on July 27 during the Youth Leadership Awards ceremony. The team members each received an electronic tablet and a grand prize trophy. The members of the winning team (shown right) included Luther Smart, a junior at Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School; Ahmed Sadiq, a senior at Vanguard High School; Warren Chen, a freshman at School of the Arts; and Keaton Hall, an eighth grader at True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School. “I got involved with Project Ready through my church mentor and I’m really glad that he did introduce me to this program because my grades have really gone up a lot since I’ve joined,” Smart said. Smart, who hopes to attend college at George Mason. He said the competition was an experience he will never forget. “I was competing against our affiliates, I got to meet some of our affiliates and it was really fun for me. This year we put together a courtroom scene focusing around the idea of the ready set go program and how minorities are underrepresented. Hall said he got into the program through his aunt. “It turned out to be amazing. I’ve learned that with communication and teamwork it makes things a lot better. It shows that I can actually work a lot of people.” Each year, there are different young men that go to the competition,” James said. “In the five years that we’ve been going, we’ve taken 20 young men to the competition.”
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August 10 · · Taken in Rochester, New York; A Caribbean Festival (and Parade) held annually in the city of Rochester since 1984. Photo Credit: Edy Toribio Sanzo
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Calling higher education an “economic imperative,” President Barack Obama is pushing for an ambitious new government rating system for colleges that would judge schools on affordability and performance and ultimately determine how federal financial aid is distributed. The rating system, which the president wants implemented before the 2015 school year, would evaluate colleges on several criteria, including average tuition and student loan debt, graduation rates, and the average earning of graduates. Obama says he will ask Congress to link the new rating system to the way federal financial aid is disbursed, with students attending highly-rated schools receiving larger grants and more affordable student loans. “It’s time to stop subsidizing schools that are not producing good results and reward schools that deliver American students of our future,” Obama told a crowd of more than 7,000 at the University of Buffalo. Obama detailed his proposal on the first stop of a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania. The tour underscores the White House’s desire to stay focused on domestic issues, even as foreign policy crises in Egypt and Syria vie for his attention. Throughout the summer, the White House has been seeking to keep the president’s public agenda centered on middle-class economic issues as a way to rally public support for his positions ahead of looming battles in the fall with congressional Republicans over the budget and raising the nation’s debt limit. On Thursday, he tried to draw a clear distinction with some of his Republican opponents. “Rather than seeking, keeping focus on a growing economy that creates good middle-class jobs, you know, we’ve seen a faction of Republicans in Congress suggest that maybe America shouldn’t pay its bills that have already been run up, that we should shut down government if they can’t shut down Obamacare,” Obama said. Obama said a big part of middleclass security includes fundamentally rethinking how to pay for higher education. “Higher education cannot be a luxury, it’s an economic imperative,” he said. “Every American family should be able to get it.” The White House chose the University of Buffalo because it is part of the State University of New York system, which the Obama administration credits as a leader in affordability and innovation. The attention to school costs comes after Obama and Congress recently cooperated on a new law governing student loans. But Obama said loan amounts aren’t keeping up with skyrocketing college costs. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the middle class needs the security of knowing they can afford to send their kids to college. “There’s a growing sense that college is for the wealthy, for rich folks and not for hard working people who are doing the right thing every day,” he said. The president’s plan aims to better inform consumers and provide incentives for colleges and universities. “We need much greater transparency for the public,” Duncan said. According to Obama administration estimates, average tuition costs at four-year public colleges have more than tripled over the last three decades. The average student loan borrower also graduates with over $26,000 in debt. To keep schools from gaming the ratings by enrolling only highperforming students, the president is also proposing legislation to give
