This Earth Day 2024, President Joe Biden announced a $7b investment in solar energy through the “Solar for All” initiative, funded by the $369 billion Inflation Reduction Act passed in 2023. This program aims to enhance access to clean energy for over 900,000 households in disadvantaged communities. The investment is part of a broader week […]

Dr. Michael Mendoza, the former Monroe County Commissioner of Public Health, signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) upon his sudden resignation, prohibiting any discussion regarding the specifics of his departure. Serving since 2016, including through the COVID-19 pandemic, Mendoza resigned in March 2024, shortly after his reappointment in August 2022. The terms of the NDA prevent […]

Mayor Malik Evans discussed the issue of violence in the city, and touching on several key components that lead to crime in the State of the City Address Wednesday night. As he honed in on the social behavior aspect, he shared that the Rochester Police Department is the first municipal police agency in America with […]

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to simplify the process for employees to sue their employers for discrimination following involuntary job transfers. The unanimous decision, authored by Justice Elena Kagan, favored Jatonya Clayborn Muldrow, a St. Louis police sergeant. She argued her department discriminated against her by moving her from an intelligence division to a less […]

Former President Donald Trump has arrived at a Manhattan courthouse to begin jury selection for his hush money trial, marking a historic moment as he becomes the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges. The case involves 34 felony counts related to falsifying business records to suppress stories potentially harmful to his 2016 presidential […]

Mike Casey, the U.S. Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, describes a daunting and expanding spectrum of threats facing the United States, including foreign espionage, cyberattacks, and economic espionage. Having served over two decades in Congress and as staff director for the Senate Intelligence Committee, Casey is intimately familiar with these challenges. NPR […]

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that hospitals obtain written informed consent from patients before performing pelvic and other sensitive exams, particularly when patients are unconscious. This new guidance, aimed at providing clarity on consent requirements, specifically addresses exams for educational and training purposes conducted by medical students and other healthcare […]

Mayor Brandon Scott of Baltimore has caused the term “DEI” (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) to trend on Black Twitter after providing a new interpretation of the acronym in response to Republican lawmakers. These lawmakers had controversially linked DEI initiatives to the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, a move Scott criticized during an appearance […]

Monroe County is moving closer to considering a $1 million study on the feasibility of replacing Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) with a public utility, amid community complaints about the energy company’s billing practices and customer service. The county’s environment and public works committee voted 4-3 in favor of a referral, setting the stage for […]

On March 25, 2024, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 3, implementing one of the nation’s strictest social media regulations for minors. The new legislation prohibits children under the age of 14 from having social media accounts, and mandates the termination of existing accounts for this age group. Teenagers aged 14 and 15 […]

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