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Debate over residency restrictions on sex offenders in Batavia may come to head tonight.
The City Council is scheduled to take up the issue.
City Attorney George Van Nest has written an opinion that cautions council against adopting a law that could be challenged in a costly legal action.
Also tonight, Ward 3 Councilman Sam Barone wants to float the idea of reducing the size of city council from 9 members to 7.

At the same time city council is meeting, the Batavia City School board is holding a regular meeting. The school board meets at 7pm in the school administration building on Washington Avenue.

Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies make another arrest in an underage drinking party.
18-year-old Ryan Wood of Prospect Avenue, Batavia, is charged with unlawfully dealing with a child.
Deputies say Wood hosted an underage drinking party Saturday on Prole Road in Stafford.
Authorities were initially led to the party after neighbors complained about loud noise.

It's been one year since Chili teenager Brittanee Drexel disappeared while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 
Over the weekend, Drexel's family and friends held a march and vigil in an effort to bring attention to the case. 
While police have several persons of interest in the case, they have not yet made an arrest.

Senator Chuck Schumer is urging the Federal Trade Commission to provide guidelines for social networking websites as to how private information can be disseminated. Schumer's call to the FTC comes on the heels of recent reports that Facebook has begun sharing personal profile information that users previously had the ability to restrict access to. 
Schumer says these recent changes by Facebook "fundamentally change the relationship between the user and the social networking site."  He noted there are no guidelines for user privacy on social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

Residents in Rochester have a new reason to be thankful.  The metro area ranks number one when it comes to the shortest average daily commute.  According to U.S. Census figures, Rochester took the top spot out of 52 metros with more than one-million residents, with an average commute time of just over 20 minutes.

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