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Mayor Richards says, “I’m Done,” Support Swells for Lovely Warren

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New Parent Leadership Group and League of Women Voters Partner to Increase Voter Knowledge

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Generation Outreach Ends “#RememberOctober - 31 Days of Kindness” Series with Makeover Express

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Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren of RTS Employees Have Buses Named After Them

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Generation Outreach Ends “#RememberOctober - 31 Days of Kindness” Series with Makeover Express

By Delani Weaver

Generation Outreach, a local organization owned and operated by Justin Ortiz, has held a different 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 title and centered on a theme of community service and involvement. The last event of the month, held this past Saturday afternoon, was called Makeover Express.

Joy Community Church on Goodman St. was filled 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.

“We’re giving young children new makeovers, and new outfits and new hairstyles,” Ortiz said. “We’re just giving them some confidence because they don’t normally get things like this. So, it’s definitely a blessing to them. We have groups like Phu Concepts sponsoring the clothing, Sharp Edgez Barber Institute sponsoring the haircuts, my wife Alexis and her friend Latrice doing the hairstyles for the girls. So, we’re here having a good time, and just trying to build the kids’ confidence by making them look good.”

The kids were chosen through Bethel Express, a group based out of Bethel Christian 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 addition, several aspiring barbers from the Sharp Edgez Barber Institute volunteered their time and skills to cut hair for the boys.

Richard Johnson, staff 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 difference and be an influence. 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 Ortiz’s wife Alexis Ortiz 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, I’m happy,” Ortiz said.

Additional Generation Outreach events this month included:

Generation Outreach Community Event, Saturday, Oct. 5

Public Service Announcement Day, Saturday, Oct. 12

Generation Wipe Out, Saturday, Oct.


Makeover Express, Saturday, Oct. 26

“This month has gone really well,” Ortiz said. “We had a good amount of people show up to each event. We had great time with Lovely Warren showing up to the public service announcement event. The Rochester Police Foundation donated money for every event we had. We feel like we’re making a positive change throughout the city. Season two of Generation News is coming out Nov. 30 on CW 16. In January, we’ll be holding after school programs, teaching kids careers and trades, and mentoring them in financial literacy and employment etiquette. We just want to continue making positive changes for our city.”

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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 relative to the conditions

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 education and go on to college. Several were athletes, participating in sports like track, football and volleyball, and said they have plans to apply for scholarships, both academic- and sports-related.

In addition, they said they commended

certain instructors for making sure there was a high level of respect between students and teachers, as well an effort to keep the lessons upbeat and interesting.

Sophomore Lyric Joseph, 15, said, “Some teachers here are very cool. They understand that even though we’re the students and they are our teacher, we deserve to be respected just like they do. They don’t 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 stuff we were doing interesting and fun, with activities. Teachers think

that we don’t want to learn, but that’s not true. We want an education, but we need to be interested a little bit. I know that everything can’t be turned into something fun, but if my teacher is monotone, never comes from behind their desk, and doesn’t care about the information themselves; how am I supposed to learn?”

Other students said these were the reasons they were dissatisfied 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 else’s opinion and believe

that’s how we will be with them. So if

a teacher tells another teacher, she’s

mean or he’s a bad student or she has an attitude, that teacher who doesn’t know me will treat me differently based on what they heard from my old teacher. They don’t give us a chance to form their own opinion about us. They stereotype us. Maybe something happened with that teacher and that’s why I’m like that in their class.”

Senior Andrew Hilton, 17, said, “I don’t feel like the teachers want to help us.

I hate doing homework or an essay

and, on the paper, it says fix this and fix that. The teacher doesn’t tell me exactly what I did wrong or how to fix it. They say, ‘Just get it done.’ When you ask questions, they assume that you didn’t read the instructions or you weren’t paying attention in class.

I know how to read very well, and

when I ask for further instructions, it has nothing to do with me not paying attention. I do my work, and well. I ask for help when I need it.”

The students also said they sometimes

feel blamed and punished for things that are out of their control. In addition, 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 it’s hard to keep track sometimes.’ Well, that’s not my problem. You’re 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 time of the year is when it’s time 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, ‘We’re behind, we’re behind, we’re behind, but don’t worry about it, we’ll catch up.’ When it’s time for exams, they try to cram the information in at the last minute. How can they expect us to pass?”

“I don’t think that teachers should only teach what’s on the exam. They need to plan the lessons the right way and teach everything they’re supposed to,” Jenkins said.

