Vigil for Victims of Lac Megantic

  When: Wednesday, July 6 from 5 PM to 6:30 PM

Where: People’s Park on Main St, near Jewett Pkwy. (next to railroad tracks and near the Tri-Main Building)People’s Park is on the right hand side of Main St when traveling eastbound towards UB’s south campus. It’s adjacent to the railroad tracks that course through Buffalo’s Parkside Community. Those tracks carry manifest trains that sometimes have 20+ DOT-111 tanker cars carrying explosive Bakken crude oil.

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Why: On July 6, 2013, an unattended bomb train rolled down a 7 mile long hill and derailed at 60 MPH in downtown Lac Megantic Quebec, killing 47 people, and two others, who committed suicide at a later date — one was a first responder who had pulled the body of his ex-girl friend from the ashes.

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Explosive Bakken crude oil is carried daily through Buffalo NY by rail.

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We will read the names of the victims of Lac Megantic, and remind people that it’s not a matter of if a similar accident will happen again, but when.

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Sponsors: WNY Drilling Defense, Environmental Justice Task Force of the WNY Peace Center.

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The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster occurred in the town of Lac-Mégantic, located in the Eastern Townships of the Canadian province of Quebec, at approximately 01:15 EDT,[1][2] on July 6, 2013, when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying Bakken Formation crude oil rolled down a 1.2% grade hill from Nantes and derailed downtown, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars. Forty-two people were confirmed dead, with five more missing and presumed dead.[3] More than 30 buildings in the town’s centre — roughly half of the downtown area — were destroyed,[2] and all but three of the thirty-nine remaining downtown buildings are to be demolished due to petroleum contamination of the townsite.[4] Initial newspaper reports described a 1-kilometre (0.6 mi) blast radius.[5]

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The death toll of 47 due to the crash and resultant explosion makes it the fourth-deadliest rail accident in Canadian history,[6] and the deadliest involving a non-passenger train. It is also the deadliest rail accident since Canada’s confederation in 1867.

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Roswell Park doctor on cancer fight: ‘We move like snails’

“We’re at an exciting moment in the field with technology and our understanding of the disease,” said Candace S. Johnson, CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, shown in a file photo in a lab area at the cancer institute.  (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
“We’re at an exciting moment in the field with technology and our understanding of the disease,” said Candace S. Johnson, CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Regional summit is part of national mobilization

If one theme dominated Wednesday’s regional cancer moonshot summit in Buffalo, it is urgency.

Progress in cancer must occur more quickly, speakers said at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

“We need to be more impatient and attack cancer with a sense of urgency,” said Dr. Carl Morrison, executive director of Roswell Park’s Center for Personalized Medicine. “We move like snails.”

More than 200 regional cancer moonshot summits took place around the country like the one at Roswell Park. The event in Buffalo was one of only 10 coordinated through the federal Department of Health & Human Services.

It will likely be debated for years whether and how the Obama administration’s initiative can help science move with the speed that doctors, scientists, patients and government officials want. But an audience of hundreds at the cancer center greeted the idea with enthusiasm.

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How Lucky Can Andrew Be

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck
#12 QB
Indianapolis Colts
Height: 6-4 Weight: 240 Age: 26
Born: 9/12/1989 Washington , DC
College: Stanford
Experience: 5th season
High School: Stratford HS [TX]

The highest paid football player in the NFL is quarterback Andrew Luck.

He will be paid $140 MILLION DOLLARS until 2021.

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Music on Main


It’s Thursday and so it’s time for Music on Main once again.

Ss. Peter & Paul School is pleased to participate with Music on Main again this year.  Music on Main has been a popular event for the past 7 years.  Every Thursday from 6 – 9 pm Williamsville residents and visitors can enjoy live music, food trucks and extended shopping hours at various establishment along main St. in the Village.

This Thursday, June 30, the musical performer at Ss. Peter & Paul will be Savana King, and there will be various food trucks available for your dining pleasure.  The festivities will begin here at 5 pm.

Join us for an enjoyable evening.

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Hillary Clinton Has A 11 Percentage Point Lead Over Donald Trump


Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton posted an 11 percentage point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, a small decline since late last week.

The June 24-28 poll showed that 45.3 percent of likely American voters support Clinton while 34.1 percent support Trump, and another 20.5 percent support neither.

Clinton’s lead was 14 points on Friday, though she has generally been widening her advantage over the New York real estate magnate since mid-May, when the two were nearly tied.

The former secretary of state, senator and first lady was bolstered in recent days by endorsements from members of the Republican establishment, including Henry Paulson, Treasury secretary under former President George W. Bush.

Her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, said last week he would vote for her to stop Trump even though his campaign said this was not a formal endorsement.

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US Military Lifts An On Transgender Personnel

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Large Snake Eats Beaver, Swims Across River Where Kids Play

  VIDEO: The hunt for a large snake in Maine has residents on edge. 10-Foot-Long Snake Eats Beaver, Swims Where Kids Play

The hunt for a large snake seen feasting on a beaver in Maine has residents atwitter.

Police in Westbrook say the 10-foot-long snake finished its meal early Wednesday and then swam across the Presumpscot River and disappeared into brush on the other side. Residents are alarmed because children swim and feed ducks in that section of the river.

The snake was quickly dubbed Wessie and the Presumpscot Python by residents on social media. A Twitter hashtag was created, and someone made a fake account for the snake.

