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Switzer’s marathon run changed the world of sports

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Kathrine Switzer prepped for one of the most famous moments in sports history by training with the Syracuse University men’s cross country team in late 1966, early 1967. A 19-year-old junior journalism student at the time, Switzer gladly would have ...

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New York home prices show impressive rise

The average price for a single-family home in New York, including distressed sales, rose 8.2 percent from March 2015 to March 2016 – the fifth-largest increase among the fifty states and the District of Columbia, according to the most recent ...

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‘Gilligan’ illustrates issue of social pressure at work

As a kid growing up, I was a fan of the “Gilligan’s Island” TV show. For those of you who may have spent your childhood years more productively or perhaps are not old enough to recall the show, Gilligan’s Island ...

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Non-Profit Report: Tempro Development Co. Inc.

Non-Profit Report: The mission of Tempro Development Co. Inc. is to provide safe, affordable housing to veterans and families in crisis through innovative, humanitarian initiatives that find a healthy, stable environment for homeless people in which they can heal, grow ...

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FOMC rate hike in June seems unlikely

The Federal Open Market Committee elected not to change interest rates at its April 26-27 meeting. The statement released by the FOMC after the meeting offered a couple of tidbits of information but left many writers hoping for more information ...

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No clearcut answer on employee, contractor question

“For years, our small company has hired an ‘independent contractor’ to help us with very specialized work that members of our staff don’t have the expertise or the training to do. His hours are variable and he works from his ...

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District contains high percentage of college graduates

Some 48 percent of residents of the 25th Congressional District, centered on the city of Rochester, have some form of college degree, including an associate’s degree, according to a U.S. Census report released on April 21 that organizes 2014 data ...

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Non-Profit Report: Rochester Oratorio Society Inc.

Rochester Oratorio Society Inc., founded in 1945 and celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2015, is a choral/orchestral ensemble in the Rochester region. Comprising some 145 auditioned adult members, the society presents two to four performances annually of masterworks for chorus ...

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Engagement brings vitality to business and life alike

In April 2016, Gallup, the research and consulting organization, announced that U.S. employee engagement hit 34.1 percent in March 2016, the highest level since Gallup began tracking U.S. workplace engagement daily in January 2011. Engagement had not topped 33 percent ...

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Fast Start: Renaissance millennials

The city of Rochester is on the rise, and we owe much to millennials for the transition. Rochester Downtown Development Corp. is recognizing and celebrating the area’s millennials on May 10 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. ...

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Payroll survey data should be interpreted with caution

Close observers of the Rochester economy have struggled with conflicting signals about the health of the local labor market since the release of “re-benchmarked” jobs data several weeks ago. Two key statistical series produced by federal and state agencies—known colloquially ...

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Smartphone updates from Apple, Samsung add intriguing features

What did you think about “March Madness”? No, I’m not talking to those whose brackets were busted by Michigan State; I’m talking about the latest in smartphones and tablets from Samsung and Apple. If you don’t want to be left ...

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Rochester, other upstate cities, see drop in jobless rates

After a typical seasonal increase during January and February, the Rochester metropolitan area unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March, according to figures released by the New York State Department of Labor on Tuesday. March unemployment rates for local ...

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