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Billionaire philanthropist Tom Golisano has donated $50 million to the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to establish the Golisano Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Institute. This is the largest single gift in the university’s history and Golisano’s most significant donation. The new institute will consolidate URMC’s programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental […]

Juneteenth 2024 will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 19, with various events throughout the Greater Rochester Area. Here is a list of celebrations: Thursday, June 13: Genesee Country Village & Museum: June 13 to June 15, featuring history of emancipation, interpretation of the Nathaniel Rochester House, and guest speakers from the Black Storytelling League of […]

UnitedMasters has appointed LaTrice Burnette as executive vice president and head of music. Burnette will lead the company’s artist services division. She has previously held senior roles at Def Jam Recordings, Island Records, Epic Records, Atlantic Records, and Roc-A-Fella Records, and was recently the executive VP at Def Jam Recordings. Burnette was also honored on […]

Apple has announced a groundbreaking partnership with OpenAI to enhance its artificial intelligence capabilities, unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference. This marks Apple’s first major AI collaboration, integrating OpenAI’s technology into Siri. Users can now get help with tasks like recipe ideas, room decorations, and creating custom bedtime stories. Apple software chief Craig Federighi emphasized […]

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June 11, 2024

The Monroe Community College board of trustees has voted to avoid cutting jobs. Not long after MCC students and faculty protested pending teacher layoffs, the board approved a new measure, which includes voluntary retirement and separation incentive plans for eligible full-time employees. The decision comes after the faculty union made cost-saving recommendations last month after […]

The Redline Hotel, founded by Kamau Coleman and Michael Clinton, is a new boutique hotel in Venice Beach that honors the area’s rich history and showcases Black entrepreneurial success. Venice Beach is iconic in American pop culture, often portrayed with white bikini-clad girls and buff dudes, but it has a significant history of Black contributions […]

Looking for a job? Well, “ROC the Block” job fairs will be starting on Wednesday, June 12th at the Maplewood Rose Garden from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Businesses, recruiters, non-profits, and community organizations will be there, with some doing interviews on the spot. Can’t make it Wednesday,? Here’s the other ROC The Block job […]

Under new federal rules announced by the Biden administration, new vehicles sold in the U.S. will need to average about 38 miles per gallon (mpg) in real-world driving by 2031, up from about 29 mpg in 2024. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require passenger cars to improve fuel economy by 2% annually […]

Excellus is proposing a 19.5% increase in premium rates for certain health plans in 2025. This proposed adjustment targets community-rated small group plans and individual plans, affecting about 11.5% of Excellus’ membership, or around 167,000 members across 39 counties in upstate New York. The rate increase request was filed with the Superintendent of the Department […]

Governor Kathy Hochul has unexpectedly paused New York’s congestion pricing plan, set to start June 30, citing economic concerns. The plan would have charged motorists up to $15 to enter Manhattan’s business district, aiming to reduce traffic and generate revenue for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). Hochul expressed concerns about the financial impact on working […]

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