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Coldwater beats Bronson in boys hoops, Quincy wins Big Eight title

COLDWTER, MI (WTVB) - The boys high school basketball regular season ...
Tekonsha last night lost 52-42 at Pittsford with 15 points for Connor Jenkins and 10 for Riley Lloyd. The Indians drop to 5-14 and tonight, they have a makeup game with Waldron.

Friday, March 6 girls basketball district finals

Grandville Calvin Christian 80 at Muskegon Western Michigan Christian: Kent City vs ...
99: Hillsdale Academy at North Adams-Jerome, 6 100: Pittsford 70, Waldron 20 (Wed.) 101: Allen Park Inter-City Baptist at Taylor Baptist Park 102: Pinckney Livingston ...

The Farr Side: Another career highlight for Kelly Clarkson

Page 2 of 2 - “Piece By Piece” is another stellar album from the woman who has stretched a moment like that (winning “Idol”) into a career like this. David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Michigan) Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com.

Let the mad march to girls basketball tournament begin

Final four: Pittsford, Bloomfield Hills Roeper, Sacred Heart, St. Ignace. Player who could crash the party: Marissa Immel, Munising. The sophomore guard leads a young but talented Munising team capable of making a run across The Bridge to the Breslin ...

How ranked Mich. girls basketball prep teams performed in past week

9. Ithaca (18-2) beat Saginaw Valley Lutheran 60-46, beat Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary 58-41. 10. Saginaw Nouvel (13-6) beat Flint Powers 56-50. Class D 1. Frankfort (18-1) beat Maple City Glen Lake 51-43, beat Buckley 52-20. 2. Pittsford (19-0 ...

Awards galore for Rangers' Price

The Rangers won the MHSAA title in Division 4 and were runners-up at the MITCA state meet to Pittsford. MITCA is the state track and field coaches association for Michigan. Oh, and school officials in Reading have also named the school's track and field ...

Two Killed, Two Injured In Hillsdale County Crash

MI (WLNS) – Two women were killed and two other people injured when the vehicle they were in crashed in Hillsdale County’s Pittsford Township. Our media partners at MLive say 21-year-old Emily Evener and 24-year-old Shandi Sisko were pronounced dead at ...

Police: Two killed, two injured in Hillsdale County crash

PITTSFORD TWP., MI – Two women were killed in a Pittsford Township crash Monday afternoon, police said. The single-vehicle crash was reported at 3:15 p.m. Dec. 15 on Pittsford Road near Losey Road in Hillsdale County, according to a statement from the ...

Pittsford's PJ Ransford to compete in China

Pittsford Mendon graduate PJ Ransford is on his way to college. But before Ransford goes to set up his dormitory room at University of Michigan and check in with the school's men's swimming coach, he will take a detour to China. Ransford is a member of the ...

Pittsford, Michigan Vacation Rentals

Pittsford, Michigan offers great vacation house rental and home rental-by-owner deals for the knowledgeable traveler. No matter what budget or level of comfort you seek in your holiday to Pittsford, MI, there's surely a great local vacation home rental ...

Greece Athena, Pittsford Sutherland reach 'A1' final

Greece Athena hit the ground running when this high school basketball season began. The Trojans may have grazed a hurdle Tuesday night, but they have made it to yet another Section V Tournament final…

Laingsburg girls remain No. 1 in state hoops poll

Laingsburg was the lone area basketball team to complete a perfect regular season and is ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll of the season. The Wolfpack held on to the top spot in Class C…

Melt away the ice with some music...
(Live jazz in ROC, March 5-11, 2015)

Can you see the light at the end of this winter tunnel we've been in?  I'm starting to...
. Coming later this month is the announcement of the Club Pass lineup for the Xerox Rochester International Jaz…

I'm Speaking in Albany and Syracuse About Social Media Evidence

Calling all Albany and Syracuse readers: I'll be speaking in both Albany and Syracuse this month on panels focusing on how to ethically use social media for evidence and for marketing purposes.  Al…

Greece Athena, Pittsford Sutherland reach 'A1' final

A record without a blemish and a list of one-sided scores indicated that Greece Athena's road to Blue Cross Arena for sectionals had very few, if any, ...
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Cuomo Gives Rupert Murdoch's FOX $52 Million In Film And TV Tax Breaks Through Empire State Development

Gannett's Joseph Spector obtained the record of tax breaks handed out by New York State between 2011 and April 2013 for film and TV production via Empire State Development. A whopping $472 million do…

Winter Real Estate & the Pittsford Market

Have you spent this winter dreaming of buying or selling a home?  Think winter isn’t a good time to jump into the market?  It’s true, many people wait until Spring to put their house on the market or …

Summit seeks to increase visibility for lesbians in tech fields

The second annual Lesbians Who Tech Summit kicks off in San Francisco today. The four-day event, which organizers call “the only event focused on increasing visibility and tech participation in two hi…

Patricide in Pittsford

A local story of interest, in which an accused father-killer has been hailed as "a strong, supportive, friendly member of the Pittsford community" — 'Honor thy father' haunts Charles Tan case.

