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The legendary life of racing’s lovable loser Zippy Chippy

Felix Monserrate couldn’t curb his enthusiasm after trading his rattletrap Ford van for the thoroughbred racehorse with the royal pedigree. Yes, it was disconcerting that Zippy Chippy hadn’t won any of his first 20 starts. But Monserrate chalked that up ...

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Consumer prices increase 0.8 percent in one year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.8 percent nationwide from July 2015 to July 2016, according to the Aug. 16 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Year-over-year increases in regional indices ranged from 1.4 percent ...

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Nonprofit Report: Rochester School for the Deaf

Rochester School for the Deaf was established on Feb. 4, 1876, as the Western New York Institution for Deaf Mutes. Existing buildings at 70 S. St. Paul St., now South Avenue, near the corner of Broad Street, were prepared to ...

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Fast Start: Building a community with a focus on the future

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At 27, Steve Glickman, a Democrat, is challenging the way the Rochester region is represented in Albany. He hopes to continue in the race for state senator of New York’s 55th District, running against incumbent Republican Rich Funke. Glickman, of ...

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We need an Upstate Caucus in the New York State Legislature

The upstate/downstate differences and perceptions have gone on for as long as we can remember. Those who live upstate have often felt that we are treated differently in regard to state legislation and funding, or just wrapped up into whatever is best for downstate.

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Michael Phelps is the new Olympic gold standard

He remains somewhat of a mystery, even to Olympic historians. But thanks to sublime swimmer Michael Phelps, what little we do know about Leonidas of Rhodes was dusted off and retold this past week. The trip way, way, way back ...

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Instead of cloning star employee, try realistic teaching methods

“We are fortunate enough to have a real star on our team who not only does a great job on his projects but also takes initiative on a lot of other things. Unfortunately, there are not enough promotional opportunities here ...

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Family-owned businesses need a succession plan

According to the Conway Center for Family Business, 35 percent of Fortune 500 companies are family controlled, and family businesses account for 64 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, generate 62 percent of the country’s employment and account for 78 ...

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Jim Kelly is pulling for Taylor to deliver Bills stability

The man against whom all Buffalo Bills quarterbacks are judged watched from the sidelines at a recent training camp practice as Tyrod Taylor did his thing. A blitzing linebacker chased Taylor from the pocket, but the signal caller kept his ...

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Monroe County sales tax revenue shows robust increase

Sales tax collection in Monroe County grew by 3.8 percent, or $8.4 million, in the first half of 2016, compared to the first half of 2015—one of the largest increases in county collections statewide over this period, according to a ...

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Nonprofit Report: Rochester Global Connections

Nonprofit Report: Rochester Global Connections has been providing cultural and social programs for international students and international visitors for almost 60 years, with the mission of promoting international understanding and cultural exchange. It is through these person-to-person interactions that people ...

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Rochester jobless rate drops in June year over year

The unemployment rate in Rochester declined to 4.3 percent in June from 5.2 percent the previous year, outpacing the statewide drop, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday. The Rochester figure reflected both a decrease of ...

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Efforts to foster diversity often create the opposite result

Decades worth of studies show that a diverse workforce measurably improves decision-making, problem-solving, creativity, innovation and flexibility. For this reason, U.S. companies have invested millions to create programs designed to increase or maintain a diverse workforce. Such programs are typically ...

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Nonprofit Report: Rochester Rotary Charitable Trusts Inc.

Rochester Rotary Charitable Trusts Inc. is an arm of the Rochester Rotary Club, a service organization with more than 350 members, and it supports club programs that serve children and young adults (ages 7 to 21 years old) with disabilities ...

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Weak business spending is core problem

So what gives with the economy? Last month I talked about the generally weak first-quarter GDP reports since 2014, with both consumer and business spending lacking. I had hoped for a rebound in the second quarter of 2016 similar to ...

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