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Links of the Day:

- The state legislature is considering a bill that would allow speed cameras in New York City. The New York Times reports:

The proposal initially calls for as many as 40 cameras to be mounted high across the city, of which 20 can be rotated, ensuring that drivers are never certain when their speed is being tracked.

Only those who exceed the city’s speed limit, typically 30 miles per hour, by more than 10 miles per hour would be given tickets, receiving a $50 fine. For those who exceed the limit by more than 30 m.p.h., the fine doubles to $100. Drivers would not be docked points on their licenses.

While this would only apply to New York City, there are reasons for the rest of the state to be concerned. New York City was first to try out red light cameras, which were later expanded statewide. Rochester is well on its way to monitoring 50 intersections.

Speed cameras are just as controversial, if not more so, than red light cameras. There are questions about effectiveness and whether they are just a money grab.

- There’s tremendous outrage about a sickening video show Greece middle school students bullying a bus monitor. The school and police are investigating. The cruelty is nauseating. The video is also an example of “group think.” I bet all of those kids individually knew what they were doing was wrong, but none wanted to speak up. They went along with the crowd.

My colleague, Patrice Walsh, has been covering the story. Her tweets have kept us updated. This one was heartbreaking:

[tweet https://twitter.com/PatriceWalsh13/status/215496073161084929]

 

- The Bug Jar is a Rochester institution. Following a fatal shooting, the bar closed until further notice. Fans are upset.

- Preschool graduations?