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colleges a “bonus” based on the number of students they graduate who received Pell Grants. The goal is to encourage colleges to enroll and graduate low- and moderate-income students. “We want to make sure it’s baked into the analysis so we don’t create the wrong kinds of incentives out of this rating system,” Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council, told reporters Thursday. The Republican chairman of the House committee that oversees education did not embrace the proposal but said he would examine it. “I remain concerned that imposing an arbitrary college ranking system could curtail the very innovation we hope to encourage - and even lead to federal price controls,” Committee on Education and the Workforce Chairman John Kline of Minnesota said in a statement. The administration will also seek to require colleges with high dropout rates to disburse student aid over the course of the semester as students face expenses, rather than in a lump sum. The aim is to prevent wasting grant money by ensuring that students who drop out do not receive funds for time they are not in school. Obama is also renewing his call for a $1 billion college “Race to the Top” competition that would reward states that make significant changes in higher education policies while also containing tuition costs. The bus trip unfolds as Obama also confronts a turbulent international scene, with tensions in Egypt and continuing bloodshed in Syria. The Syrian regime was continuing a military offensive in eastern Damascus Thursday where the opposition said the regime had killed over 100 people the day before in a chemical weapons attack.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest, aboard Air Force One, defended the president’s decision to leave Washington despite the foreign challenges. “As we’re weighing these domestic policy positions and foreign policy decisions, the president puts the interests of the United States of America first,” Earnest said. “The fact that we are doing this bus tour is an indication that the president has his priorities straight.” The backdrop for the president’s rollout will be colleges and high schools throughout New York state and Pennsylvania. He’ll hold his first event Thursday morning at the University of Buffalo before traveling by armored bus to Henninger High School in Syracuse, N.Y. The president will hold a town hall Friday at Binghamton University, then travel to Scranton, Pa., for an event at Lackawanna College. Vice President Joe Biden, a Scranton native, is scheduled to join Obama in his hometown. Biden spent much of the week in Houston, where his son Beau underwent a medical procedure at a cancer center. For Obama, who has made no secret of his desire to get out of Washington when he can, the bus tours have become a favorite method for reconnecting with the public. Beyond his official events, the president often makes unscheduled stops at local restaurants and businesses, and sometimes pulls off on the side of the road to greet cheering crowds. In 2011, the Secret Service purchased a $1.1 million bus for Obama’s first bus tour as president. The impenetrablelooking black bus has dark tinted windows and flashing red and blue lights.
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NSA reveals more secrets after court order
KIMBERLY BRAUN DOZIER and STEPHEN WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thousands of Internet communications from Americans with no connection to terrorism - a practice it says was an unintended consequence when it gathered bundles of Internet traffic connected to terror suspects. One of the documents that intelligence officials released Wednesday came because a court ordered the National Security Agency to do so. But it’s also part of the administration’s response to the leaks by analyst-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden, who revealed that the NSA’s spying programs went further and gathered millions more U.S. communications than most Americans realized. The NSA declassified three secret court opinions showing how it revealed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that one of its surveillance programs may have collected and stored as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by ordinary Americans annually over three years. The court ruled the NSA actions unconstitutional and ordered the agency to fix the problem, which it did by creating new technology to filter out buckets of data most likely to contain U.S. emails, and then limit the access to that data - and destroy it every two years, instead of every five years, as mandated by the court for other U.S. records gathered by the NSA. The NSA still may retain Americans’ phone records and in some cases copies of their Internet traffic for five years or even longer in some circumstances. The director of national intelligence, James Clapper, released the information Wednesday “in the interest of increased transparency,” and as directed by President Barack Obama in June, according to a statement accompanying the online documents. Obama pledged to Americans in comments before his summer vacation to give them more information on how U.S. intelligence agencies were gathering their data, in answer to critics including lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have proposed more than a dozen pieces of legislation aimed at trimming NSA’s spying powers since the Snowden leaks began. Wednesday’s release of court documents was also in response to a 2012 lawsuit won by the Electronic Freedom Foundation, an Internet civil liberties group. Only after yesterday’s documents were disclosed to reporters did an Obama administration official acknowledge that the release of some of the documents was prodded by the group’s 2012 lawsuit. The official insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the release with a reporter by name. The release Wednesday of the FISA opinion, two other 2011 rulings and a secret “white paper” on the NSA’s surveillance came less than two weeks after a federal judge in Washington gave government lawyers a time extension in order to decide which materials to declassify. The EFF had been pressing for a summary judgment that would have compelled the government to release the secret FISA rulings, and the government’s most recent extension expired Wednesday, the