Arnold Palmer, ‘King’ of the PGA tour, dies at 87

 

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Arnold Palmer, who became one of golf’s most charismatic champions, diedSunday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to his longtime assistant Doc Griffin. He was 87.

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Palmer was hospitalized in preparation for heart surgery, but Griffin said he did not know the exact cause of death.

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Retired UB Facilities Supervisor Charged With Bribery and Contract-fixing

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Allegedly traded friend cash for work contract

Projects don’t have to be worth a Buffalo Billion to draw the interest of contractors or the scrutiny of investigators. A former University at Buffalo maintenance supervisor is accused of delivering a $1 million painting contract to a friend in exchange for $100,000 – offenses that allegedly were uncovered after the painter failed to file his state paperwork.

Former Sloan resident Dean Yerry, 63, was arraigned in Erie County Court on Friday afternoon on a felony charge of bribe receiving and a misdemeanor count of conspiracy to prevent competitive bidding or offering on public contracts.

Yerry was arrested earlier this month at his retirement home in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, Nev. The charges grew out of an investigation by state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, coordinated with prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.
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Amherst Man Charged With Driving Drugged After Traffic Stop

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An Amherst man arrested early Thursday is accused of driving drugged and having three spring-loaded knives in a traffic arrest on Niagara Street, Buffalo police reported Friday.

Scott S. McClusky, 34, is charged with third-, fourth- and seventh-degree possession of controlled substances, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance outside its original container and driving impaired by drugs.

The suspect, who was pulled over about 5:45 a.m. at Niagara and Ontario streets, was taken to the Erie County Medical Center after he said he ingested 30 narcotic pills earlier, according to Officer Christopher Schafer.
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Pride and Optimism on Display as Albright-Knox Celebrates

A phalanx of public officials, philanthropists, art admirers and press filed into the soon-to-be-renamed Albright-Knox Art Gallery auditorium Friday afternoon to observe one of the proudest moments in the institution’s history.

The primary draw was the news of a $42.5 million gift from Los Angeles-based investor and Buffalo native Jeffrey Gundlach that vaulted the gallery well over its fundraising goal in the span of less than three months and ensured a major expansion would be likely be completed within five years.

Though the event unfolded under the cloud of a corruption scandal involving the chair of the gallery’s campus development committee and the fate of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” project, a definite sense of Buffalo optimism still pervaded.
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Trump Warns That Clinton Will Rig Debate by Using Facts

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TOLEDO (The Borowitz Report)—At a campaign rally on Friday, Donald Trump warned that Hillary Clinton is scheming to “rig the debate by using facts” in their first televised face-off, on Monday.

“You just watch, folks,” Trump told supporters in Toledo, Ohio. “Crooked Hillary is going to slip in little facts all night long, and that’s how she’s going to try to rig the thing.”

“It’s a disgrace,” he added.

The billionaire drew a sharp contrast between himself and the former Secretary of State by claiming that his debate prep “involved no facts whatsoever.”

“I am taking a pledge not to use facts at the debate,” he said, raising his right hand. “I challenge Crooked Hillary to take that pledge.”

He also warned that unless CNN, which is hosting the debate, promises to forbid the use of facts, he might pull out of Monday’s contest. “I’m only going to debate if I’m treated fairly, and facts don’t treat me fairly,” he said.

At CNN, a spokesperson assured Trump that the network would do everything in its power to keep the debate “as free of facts as possible.”

“We have a well-established practice at CNN,” the spokesperson said. “If the candidates start straying into facts, data, or other verifiable information, we have instructed the moderators to cut them off.”

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Albright Knox Announces Historic Gift

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The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has just announced that the museum’s once-in-a-lifetime expansion project, known as AK360, has taken a giant leap forward in record time with the pledge of the largest single private donation to a cultural institution in the history of Buffalo, New York.

Financial visionary and prominent art collector Jeffrey Gundlach, a native of the Buffalo area who has maintained lifelong ties to the city and its world-renowned Albright-Knox, has made an innovative challenge gift to the institution of $42.5 million. The gift has galvanized the entire Buffalo community to rally in support of the project, with more than $40.5 million contributed from the private sector, including individuals, foundations and corporations, as well as expected government support of an estimated $20 million, including $15 million from the State of New York. This spectacular level of rapid support has inspired the museum to increase the goal of its capital campaign to $125 million. Funds will enable the museum to realize an urgently needed expansion and renovation of its buildings—with a design by Shohei Shigematsu of the internationally recognized firm OMA—and to enhance its campus in Frederick Law Olmsted’s magnificent Delaware Park. As part of the AK360 Capital Campaign, the museum will also bolster its operating endowment to ensure its future vibrancy and vitality.
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Imagine Amherst

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Have you ever asked yourself, “How come they never ask for my opinion?!” Well now is your time to speak your voice.

The Town of Amherst is looking for people to add their input into the future of the town. You can attend one of their upcoming Charrettes, September 24-28. The first one will be taking place Saturday from 9am-12:30pm at the Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst on Main Street. Stop by to find out more about the Imagine Amherst Project or visit the website at www.imagineamherst.com. There you find a Charrett schedule for everything they have planned.
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ADC Resolultion

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Resolution to Oppose Amherst Town Board Member Raises
RESOLVED, the Amherst Democratic Committee hereby opposes the Town of Amherst Proposed 2017 budget amendment to increase the salaries of the Amherst Town Board as follows:
Supervisor from $75,000 to $105,000
Deputy Supervisor from $,000 to $4,000
Councilmember from $25,000 to $35,000
 a huge and unwarranted increases, adopting the position taken by Councilwoman Deborah Bruch Bucki (Democrat-Amherst).
Well that could/should be an amendment to cover our Town Clerk’s pay increase too.  My understanding is that she will be up for an approximately $18,000 increase too.  I am not sure if there is the will power on the ADC to even consider it.
Since I am considered a troublemaker I cannot expect much – and the ADC just continues to grind on – like a generic organization of any sort, holding meetings where candidates come and give speeches and stand for nothing.  It might as well be a knitting club.  There is absolutely no discussion or interest in local issues of significance – just get out the votes for the “organization” to beat the Republicans but never knowing why, where we agree with them, or disagree with them, or what we stand for.
I think the ADC should be for the ADC and every now and then have the candidates – not every elected official – come in to take up all the oxygen in the room in a feel good spiel.  The ADC is for the ADC not the candidates …take votes on positions – a majority vote and a minority report and move on.  Does anyone wonder why no one is interested?
Dan Ward

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Tulsa Police Officer Charged in Man’s Death

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Williamsville Man Admits to Insurance Fraud

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A man who defrauded State Farm Insurance of $19,553 in a claim stemming from an alleged burglary pleaded guilty to a felony Monday in Niagara County Court.

Gary W. Coleman Jr., 41, of Frankhauser Road, Williamsville, will receive a conditional discharge if he pays restitution before his Dec. 16 sentencing date, Assistant District Attorney Joel M. Grundy said. Otherwise, four years in prison is the maximum penalty Judge Sara Sheldon could impose.

Grundy said Coleman was living in an apartment on Dysinger Road in the Town of Lockport in 2014 when he reported a burglary and was paid about $30,000 for the lost property.
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