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Schumer Urges DOT to Make Crude Oil Less Volatile for Train Transport
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Schumer Urges DOT to Make Crude Oil Less Volatile for Train Transport

Posted  March 18, 2015  by  Staff

Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer recently spoke out on the need for a process that would make crude oil less volatile before it is transported via freight rail tank car -- and it's an issue that could have profound effects for Rochester. [...]

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Women-Led Rochester Company Introduces Technology Designed to Create 2D and 3D Images
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Women-Led Rochester Company Introduces Technology Designed to Create 2D and 3D Images

Posted  March 16, 2015  by  Staff

Two Rochester, NY, women have created a new type of optical technology that allows for 2D and 3D imaging of any materials, including the cells beneath the skin's surface. Cristina Canavesi and Jannick Rolland founded LighTopTech in May 2013, and since then have been profiled in the Democrat and Chronicle for their work. [...]

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Rochester Commuters Face Uncertainty Due to RTS Driver Shortages
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Rochester Commuters Face Uncertainty Due to RTS Driver Shortages

Posted  March 11, 2015  by  Staff

Many metropolitan commuters across the United States rely on public transportation in order to get to and from their jobs. In fact, access to public transportation as well as commute length are often deciding factors in terms of accepting a new position. Nearly 14% of Americans have changed jobs in order to shorten their commutes. [...]

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For Pedestrians, Downstate NY Ranks Among Deadliest Areas of the Country
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For Pedestrians, Downstate NY Ranks Among Deadliest Areas of the Country

Posted  March 10, 2015  by  Staff

According to new data from the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, all 12 downstate New York counties have some of the most dangerous roads for pedestrians. The report, released this week, found that 732 pedestrians were killed on roads between just 2011 and 2013. In the entire tri-state region during those years, 1,266 pedestrians total were killed, up 30 fatalities according to last year's analysis. [...]

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Report Reveals Most Crimes Have Hit a 25-Year Low in the City of Rochester
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Report Reveals Most Crimes Have Hit a 25-Year Low in the City of Rochester

Posted  February 27, 2015  by  Staff

The City of Rochester Police released its crime statistics for the year 2014 this week and showed something surprising: the city is actually getting safer. According to the Rochester Police Department, crime is at a 25-year low. The statistics were released in a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 19, which featured Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief Michael Ciminelli. [...]

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Dwindling Populations Have Cities Like Rochester Demolishing Homes
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Dwindling Populations Have Cities Like Rochester Demolishing Homes

Posted  February 10, 2015  by  Staff

Demolishing abandoned homes might be considered a last resort policy, but for some cities in New York State, it's a way to survive. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors held at the end of January, mayors from all over the U.S. gathered to discuss the problems and challenges besetting cities everywhere, including the failing school systems, the obesity epidemic, and the economy. The discussion on rehabbing and demolishing abandoned properties, despite the national economy's recent improvements, was standing-room-only. [...]

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New Smart Bike Warns Riders of Danger
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New Smart Bike Warns Riders of Danger

Posted  February 06, 2015  by  Staff

With the increase in bicycle use comes an increase in injury to bicyclists due to accidents involving motorists. Cyclists need to be prepared for potential accidents. Common causes of bicycle accidents are drivers opening car doors into a bicycle's path of travel, and cars turning left or right into cyclists. Both cyclists and motorists can avoid these accidents by being more alert, but in case a crash is unavoidable, there are a few things a cyclist needs to do. [...]

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New Report Says Bike Share Program Could Work in Rochester
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New Report Says Bike Share Program Could Work in Rochester

Posted  January 30, 2015  by  Staff

A feasibility study released Wednesday indicates that a bike-sharing program could be effective in Rochester. “Through a comprehensive analysis of population and employment trends; evaluation of existing plans and regulations; review of existing conditions; and a comprehensive stakeholder and public engagement process, the implementation of a bike share program in and around Center City Rochester has been found to be feasible,” the report’s executive summary reads. The study was commissioned by the the Genesee Transportation Council. [...]


Rochester Billboard Offers Romantic Plea
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Rochester Billboard Offers Romantic Plea

Posted  January 29, 2015  by  Staff

Most drivers will notice plenty of signs and billboards over the course of their regular commute. However, a man from the Buffalo area was hoping that a certain driver would notice one sign in particular: last December, "E.K." took out a billboard on Interstate 490, near Rochester, asking his girlfriend "Sara" not to leave. [...]

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Upstate NY Becomes a Hub for 3D Printing Technology
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Upstate NY Becomes a Hub for 3D Printing Technology

Posted  January 26, 2015  by  Staff

After years of slow advances, it looks like 3D printing is finally finding a foothold in upstate NY. Dentist Ranty Raetz has already integrated 3D printing into his Brighton, NY dental practice. Raetz can take a scan from a 3D scanner that only takes a few minutes to complete, tweak it slightly on a computer, then send the data to a desktop mill that drill blocks of porcelain into crowns. That means that a patient could come in for a crown, get a quick scan, and leave with the new crown only a couple of hours later. The drill allows everything to be done in one quick visit. Dental 3D printers like Raetz's can be used to make crowns, implants, bridges and even braces. [...]

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