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sjtQs wim m mum a payi -v isifija)siii ROCHESTER, NEW YORK DemocratandChronicle.com WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011 DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE OCAL&BUSINESS 332) NEWS BEAT Eviction draws Slaughter query Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, intervened Tuesday on behalf of a Rochester woman who was evicted from a home on Ravenwood Avenue. Catherine Lennon was evicted from her home Monday as seven protesters were arrested at the property. Tuesday, Slaughter spoke to officials at Fannie Mae. Lennon's case is being re-reviewed by high level officials at Fannie Mae, according to a news release from Slaughter's office. Fannie Mae Spokeswoman Amy Bonitatibus confirmed that Slaughter spoke with Fannie Mae officials concerning the Lennon eviction, though she did not say whether Lennon would be allowed back into the home. Police identify shooting victim Rochester police have identified Robert L. Brooks, 19, of Rochester as the man who was shot in the right arm and leg Monday on North Clinton Avenue, near Avenue A, about 6:30 p.m. Brooks told police that a man confronted him on North Clinton Avenue and they argued. The man left and returned a short time later with a gun and fired several rounds at Brooks, Officer Stephen Scott said. The shooter ran from the scene before police arrived, Scott said. Bank robbed in Irondequoit Irondequoit police are investigating a Tuesday morning robbery at the Chase Bank, 674 Titus Ave. A man entered the bank just before 10:45 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash, said Irondequoit Police Investigator Brian Rick-erson. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call (585) 336-6016. Irondequoit stories sought A team of reporters and photographers from the Democrat and Chronicle will visit Irondequoit in a few weeks to find out what makes this community unique. We are looking for interesting people of all ages who live and work in Irondequoit. E-mail your suggestions to Life Editor Nestor Ramos at NRAMOS-DemocratandChroni-cle.com or mail them to Nestor Ramos, Life Editor, 55 Exchange Blvd. Rochester, 14614. We will publish the stories in a special section in April. I Qraaiiinn naiAic Tu W UlliUllll U IIK.I U G on your cellphone Text ROCNEWS to 44636 Home fU'modr theindestudio. linq c dm I t ! f V No pre Dim M stuimt n Venable waives right and will have a judge decide murder case. MICHAEL ZEIGLER STAFF WRITER A judge will be the sole arbiter of fact when University of Rochester student Daren Venable goes to trial next week in the fatal stabbing of another student. Before a pretrial hearing began Tuesday, Venable Brockport editor stands fast against accusers " t ' rid : a ISfc Vsr Ms? rv IIP f , J D 1 ' lit vy' " : M;r''rimm - frt rmiJ nr.rM, fc 'm' : ii m r n imMmMnvrmHmmr. A column written by Bill Matthias, editor of the SUNY Brockport student newspaper charges of libel from the college's student government. JAMES GOODMAN STAFF WRITER The Stylus, the student newspaper at SUNY Brockport, takes its journalism seriously, delving into such issues as the conditions of college dorms and the practices of local police. But the weekly has been feuding with the State University College at Brockport's student government in a flap that raises First Amendment issues about what kind of control if any a student government should have over a college newspaper. The two have clashed over a Stylus column highly critical of the Brockport student government treasurer and a subsequent demand by Three area hospitals ranked high in region PATTI SINGER STAFF WRITER Three Rochester-area hospitals were named among the best in the region in a new list from US News & World Report. Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center was first in the greater Rochester area in the magazine's inaugural Best Regional Hospitals 2010-11 ranking. Rochester General ranked second and waived his right to a jury trial and agreed to allow Monroe County Court Judge John L. DeMarco to decide evidence in a nonjury trial. Venable's lawyer, James Nobles, said Venable made the decision largely because the case hinges on a point of law: whether F -ivA The Stylus, SUNY Brockport's student newspaper, is embroiled in a campus controversy. student government that the paper's editor resign; a denied Freedom of Information request for a report pertaining to student government spending; and student government freezing "nonessential" Stylus spending earlier this month. Highland Hospital, also part of URMC, ranked third of the 13 hospitals in the metro region. The list recognizes hospitals that score within the top 25 percent for at least one of 16 medical specialties. In several specialties, hospitals must meet thresholds for volumes in order to be considered. In all, nearly 5,000 hospitals are eligible to be considered. The regional list looks at 52 met t i s. &i Bordeaux Jr. Venable Venable acted in self-defense when he stabbed Jeffrey Bordeaux Jr. during a fight at a fraternity house party on the university's River Campus. More than half of the Stylus' $92,775 budget this school year comes from student government in the form of student fees. Another $40,000 is expected from advertising. Free-press advocates say that just because funds for a college news ropolitan areas with more than 1 million residents. "These rankings should reassure patients in our region that the very best medical care is available right here in Rochester," said Dr. Bradford Berk, CEO at URMC. Dr. Richard Gangemi, senior vice president of medical and academic affairs at Rochester General, said the attention is a credit to the hospital staff. "It's as much about the lTil?3rnTri ilow What's next Daren Venable's trial begins April 8 and is expected to last well into the following week. Venable, who is free on $50,000 cash bail, faces a mandatory prison term ranging from 15 years to life to 25 years to life if convicted of murder. "I'm confident that he (DeMarco) can evaluate the evidence as well as a jury can," Nobles said. Venable, who is charged with intentional second-degree murder, told police JAMIE GERMANO staff photographer The Stylus, prompted paper are funneled through student government doesn't mean the newspaper is under that organization's thumb. "The student government's job is to allocate funds not to control the groups it funds," said Robert Shibley, senior vice president of the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Roy Gutterman, director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University, added that student newspapers are supposed to act as the watchdog of student government. The demand that editor-in-chief Bill Matthias resign is "a blatant violation of free speech 'STYLUS', PAGE 3 B people who work in the institution as it is about the institution." Strong led the local list with recognition in 11 specialties: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology; heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology. Rochester General was recognized in nine spe tm that he stabbed Bordeaux in the chest with a folding knife after Bordeaux pinned him to a couch and punched him in the face as VENABLE, PAGE 6 B Sheriff's inquiry continues into death of woman ERNST LAM0THE JR. STAFF WRITER PITTSFORD - A month after a woman was killed by a town snow-plow in a parking lot, details of what happened that day remain murky. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office continues its investigation. It is reconstructing the events that led to the fatal accident and has subpoenaed the driver's phone records to see whether he was on the phone during the incident. On Feb. 25, Jennifer Simson, 34, of Irondequoit was walk ing in the parking lot at 19 S. Main St. around 2:30 p.m. She was going to meet her Simson husband, Joshua, when she was struck by a town of Pitts-ford plow truck. The truck, driven by Doug Driscoll, 48, was backing up. Simson was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Driscoll is a full-time employee who has worked for Pittsford since 1985. Although Driscoll was among the town's top overtime earners last year, he was working a regular shift that started at 7 a.m. that day. Driscoll has a clean driving record, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Driscoll, who was alone in the plow truck, is still employed by the town. The town has decided ACCIDENT, PAGE 4B cialties: ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology; geriatrics; gynecology, heart and heart surgery; kidney disorders; orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Highland Hospital was recognized for gynecol ogy. For more, go to www.usnews.com hospitals and click on "hospital rankings by metro area." PSINGER1iDemocr3tandChronicle.com Q

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