day it released the once-secret FISA court rulings. “This was all released in response to the court’s orders,” said Mark Rumold, an EFF attorney involved in the litigation. The court opinions show that when the NSA reported its inadvertent gathering of American-based Internet traffic in September 2011, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered the agency to find ways to limit what it collects and how long it keeps the material. In an 85-page declassified FISA court ruling from October 2011, U.S. District Judge James D. Bates rebuked government lawyers for repeatedly misrepresenting the operations of the NSA’s surveillance programs. Bates wrote that the NSA had advised the court that “the volume and nature of the information it had been collecting is fundamentally different than what the court had been led to believe,” and went on to say the court must consider “whether targeting and minimization procedures comport with the Fourth Amendment” prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. “This court is troubled that the government’s revelations regarding NSA’s acquisition of Internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection program,” Bates added in a footnoted passage that had portions heavily blacked out.
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Bates also complained that the government’s submissions make clear that the NSA was gathering Internet data years before it was authorized by the USA Patriot Act’s Section 702 in 2008. The NSA had moved to revise its Internet surveillance in an effort to separate out domestic data from its foreign targeted metadata which includes email addresses and subject lines. But in his October 2011 ruling, Bates said the government’s “upstream” collection of data - taken from internal U.S. data sources - was unconstitutional. Three senior U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that national security officials realized the extent of the NSA’s inadvertent collection of Americans’ data from fiber optic cables in September 2011. One of the officials said the problem became apparent during internal discussions between the NSA and Justice Department officials about the program’s technical operation. The problem, according to the officials, was that the top secret Internet-sweeping operation, which was targeting metadata contained in the emails of foreign users, was also amassing thousands of emails that were bundled up with the targeted materials. Because many web mail services use such bundled transmissions, the official said, it was impossible to collect the targeted materials without also sweeping up data from innocent domestic U.S. users. Officials said that when they realized they had an American communication, the communication was destroyed. But it was not clear how they determined to whom an email belonged and whether any NSA analyst had actually read the content of the email. The officials said the bulk of the information was never accessed or analyzed. As soon as the extent of the problem became clear, the officials said, the Obama administration provided classified briefings to both Senate and House intelligence committees within days. At the same time, officials also informed the FISA court, which later issued the three 2011 rulings released Wednesday - with sections blacked out - as part of the government’s latest disclosure of documents. The officials briefed reporters on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to do so by name. The gathering of innocent Americans’ communications was happening when the NSA accessed Internet information “upstream,” meaning off fiber optic cables or other channels where Internet traffic traverses the U.S. telecommunications system. The NSA disclosed that it gathers some 250 million Internet communications each year, with some 9 percent from these “upstream” channels, amounting to 20 million to 25 million emails a year. The agency used statistical analysis to estimate that of those, possibly as many as 56,000 Internet communications collected were sent by Americans or people in the U.S. with no connection to terrorism. Under court order, the NSA resolved the problem by creating new ways to detect when emails by people within the U.S. were being intercepted and separated those batches of communications. It also developed new ways to limit how that data could be accessed or used. The agency also agreed to only keep these bundled communications for possible later analysis for a two-year period, instead of the usual five-year retention period. That means the U.S. material is still gathered and kept, but is treated with stricter protocols. The agency also, under court order, destroyed all the bundled data gathered between 2008, when the FISA court first authorized the collection under Section 702 of the Patriot Act, and 2011, when the new procedures were put in place. The court signed off on the new procedures. The once-secret documents were posted on a new website that went live Wednesday afternoon. The front page of the site said it was “created at the direction of the president of the United States (and) provides immediate, ongoing and direct access to factual information related to the lawful foreign surveillance activities carried out by the U.S. intelligence community.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the program is specifically to gather foreign intelligence, not spy on Americans. “The reason that we’re talking about it right now is because there are very strict compliance standards in place at the NSA that monitor for compliance issues, that tabulate them, that document them and that put in place measures to correct them when they occur,” Earnest said.
