Records Obtained by Times Reveal Boy Was Kept in Closets for Three Years Before His Death Yonatan Daniel Aguilar

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When people asked Veronica Aguilar where her son was, she told them he had been placed in an institution in Mexico, according to court records. Only her three other children — two of whom slept on a bed just outside the closet door — knew the truth, and they said they were forbidden by their mother from saying anything, authorities say.

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Yonatan Daniel Aguilar’s tortured life came to an end in August. Police later found the 11-year-old’s battered, malnourished 34-pound body in the bedroom closet of the family’s tiny Echo Park home.

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The grim details are laid out in records The Times obtained from Los Angeles County Juvenile Court this week. The records help explain how the people charged with his well-being — school officials, police, social workers and therapists — lost track of him despite earlier allegations of abuse. But they also raise new questions about whether more could have been done to save the boy who, court records suggest, might have been autistic and thus was treated differently.
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Erie Canal, ‘Atlantic’s Back Door,’ Opened 191 Years Ago

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Buffalo became “the Atlantic’s back door” when the Erie Canal opened for business 191 years ago on Oct. 26, 1825.

The village of Buffalo was a town of about 2,400 at the time. When a ceremonial start to the digging of the canal in Buffalo was held in 1823, everyone in the town and surrounding villages like Black Rock and Buffalo Plains (now both a part of the City of Buffalo) was invited to come celebrate. They were also asked to bring their tools and plow animals.

The effort was a community one. A group of men from the Buffalo Plains — now the area along Main Street from Niagara Falls Boulevard to Sisters Hospital — drove a team of 12 oxen down to the area that is now Canalside to start digging.

A little more than two years later, on Oct. 26, 1825, the entire town poured back into that same area for the gala opening of this marvel of modern engineering.

Gov. DeWitt Clinton and Sen. Samuel Wilkeson — whose work in dredging Buffalo Harbor made the entire event possible, climbed aboard “The Seneca Chief” bound for New York City at exactly 10 a.m.  They took with them a ceremonial jug of water pulled from Lake Erie.

The Seneca Chief and Gov. Clinton arrived in New York City on Nov. 4, 1825. That ceremonial jug of Lake Erie water was poured into the Atlantic for the wedding of the waters and Buffalo’s fate was sealed as the east’s last stop on the way to the American West.
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Nation Unsure it Can Tolerate Thirteen More Days of Rudy Giuliani

The New Yorker

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—With thirteen days until his scheduled return to oblivion, many Americans are unsure if they can tolerate that much additional exposure to Rudy Giuliani, a leading psychologist said on Wednesday.

As millions of Americans actively count down the days until Giuliani disappears forever, thirteen more days of him “seems like a lifetime,” Davis Logsdon, a psychologist who has been studying the Giuliani ordeal, said.

“Americans’ traumatic experience of Rudy Giuliani in 2016 has gone through several phases,” Logsdon said. “First, they struggled to remember who he was. Then, once they remembered, they recoiled in horror. Finally, they began actively wishing he would go away forever. That is the phase many people find themselves in today.”

Even as they long for the day when Giuliani resumes his rightful place in obscurity, many Americans are experiencing feelings of anger and disbelief that he was permitted to crawl back into their consciousness to begin with, Logsdon said.

“Of the many inexcusable things that cable news has done this election, repeatedly subjecting Americans to Rudy Giuliani is at the top of the list,” he said. “The human cost has been enormous.”

As they struggle to endure the final thirteen days of Rudy Giuliani, Americans should not feel isolated or alone, Logsdon said. “They need to know that there are millions of people just like them, and even more who are unsure if they can stand another thirteen days of Kellyanne Conway,” he said.

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We Have to Let the People Select the Attorneys for Our Town


Ramona Popowich, Fran Spoth and Debbie Buckie promised to make Dan Ward the Town Attorney but Jerry Schad, Amherst Democratic Chairman, gave Ramona a slate of lawyers he owed favors.  So Amherst ended up with four losers and only one good attorney, Paul Meyers.

The only person who voted for Ward was Debbie Bucki, a lady who knows quality and how to stand up to pressure from Jerry Schad.

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Great Analogy; Something to Think About!

While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.  His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter.  “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem.  We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” says the Senator.
“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups.  What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven.  Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”
“Really?, I’ve made up my mind.  I want to be in heaven,” says the Senator.
“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.  In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress.  They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.  They played a friendly game of golf and then dined on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.
They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.  Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises…
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, “Now it’s time to visit heaven.”
So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.  They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven.  Now choose your eternity.”
The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell… Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage.  He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.  The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
“I don’t understand,” stammers the Senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time.  Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.  What happened?”
The devil smiles at him and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning …
Today, you voted.”
Vote wisely Nov 8, 2016

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Trump Surges Ahead of Clinton in Poll Conducted by His Brain 

The New Yorker

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Donald Trump has surged ahead of Hillary Clinton in a new poll conducted by Trump’s brain.

The poll, taken after Trump’s brain perceived that he demolished Clinton in the third and final Presidential debate, shows him ahead of Clinton, sixty-four per cent to thirty-one per cent.

In a sign that his criticism of Clinton has been just fantastic, a majority of imaginary voters in Trump’s head agree that she is a “nasty woman,” with more than seventy per cent calling her “crooked,” “sad,” and a “disgrace.”

In more incredibly amazing good news for the G.O.P. nominee, Trump’s brain reports that his standing with women has markedly improved, with ninety per cent calling him “extremely handsome” and “sexy.”

According to Trump’s brain, the poll has no margin of error, absolutely none, it’s a tremendous poll, you just can’t believe how great this poll is.

