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SOTA vandalism, Xerox wants tax cuts Kodak can sell patents, COMIDA vs. the Greece school board, Autopsy for the crime lab

Rochester police arrested 28 School of the Arts students for crimes such as criminal mischief, graffiti, and trespassing. Students allegedly defaced the SOTA building in a senior prank that got out of control, school officials said.

Xerox Corporation is seeking a reduction in the assessed value of its properties in Webster. The company wants a $60 million reduction that, if approved, would cut the town's tax revenue by more than $2 million. Xerox also wants the City of Rochester to reduce the value of its downtown office building from $13 million to about $10 million.

Eastman Kodak got a sprinkle of good financial news from a bankruptcy court hearing. Kodak wanted approval to sell patents, some of which are the subject of an ownership battle with Apple and Flashpoint Technology. Though the court did not fully approve Kodak's request, the judge outlined ways the company could legally proceed with selling the patents. Kodak needs to sell about 1,100 patents to raise badly needed cash.

The Greece school board passed a resolution opposing a package of property tax breaks for Greece Ridge Mall. The County Industrial Development Agency is proposing a plan to limit property tax increases on the mall for 25 years. The mall's owner, a subsidiary of Wilmorite, plans to reconfigure the former Bon-Ton space into several smaller units.

County officials said that, at the request of the State Commission on Forensic Science, they'll conduct a thorough review of the crime lab's policies and procedures. County officials will report back to the commission in six months. The State Inspector General's office recently released a report that was highly critical of some lab officials' actions, and the county fired the lab's director as a result.