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Eastman Kodak to list shares on NYSE on Friday
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ Eastman Kodak Co. says it will list its common shares on the New York Stock Exchange and begin trading Friday as the company’s recovery continues. The Rochester, N.Y., photography and film pioneer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2012 after failing to cope with economic, industry and competitive challenges. It has since shed its debt, sold off assets and is trying to make a comeback as a smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing. Eastman Kodak’s stock was canceled in September as it emerged from bankruptcy. The company issued new shares that have been trading over the counter. Its stock will move to the New York Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol ``KODK’’.
Commissioner King Releases Preliminary Statewide Teacher Ratings
The preliminary statewide ratings for teachers and principals were released Tuesday. The evaluations were required under the revised teacher and principal evaluation law signed in 2012. In addition, the Board of Regents adopted new regulations to implement the law. “The purpose of the evaluation system is not to create a ‘gotcha’ environment,” Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said. “The goal is to improve teaching and learning by targeting professional development to make sure every student receives quality instruction. We want to highlight and reward excellence, ensure those who are struggling receive the support they need, and provide continuous feedback to all educators.” Under the evaluation law, sixty percent of educators’ ratings are based on observations and other measures agreed upon at the local level through collective bargaining. Twenty percent of the rating is based on student performance on grades 4 to 8 state assessments (where applicable) or locally determined student learning objectives, and the final twenty percent is based upon locally bargained, locally determined objective measures. The preliminary statewide composite results, based on data submitted by school districts and BOCES as of the Oct. 18 deadline, found that 91.5 percent of teachers are rated “highly effective” (49.7 percent) or “effective” (41.8 percent); 4.4 percent are rated “developing;” and one percent are rated “ineffective.” The data shows 86.9 percent of principals are rated highly effective (26 percent) or effective (60.9 percent); 7.5 percent are developing; and 2.1 percent are rated ineffective. Totals are less than 100 percent due to a small percentage of unreported scores. “These are preliminary numbers; we still have a significant amount of analysis to do,” King said. “But we wanted to provide a sense of the landscape. The results are striking. The more accurate student proficiency rates on the new Common Core assessments did not negatively affect teacher ratings. It’s clear that teachers are rising to the challenge of teaching the Common Core. It’s also clear that it’s time to put aside talk about a moratorium on the use of state assessments in educator evaluations and focus on ensuring all students receive the rigorous and engaging instruction that will help them to prepare for college and careers.” King said more that 80 percent of the teachers were rated exclusively under criteria determined by local districts and/or negotiated by local districts and local educator bargaining units. Approximately 18 percent of teachers (grades 4 to 8, teaching English Language Arts and Math) had students’ performance on state assessments used as one fifth of their evaluations; the balance of the measures used in their evaluations were negotiated by local districts and local educator
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Woman convicted in murder of RIT professor in park
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) _ A woman has been found guilty of murder for her part in the death of a college professor whose body was found in a ravine at a Rochester park. A Monroe County jury Monday convicted Natalie Johnson of two counts of second-degree murder in the death of 73-year-old Edline Chun, a professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Authorities say Johnson and her boyfriend entered Chun’s Rochester home Feb. 3, robbed her and shot her twice in the head. Her body was discovered in Tryon Park three days later. Johnson faces up to 25 years to life in prison when she’s sentenced Dec. 3. That’s the same day her alleged accomplice, Jerrell Henry, goes on trial. He’s charged with the more serious crime of first-degree murder.