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SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
In our society there is so much that is going on and the lives of people are so busy as to not really notice what is going on. These are issues in our society that takes someone to care enough to make a difference. That is what I want to challenge you with this week. The challenge is not necessarily to pick up the abortion issue and speak out against it, or even to stand against the homosexual agenda. The challenge is to look at yourself and ask the question: What am I doing to make a difference? We are in a society where we all are affected by the decisions that are made at the local, statewide and national level. We need to be sure that we are doing something within our God-given purpose to make a difference. One of the first areas to make a difference is in our families. If you have children, that is the best place to start. I realize it takes a considerable amount of time to raise children. However, in that time, a difference can be made by stopping, at least once a day, and ensuring that you are imparting something to them that will stay with them. Remember, we are raising the next generation. I was so glad when two of my children
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Make a Difference
stood against the day of silence at their school. They were not being belligerent, they just made a statement that homosexuality was not God’s way. They exercised their right free speech as all Americans have the right to do. The reason why they did this is because of something that I had said regarding how we do not need to be silent on issues we disagree with. Because I believe in the word of God does not mean that I have abdicated my rights as an American. What they did that day made me very proud as a parent and gave me hope that there are young folks that do care and are willing to make a difference in their generation. The last week of July saw the national organization, “Operation Save America” here in our city for their national meeting. During that time I witnessed people that have taken up the fight of the unborn (since the unborn cannot fight for themselves) at considerable personal sacrifice. These folks have chosen to make a difference so unborn children that would otherwise have had their lives taken from them, are born to walk out their God-given purpose in the earth. That is making a difference!
We do not make a difference by coming home day after day and turning on the television, watching shows that are of no real value and then talking about how bad things are getting in our country. Whether one can donate time, money, abilities, etc., do something to make a difference in the society that you are a part of. The only reason why politicians, of all stripes, can do what they do is because they count on the fact that most Americans do not care. When we decide to care and make a difference they will have to bend at the will of the people. America still is a nation “of the people, by the people.” As such, our government still has to listen to the will of the people. However, if the people do not believe they have any power, they will never speak up and try to make a difference. You have the power, it is time to use it and make a difference in this country. It is not too late! If you would like to contact me, please email me at mvaughn.seniorpastor@ newwineskin.org
One of the main reasons that I believe that many of the things that I personally disagree with are allowed to happen is because people are too busy to really take a look at what is happening and care to make a difference.
C. MICHAEL VAUGHN
For example, why is it that the homosexual agenda is able to move forward in the manner that it is when only about 10 percent of the population is homosexual? That must mean that the other 90 percent are too busy to care or to busy to understand how this agenda will do nothing but harm the fabric of our culture. Or how is it that people can be so much in favor of abortion when the bottom line is that it is the taking of an innocent life? Regardless of how people want to cover over it, a life is lost when a woman aborts her baby.
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This Girl Is On Fiyah!!