Ernisse added, “Last year, a lot of the things that were on the exam were

“Last year, a lot of the things that were on the exam were L to R:

L to R: Charles Nash, Jariah Jenkins, Melique Butler, Kherie Ernisse, Amy Tran

never taught to us.”

“She’s right,” Williams said. “They tell us to study our notes. But how can I do that? You didn’t teach the information. So many people failed those exams and it wasn’t 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 discrimination and whether it exists in the classroom:

“I would say, not really,” Ernisse said. “We’re pretty united for the most part. It does bother me when people that are not close friends or family call me ‘ginger.’ I’m Irish and I have red hair, but that doesn’t mean I want to be called ‘ginger.’”

“Sometimes, it bothers me that teachers and some students want to sit next to me in class because I’m Asian, and they think, ‘Ooh she’s smart, she can help me,’” senior Amy Tran said.

The other students said they hadn’t seen or experienced any racism in the school.

Next, the students discussed their aggravation 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 they’re allowed to enter the school. Others said they thought the metal detectors kept them safe from violence in school. And, still 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 education they could, so they would be prepared for college. They also said, in the end, they were simply asking teachers to care about their education as much as they do.

Additionally, the students said they want teachers to treat them as individuals, and scholars who each learn in a different way, rather than assuming every class or student is the same.

The roundtable ended with one question: 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 you’re not doing that job because you want to do that job, and you want to see these students be somebody, then pick another career. Don’t waste our time

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and waste your time doing something you don’t want to do.”

“I would change our students,” Jenkins

said. “I shouldn’t have to come to

school and feel like I’m in war. I have to put on my game face. I tell myself, don’t say anything, it’s not worth it.

I know not to go down this hallway

because they’re gonna’ be smoking weed; I can’t go down that hallway because they’re gonna’ be fighting. If people would check these students, and the horrible things they do; school would function a lot better.”

Senior Melique Butler, 17, said, “If we change the way that the class is actually taught, that would be better, because not everything should be taught directly from the book. If teachers do more engaging things, it’ll keep the high school kids not only paying attention, but they will get the information and retain it. They’ll 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 they’re doing. It’s just that some of these teachers don’t have the resources that they need to do that. I’m a visual learner; I need

to see what I’m 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 you’re a slow learner.”

Hilton said, “For me, it’s the structure.

I came here as a freshman. I was

accepted into the program at Wilson but I came here (Edison) because, at

the time, I liked mechanics. I wanted to use the auto body shop that Edison has, but that wasn’t available to use ninth grade year, tenth grade year, eleventh or now, my twelfth grade year. I think that if everything was more organized,

it would be so much better. Right now,

there’s a big hole in Edison, where they’re doing construction. I’d say 30 percent of the classrooms are gone. We’re too cramped in here, there’re

too many kids in too little areas. It just doesn’t work. It’s 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 we’re in class; then everyone would be much happier. There would be less fights, there wouldn’t be so many kids failing, summer school wouldn’t be needed. It all starts with the teachers. If you have a bad teacher, you’re not learning. You’re not going to class; you’re not doing what you need to do. It starts with the teachers and the administrators having a good attitude, being positive and understanding that every student is not bad or the same. School would be beautiful.”

“Structure, organization,” Williams said. “We need teachers that care. No one is forcing them to be here. They (teachers) tell us to leave if we don’t want to be here, they should do the same thing. They need to change the curriculum. I’m in English 3 and we’ve been working on the same thing since the first day. They moved kids

to another school because of the big hole. If that was planned the right way, then they probably wouldn’t have had to do that in the first place.”

Senior Broderick Penny said, “They need to understand how each of us learns.”

“They need to be consistent,” Foster said. “If everyone’s fumbling around every year, then we can’t get a good education like other schools. For example, we had 90-minute classes freshman year. Sophomore year, we didn’t have early Wednesdays, we had academy Wednesdays. Junior year, we had early Wednesdays and we got out early, and now we don’t. Everything is changing and no one can get into the stride of how school should be. Everyone is confused, no one knows what’s going on, and no one knows where they’re supposed to be; so, no one wants to be here anymore. If they had more consistency, then things would flow better. If you’re going to implement something, then stick to it, and follow through with it.”

Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren of RTS Employees Have Buses Named After Them

ow many people pay attention to the RTS buses when they’re riding around the city? For those who don’t, they probably never noticed the names engraved on the buses either. But, Saturday afternoon, the annual Bus Naming Ceremony took place once again at the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority’s (RGRTA) headquarters on E. Main St.

For the last five years, before each new bus is rolled out to serve the public, RGRTA has named each bus after a staff member’s 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 fill out the forms, which are then put into a basket,” CEO of RGRTA Bill Carpenter said. “The communications department comes up to my office and makes sure I’m not

playing favorites with anybody. We pull names and then the employees are notified.”

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 after 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 after 208 children. Some buses have two names. Nineteen more buses are expected to be named by spring


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 didn’t want to be left out. I’m really happy. It’s fun.”

Everyone who attended the event was able to watch the ceremony with fall favorites such as donuts, cookies, bottled water and apple cider. In addition, each child was given a certificate, a bag of Halloween candy and treats. After 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 staff and, at the same time, make the riding experience a little bit friendlier for our customers,” Carpenter said. “Since we started the tradition, it’s been one of the most popular staff events we hold, and it’s definitely delightful to see the kids receive certificates bearing their buses’ numbers.”

kids receive certificates bearing their buses’ numbers.” Federal Express names their airplanes after employees’

Federal Express names their airplanes after employees’ children as well.

New Parent Leadership Group and League of Women Voters Partner to Increase Voter Knowledge with School Board Candidate Forum

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 Institute (PLTI) and the League of Women Voters.

Held at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, last night’s forum was the PLTI Alumni’s first community event and the first time 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 education 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 proficiency standard Cont’d on next page

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and 5 percent met or exceeded the proficiency standard in math. These are the lowest numbers in the state, compared to Buffalo 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 graduation rate is 9 percent, the lowest in the nation.

“People rarely understand the critical role that School Board members play,” explained Kara Finnigan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the Warner School at the University of Rochester. “These elected officials hire (and fire) the superintendent, develop local policy and oversee implementation of state and federal policies, establish budget priorities, and are accountable to the public for the performance of schools. It is critical 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 attorney and former member of the Rochester City School Board. They discussed the use of educational policy by School Boards in general, and Rochester’s in particular.

In Rochester, voter turnout is at an all-

time low. Only 23% of those registered came out to vote in the city’s primary election in September. This included the primary for Rochester City School Board. It was statistics 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 better

for children,” said Claire McLauchlin,

a graduate of the program. “PLTI is sponsoring this event because of

of the program. “PLTI is sponsoring this event because of the urgent changes needed in the

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 potential to make profound change.”

The candidates for Rochester City School Board in attendance were Jose Cruz, Howard Eagle, Ron Hall, Mia Hodgins, Candice Lucas, Lori Thomas, and Van White. Each was given the opportunity to address questions posed by the moderators and by members of the audience.

For Reuben Tapp, a city parent, the upcoming election is an important one. “If parents, kids, and taxpayers want change and actual advocates, if they want to interrupt the pattern of apathy and disengagement, it matters greatly who is elected. An effective School Board engages parents and kids to get more involved, and challenges the district’s current structure and policies.”

Mayor Richards says, “I’m Done,” Support Swells for Lovely Warren

By Delani Weaver

Mayor Richards held a press conference Wednesday afternoon explaining that he was not aware until 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 continue 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 organizations.

U.S. Sen. Ted O’Brien said, “…Lovely has been a champion for middle and working class families in the city of Rochester for years, working to expand youth employment opportunities, improve and grow affordable housing, provide a better education for our children, and collaborate with RPD to make our streets safer. Lovely has

many qualities 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 perspectives and make decisions not driven by politics or special interests, but by what is best for the people she serves. As the first female mayor of Rochester, her election would send a clear signal that our city is ready to begin a new era of growth and opportunity. That’s why I support the next mayor of Rochester:

City Council President Lovely Warren.”

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest

resource for women in politics, located

in Washington, D.C. also announced its

endorsement of Lovely A. Warren for mayor.

“Public service is Lovely Warren’s passion, and as city council president she has spearheaded innovative efforts to improve education, revitalize neighborhoods, and make housing affordable,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “Lovely works tirelessly to help women and families thrive in her city’s communities, and now the EMILY’s List community of more than two million members is excited to help her make history as Rochester’s first woman mayor.”

Chairman Joseph Morelle’s statement of support may have been the most notable. Previously, Morelle came under fire when he prematurely announced Thomas Richards as the Democratic nominee for mayor.

