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A substitute teacher at the LeRoy Central School has been fired for making what the district calls “an insensitive comment,” about the tics that have affected more than a dozen students.
The district issued a statement through it’s attorney over the weekend. The statement did not say if any of the students that are afflicted with the illness were in the class at the time.
Nearly all of the students have been diagnosed with conversion disorder, a diagnosis that seems to be gaining acceptance with most LeRoy parents.
The disorder is caused by the brain's interpretation of stress. It has manifested in the students with symptoms similar to Tourette’s Syndrome.



A Town of Darien man is in the Livingston County Jail, accused of raping an 18-year-old woman. 
The woman claims 24-year-old Timothy Beszczynski of Darien (pictured, inset at right) attacked her in her Caledonia apartment. Beszczynski is being held in the Livingston County Jail on $7,500 bail.


Monday is President’s Day: a day to honor the birthdays of former presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
As a federal holiday, all banks and schools are closed. Local government offices are closed today, and there will be no mail delivery.

The Federal Food & Drug Administration has agreed to review the safety of a caffeine inhaler called "AeroShot." The request comes from New York Senator Chuck Schumer. Schumer asked the FDA in December to take up the review, and this week the FDA agreed.
Schumer calls AeroShot another player "in the long line of dangerous products to facilitate underage and excessive drinking."
The product is a lipstick-sized disposable inhaler that Schumer says has caffeine equal to five cups of coffee.

State Senator Mark Grisanti says his wife will press charges in connection with an apparent fight at Seneca Niagara Casino. Grisanti said in a statement released over the weekend that his family has decided to press charges against, quote, "Maria's attackers." The statement goes on to encourage the Seneca Niagara Casino to release security tapes that show the incident.  

Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be back in New York City just in time for the start of the Catholic Lenten season.
Dolan was elevated to cardinal over the weekend in Rome, Italy – one of 22 new cardinals appointed by Pope Benedict. 
Dolan will arrive back in New York tomorrow, and will distribute ashes on Wednesday for the start of Lent.
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