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NY appeals judges ponder fate of stop-frisk ruling
By LARRY NEUMEISTERS NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge’s conclusion that New York City police officers sometimes violate the constitution when they stop and frisk people has made officers “passive and scared” to use the crime-fighting tactic, lawyers warned a federal appeals panel Tuesday as they asked that the ruling be suspended while it is appealed. The three-judge 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asked plenty of questions but did not immediately rule in a case that may be affected in a major way by next week’s mayoral election. Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio, who is leading in polls, has sharply criticized and promised to reform the police department’s stop-and-frisk technique, saying it unfairly targets minorities. Attorney Celeste L. Koeleveld, arguing for the city, said officers are “hesitant, unfortunately” to use the tactic anymore. Attorney Daniel Connolly, making legal points on behalf of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, told judges that city officers were “defensive, passive and scared” about using the technique. “This decision is bad law,” he said. “No one counts on federal judges to keep us safe on the streets.” Attorney Courtney Saleski, arguing on behalf of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, noted that stop and frisks were down 50 percent in the first six months of this year compared with a year earlier. She said officers were afraid stops violate the constitution. “That means constitutional stops are being chilled and that’s not good for the safety of the community,” she said. But lead plaintiffs’ attorney Darius Charney for the nonprofit legal advocate Center for Constitutional Rights noted that the drop in stop and frisks came even before the judge ruled and said it was accompanied by a drop in murders and other crimes. And Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said it would be premature for the appeals court to stay the effect of the lower-court ruling because the police department thus far has not been required to make any changes to the program. He said that if police officers on their own are engaging in fewer unconstitutional stops, “that’s a good thing.” During legal arguments that lasted nearly three hours, two of the three judges seemed concerned about the manner in which Judge Shira A. Scheindlin reached her August findings that the police officers have systematically violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of people by wrongly targeting black and Hispanic men. She appointed an outside monitor to oversee major changes, including reforms in policies, training and supervision, and she ordered a pilot program to test body-worn cameras in some precincts where most stops occur. Circuit Judge John Walker said Scheindlin responded to the city and police department’s staunch defense of the program as if they were former Alabama Gov. George Wallace standing in a schoolhouse door at the University of Alabama in 1963 to block the arrival of two black students. He said reforms she ordered as part of her findings were broad and of the kind that might result when the judiciary is facing “total hostility on the part of the authorities.” He likened it to what had to be “done in the deep South in the 1950s.” Circuit Judge Jose Cabranes several times questioned whether lawyers believed a district judge would, in effect, be running the police department. And he questioned the fairness of how Scheindlin ended up with lawsuits challenging stop-andfrisk tactics. Attorney Matthew Brinckerhoff, a lawyer representing a former assistant attorney general active in Justice Department lawsuits that resulted in similar court oversight of urban police departments, told the judges that Scheindlin’s remedies were similar to successful remedies carried out in Los Angeles, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. The stop and frisk tactic has been criticized by a number of civil rights advocates. More than 100 students and activists turned out at Brown University on Tuesday for a lecture by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly on “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City” — and shouted him down, prompting the talk to be canceled.
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DELHI, N.Y. (AP) _ The State University of New York at Delhi has introduced a fully online bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice. The college 60 miles southwest of Albany in rural Delaware County promotes itself as friendly to transfer students from community colleges, and has a strong online program offering. It says it’s offering the first online criminal justice bachelor of science degree within the state university system. Graduates will be prepared to enter directly into employment or graduate study in criminal justice, public safety, criminal investigation, private security, political science or law. SUNY Delhi is now accepting applications for the spring 2014 term.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a sixweek extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president’s health care overhaul law. The move had been expected since White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last week to resolve a “disconnect” in the implementation of the law. It comes as technical problems continue to trouble the website designed as the main enrollment portal for people who don’t get health care at work. As a consequence, Republican lawmakers, and some Democrats as well, are calling for a one-year delay in the penalties most Americans will face starting next year if they remain uninsured. Monday’s action by the administration stops well short of that, and amounts only to a limited adjustment. Under the latest policy change, people who sign up by the end of open enrollment season on March 31 will not face a penalty. That means procrastinators get a grace period. Previously you had to sign up by the middle of February, guaranteeing that your coverage would take effect March 1, in order to avoid fines for being uninsured. The extension — granted for 2014 only — addresses confusion that was created when the administration set the first open enrollment period under the law from Oct. 1-March 31. The problem was that health insurance coverage typically starts on the first day of a given month, and it takes up to 15 days to process applications. So somebody signing up March 16 — well within the open enrollment period — wouldn’t get coverage until April 1, thereby risking a penalty for being uninsured part of the year. The administration “has determined that it would be unfair to require individuals in this situation to make a (penalty) payment,” the Health and Human Services department said in guidance issued Monday evening. As a result, the department is creating a special one-time hardship exemption This screenshot made Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 shows the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. With website woes ongoing, the Obama administration Monday granted a six-week extension until March 31, 2014 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president’s health care overhaul law. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) for people who get covered by March 31. And they won’t have to file additional paperwork to apply for the exemption. The mandate to carry health insurance is the most unpopular requirement of the health care law. It’s meant to nudge as many people as possible into the insurance pool. That would help keep premiums in check, since the law also forbids insurers from turning away people with health problems. Mindful of the need to sign up lots of healthy uninsured people, the administration released an analysis Monday that concludes nearly half of uninsured single young adults could buy a “bronze” level plan for $50 or less a month, after tax credits to offset the cost of premiums. The inconsistency between the law’s coverage requirements and the administration’s schedule for the initial open enrollment season was first pointed out by the Jackson Hewitt tax preparation company.
