Citing Security Concerns, Iraq’s Prime Minister Cancels Visit to White House

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Assembly Candidate Says State Can Do More to Prevent Domestic Violence

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           Steve Meyer, candidate for state Assembly in the 146th Assembly district, announced that in solidarity with domestic abuse survivors and advocates, he joined students, faculty and community members on University at Buffalo North Campus in their annual ‘Walk With Me’ event to raise awareness.

            “Domestic violence has no place in our society and there is no excuse for not doing everything we can to reduce the frequency and severity of domestic violence incidents,” Meyer said. “There are representatives of this community who ought to be ashamed for cowering to powerful special interests instead of standing up for women and children.”

            Legislation that would prevent convicted domestic abusers from obtaining firearms has passed the Assembly six times (A.6390). Assemblyman Ray Walter who represents the 146th Assembly district has voted no on the bill every time it has come to the floor during his tenure in Albany.

Meyer attended the event today to show support to those who have suffered domestic violence and to honor those who have died.

            “What we can’t afford is to lose another life to this senseless violence because legislators sat on their hands and refused to act,” Meyer said. “While its impossible to stop every incidence of domestic violence, we owe it to those who have suffered and died to stand up and say enough.”

            Steve Meyer is running for state Assembly to give a voice to the families of Western New York and because he believes they deserve more than what they’re getting from their elected officials.  He is a strong supporter of both the Fair Pay Act and Women’s Equality Act, and will fight to ensure that these pieces of legislation become law. Meyer Noted that the Women’s Equality Act also contains greater protections for victims of domestic violence and that Assemblyman Walter voted against the legislation both times it came to the floor.

As the only candidate in the race who refuses to take campaign contributions from corporations and their lobbyists, Steve Meyer is committed to working for the hardworking families of Western New York, not special interests.

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“A Bronx Tale with Chazz Palminteri” is Cancelled

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BPO Nation announces the unfortunate cancellation of Chazz Palminteri’s performance of “A Bronx Tale” at Kleinhans Music Hall this Saturday night at 8 PM due to a unforeseen conflict in Mr. Palminteri’s schedule.

All tickets can be refunded by contacting the Kleinhans Music Hall box office at 716 885-5000.

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Steve Meyers Has Stood Up to The Money Boys in Amherst

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Amherst residents have the opportunity to elect the first of a generation of new leaders by sending Steve Meyer to Albany in November.

The incumbent, Ray Walter, is too conservative for the district and counts among his only accomplishments of sponsoring a blood drive, encouraging kids to read books in the summer, support for an AK47 in every home and trouncing on women’s rights.

This election is not about Sheldon Silver.  Its about Ray Walter and what he has failed to do.  A vote for Steve Meyer is a vote for the future.

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Don Nelson Hired as BPO General Manager

BUFFALO, NY — The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is very excited to announce that Don Nelson has been hired as general manager.

Mr. Nelson comes to the BPO from Spokane, Washington. There, he served as general manager of the Spokane Symphony for 14 years and the general manager of the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox for six years. The positions saw him tackle responsibilities as diverse as developing the season’s programming, negotiating musician contracts, and serving on the theater’s renovation and design team.

Prior to his position in Spokane, he was with the Florida Philharmonic, first as a bassist, and then as the orchestra’s personnel manager and as festival manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in non-profit management from Regis University.

“Don’s extensive experience as a musician and in orchestra and theater management make him a perfect fit for the BPO at this time. His musical knowledge is quite impressive. As the BPO looks to the next phase of its strategic plan, we are counting on Don to play a major role in our ongoing success,” said BPO Executive Director Daniel Hart.

Don, who arrived in Buffalo at the end of August, will be joined by his wife Vicki. They have two sons. Noah, a musician, lives in London with his wife Anna. Alex recently began medical school at Florida International University in Miami. Nelson enjoys skiing, lifelong learning and reading, and arranging music for cello and bass to perform with Vicki, who is an accomplished professional cellist.

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Steve Meyer for Assembly

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There are only a few weeks left to go before election day this year, and we are fighting hard! However, we cannot win in November without your help. We still need to raise more money before election day so that we can fight off the distorted and phony attacks against us that our opponent will blast on the airwaves.

Please consider attending our fundraiser on Thursday, October 9th at 6pm with special guest Congressman Brian Higgins.

You can RSVP by clicking here: or calling (716) 833-0376. If you choose to be a sponsor for this event, we will include you in our printed program unless told otherwise. Thank you!


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FCC Ends Sports Blackout Rule

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The Federal Communications Commission this morning voted to eliminate its sports blackout rules, putting pressure on the National Football League to do the same and open all pro football games to television coverage even when they’re not sold out.

“It’s a simple fact: the federal government should not be party to sports teams keeping their fans from viewing the games they want to see. Period,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said just before the unanimous vote.

The FCC’s other four commissions – including two who have roots in Western New York – agreed.

Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, who grew up in Lockport, noted that because of the NFL’s blackout policy, the historic “comeback” playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and Houston Oilers in 1993 was blacked out in Western New York.
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Obama to Move to Doorman Building

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—President Barack Obama has decided to move his family into a full-service doorman building in Washington, D.C., saying that “it just makes more sense right now.”

“It really will work better for us,” Obama said in a press conference Tuesday morning. “In addition to the doorman, there’s a guy at the front desk, and, if anyone comes to see you, the desk guy will call up to your apartment first to make sure it’s O.K.”

The senior doorman at the Obamas’ new building, Alex Kornash, seemed unfazed about providing security for the President. “I’ve been a doorman for twenty-three years,” Kornash said. “Someone doesn’t belong here, you tell them to go away. What’s so hard about that?”

The 2,140-square-foot, three-bedroom condominium that the Obamas will call home includes many amenities, including central air-conditioning, a washer/dryer and all new stainless-steel appliances, according to its real-estate listing.

In addition, when the President makes one of his frequent trips, “there’s someone to take in the mail and water the plants,” he said.

Since the President’s announcement of his move, there has already been considerable interest in the White House, mainly from foreign buyers, sources said.

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Free document shredding offered

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The Better Business Bureau will present Secure Your ID Day with shredding events on Oct. 11.

The BBB invites individuals and businesses to have documents shredded for free. Papers containing social security numbers, dates of birth and other sensitive information will be disposed of safely in an attempt to prevent identity theft and fraud. Participants can bring up to three boxes or bags of documents.

Events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 at several Tops Markets locations: 355 Orchard Park Road in West Seneca, 3865 Union Road in Cheektowaga, 3507 Mt. Read Blvd. in Greece and 2265 Downer St. in Baldwinsville.
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Amherst Social Worker Convicted of Health Care Fraud

Amherst resident Nina Jafari, 63, has fraudulently billed BlueCross and BlueShield for $125,000 in nemtal health services that she actually did not provide.  It’s easy to rip off such a huge sum of money from large system if there isn’t enough supervision.

Nina Jafari was caught telling her patients what to say to authorities if they were ever questioned concerning how well she took care of them.

She now faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.  Usually the sentences are shorter.
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