The closer we get to the September 10, 2013 Democratic primary, the more games it appears that Lovely Warren’s opponents are beginning to play. Yes, that is how politicians play when they feel threatened. And, the conspiracy theorist in me also believes one of the reasons President Barack Obama was steered clear of Rochester was to keep him out of Lovely Warren’s presence. Since our congressional representatives would have had some input in his trip upstate, I find it hard to believe that requests from Slaughter and Shumer would have fallen on deaf ears, and Binghamton would have factored in. Having worked in the national arena on presidential campaigns, I also know that the Secret Service investigates local politics before approving a trip and they have input into where the president will travel with the least amount of controversy. Well, I am putting all of you on blast. Especially those who complain about others not playing by the rules, and all the while they are kicking sand in people’s faces. There is no secret that some of Lovely’s supporters are writers and bloggers. One in particular wrote and extraordinary piece in the Smugtown Beacon, July 25, 2013. The author of the literary gem was Aaron Wilkes, someone a few years back who was less than supportive of Lovely Warren. Ironically, as his piece that speaks to Richards’ uphill battle indicates; he now sees Lovely Warren’s various strengths. Thank God Aaron Wickes writes for his own publication and does not call his freedom of speech into question like D&C bloggers do. It was recently called to my attention that the editorial staff at the D&C has literally instructed bloggers not to express their own opinions about the upcoming political campaigns or candidates. I find this quite odd, especially since none of the bloggers are paid, and they will not be participating in the D&C endorsement process. I just hope the instructions did not only affect Lovely’s supporters, but that Ken Warner got the message as well. And some folks really don’t understand the games behind endorsements. For instance, the Policeman Locust Club and the Firefighters Union just endorsed Lovely’s opponent. But real thinkers are saying who cares? Who would expect employees of the mayor to be foolish enough not to endorse him? Unions can’t control what their members actually do on election day. I know this will be the case at the labor union. Some of the membership is spitting venom and outraged at their former leader, who looks like a twofaced “Uncle Tom,” shuffling his feet and failing to give support to leadership that will guarantee minorities employment on construction projects they are currently invisible on. That will not be the case when Lovely becomes mayor, and everyone knows it. Ignoring her input in PLA agreements and more does not mean everyone has select amnesia. Oh, and then there is the teachers’ union. The same union that no doubt supports the renting of Faith Temple in Brighton twice a year for meetings, when the RCSD owns school buildings with auditoriums. The question there becomes, how many teachers live in the city and can actually vote in the Sept. 10 primary? Again, who cares? Endorsements cast no votes collectively, the members do. Another revelation from the dirty tricks department I received: They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If that is true, then the Richards’ team just flattered us. Tom Richards’ Twitter account went to our Twitter accounts and followed everyone that we follow. They didn’t even try to hide it. They just went right down the line and copied. Some of them are people that don’t even make sense for them to follow. That’s why it was so obvious that they copied us. Just more proof positives that his girl, Lovely Warren, is on fiyah! Believe! Join the winning team that will be making history and vote for her on primary day, Sept. 10.
GLORIA WINSTON AL-SARAG
In a recent column, I unobjectively wrote, “Lovely Warren must have some folks worried.” And it appears that title was just the tip of an iceberg that seems to run deeper than I ever imagined. The latest and most games played have no doubt been spearheaded by that little man from Irondequoit, a person whom city residents have allowed to control city politics for far too long. He and his cronies are looking at the numbers too, and they know come Sept. 10 it will be game over. Lovely’s ballot position also gives her an advantage over the tired and slow campaign being run by her opponent. That girl is on fiyah! And anyone who has been in her presence cannot deny that her plans for education, the economy, and public safety are solid as a rock. She also possesses a magnetic spirit of sincerity and passion that has the ingredients to help assure her a primary win. Lovely Warren is on fiyah, and has the status quo shook up, so now it appears they are engaged in their bag of dirty little tricks, not the least of which is using threats to pressure volunteers and others who are thought to be supportive of the Warren candidacy. Yes, you heard it right. Threats are being made to some of Lovely’s supporters. Some folks have had their jobs threatened, some bloggers have had their right to freedom of speech questioned, and more. I thought only state senators threatened folks with their jobs when not supported. Surely you all recall when this happened to me. My former boss was literally called at home on a Sunday by a senator questioning why I did not support him. But, I digress.
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