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Barneys case stirs talk of ‘Shopping While Black’
By JESSE WASHINGTON The usual scenario involves suspicious glances, inattentive clerks or rude service — not handcuffs. Yet when a black teen said he was wrongly jailed after buying a $350 belt at a Manhattan luxury store, it struck a nerve in African-Americans accustomed to finding that their money is not necessarily as good as everyone else’s. Shopping while black, they say, can be a humiliating experience. Much attention has been paid to the issue over the years — Oprah Winfrey complained that a Swiss clerk did not think she could afford a $38,000 handbag, and even President Barack Obama has said he was once followed in stores. But according to shoppers interviewed Monday, many people don’t recognize how prevalent retail discrimination is, and how the consistent stream of small insults adds up to a large problem. “It’s one thing if you don’t understand. But don’t ever tell me it doesn’t happen to me,” said Natasha Eubanks, who shops often at high-end stores in New York City. “You can’t assume it doesn’t happen just because it doesn’t happen to you.” Sometimes, Eubanks said, it takes clerks more than five minutes to simply acknowledge her presence. Or they brush her off after a token greeting. Or they ask her question after question: “You’re a black girl up in Chanel. They want to know what you’re doing here, and what you do for a living.” She says she has dealt with this type of treatment at least 20 times in New York City. “I don’t look like that typical chick who walks into that type of store,” said Eubanks, owner of the celebrity website theYBF.com. “It feels differently than when you go into a store and are treated properly.” Trayon Christian’s problem was not how he was treated when he went into Barneys New York — it was what happened afterward. In a lawsuit filed last week, the 19-year-old said that he bought a Ferragamo belt at the Manhattan store, and when he left he was accosted by undercover city police officers. According to the lawsuit, police said Christian “could not afford to make such an expensive purchase.” He was arrested and detained, though he showed police the receipt, the debit card he used and identification, the lawsuit said. After Christian’s lawsuit was filed, another black Barneys shopper said she was accused of fraud after purchasing a $2,500 handbag, and the black actor Robert Brown said he was paraded through Macy’s in handcuffs and detained for an hour after being falsely accused of credit card fraud. For Yvonne Chan, the reports were a painful reminder of when she worked in a liquor store in a predominantly white Massachusetts town. Every few months someone would be caught stealing, and about half the time it was a black person. “You find yourself watching black people. (The stealing) only happens once in a while, but it changes your perception,” Chan said. Chan, a graduate student, always tried to remind herself not to act on stereotypes, but, “Like it or not, I’m going to have a preconceived notion of races from my experiences. As much as I would like to force my brain not to think like that and put everyone on an even playing field, stereotypes play a role in our society ... we skew the view of people as individuals.” Those skewed views can affect who gets arrested for retail theft, said Jerome Williams, a business professor at Rutgers University who has studied marketplace discrimination. Many people justify racial profiling by saying that black customers are more likely to steal. But one study has shown that white women in their 40s engaged in more shoplifting than other demographic groups, Williams said. “The reason they don’t show up in crime statistics is because people aren’t watching them,” said Williams. Statistics showing that black customers steal more “are not really an indication of who’s shoplifting,” he said. “It’s a reflection of who’s getting caught. That’s a reflection of who’s getting watched. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Dido Kanyandekwe knows he is being watched. “But I joke with them; I see them looking at me and I say, ‘Hello, I see you!’ And I wave,” said the 18-yearold college student in New York City, who was in Barneys on Monday buying a $600-plus pair of Italian designer sneakers. “Most black people don’t have the money to buy stuff at Barneys,” said Kanyandekwe, the son of wealthy parents, before paying for the black leather shoes with a credit card. “But that does not mean all black people are not able to buy these things.” Black people are not the only ones who can face unequal treatment in stores. Hispanics have made the same complaints. And Sher Graham, a white woman who lives in Mobile, Ala., says black servers in the fast-food restaurants she visits often wait on black customers first. A few months ago, she said, a black cashier started talking to black women standing in line behind her about their order. “When I brought this to her attention, she just shrugged her shoulders and completely ignored me. This action happens more times than not here in the Gulf Coast region,” Graham, a consultant and speaker, said in an email interview. Yet if the number of complaints is any guide, the experience is most common for African-Americans. Candace Witherspoon, a wardrobe stylist in Los Angeles, went to a store in Century City last April to buy a purse and shop for one of her celebrity clients. She was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. In a letter to the company, Witherspoon said the sales associate barely greeted her, then ignored her, in contrast with her treatment of white patrons. “As the other customers left, she said ‘Thanks ladies for shopping. Have a good day.’ When I left she gave me a nasty look and didn’t say anything,” Witherspoon’s letter said. Toni Duclottni, who runs a fashion web site in Los Angeles, recently went to a Beverly Hills department store intending to spend about $4,000 on shoes. But she took her business elsewhere after being ignored. “It’s frustrating to be constantly ignored and people pretend it doesn’t happen,” she said. To her, the solution is simple. “They rush to judgment, they jump into it assuming something without speaking to a person,” Duclottni said. “They’d be surprised if they just walked up and said, “Hello, can I help you find something?’ They’d be surprised.” ___ Associated Press writer Verena Dobnik in New York contributed to this report.
