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Rochester has at least three ties-some closer than others-to the 2012 Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
 
First, soccer star Alex Morgan, pictured, is one of three women athletes who appear in the issue and online wearing body paint and not much more. The 22-year-old Californian played forward last year for the Western New York Flash of Women’s Professional Soccer and is a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team.
 
Another body-paint model is LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis. The 29-year-old also hails from California. Close followers of the Loop will recall that in 2010 she stayed at the Mendon home of the chief marketing officer of one of her sponsors.
 
The final tie comes from the Democrat and Chronicle, where Chad Roberts, an editor and the spouse of former RBJ associate editor Cathy Roberts (who also works at the D&C), is a sixth cousin of Kate Upton, the blonde supermodel who graces the cover.
 
"Kate, like yours truly, has family roots deep in the ground in Batavia, Genesee County," Chad blogged recently.
 
If you want to see an SI model around town, however, your best bet is Natalie, who is likely to return this summer for the Wegmans LPGA Championship. She no doubt will be asked to autograph some copies of the swimsuit issue. Your second-best bet is Alex, despite the WPS suspending operations for 2012. The league hopes to be back in 2013, and she does play with Abby Wambach on the national team.
 
What about cover girl Kate?

"I have never met any of my living Upton relatives-let alone Kate. And there are no members of the Upton family residing above ground today in Genesee County," Chad explains on his blog.

Daily outrage
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter appeared on the "The Daily Show" via satellite last week to tout the STOCK Act. In 2006, Louise was an original sponsor of the bill to ban insider trading by members of Congress and their staffers.
 
She described how the bill had been delayed and changed by committee maneuvering.
 
Host Jon Stewart told her: "Everything you just described sounds insane to me. … ‘We would like to stop congresspeople from committing an act that, if you are not in Congress, is illegal.’"
 
"It’s an Alice in Wonderland world," Louise replied. "It’s through the looking glass, and it’s gotten worse."

Louise urged viewers to call their local reps to support a conference committee reconciling the House and Senate versions of the bill.

Send tips, rumors, inside information or strange tales for the Loop to Managing Editor Mike Dickinson at mdickinson@rbj.net.

2/24/12 (c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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