“I feel the need to reiterate what should already be abundantly clear to everyone,” Morelle stated. “The Democratic Party, its leaders, committee members and activists

strongly and enthusiastically support Lovely Warren for mayor. She won a clear and resounding victory in the Democratic primary, she will be the next mayor of Rochester and we are eagerly looking forward to the new administration.”

On Nov. 5, less than two weeks away, results will show whether or not Warren’s widespread support is enough to win her the mayoral seat in Rochester.

“Rochester is facing many challenges, but challenge and opportunity often go hand in hand. I extend my deepest appreciation to these community leaders, who represent a broad cross section of interests and sectors, for supporting my candidacy for mayor of Rochester. They each have a demonstrated passion for our city and I look forward to working side by side

for our city and I look forward to working side by side Mayor Richards to face

Mayor Richards to face our challenges and build on our opportunities,” said Warren.

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NYC stop-frisk ruling halted by appeals court

NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court block of a judge’s ruling that found the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy discriminated against minorities may be short lived, depending on the outcome of next week’s mayoral election.

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 fight 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 objections to the decision, which had called for a monitor to oversee major changes to the police tactic.

His Republican rival, Joe Lhota, said the city’s next mayor must push forward with the appeal.

“For the next 60 days, we don’t want an outsider coming in who doesn’t know anything about crime fighting, putting the lives of our police officers and the lives of the public on the line,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday on his weekly WOR Radio show.

Police officers have “had their names dragged through the mud over the past year and I think they deserve a lot better 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 election flashpoint, resonating nationwide. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was shouted down over the tactic 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 criticism 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 written “search and seizure” rulings since she took the bench in 1994 had gone against law enforcement was

a “below-the-belt attack” on judicial

independence. She said it was “quite disgraceful” if the mayor’s office was behind the study.

Scheindlin said in a statement later Thursday she consented to the interviews under the condition she wouldn’t comment on the ongoing case.

“And I did not,” she said.

Scheindlin said some reporters used quotes from written 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 after, the current case was filed by the attorneys.

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 alterations to Scheindlin’s 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 disproportionally stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking them. She assigned a monitor to help the police department change its policy and training programs on the


Stop and frisk has been around for decades, but recorded stops increased dramatically under Bloomberg’s administration to an all-time high in 2011 of 684,330, mostly of black and Hispanic men. Four minority men who said they were targeted because of their races filed a lawsuit, and it became a class-action 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 justify an arrest. Only about 10 percent of the stops result in arrests or summonses, and weapons are found about 2 percent of the time.

Scheindlin heard a bench trial that ended in the spring and coincided with a groundswell of backlash against the stop-and-frisk tactic. She noted in her ruling this summer that she wasn’t putting an end to the practice, which is constitutional, but was reforming the way the NYPD implemented its stops.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented the four men who sued, said it was dismayed that the appeals court delayed “the long-overdue process to remedy the NYPD’s” stop-and-frisk practices and was shocked that it “cast aspersions” on the judge’s professional conduct and reassigned the case.

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Obama signs order on response to climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after Superstorm Sandy devastated the East Coast, President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday to make it easier for states and local governments to respond to weather disasters.

The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials to advise the administration on how to respond to severe storms, wildfires, droughts and other potential impacts of climate change. The task force includes governors of seven states — all Democrats — and the Republican governor of Guam, a U.S. territory. 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, flood control and other projects. It ultimately will recommend how structures can be made more resilient to the effects 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 pollution, officials also need to improve how states and communities 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. Martin O’Malley, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

The panel also includes several big-city mayors, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Houston Mayor Annise Parker. All three are Democrats.

An administration official who asked not to be identified said the White House asked several organizations, including the National Governors Association, to recommend task force members. Members were chosen based on those who were recommended or who nominated themselves, the official said. The official asked to not be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the task force makeup.

The task force builds on efforts Obama announced in June to combat global warming, including the first-ever limits

to combat global warming, including the first-ever limits on climate pollution from new and existing power

on climate pollution from new and existing power plants. Obama’s plan is intended to reduce domestic carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent between 2005 and 2020. The plan also would boost renewable energy production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures. The 12 hottest years on record all have occurred in the past 15

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Obama’s plan would be put in place through executive order, bypassing Congress, which has stalemated over climate legislation in recent years.

The task force on resiliency is expected to hold its first meeting this winter.

