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The federal Title 9 law requires that schools receiving federal aid maintain equal opportunities for boys and girls in academics and athletics.
Three Batavia High School softball players and their parents believe the school district is in violation of the law. The parents charge that facilities for girl’s softball are inferior to those provided for boy’s baseball and they have filed a lawsuit.
The district posted a statement on the school’s website which seems to shift blame for the alleged inequity onto voters who turned down a capital project two years ago that would have corrected the problem..
The district will ask voters again next month to approve a capital project to upgrade the softball facilities.

A Catholic nun with a gambling problem has admitted in court that she stole from two Orleans County parishes to support her habit.
68-year-old Sister Mary Ann Rapp has pleaded guilty to a charge of Grand Larceny.
She admitted that she stole 130-thosuand dollars from St. Mary’s Church in Holley and St. Mark’s Church in Kendall.
The thefts occurred between 2006 and 2011.
Prosecutors say Sister Mary Ann suffers from a gambling addiction.
She faces six months in jail. Her sentencing is set for July.

For the second time this month, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest of someone suspected of stealing metal fence posts. 
30-year-old Hannah Traub of Kendall is charged with petit larceny. 
The metal posts, owned by the Oakfield Highway Department, were piled alongside Lewiston Road. 
The snow fence was recently taken down in the hope it will not be needed anymore this season.  
Earlier this month a Medina man was charged in a similar caper.

Officials in New York state are taking steps to end public perception that their state is the home of government corruption.  Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will soon introduce the so-called Public Trust Act to the state legislature.
The act would create laws that would increase penalties for existing corruption-related laws while also creating new laws that would dole out harsh punishments for crimes like bribery and failing to report corruption.  Since 1999, 20 state legislators in New York have been tossed from office on criminal or ethical issues.  Last week, State Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was charged with taking over $22,000 in bribes while another lawmaker resigned as part of the case. 
 

 

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