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Tackling the War on Drugs Head On

New York State is home to a vibrant manufacturing industry and, according to Robin K. Cooper in the Albany Business Review, “Makers of drugs, computer chips, chemicals and steam and gas turbines have made the Albany region the most vibrant manufacturing industry in New York State.” An additional 400 manufacturing jobs in the region were created in August alone. Whilst this increase in the number of manufacturing jobs, which have statistically been in decline for the past decade, is fantastic news for the State’s employment statistics and for its wider economy, the increased availability and manufacture of pharmaceutical drugs in the region is likely to only worsen the growing drug epidemic that New York State (including Amherst) is facing.

A Nation Gripped By Addiction

We are a nation gripped by a widespread addiction to opioids, in part because of the governments ‘war on drugs’ and its clamp down on the illicit use of pharmaceuticals. It is estimated that approximately 2.1 million people in the United States are addicted to opioids: this could be either legally obtainable pain pills, or illegal substances such as heroin, which is also classed as an opioid. As the government applied tighter restrictions on the prescription of pharmaceutical opioids for excessive periods of time back in 2011 (in a bid to control this epidemic of addiction) an unfortunate knock on affect is that people instead turned to the Black Market to secure their pills (something that is much more prevalent in areas such as New York State where many of these opioids are being manufactured) or turning to heroin, which has the same effect as prescription opioids but is more inexpensive to obtain. A knock on effect is that in 2016 we have seen what CBS News have coined as an “alarming 20 year high” in the number of heroin users in the United States, asserting that “heroin is the deadliest drug worldwide, and said its increasing use in the U.S. is of particular concern. There were about one million heroin users in the U.S. as of 2014, almost three times the number in 2003. Deaths related to heroin use have increased five-fold since 2000.“

The Drug Crisis in Amherst

This year, Amherst has faced up to the growing crisis of drug use within its borders: in 2015, 17 people died in the town as a result of drug overdose. At a town meeting back in January, the town committed to tackling the issue head on and, according to a report by WKBW News, town officials and residents “came together to talk about the topic, and search for solutions…Parents whose kids are not addicted to drugs also attended the meeting. They said it was a wake-up call, and they’re glad it’s being discussed.” Amherst now ensures that its facilities to tackle drug abuse head on (including its rehabilitation programs and facilities) are more widely publicized across the region, particularly within its schools, and the town has committed to talking about the issue, rather than shying away from it as so many other districts often choose to do.

Widespread Negative Implications

However this is a crisis that shows no signs of abating. With increasing numbers of people using drugs and alcohol in the workplace, a dire risk that according to could subject employees to “to a greater potential for accident and injury”, and the number of addicts losing their jobs as a result of an addiction, the wide spread implications of our national drug addiction are only continuing to grow. The UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson said reported that the rise in drug trafficking and organized criminal networks as a result of this epidemic are undermining laws, fuelling violence and feeding corruption. More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in motor vehicle crashes.  Clearly, then, it’s time that we find a solution and tackle the problem head on: government needs to adopt new strategies for dealing with addiction, and the mental health problems it often causes, by allocating funding for treatment for all sufferers, and by following the example set by Amherst and continuing to talk openly about the problem.

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Williamsville School District One Of 11 With High Lead Problems In Their Drinking Water

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Williamsville reported Friday that the first batch of test results coming in to the district showed lead over 15 parts per billion at three classroom fountains at Country Parkway elementary school, along with seven outdoor faucets and two shower/locker rooms. At Forest Elementary, two classroom faucets and two student bathrooms showed lead over 15 ppb.

“Those outlets will be remediated and retested by the certified laboratory before being used again,” the Williamsville district announced on its website. “Remediation may include changing the faucet/fixture, adding filtration, or adding appropriate labeling to certain fixtures as non-drinking water outlets such as custodial sinks and outside water faucets. Bottled water will be available for student and staff use if necessary.”
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BREAKING NEWS: No Basis For Raises For Amherst Elected Officials For 2017

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Mr. Robert McCarthy, head of Human Resources, was to get information about what neighboring towns were increasing their elected officials salary for in the coming year, 2017.  He failed to contact any of the local towns, therefore there wasn’t any basis for what should be the increases in salary for Amherst’s elected officials in the 2017 budget.

The method the Town Board chose to increase the pay of our elected officials was without any basis.

Usually the Town decided if elected officials would get an increase in pay was by forming a committee to make decisions about what the raises would be.  This year we did not follow that format and simply gave the job to Mr. McCarthy, who didn’t do the job at all.

We need to find a better way.

By: James Tricoli

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4 Surprising Reasons to Drink Hot Water With Lemon Every Morning


  1. It helps you detox every day: While lemons may seem quite acidic, they’re a surprisingly good source of an alkaline food that can help balance your body’s pH; internist and doctor of integrative medicine Dr. Frank Lipman is a big proponent of a hot water with lemon habit, since the combination wakes up your liver and flushes out nasty toxins.
  2. It wakes up your digestive tract: This simple yet powerful beverage stimulates your gastrointestinal tract — improving your body’s ability to absorb nutrients all day and helping food pass through your system with ease.
  3. It supports weight loss: Lemon juice contains pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to aid in weight-loss struggles. And if you’ve been sipping on a cup of tea loaded with sugar or honey every morning, this beverage will slash calories from your daily diet.
  4. It soothes an upset tummy: When you go to bed on a full stomach, pesky heartburn or a bloated belly can get in the way of your morning. Hot water cleanses your system, while the flavonoids from lemon juice may help reduce acidity in your stomach, so you feel like yourself sooner.

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