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Rochester, New York
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
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Page4A Tuesday,October20,2015 DemocratandChronicle. com Rochester police have m ade an arrest in the case o f a car that crashed into a h ouse on Oct. 8, injuring two people. On Saturday, Dominique Glenn, 27, of Rochester, was charged with second-degree assault, first- degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and numerous traffic offenses. G lenn allegedly left the scene of the crash. One of the occupants of the home, Endeni Montes Sr., 54, is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital. His wife, Rosa, 48, was treated at Strong and discharged. Their 22- y ear-old son was not hurt. Endeni Montes Sr. was pinned under the c ar for more than an h our before being freed b y firefighters. Glenn was scheduled to be arraigned in Rochester City Court Monday. BLOUDON@ Man accused of assault with car BENNETT J. LOUDON @BENNETTLOUDON Dominique G lenn Two in three Finger Lakes region adults are either overweight or obese, according to a report re- l eased Monday by Excel- lus BlueCross BlueShield. Excess annual medical spending in the region attributable to overweight and obesity is estimated at $501million. Overweight and obesity rates here are similar to those found throughout the country and in other parts of upstate New York. O verweight and obesity rates range from 60.6 percent in the Finger Lakes Region to 66.2 percent in the Southern Tier. The report correlates obesity with arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease and stroke. In addition, obesity is associated with cancer, gallbladder disease and chronic b ack pain. BLOUDON@ Many adults in Finger Lakes area overweight BENNETT J. LOUDON @BENNETTLOUDON NEW YORK - An adv ertisement for a nursing position has created a storm of outrage over one of its job criteria — no Haitians. T he ad, in the Oct. 15 p rint New City edition of the weekly Pennysaver, said Interim Healthcare Inc. was looking for a female nurse for a job in W est Haverstraw, in Rockland County. It said: “Laid back nurse, no Haitians” and required that candidates also have state certifications. I nterim, an in-home nursing provider, issued a statement from President Kalthleen McNally on its Facebook page and webs ite, saying the ad is “tot ally unacceptable and is offensive to us.” She said areview would be conducted to look at what happened and make sure t hat it didn’t happen a gain. “Please accept our sincere apology. In particular, we apologize to the entire Haitian community,” M cNally said. The Pennysaver Group said Monday that the ad was published by mistake and without “proper editing protocol” and has s ince been removed. “We deeply apologize to our readers and the Haitian community,” the company’s chairman a nd chief operating offi- c er said. The Haitian American Nurses Association of Greater New York said it was appalled by t he ad. S tate Sen. David Carlucci, who represents part of Rockland County, called on the state’s Labor Department to inv estigate. West Haverstraw, a town of about 10,000 residents, is about 40 miles north of New York City. Ad stating ‘no Haitians’ causes furor ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - The statewide graduation rate at New York high s chools increased 1per- c entage point to 77.8 per- c ent in the 2013-14 school year, according to preliminary data released Monday by the National Center for Education Statistics. New York was among 36 states that saw a year- over-year increase in graduation rates. States w ith the biggest gains w ere Alabama, Delaw are, Illinois, Oregon a nd West Virginia, the Education Department r eported. Delaware’s graduation rate jumped 6.6 percentage points to 87 percent and Alabama’s rose 6.3 percentage points to 86.3 p ercent. G raduation rates d ropped in only six states —Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota and Ohio — along with the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia ranked last with a 61.4 percent rate while Iowa led the nation with 90.5 p ercent of students fin- i shing secondary school. N ationally, New York r anked in the bottom dozen states. The Empire S tate’s graduation rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than Mississippi’s 77.6 percent. “The hard work of America’s educators, f amilies, communities a nd students is paying off, p articularly after several years of intense work by educators transitioning to new, higher standards, “ U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement. “This is a vital step toward readiness for success in college and careers for every student in t his country.” b tumulty@ g T witter: @NYinDC Data has N.Y. high school graduation rates rising BRIAN TUMULTY USA TODAY Rochester Police have identified a man who was shot on Saratoga Street early Saturday. Ismael Maneiro, 54, of Rochester, was shot in the u pper body about 12:40 a.m. He was in satisfactory condition at Strong Memorial Hospital Monday. Police have not made a n arrest in the shooting. BLOUDON@ Police name man shot on Saturday BENNETT J. LOUDON @BENNETTLOUDON Those changes inc lude reviewing the lower-grade curriculum to see if it is developmentally appropriate; replacing Pearson with an- o ther test development c ompany and increasing teacher involvement in test development; shortening the tests and piloting a computer-based c omponent; and recons idering the tie between student testing and teacher evaluations, which has been criticized as faulty by teach- e rs and statisticians. B oth the state education department and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have convened committees to review s tandards,testing and teacher evaluations. Cuomo has said he wants recommendations to consider while developing next year's budget. " It's important for you to know we are looking at all parts of the teacher evaluation s cores, as they relate to the assessments, as they r elate to the standards," Elia said. Since taking the top state