rochester

1:49pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Business

Composting startup aims to ease pressure on expanding landfills

Credit Community Composting

Every Thursday, Luke Stodola goes out driving, filling the bed of his truck with, well, poop. Sometimes, buckets and buckets of it.

“We give them a bucket full of composted soil, their cats defecate into the soil and we re-compost that soil cat-poop mixture into more compost,” Stodola said.

He works with an alternative waste-management company in upstate New York. He and the co-owners of Community Composting provide door to door service collecting food scraps, and the occasional bucket of cat litter.

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6:30am

Fri May 16, 2014
Post-Prison Employment

Rochester considers ordinance to limit questions about criminal history in job applications

Just over ten years ago, Paul McFadden was told outright by a convenience store owner that he was not employable because of a series of convictions in his teens.

Paul McFadden said, "What's the problem? What's going on?"

He said, "A person like you will never work inside of here. You've been a criminal all of your life. You've been a gang member all of your life. You and your kind will never... if I had it my way, I wouldn't even let you step foot inside of my store.”

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3:45pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Civic App Challenge

App to navigate farmers’ markets wins upstate challenge

Credit Alex Crichton/WXXI News

The winners of the Rochester Institute of Technology/AT&T "Civic App Challenge" were announced at RIT's MAGIC (Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity) Center Tuesday.  

The Grand Prize winners for the New Civic App category was Nick Evesky of Webster and Peter Traeg of Greece who took home $5,000 for their "Public Market Guide" app which "contains social media, event and venue information on farmers markets around the county."

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11:48am

Fri February 14, 2014
Transportation

Three upstate N.Y. highways make 'futureless freeways' list

Rochester's Inner Loop, a depressed freeway encircling downtown.
Friscocali via Flickr

Three big roadways in upstate New York cities have made a top 10 list freeways that should be torn down or filled in.

The Congress for New Urbanism says Syracuse’s Interstate 81, Rochester’s Inner Loop and Buffalo’s Skyway bridge are all roadways that do damage to the community and should be replaced.

They’re also on the "Freeways Without a Future" list because there’s growing momentum to remove them.

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6:30am

Fri January 10, 2014
Science

Experiment developed by upstate students heads to International Space Station

A water bear, or tardigrade
Some rights reserved by Goldstein Lab

High school students in upstate New York watched as a rocket carrying one of their science experiments was launched Thursday. Its destination is the International Space Station orbiting the earth over 200 miles above us. (Video after the jump)

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