Rochester museum plans $26 million expansion
ROCHESTER (AP) -- Strong Museum is planning a $26 million expansion intended to double the number of visitors.
The interactive family and children's museum would increase about 70 percent, to 278,000 square feet, making it one of the largest of its kind in the country behind Indianapolis' Children's Museum.
Strong Museum will pay $17 million toward the project from its own investment fund and will seek the rest from private and public sources. Over the past six months, the museum has raised $1.5 million from corporations, foundations and individuals.
Museum officials would like to begin work in the spring of 2002 and finish by the fall of 2004.
Gore's Columbia classes no longer 'off the record'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, criticized for announcing that what Al Gore says in class is off the record, has retracted the policy.
When Gore taught his first class Tuesday, security officers barred reporters from the room, and the school sent students an e-mail warning them Gore's remarks were "off the record."
The school drew criticism for the decision, which placed its journalism students in an odd situation: privy to information but forbidden to share it.
"Our aim was hardly that restrictive," Tom Goldstein, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism, told the New York Times.
The students are now allowed to discuss anything said in Gore's class, "Covering National Affairs in the Information Age," with anyone they want, the school said.
Two other schools where Gore is to teach -- Fisk University in Nashville and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro -- have announced that their classes would be on the record.
Appeals court upholds man's murder conviction
ROCHESTER (AP) -- An appeals court has refused to overturn the murder conviction of a father of three who was sentenced to 37 1/2 years to life in prison for abducting, raping and shooting an 18-year-old college student.
In a unanimous ruling this week, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court said "the proof of guilt is overwhelming" against Willis Knight in the 1993 slaying of Jennifer Koon.
The court rejected a variety of claims by Knight, including his challenge of DNA evidence used to convict him in 1995.
Koon was abducted Nov. 13, 1993, as she got into a car at a shopping mall in Pittsford, a Rochester suburb. Two hours later, she was found slumped in the car in an alley with two bullets in her head.
A molecular biologist said DNA tests linked Knight, 36, to semen samples removed from the body. A witness said he saw Knight driving the car and smashing her face through the side window.