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Doctors And Parents Should Watch Language Around Obese Children

ROCHESTER ( WXXI ) - A pediatrician at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital co-authored guidelines to encourage medical professionals to use non-biased language when treating teens and children with obesity. Dr. Steve Cook helped pen the new policy statement that was published in the December 2017 issue of Pediatrics , and it suggests that health professionals to model non-biased behaviors and language in order to reduce the weight stigma that children and teens usually encounter. The...

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For the first time since the country gained independence from white minority rule in 1980, Zimbabwe has a new leader. At a packed stadium in the capital city Harare, Emmerson Mnangagwa promised not to "squander this moment" to change the culture of politics in his country.

Food waste is a huge problem globally — starting with our own refrigerators. Over this Thanksgiving week, Americans will throw out almost 200 million pounds of turkey alone, according to figures from the Natural Resources Defense Council.

But before you toss that bird, read on. We asked Massimo Bottura, one of the world's best chefs, to help us figure out what to do with our holiday leftovers.

Mosque Attack In Egypt's Sinai Kills At Least 235

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A terrorist attack that targeted a mosque in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula has left at least 235 people dead and as many as 109 wounded Friday, that country's state news agency reported.

The death toll makes it the biggest attack since the conflict in the North Sinai started six years ago.

The Middle East News Agency said the bombing and shooting attack took place in the city of Arish, which is about 30 miles from the border with the Gaza Strip.

When I was a kid, my mom always told me to rinse the dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. This was especially true for dishware with tacky residue. Peanut butter, cream cheese, frosting — these adversaries were simply too powerful for the dishwasher's meek cleanse. Today, still harboring a distrust of dishwashers, I tend to wash my dishes by hand.

But I often wonder about the consequences of my sponge-scrubbing ways — am I wasting water by avoiding the dishwasher, or saving it?

Oscar Pistorius will be serving an additional 13 years in prison, after a South African court increased the double-amputee and former Olympic athlete's sentence for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In 2016, a judge sentenced Pistorius to six years in prison for shooting Steenkamp through the bathroom door of his house in 2013.

The government appealed that sentence, saying it was too lenient.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - The state’s top economic development official says a plan in Congress to eliminate the historic tax credit program  would harm efforts to revitalize cities in New York.

Empire State Development Chair Howard Zemsky , testifying at an Assembly hearing,  says the tax incentives have been used to rehab crumbling historic buildings into shops and living spaces, and “have had a huge impact on driving economic development” . The program gives developers a tax rebate of 20% for five years after the projects are completed. Zemsky says it’s misguided to end the subsidies.

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ALBANY (WSKG) - Testimony at an Assembly hearing Monday grew heated as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development chair defended some faltering job creation programs.

Empire State Development Chair Howard Zemsky also signaled the state may be backing away from a key program to give tax breaks to startup entrepreneurs.

A recent report from the government-backed lender Freddie Mac shows the stock of affordable rental housing dropped by 60 percent between 2010 and 2016. 

Of the rental housing Freddie Mac financed nationwide in 2010, 11 percent was affordable for very-low income renters, defined as those who make less than 50 percent of an area's median income. At a refinancing in 2016, only four percent of those same rentals was still affordable.

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HARRISBURG (WSKG) - State lawmakers are running into legal issues over a component of the budget plan they passed last month.

Some $200 million of the plan is slated to be appropriated from a group that insures healthcare providers against malpractice claims.

However, the group has sued to keep that money.

The state established the Joint Underwriting Association in the 1970s, so lawmakers say they have the authority to appropriate its funds as needed. 

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In most states, the legislature is in charge of designing Congressional and state voting districts.

Pennsylvania isn't unique in that respect.

But some say the commonwealth is home to some of the nation's starkest examples of gerrymandering -- where the shape of a voting district is manipulated to produce the outcome desired by the party in charge. 

The term is over 200 years old. It was coined by a Boston newspaper's coverage of maps produced in Massachusetts in 1812 during the term of Gov. Elbridge Gerry, which featured salamander-shaped district loosely coiled around Boston.

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ROCHESTER (WXXI) - The benefits of music on individuals with autism are widely known. Improved focus, advances in speech and language, and better motor skills. But sometimes it’s about the growth that you can’t quantify in numbers. 

On a Tuesday night in a sleepy plaza in Penfield, the Music Education Center is buzzing. Kids are in the waiting room, parents are catching up and students are practicing anything from trombone to piano.

Noah Svokos is a curly haired 13 year old who has been taking piano lessons for 5 years at the center.

New York’s Lt. Gov., Kathy Hochul, is marking the 100 year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in the state. But, as Hochul told Karen DeWitt in an interview with public radio and television, women still have a ways to go to gain true equality.   


The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council (SMTC) has issued its final recommendation on a transit plan that could change the way central New Yorkers get around.

The final report focuses on the idea of Bus Rapid Transit. It involves creating corridors in high traffic areas that are earmarked for buses that would travel more quickly, with fewer stops. Council Director Jim D’Agostino says the SMTC is proposing corridors that essentially make an X across the city, from University Hill to Destiny USA, and Onondaga Community College to James Street. 

Wiffle Ball Honored By National Toy Hall Of Fame

Nov 12, 2017
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ROCHESTER (WXXI) -  Officials from the Strong Museum announced the newest inductees into the Stong's National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday. 

The paper plane, Whiffle Ball and the board game Clue join such classics as Etch A Sketch, playing cards, Easy-Bake Oven, Yo-Yo and Big Wheel in the hall of fame.

65 toys have been inducted since the hall opened in 1998.

Vice President for Collections at the Strong in Rochester, Chris Bensch, says the class of 2017 is the DIY group of toys, as they all require a do it yourself ethos.

New Website Tracks Progress On Great Lakes

Nov 11, 2017

GREAT LAKE TODAY - Over the years, billions of dollars have been allocated to restoring the Great Lakes – whether its money spent cleaning up pollution, preventing invasive species, or educating the public.  A new regional initiative will analyze how effective some of these efforts – and dollars – have been so far. 

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