Suspected gunman in custody at Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspected gunman was in custody Friday following a shooting at Los Angeles airport that left multiple people wounded and disrupted flights nationwide.

Gunshots were reported at Terminal 3. Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said the conditions of the injured people were unknown.

She says the suspect also exchanged fire with airport police. The airport was being swept for precautionary measures and the bomb unit was on scene.

Airport staff evacuated travelers and flights were disrupted nationwide.

The Federal Aviation Administration said a “ground stop” was in affect for all flights heading to Los Angeles, meaning planes in any other airport in the country can’t take off for the city, although some flights already in the air were allowed to land.

LAX air traffic controller Michael Foote said some flights were still being allowed to depart.

Foote said his colleagues in the control tower saw passengers spilling from the terminal onto the tarmac, “evacuating the building, getting out as fast as they could.” Officers eventually corralled them.

Television images showed two people being wheeled away by firefighters. Triage stations also were seen.

Witness Brian Keech told The Associated Press he heard “about a dozen gunshots” from inside a security

Other travelers described a chaotic scene as airport security staff evacuated terminals, including onto to the tarmac. Hundreds of people remained gathered outside next to airplanes as authorities investigated what happened.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Virtually unknown outside Washington, a coalition of hardline conservative groups is fighting to seize control of the Republican agenda.

Tea party allies like the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America showed their might by insisting that the GOP embrace the government shutdown that hurt the nation’s economy and the party’s reputation.

Now emboldened, these groups are warning that their aggressive agenda- pushing tactics aren’t over - and they’re threatening retribution 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-election next fall.

Mainstream GOP groups - such as Karl Rove’s American Crossroads or the party’s formal campaign committees

- question their more conservative

counterparts’ role, fed up by their outsized influence in shaping the party’s current agenda.

For decades, interest groups like the National Rifle Association have shaped debates on single issues. But Republicans suggest that not since the Christian Coalition of the 1990s have outside forces played such a sweeping, integral role in guiding Republican priorities as the tea party-led fiscal conservatives have in the ongoing budget debate.

“You have a small group in Congress that has become the surrender caucus,” argues Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger. “They’ve surrendered their voting card to the wishes of these outside groups.”

Such divisions on display between the Republican Party’s pragmatic and ideological wings - and their affiliated outside groups - carry huge risk for the GOP heading into the 2014 midterm congressional elections. Republicans will seek to win power in the Senate and preserve their narrow House majority next fall.

But primaries that leave eventual nominees battered and broke for the general election 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 tactics against President

Barack Obama’s agenda.

This is their message as Congress wrestles with health care implementation, considers immigration reform and gets ready for new rounds of debt talks: Republicans who work with the Democratic president do so at their peril.

It appears that no Republican is too large for these groups.

The Senate Conservatives 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 craft the recent budget compromise that ended the shutdown. It also has criticized Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Sen. Jonny Isakson of Georgia.

The Club for Growth also is targeting Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, despite his role as leader of the campaign committee charged with preserving the Republican House majority. The group already has launched a website entitled, “Primary My Congressman,” and so far identified 10 potential campaigns to unseat Republican incumbents.

That group and others also are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to support a challenge against longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, of Mississippi, in hopes of persuading him to retire. And the Tea Party Patriots is going after Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Behind the scenes, GOP campaign officials are urging donors to fund mainstream groups to counter the conservative outfits. These officials are doing so even as they question the right-flank’s ultimate effectiveness, given that its groups, although vocal, typically have far less money compared with other organizations standing with Republicans from the establishment wing.

The most powerful Republican allies from the last election - mainstream Republican groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Crossroads and its sister organization Crossroads GPS - poured more than $212 million combined into the 2012 election. Combined, the Club for Growth, Heritage Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund spent $21 million.

National GOP officials are watching for signs of rifts among the right-leaning groups, which could dilute their power. The shutdown debate itself exposed at least one disagreement.

shutdown debate itself exposed at least one disagreement. FILE - This March 2, 2013 file photo

FILE - This March 2, 2013 file photo shows Republican strategist Karl Rove,of American Crossroads, speaking in Sacramento, Calif. Virtually unknown outside Washington, a coalition of hardline conservative groups are fighting to seize control of the Republican agenda. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and Heritage Action for America defiantly insisted that any deal to end the shutdown and raise the nation’s debt ceiling must dismantle or delay Obama’s health care law. Lawmakers who didn’t stand them with them risked inviting primary challenges.

