Another violent year

In a year-end poll, Beacon readers pick Rochester’s continuing homicide surge as the top local news story of 2022 and the community’s No.1 issue.

A journey toward ending extreme poverty

Barry Childs grew up in Tanzania. For the last two decades, the Fairport resident has worked to build Africa Bridge, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of that nation’s most impoverished children and families.

Conflict over the opioid crisis

Arguing that traditional approaches have failed, peer-led harm reduction organizations New York Recovery Alliance and Recovery All Ways want controversial but human-centered solutions for the opioid epidemic.

From Rochester to mayor of Genoa

Before he became mayor of Genoa, the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Marco Bucci worked in Rochester for Kodak and Carestream Health. In an interview with the Beacon, he recalls his time here and talks about the debate over Columbus’ legacy.