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Jack on the go?

County Exec Jack Doyle has drawn news attention and speculation ever since he took office, and that didn't end with his announcement that he's retiring.

            Among the predictions about his future: that he'll run for Congress, seeking the seat currently held by Amo Houghton of Corning. If he does, the City of Rochester will lose one of its most high-profile residents. Doyle will have to move; his Park Avenue neighborhood house isn't in Houghton's district.

Falcon watch

The five Peregrine Falcons recently hatched and fledged from the Kodak Office tower are now flying on their own. One or more of these exciting and beautiful birds (pictured) can usually be seen from the pedestrian bridge at High Falls at almost any time of day. They are at their seeable best while the parents are still leaving food for them on the Kodak tower. As the juveniles learn to hunt for themselves they will stray farther and farther from home base. This is a rare opportunity to see the "bird of kings" under ideal conditions with minimal effort on your part. You don't even need binoculars --- but take 'em if you've got 'em. If you do go, let us know what you see.

Byline: --- Warren Wightman

Tracking ATEC

With the downtown transit center fast becoming a reality, rumors began circulating last week that Monroe Community College might choose to locate its downtown Advanced Technology Center --- and its downtown Damon campus --- in the office tower that is supposed to be built in conjunction with the transit center.

            But MCC is holding strong on its promise not to debate sites until state funding for the ATEC project is secured. And Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, head of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, knew nothing of the rumors.

Catholics relent on EC

The Catholic Church accepted a meaningless amendment and dropped its opposition to a bill mandating that emergency contraception be provided to rape victims in hospital emergency rooms. The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature and was signed by the governor, capping a three-year effort by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan John of Rochester and others.

            The New York State Catholic Conference dropped its opposition to the bill when an amendment was added stipulating that EC would not have to be given to rape victims who are already pregnant. As City previously reported (see "EC to the rescue," February 19 and 26, 2003), a pregnancy test taken within 72 hours of the assault, the timeframe during which EC is effective, would not indicate whether the victim is pregnant as a result of the assault or not. Furthermore, even if the woman was pregnant before the assault, EC (essentially a high dose of birth control pills) would do no harm to a developing embryo attached to the uterine wall.

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