Police are patrolling the riverbank. But the snake is nowhere to be seen.

The Maine Warden Service say the snake is expected to lay dormant for a couple days because it just consumed a large mammal.

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Mike Ditka Declines Trump Invite to Speak at Convention

Mike Ditka, Mike Tyson, Bob Knight, Donald Trump, Brian France, Quicken Loans Arena. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News, photos: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images, AP, Darron Cummings/AP, Bob Leverone/NASCAR via Getty Images, Mark Gillispie/AP)Mike Ditka, Mike Tyson, Bob Knight, Donald Trump, Brian France, Quicken Loans Arena.

Reports leaked out of the camp of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump earlier this week that sports notables like Mike Tyson, Bobby Knight, Mike Ditka, NASCAR CEO Brian France would be speaking in support of Trump at the Republican national convention.

The idea of an arch-conservative like Ditka preaching the virtues of Trump wasn’t exactly surprising. One problem: nobody from Trump’s team reached out to Ditka himself, and Ditka has declined to speak.

“No one’s ever talked to me about it,” Ditka told the Chicago Tribune. “I have no idea where it’s coming from.” Shortly afterward, Trump himself apparently reached out to Ditka, but Iron Mike gave him the same answer: “I spoke with Mr. Trump this afternoon and he invited me. But I don’t think I’m going to go.”

The rest of the list of sports icons didn’t exactly pan out the way Trump’s camp intended. While Knight may still speak, as he’s already introduced Trump to crowds before, both Tyson and France have declined to appear at the convention. France faced a firestorm of criticism for speaking in support of Trump earlier this year, and NASCAR officials indicated France would neither speak at nor attend the GOP convention. Trump noted via Twitter that Tyson would not be speaking, and naturally, blamed the media for the report.

Before leaping to the assumption that the media got the news wrong, however, it’s worth noting that Trump himself has gone down this exact same incorrect-presumption-of-support road before. Speaking in Pittsburgh in June, Trump referenced hometown quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and noted, “he’s with us 100 percent,” indicating he expected Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, and others to speak at the convention. But Roethlisberger, through his agent, declined to endorse Trump and will not be speaking at the Republican convention. Trump also insisted that he had the endorsement of boxing promoter Don King, even though King explicitly denied he had endorsed Trump.

As for Ditka: lest anyone think Da Coach has gone soft, he made sure to indicate that he remained in support of Trump overall. “The Republican Party has its head up its [posterior],” he said. “If he’s the candidate, you’ve got to get behind him. It does the party no good. They’re a bunch of [anatomically specific posterior reference]s.” He also downplayed any possible negative outcome from a Trump presidency: “America’s pretty resilient. We’ve survived the last seven years, haven’t we?”

Ditka holds some small cachet as the man who, in some fanciful theories, could have halted the political rise of Barack Obama; Ditka had been mentioned as a 2004 U.S. Senate candidate for the state of Illinois but never ran, and Obama, then a state senator, won that seat en route to the presidency.

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Political Operative Steven Pigeon Indicted on Bribery, Extortion and 7 Other Charges

G. Steven Pigeon (R) walks into court Thursday morning with his attorney Paul Cambria.

G. Steven Pigeon, one of upstate New York’s most powerful political operatives whose campaign activities have spawned controversy for more than two decades, was in court Thursday morning where he was arraigned on nine separate charges including bribery and extortion, rewarding official misconduct and grand larceny in the third degree.

The former Erie County Democratic chairman appeared in a packed State Supreme Court on Thursday morning before State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr. of the Syracuse judicial district to answer the flip side of bribery charges that resulted in two guilty pleas and the resignation of former Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek on Wednesday.

The nine-count indictment against Pigeon includes two counts of bribery, six counts of rewarding official misconduct and one count of grand larceny

If found guilty on all of the charges, Pigeon could face up to 15 years in jail for bribery and other charges. He pleaded not guilty to all nine charges. Prosecutors requested $25,000 dollars in bail. Pigeon’s lawter, top defense attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr.Cambria, pointed out that Michalek was released on his own recognizance after he claimed he committed a crime. He said Pigeon should be presumed innocent. Cerio set bail at $10,000 cash, $20,000 bond. He also ordered Pigeon to surrender his passport.
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Former Judge Michalek Admits Soliciting, Accepting Bribes From Steve Pigeon

Former Justice John Michalek pleads guilty to soliciting, accepting bribes from Steve Pigeon.

Former State Supreme Court Justice John A. Michalek pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to taking a bribe and filing a false instrument in a case involving political operative G. Steven Pigeon.

Michalek admitted in court that he solicited and accepted help from Pigeon, including two box seats to a Sabres hockey game as well as $1,000 to a political fundraiser. Michalek also resigned from his $193,000-a-year judicial post he has held for almost two decades.

Dressed in a black suit and a red tie,  he appeared before State Supreme Court Justice Donald F. Cerio Jr. of Syracuse, a judge from outside the Eighth Judicial District who is now assigned to the case. In pleading guilty to a felony count of receiving a bribe in the third degree and incorrect filing in the first degree, Michalek read from a pre-written statement.  He was expressionless but spoke so quickly that Cerio asked him to slow down so that the stenographer could catch up. He frowned at times during the proceeding as he sat listening to Cerio.

Pigeon also will face charges in the case. He is scheduled to appear in court before Cerio Thursday morning.

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