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American Cities With the Best Quality of Life

Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops the list from 'US News'

(Newser) - US News has dropped its annual "best places to live" list, and as far as quality of living goes, Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the crown. The site notes that Ann Arbor's mix of urban and rural, with a charming Main Street and nearby university, make it "...

Cops: Deadly Crash in Upstate NY May Have Been Terrorism

2 dead, 5 injured after collision outside Kodak Center in Rochester after NYE concert

(Newser) - Two are dead and multiple people are injured after an early Monday car crash outside the Kodak Center in Rochester, New York—and authorities are now looking into the incident as possible terrorism, reports ABC News . Per the AP , police officers were helping to direct traffic outside the venue after...

Toy Hall of Fame Fans Can Vote on 'the Forgotten 5'

Pogo stick, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, My Little Pony, PEZ, Transformers all up for a vote

(Newser) - They're playfully called the "forgotten five": A handful of toys—the pogo stick, the Fisher-Price Corn Popper, My Little Pony, PEZ dispensers, and Transformers—that regularly approach toy-box royalty as finalists for the National Toy Hall of Fame, only to be tossed back on the pile. For one...

One Dead After Stampede at New York Rap Concert
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'Tragedy of Epic

At Rap Concert, 'Tragedy of Epic Proportions'

2 dead, 8 hurt after stampede at GloRilla event in Rochester, New York

(Newser) - A second person has died after the tragic crowd surge at a Rochester, New York, rap concert Sunday night. She was one of two women previously reported to have been in critical condition following the incident, CNN reports.

City Will Pay $12M in 'Spit Hood' Death

Rochester settles with family of Daniel Prude

(Newser) - The city of Rochester, NY, has reached a settlement with the family of a Black man who died after police put a "spit hood" over his head and pressed his face into the pavement until he stopped breathing. Rochester Mayor Malik Evans said the city will pay $12 million...

With One Year Left in Custody, a Hit Man's Puzzling Escape

Dominic Taddeo, contract killer for Rochester crime families, is back in custody

(Newser) - Update: The mob hit man who escaped federal custody has been captured, one week later. Dominic Taddeo was taken back into custody in Florida's Miami-Dade County without incident Monday around 11am, CNN reports. That's about 273 miles south of the halfway house he was assigned to in the...

A Day on the Water Interrupted by a Huge Splash

Stolen ambulance ends up in bay in Rochester, NY, after high-speed police chase

(Newser) - Families and boaters enjoying a day at Irondequoit Bay in Western New York got quite the surprise on Sunday when an ambulance being pursued by cops ended up in the water. New York State Police say the emergency vehicle, stolen from an ambulance company in Utica, was spotted by state...

Another Rochester Arrest Causes Controversy

Officer on leave over pepper-spraying of woman near her 3-year-old girl

(Newser) - Police in Rochester, New York, are facing their third controversy in months. The latest involves an officer who wrestled a woman to the ground and pepper-sprayed her as the woman's sobbing 3-year-old daughter stood nearby, reports the Democrat and Chronicle . The city released body camera footage as well as...

Daniel Prude Grand Jury Verdict Is In

No charges against the officers involved in the Black man's death

(Newser) - Police officers who put a hood over the head of a mentally distraught Black man, then pressed his body against the pavement until he stopped breathing will not face criminal charges after a grand jury declined to indict them, New York's attorney general announced Tuesday. Daniel Prude, 41, died...

Consequences for Cops Who Pepper-Sprayed 9-Year-Old

Rochester mayor says law 'prevents me from taking more ... serious action' than suspension

(Newser) - Some of the police officers in Rochester, New York, who pepper sprayed a 9-year-old girl last week have been removed from patrol duty. "What happened Friday was simply horrible, and has rightly outraged, all of our community," Mayor Lovely Warren said. "Unfortunately, state law and union contract...

Rochester Cops Shown Cuffing, Pepper-Spraying 9-Year-Old Girl

Bodycam footage out of upstate NY has department vowing to make a 'culture change'

(Newser) - "This video, as a mother, is not anything you want to see." That was Lovely Warren, mayor of Rochester, NY, on Sunday morning, reacting just before the city released body camera footage of an incident Friday afternoon involving the city's police and a local child. Per the...

Icon's Grave Gets Protection From Election Tributes

'I Voted' stickers are hard on Susan B. Anthony's gravestone

(Newser) - Susan B. Anthony remains an inspiration, but her headstone just can't take an Election Day honor anymore. Visitors to the cemetery in Rochester, New York, where the suffragette is buried often leave "I Voted" stickers behind. Adhesive residue and solvents that were employed to remove the stickers have...

City in Turmoil Embraces 'Fresh Approach to Policing'

Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan will be Rochester's first female police chief

(Newser) - Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren tapped a Black woman to become the new interim city police chief, saying Saturday she will bring a "fresh approach to policing" amid the tumultuous aftermath to Daniel Prude’s death, the AP reports. Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan, who retired from the department in 2009 as a...

'Tragedy of Epic Proportions' at Upstate NY House Party

2 dead, 14 injured in early Saturday shooting

(Newser) - It's being called "the largest Rochester shooting in memory." Police in the upstate New York city responded to a 911 call early Saturday after reports of a shooting, and what they found was tragic: two young adults killed and 14 wounded at a backyard house party, per...

Cops, Officials Worked Hard to Keep Prude's Death Hush-Hush

Documents show the lengths they went to over a period of months

(Newser) -
  • The Rochester Police Department and other officials in the upstate New York city attempted to keep the death of Daniel Prude quiet, according to documents released by the city Monday. Per the Washington Post and the New York Times , the documents show how information was withheld for months after

DNA Triggers Arrest in 35-Year-Old Cold Case

Officials and family hold an emotional press conference in Rochester

(Newser) - Wendy Jerome was brutally raped, killed, and left by a dumpster 35 years ago—a crime officials say has finally been solved with DNA testing, CNN reports. The news emerged at an emotional press conference Friday in Rochester, New York. "I never thought I would see this day, and...

Rochester's Top Cops Retire En Masse

Mayor says entire command staff is leaving

(Newser) - Top police leaders in Rochester, New York, announced their retirements Tuesday amid nightly protests over the city's handling of the suffocation death of Daniel Prude , with the outgoing chief accusing critics of trying to "destroy my character and integrity." Police Chief La’Ron Singletary and Deputy Chief...

Protesters in Only 'Spit Hoods' Decry Death of Daniel Prude

Demonstrations continue for 6th straight evening in Rochester

(Newser) - Naked except for “spit hoods” in a reference to the killing of Daniel Prude, several protesters sat outside Rochester's police headquarters Monday morning to push for police accountability, local news outlets reported. Photos and video showed roughly a half-dozen demonstrators, naked or in minimal clothes and some with...

Rochester Officials: It's Time for Police Reforms
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One City Promises Police Reforms

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren speaks to the press

(Newser) - After four nights of protest, Rochester is making a change. Mayor Lovely Warren said at a Sunday press conference that the crisis intervention department will be relocating to the city's department of youth and recreation services along with its budget, NBC News reports. "We had a human being...

Jacob Blake: 'You Can Change Your Lives Out There'

Kenosha man releases first words from hospital bed as protests rage on elsewhere

(Newser) - Jacob Blake released a message from his hospital bed in which he beseeched viewers to take to heart that "Your life and not only just your life, your legs—something that you need to move around, to move forward in life—can be taken like this, man," said...

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