A Rochester Newspaper Faces Sexual Abuse Lawsuit From Former Paperboy

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A former Brighton resident is suing the Democrat and Chronicle and its parent company, Gannett, claiming he was sexually abused by a supervisor when he was a paperboy. Rick Bates said he was 11 years old when the alleged incidents started in the early 1980s. “I’m filing a suit against Gannett to hold them accountable for the conditions they created that left me and other paperboys alone,” he said. “We got up and worked for them at 5 in the morning and made them money, and they left us alone with a predator.” Bates said he delivered newspapers in Brighton around the apartment complex on Eastbrooke Lane where he lived with his mother and an older brother.

New Yorkers’ Views on Patriotism, Socialism, And Talking Politics In The Age Of Division

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – As the United States gets ready to celebrate Independence Day, nearly three-quarters of New Yorkers say they consider themselves patriotic and 80 percent say they are at least somewhat, if not very, proud to be an American. Those findings are from a survey just released by the Siena College Research Institute (SRI).  SRI director Don Levy says certain New Yorkers are more likely to express patriotic sentiments than others. “Ninety-one percent, so virtually every single Republican says, ‘Yes, I’m patriotic,'” Levy explained. “Democrats are at a little bit lower rate, 71 percent. One group that has a little bit of trouble indicating that they feel patriotic is African Americans; only 49 percent of African Americans say they’re patriotic.

How Will New York’s New “Red Flag” Law Work?

New York’s so-called “red flag” law takes effect in about six months. It authorizes teachers, school administrators, and others to petition a court for the removal of guns from individuals who they believe pose a serious threat to themselves or others.

The Stink Bug Meets Its Match

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Maybe you’ve seen it in your home; the oval-shaped brown marmorated stink bug. It’s hard shell looks like a shield. It gets its name from the strong scent it releases as a defense against predators. Some compare it to the aroma of cilantro.

Poll Confirms Perceived Stigma Surrounding Drug Addiction

ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A recent poll illustrates the stigma surrounding drug addiction. More than three-quarters of New Yorkers who responded to a Siena College survey about the opioid crisis say the moral failings of those who are addicted is a contributing factor in the epidemic.

New York Senate Wants Study Of Lyme Disease And Mental Health

ROCHESTER, NY (WXX() – A proposal in the New York State Senate is calling for more research into Lyme disease. Sponsors of the legislation want the state to conduct an impact study to consider how Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may be connected to mental health problems in individuals infected with the illness