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Burglar Arrested After Getting Stuck in Pizzeria Vent: Cops

He was heard yelling for help early Friday morning

(Newser) - A man rescued from an oven vent at a western new York pizzeria is now facing burglary charges, the AP reports. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrived at Pontillo's Pizzeria in suburban Rochester at 3:45am Friday after someone reported a man yelling for help. They... More »

Grave of Susan B. Anthony Open Late for Voters

Gravesite hours extended on Tuesday so visitors can celebrate their vote

(Newser) - Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY, is extending its hours on Tuesday from its usual 5:30pm closing time to 9pm—not to let its permanent residents slip out and cast a ballot, but to allow voters to celebrate Election Day at the grave of Susan B. Anthony, the Democrat ... More »

Mayor Thanks Susan B. Anthony After Clinton's Nom

'Dear Susan B: We thought you might like to know...'

(Newser) - A letter of thanks has been left at the New York state grave of suffragette Susan B. Anthony following Hillary Clinton's historic nomination, New York Upstate reports. The sign was left by Lovely Warren, the current—and first female—mayor of Rochester, according to WHEC . Anthony, who was from... More »

Police Arrest 74 During Black Lives Matter Protest in NY

Protests around the country Friday were largely peaceful

(Newser) - A Black Lives Matter protest led to mass arrests Friday night in Rochester, New York, USA Today reports. Police Chief Michael Ciminelli says 74 people were arrested when protesters blocked traffic around 10pm. According to NBC News , police thought the protest was going to end earlier in the evening; officers... More »

Guy Busted With DUI in Stolen Ambulance

That's not the only odd DUI charge this week

(Newser) - If you're bored on the University of Rochester campus after the bars let out, don't do as this student did: Police say 22-year-old Robert Cordaro Jr. hopped into a Rural Metro ambulance around 2:20am Thursday and drove a quarter of a mile until he crashed into a... More »

12-Year-Old Finishes Half-Marathon —by Mistake

LeeAdianez Rodriguez was only supposed to run a 5K

(Newser) - LeeAdianez Rodriguez, known as Lee to those close to her, was running late and just made it Sunday to the start of the 5K race she had signed up for in Rochester, NY, the Democrat and Chronicle reports. But at some point during her run, the 12-year-old started wondering why... More »

Even David Bowie's Mugshot Was Epic

A look back at the star's 1976 arrest

(Newser) - David Bowie left behind quite a few iconic images, including this 1976 mugshot, deemed by BuzzFeed to be "the coolest mugshot of all time." Bowie was arrested at a hotel in downtown Rochester, NY, in March of that year after what would turn out to be his one... More »

Abducted College Students Rescued by SWAT: Cops

Still no motive why 2 University of Rochester students were kidnapped

(Newser) - Two college students have an upstate New York police force and SWAT team to thank after they were rescued Sunday night from their alleged kidnappers. Nicholas Kollias and Ani Okeke Ewo, both seniors at the University of Rochester, were forcibly abducted from a street near the campus early Saturday morning,... More »

Cops: Cornell Student Kills CEO Dad

Charles Tan, 19, charged with shooting father multiple times with a shotgun

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Cornell University sophomore was arraigned on second-degree murder charges in western New York this morning in the shotgun slaying of his father, the CEO of a local company, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . Police responded to a domestic incident in the sleepy upscale suburb of Pittsford last... More »

'Godless' Churches Open Doors

To the tune of 'Man in the Mirror,' in some cases

(Newser) - Apparently, atheists are yearning for their crack at potluck dinners and picnics: There's no church in the traditional sense, and no steeple, but what opened its doors in Rochester, NY, this past Sunday is no less than an atheist church. Dubbed the Sunday Assembly , the group skipped the pastor... More »

Radio Hosts Fired Over Transgender Jokes

Rochester deejays slammed city's new health policy

(Newser) - The city of Rochester, NY, has a new policy that extends health benefits to transgender employees and, not coincidentally, two job openings for morning radio deejays. The latter is because station 98.9 FM fired Kimberly Rae and Barry Beck after a series of jokes and criticisms about the new... More »

Walmart Safety Violations Prompt Fixes at 2.8K Stores

It will also pay $190K fine as part of Labor Dept. agreement

(Newser) - More tough press for Walmart: The megastore will pay a $190,000 fine after "repeat and serious" health and safety violations affecting employees were uncovered at a Rochester, New York, store in 2011. But the second part of the deal, announced yesterday, is far more wide-reaching. The chain... More »

GOP Lawmakers to Supreme Court: Let Us Pray

Senators want traditional prayer before sessions kept in place

(Newser) - A group of mostly Republican lawmakers in DC has made a pitch to the Supreme Court for the right to keep saying a daily prayer before sessions of the House and Senate, reports Roll Call . They're worried that an upcoming case out of upstate New York will put the... More »

Firefighters' Shooter Served Time for Killing Grandma

William Spengler beat 92-year-old to death with a hammer in 1980

(Newser) - Police have identified the man who this morning fatally shot two firefighters responding to the blaze he set in his own house as 62-year-old William H. Spengler Jr., reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . Spengler was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in 1981 for beating his 92-year-old grandmother Rose Spengler to... More »

Bullied Bus Monitor Quits With $700K

Karen Klein: I'm not leaving because job was too tough

(Newser) - The school bus monitor who was tormented ruthlessly by young bullies has decided to pack up and retire, the AP reports. Karen Klein, 68, said she's not giving up her 3-year gig of watching over school children because it was too difficult. "I'm not quitting because of... More »

Kodak Couldn't Really Have Made Nuclear Warhead

Physics Central explains that nuclear reactor thing

(Newser) - Much was made of the revelation this week that Kodak once had a nuclear reactor in its basement, with even your humble Newser wondering what sort of nuclear Kodak moments the photo giant might have planned. But in truth, Kodak couldn’t have developed even one nuclear warhead, Physics Central... More »

Why Is Kodak Going Bust? Blame Rochester

WSJ essayist thinks hometown held back the company

(Newser) - Kodak is on the brink of going belly up, and the prevailing wisdom says that the company missed the boat on digital cameras and smartphones. "Rubbish!" writes Rich Karlgaard, who will after today be persona non grata at the local chamber of commerce, in the Wall Street Journal... More »

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