job earlier this year, E lia has attempted to balance between acknowledging widespread dissatisfaction with current education policy and def ending the basic frame- w ork of higher standards and uniform student evaluation. "Everyone used to talk, in every place that I've b een, about how New Y ork had these great Regents exams ... and if you have a Regents diploma, you know the standards you've hit," she said. "We n eed to get back to involv- i ng our teachers in developing the items and having them be tested for validity and reliability and having those items be m atched closely to the standards they're teaching to." Elia took several questions from administrators in the audience, including m any on testing and standards as well as one on the role of poverty. In re- sponse, the commissioner s eemed to indicate the state is considering a c hange to the way the Big Five school districts, including Rochester, get their money. U nlike the vast majority of school districts, which raise their funding through property taxes, large urban districts are s upported almost entirely w ith state funding. That in turn makes them more dependent on the vagaries of the Albany budget process. " I am looking at the f unding formulas for districts," she said. "Some of the most challenged districts (in state receivership) are districts that are n ot funded in similar w ays to other districts. ... Across this state and this country, there are just places where life is much harder. And therefore it's m uch harder for kids. And if we're not concerned about that, who will be?" Astate spokesman did not return a request for elaboration on that point. J MURPHY7@Gan- Elia Continued from Page 3A The court last year narrowly ruled in favor o f the town, finding that t he practice was constitutional because it didn’t discriminate a gainst minority faiths and didn’t coerce residents in attendance to p ray. Wexler, who wrote a well-received book t itled Holy Hullabaloos: ARoad Trip to the Batt legrounds of Church/ State Wars (Beacon Press 2009), intends to f eature Greece in a new book about how non- Christians are gaining a t oehold in public life. “Over the last couple o f years, religious minorities, in which I include people who consider themselves part of acommunity but without God, have begun taking advantage of the S upreme Court’s language to get a piece of the public pie in a way,” Wexler said. Two atheists have given invocations at Greece Town Board meetings since the high court ruling, but Stephens will be the first plaintiff in the case that prompted those inv ocations to open a meeting. “ I don’t think there should be prayers at all before a public meeting, b ut the Supreme Court s aid it’s legal, so what’s the next option?” asked S tephens, 72. “You say, ‘All right, I’m going to p articipate in this.’” It’s an “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach that Wexler said appears to be unfolding with greater frequency as the country’s religious d iversity broadens, both i n terms of the number of religions observed and the intensity of their f aithful. Another case that Wexler intends to exam- i ne involved the federal government settling with Wiccans, who practice w itchcraft, to allow them to have their symbol of a f ive-pointed star representing earth, air, fire, water and spirit placed o n graves in national cemeteries. In Utah, a religious o rder known as the Summum, which draws heavi- l y from sacramental nectar, pyramids and mummification, fought to erect a monument with its Seven Aphorisms in a city park similar in size to one devoted to the Ten C ommandments. It lost when the Supreme Court unanimously overruled a lower court opinion. “It’s not that I find it humorous,” said Wexler, whose book is slated to be published in 2018 “I guess Ifind it all quirkily fascinating.” Wexler, who tweets as @SCOTUSHUMOR, first m ade a name for himself as a law professor and h umorist with a 2005 study that analyzed the funniness of Supreme C ourt justices. For the r ecord, Justice Antonin Scalia was found to be the f unniest justice, at 19 times funnier than Just ice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, for whom Wexler clerked in the 1990s. Greece never outright barred non-Christians from offering the invocation, but its tradition p rior to the ruling was s uch that mostly Christian clergy delivered prayers that were fre- q uently, but not always, sectarian in nature. After the decision, the t own adopted a formal policy to accommodate an influx of requests to d eliver the invocation. That policy demands t hat speakers represent “assemblies with an established presence … t hat regularly meet for the primary purpose of sharing a religious per- s pective.” Stephens will repre- s ent Sunday Assembly Rochester, a self-described “godless congregation” that meets monthly. “It’s turned out to be an upside because what h appened is, after the Supreme Court decision, all of these secular organizations, humanist organizations, all decided, ‘OK, we’re going to participate, too,’” Stephens said. “Suddenly, they started coming out of the closet,” she added later. “This has been really g ood because people are seeing that atheists and o ther secular types are not these monsters that they’re often portrayed a s.” A men to that. DANDREATTA @ Greece Continued from Page 3A Adriver was trapped in a car after an accident with a tractor trailer on Interstate 490 on Mond ay. The car, traveling eastbound on Interstate 490 just before Exit 3, slowed to miss a deer in the roadway. The vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer and forced off the road and into the ditch, trapping the driver. Fire departments from C hili, Churchville, and Bergen all responded as multiple callers reported the accident in various locations. The driver was quickly extricated from the car and transported in an unknown condition to a local hospital. The New York State P olice were investigating further, and I-490 was limited to one lane. Driver trapped in car after I-490 crash JOHN SP AULDING

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