But some tea party allies like Americans for Prosperity, the group funded by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, opposed the tactics that led to the shutdown. Now that group is trying to move on, investing $2 million in a four-state ad campaign that hammers Democrats over the troubled health care law implementation.

“We’re convinced that repealing Obamacare is long-term effort,” AFP president Tim Phillips says, explaining

why it didn’t sign onto the right-flank’s demands to defund the law as part of

a budget compromise.

In a sign of another possible crack in the conservative coalition, a spokesman for Heritage Action for America says that in the near future, it likely will focus its health care criticism 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 wouldn’t stop pressuring Republicans, particularly as congressional leaders begin to debate a new budget package.

Chocola wouldn’t rule out another push to link such legislation to the president’s health care law, but said his group might shift its strategy if major shifts to entitlement programs are included.

As the possibility of a shutdown loomed large in September, the network of GOP outside groups disagreed over strategy.

Crossroads officials 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 influential talk show radio hosts and aggressive conservative activists would brand them as heretics.

Meanwhile, conservative 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 flank and endorsed the bipartisan 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 negative view of the Republican Party, the worst rating for the GOP in almost three decades.

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strAIgHt…no chaser

The Devil is a Liar!

Reporter. strAIgHt …no chaser The Devil is a Liar! The current mayor of the city of

The current mayor of the city of Rochester called a press conference, Oct. 23, to answer questions about the recent surge of interest in his candidacy, after it allegedly

became null and void due to the Democratic Party on Sept. 10.


The first question anyone with reasonable intelligence should be asking themselves is, why did he feel the need to call a press conference in the first 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 posting 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 Clifford, 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

first two casualties, 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 after 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.’ That’s all he has to say to the

voters of this community

not waste your votes for me,’” Johnson said. “This mush-mouth response that he’s given is very unlike Tom Richards.”

Johnson called the grassroots effort “duplicitous” and a “conspiracy.”

“It’s one of the weirdest situations I’ve ever experienced,” he said.

Let’s 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 particular, are stupid. The pitiful scheme that has been put into place was meant to make the current mayor’s name a household word between now and Nov. 5; but, from where I sit, it is simply not going to work.

It is rather insulting 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 stirring the pot, and refusing to accept the fact that a 36-year-old female attorney, who happens to be black, will soon be sitting in the executive chair running the city of Rochester, because she can.

They refuse to give this little chocolate child the respect she has earned. Even her white supporters have called the former party-loyalists racist. They are stirring the pot, and the more they stir

it, the more it stinks.

Keep the names Gary Walker, Molly Clifford and Ken Warner close to you. They really think they are power brokers. Molly and Gary are currently

city employees who will soon be fired,

I hope. In addition, this movement

gives every indication that Warner needs to be replaced. He has so many personalities; it is hard to determine which face you are dealing with sometimes.

UNICON deserves better, and it is time his pretending to want to see minorities 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 supporting Lovely, but, to date,

I haven’t heard of any money or

resources the Democratic Party has brought forth to help support her.

This was not the case when Richards

won the primary a few years ago. And,

I haven’t seen any people from the

Democratic Committee 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 meeting that was possibly

held in his living room on Sept. 6. At this meeting, 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 Democratic Party chairman chaired the meeting I envisioned. Hypothetically, he probably opened the meeting by first patting 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 supporting

the party candidate. In the meantime,

we will continue 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 election.

It would certainly not look good to the

Democratic Committee people, those who elected me, or the governor, for me to act like I don’t want a Democratic mayor. Richards, your loyalty will not be questioned even though you changed your party registration to Democrat just to become mayor.

So, this is how we are going to play it. The expose’, the story on Scotty 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 better strategy to work the media and make sure she does not win. Her people are

stupid, and will still be celebrating 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 can’t afford to let anyone else know. Bob Duffy has already lost his job in Albany by interfering in this race. The governor called him to the carpet within minutes of him stating 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 don’t wind up like him, or hurt my credibility with the governor, I will have to keep a low profile on this one. But, the goal is to get Lovely out, and make sure she loses in the general election.

Even though the governor needs Democratic mayors in all major cities in Upstate N.Y., I have to redeem myself, personally, because I feel it is my fault that a little black girl we thought we were going to defeat is going to reign supreme. But, collectively, with a full- court onslaught in the press, we can correct it.”

The bottom 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 time. And, I believe the rest is up to us.

The status-quo needs to once again feel the wrath of the little 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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