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THE DEBRIEF: Taking questions, evaluating marches & fake news (podcast)

On Episode #17 of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso debate the marches held around the U.S., and in Seneca Falls last weekend, as well as answer listener questions about Rep. Tom Reed, and the issue of ‘fake news’ in the local media landscape. Watch the podcast below or listen to the audio-only version exclusively here: . more

Sidibe’s career night lifts Orange at Pitt, 60-55 (full coverage)

Freshman Bourama Sidibe totaled career-highs of 18 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks to lead Syracuse (15-6, 4-4 ACC) past Pittsburgh (8-14, 0-9 ACC), 60-55, Saturday afternoon in the Petersen Events Center. The Orange held the Panthers to 27.7 percent (18-of-65) shooting from the field. Sophomore Tyus Battle added 14 points with five boards, freshman Oshae Brissett finished with nine... more

Feds: Canandaigua man had 1,130 images of child porn on devices

Federal prosecutors say a 45-year-old Canandaigua man was arrested on Thursday and charged with having hundreds of photos of child pornography. Eric Laube, 45, of Canandaigua was charged with receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography. Prosecutors say in 2017, an undercover FBI officer noticed a device was being used to distribute video and picture files containing child porn. That... more

WEBCAST REPLAY: Mynderse-Midlakes varsity double-header on FL1 Sports

A double-header of high school basketball on Friday night as Mynderse battled Midlakes in a girls-boys varsity doubleheader in Clifton Springs. First, the undefeated Midlakes girls varsity basketball team takes on the Lady Blue Devils followed by a Class B Finger Lakes East match-up between the Mynderse and Midlakes boys varsity teams. Jim Sinicropi & Nick Sciotti have the call... more

Pediatrician, nurse practitioner to take over arrested Clyde doctor’s office

A pediatrician and nurse practitioner will begin seeing patients at the former office of Dr. David Blasczak next week, Finger Lakes Health announced Friday. Blasczak, 69, was arrested last week after investigators say Dr. David Blasczak took explicit pictures of his young patients in his Clyde office. They say he told parents he did this for research. Prosecutors say he... more

Palmyra woman charged with grand larceny, welfare fraud after investigation

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Welfare Fraud Unit reports the arrest of a Palmyra woman following an investigation initiated by Wayne County Department of Social Services. Melissa R. Hopseker, 28, of Palmyra was charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree walfare fraud and offering a false instrument for filing. It is alleged that Melissa provided false information about her household composition... more

FLX FORECAST: Weekend will feature warmer temps, scattered showers

As the weather has been setting up over the last several weeks — the pattern looks active again this weekend, with warm conditions, rainfall, and then plunging temperatures as we start the new week. FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil says Friday’s weather will feature ample sunshine and warming temperatures. He says mid- to upper-40s will be common throughout the region.... more

Midlakes girls stay unbeaten; Whitman boys beat Bloomfield at the buzzer (W-FL round-up 1/26)

Alaina Forbes scored 29 points as the Midlakes Screaming Eagles remain undefeated at 14-0 after defeating the Mynderse Lady Blue Devils 64-48 in Clifton Springs on Friday night. Midlakes freshman Cara Walker added 12 points, 7 of them in the fourth quarter. For Mynderse, Madison Barnett led the way with 15 points on 5 three-pointers, Hannah Brown-Trice scored 14 and... more

Geneva welcome sign project scrapped

A much-criticized plan to build a welcome sign on Exchange Street using state and city money is off. The city said Friday Cuomo administration officials told city officials that funds earmarked for the sign can be reallocated to other downtown infrastructure improvements under the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. FL Times: Read More more

Political Roundup: Geneva woman campaigning for state Senate seat

Shauna Marie O’Toole announced her campaign for the 54th state Senate District seat back in November at a Geneva Women’s Assembly meeting. A former Eastman Kodak scientist and Sodus High School teacher, O’Toole has since ramped up her campaign via social media and is kickstarting a series of “unofficial office hours” — the first one was Jan. 15 at Monaco’s... more

Judge grants extension to Wayne County doctor to find attorney

The doctor in Wayne County accused of sharing child porn and taking photos of at least eight of his child patients returned to federal court Friday morning. David Blasczak was scheduled to have an attorney assigned to him. The public defender assigned to Blasczak requested an additional week for his client to obtain a defense attorney with help from his... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Environmental Reporter Peter Mantius talks in-depth on Romulus incineration proposal (podcast)

On Episode #95 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Josh Durso is joined by Environmental Reporter Peter Mantius of Water Front, a digital-only blog dedicated to covering environmental news in the Finger Lakes. He’ll be updating listeners on Circular enerG’s incinerator proposal, as well as covering some interesting news about a southern tier landfill. more

Challenges await Ontario County in ’18, but so does opportunity

Coming off a lengthy list of successes last year and opportunities heading into the new year, Ontario County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Marren said he is “extremely optimistic” about the county for 2018. Marren, who also is Victor town supervisor, offered his take on the year ahead during his State of the County address before supervisors Thursday night. “We... more

Cayuga County’s economic forecasters encourage potential workers to look locally

The Cayuga County Economic Development Agency is increasing efforts to maintain a local workforce. “One of the big disconnects we're taking about is kids don't know what jobs are available here. So they go away to college, they find a job, they – if we're lucky – come back to raise a family later,” said Tracy Verrier, executive director of... more

Opioids in Yates County: The struggle continues

Every county in New York has been touched by the opioid epidemic. Yates is no exception. According to a new report of hospital admission and emergency department data from Common Ground Health, Yates County experienced the second highest rate of opioid abuse in the Finger Lakes region in 2016. In 2016, Yates County residents visited hospital emergency departments (EDs) for... more

NY Senate GOP eyes more state funding for Lake Ontario flood relief

State Senate Republicans want additional funding to assist communities and residents affected by Lake Ontario flooding last year. The senators pledged $5 million from the State and Municipal Facilities program to help the flood relief effort. They also want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to transfer $11 million from a small business grant program to boost aid for homeowners. "Our Senate Republican... more

‘We are getting inundated’: Report tracks fentanyl shipments through US Postal Service

A Senate investigative committee released a new report on Wednesday revealing how overseas drug distributors have exploited weaknesses in the United States Postal Service to ship an untold amount of deadly, illicit fentanyl into the country. The lead Republican author of the report, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, described how foreign distributors, largely in China, have taken advantage of e-commerce... more

Local officials comment on Cuomo’s Criminal Justice proposals

In Gov Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State address, he proposed to make wide changes to the criminal justice systems in the state that will impact police procedures, the courts, and probation departments. But local officials raise concerns about the proposals. Cuomo describes the proposed changes as “Restoring Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System,” saying the “nation-leading, five-pronged... more
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