Pittsford, NY: Cornell sophmore Charles Tan blows away CEO dad with shotgun… waits with mom in driveway for cops to come

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: As neighbors processed the news of a homicide on Coach Side Lane in Pittsford, […]


People help people. Gods do not help people

HealthDay news image Organ transplants have saved more than two million years of life in the United States over a period of 25 years, new research shows.But fewer than half the people who needed a transplant in this period they received, according to a report in the online edition of the January 28 issue of the journalSurgery JAMA ."The critical shortage of donors continues to affect this field. Just 47.9 percent of patients on the waiting list during the 25 years of the study underwent a transplant. The need is increasing, and therefore the Organ donation should increase, "wrote Dr. Abbas Rana, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues. The researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 530,000 people receiving organ transplants between 1987 and 2012, and nearly 580,000 people who signed up for the waiting list but never received a transplant. In that period, transplants saved 2.2 million life years, with an average of just over four years saved for each person who received a transplant from a living body, the study authors noted in a news release from the journal . The number of years saved by type of organ transplant life were: kidney, 1.3 million years; liver, more than 460,000; heart, almost 270,000; lung, about 65,000: pancreas and kidney, nearly 80,000; pancreas, just under 15,000, and intestines, around 4,500. One expert noted the relevance of the findings. "This study highlights the importance of organ donation, and shows that solid organ transplants save lives. One organ donor can have an impact on up to 50 lives," said Dr. Kareem Abu-Elmagd, director of the Center for transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "The field of transplantation continues to seek ways to save more lives," said Abu-Elmagd. "For example, the program of ex vivo perfusion of organs of the Cleveland Clinic has been studying perfusion technology to better preserve organs donated." Powered by infusion, a machine pumps oxygen and nutrients to the donated enriched to prevent damage or deterioration of the body prior to transplant into a patient waiting, according to the Cleveland Clinic organ solution. Baylor researchers suggested a direct solution. "We call for greater support of transplantation and solid organ donation, valuable efforts have an impressive record of achievements and tremendous potential to do even more good for humanity in the future," concluded the authors. HealthDay, translated by HispaniCare

SOURCES: Kareem Abu-Elmagd, MD, Ph.D., director, Cleveland Clinic´s Transplant Center, Ohio; JAMA Surgery , news release, Jan. 28, 2015



The Guardian and a warning to PITTSFORD MICHIGAN: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

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Responding To and Protecting Students from Sexual Assault in PITTSFORD MICHIGAN

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of Eve Hill and Mark Kappelhoff, Deputy Assistant Attorneys General for the Civil Rights pision

Note: The sample MOU can be found at here.

President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault one year ago. On this anniversary, the task force has released a sample memorandum of understanding (MOU) to assist campuses and law enforcement agencies to work together in their efforts to protect students, address the needs of sexual assault survivors, and ensure a prompt, thorough, and fair response to allegations of sexual misconduct. This is yet another important step in the task force’s effort to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners in the community, address the problem of campus sexual violence.

While colleges and universities can do much on their own, communication and collaboration between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement is critically important to address the problem of sexual assault on campus.

The sample MOU reflects input from task force members and agencies, outside experts on sexual assault, police associations, state attorneys general, and campus administrators and counsels.

Many colleges and universities already have MOUs in place with local law enforcement authorities covering a variety of areas. Our conversations with campus administrators, campus police, and law enforcement have underscored the need for additional tools and strategies that are specifically tailored to the dynamics of sexual assault on campus, as well as the needs of sexual assault survivors. The task force is providing this sample MOU with that in mind.

We recognize that every campus and community is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The sample MOU is, therefore, intended to be a starting point for a conversation between campus administrators, campus police and local law enforcement on how to improve collaborations between critical first responders. We fully expect that, in partnering to address the issue of sexual violence on campus, campus administrators and law enforcement will adapt the provisions of the sample MOU to meet their particular needs and circumstances. For example, some campus and law enforcement authorities may wish to incorporate some or all of the provisions into an existing general campus safety MOU, while others may prefer a standalone agreement specifically addressing campus sexual violence. Still others may decide that some different method of collaboration better meets their needs. We hope that this sample MOU will be an important resource in collaborative efforts between campus administrators, campus police and law enforcement to eradicate sexual assault from college communities nationwide.

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