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SHAKY STRIDE BELIES AN INDOMITABLE SPIRIT

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Robert Rogers loved to ride his bike, dance, play basketball and work odd jobs to help his family.

But for Robert, the activities that most teenagers do with ease now range from difficult to impossible.

Today he will lie on an operating table for 12 hours as he undergoes an aggressive double hip-replacement surgery, a procedure that’s usually performed on elderly people. 

BATTLE OF THE BULGE VETERANS GATHER TO REMEMBER — AND TO SALUTE THEIR LONGEVITY

“I tell everybody, at this age it’s good to see anybody,” said Dick Brookins, who is just shy of 90.

Brookins opened a gathering of his comrades, all members of the former Rochester chapter of The Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, by acknowledging that age was thinning out its ranks. It was met with a round of laughs, and a hearty “Amen to that!”

Here’s what else Brookins has seen: bitter cold, wounded civilians and dead friends as he fought in the longest and bloodiest battle of World War II. 

CYNTHIA GALENS, ACCUSED OF POISONING BOYFRIEND’S MARGARITA, FOUND GUILTY IN HIS DEATH

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CANANDAIGUA – After less than two hours of deliberations, all 12 jurors in an Ontario County Court room found Cynthia Galens guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the death of her live-in boyfriend, Thomas “Kevin” Stack.

After the verdict was reached Thursday afternoon, Galens didn’t have the time to hug her sobbing daughter before an officer took her jewelry and remanded her into custody without bail.

Defense attorney Matthew Mix tried in vain to assert that Galens, 51, didn’t intend to kill Stack when she spiked a bucket of margarita mix with antifreeze on Oct. 1. 

RETIREE SERVES FOOD AND KINDNESS THROUGHOUT CITY

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“I don’t get any enjoyment out of sitting down and eating alone,” says John Tydings, sitting in his reserved booth at his niece’s restaurant, Shamrock Jack’s in Irondequoit.

Some people have no choice; others barely have food to cook if they wanted to. Tydings sees to it that both groups are provided for.

At 83 years old, he hand-delivers a hot lunch to homebound Rochester residents three days a week as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. The other two weekdays, he can be found cooking at St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen, 681 Brown St.