Feds post food allergy guidelines for schools
ATLANTA (AP) — The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies. The voluntary advice calls on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and to make sure emergency allergy medicines like EpiPens are available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the guidelines on its website Wednesday. About 15 states — and many schools or school districts — already have policies of their own. But experts say many of their policies are probably not comprehensive. A recent CDC survey estimated that about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies. ___ Online: CDC guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/ healthyyouth/foodallergies/
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(TriceEdneyWire. com) - “HBCUs have always been in a situation where a lot of them have had to struggle. A lot of that has to do with inequitable f u n d i n g .” M a r y b e t h G a s m a n , University of Southwestern Athletic Conference and highlighted the dire financial status of many of our nation’s 105 HBCUs. Draconian higher education budget cuts in Louisiana being pushed by Governor Bobby Jindal are a big part of the Grambling problem. According to the New York Times, state funding for Grambling is “down 56 percent since 2008. In response, the university has laid off more than 120 staff members and reduced the number of degree programs to 47 from 67.” This has left the football program in shambles, with players forced to practice and play in unsafe and unsanitary facilities while sometimes enduring thousand-mile bus trips for away games. The Grambling football experience is unique, but it is also symptomatic of a larger problem that extends beyond the football field to the financial offices and classrooms of the institutions that have traditionally produced the lion’s share of African American professionals. With lower endowments, cut-rate tuition fees, fund raising challenge and a disproportionate number of first-generation, low-income students, HBCUs have been hit especially hard
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by the economic downturn. Recent cuts in government aid and other funding streams have been the last straw for several of them. St. Paul’s College in southern Virginia closed its doors in June. Atlanta’s Morris Brown College recently declared bankruptcy. And a board member at Howard University, considered by many to be the nation’s premier HBCU, recently wrote, “Howard will not be here in three years if we don’t make some crucial decisions now.” In addition to the financial strains on HBCUs, prospective students are finding it harder to scrape up the money to enroll. A recent change in credit history criteria in the federal Parent PLUS Loan Program has resulted in the denial of loans to 28,000 HBCU students and a loss of $154 million in revenue to HBCUs. Congressional Black Caucus Chair, Marcia L. Fudge has responded to this crisis by demanding a return to the previous credit policy. She says, “The issue must be addressed and the policy must be fixed now.” The contributions of HBCUs cannot be overstated. While the 105 HBCU institutions represent just three
percent of the nation’s higher education establishment, they graduate nearly 20 percent of African Americans who earn undergraduate degrees. They also graduate more than 50 percent of African American professionals, half of black public school teachers, and most of the African American students who earn bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. For decades HBCUs have been the backbone of a growing black middle class and a stronger America. We must do everything we can to prevent their decline and keep them alive. _____ Entrepreneur. Lawyer. Professor. Legislator. Mayor. President, U.S. Conference of Mayors. CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest civil rights organization.
Current financial problems facing the storied Grambling State University football program are a sign of funding inequities that are shortchanging students and threatening the very existence of a growing number of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). On October 19th, in protest of severe budget cuts that have decimated the football facilities and led to the firing of Coach Doug Williams, the Grambling State Tigers players refused to take the 160 mile trip to Jackson, Mississippi for their scheduled matchup with Jackson State. The Grambling players’ boycott of the Jackson State homecoming game sent shockwaves through the
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Four Freedoms Week November 3 - November 9th St. John Fisher College • 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618
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Sunday - Saturday, November 3-9
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?
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.
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.
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Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence
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 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.
Film: Little Town of Bethleham
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.
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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.
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
Pittsford Food Cupboard
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.
Join fellow students, faculty, and staff in raising awareness about homelessness. For more information, contact Students With A Vision (SWAV) at email@example.com.