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Genesee brewhouse will be torn down

ROCHESTER (AP) -- Genesee Brewing Co. will move ahead with plans to tear down a century-old building in Rochester after a city commission rejected landmark status for it.

Rochester media outlets reported that the city's Preservation Board voted Wednesday night in favor of granting landmark status to the abandoned building overlooking the Genesee River. But moments later, the Planning Commission rejected the move, clearing the way for Genesee Brewing to demolish the 120-year-old former brewhouse.

North American Breweries, Genesee Brewing's parent company, plans to spend more than $2.5 million to tear down the structure and renovate an old building nearby for a visitors center, museum, tasting room and a microbrewery.


Sex offenders barred from online gaming

NEW YORK (AP) -- Registered sex offenders in New York State are being shut out of online gaming systems that have allowed them to interact with children anonymously, under an agreement announced Thursday by State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

The deal applies only to sex offenders within state borders -- boundaries that may not hold much weight in virtual gaming worlds where players young and old mix anonymously, conversing by voice and written message.

"Online gaming is not just a digital playground. It has the potential to be a 21st century crime scene," Schneiderman said, citing a 2008 Pew Research Center study that found that 27 percent of teenagers acknowledge playing games online with strangers. Many games require players to interact virtually with others.

The agreement -- dubbed "Operation: Game Over" by Schneiderman's office -- has led companies including Microsoft and Apple to shut down or suspend communication privileges for more than 3,500.