Louisiana-Monroe QB Daniel Fitzwater Dies Age 20

Louisiana-Monroe announced Saturday that quarterback Daniel Fitzwater died. He was 20.

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Fitzwater died early Saturday, according to the school. The cause of his death is unknown. He transferred to Louisiana-Monroe before the 2015 season.

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“The coaching staff and team are deeply saddened by the loss of a great person in Daniel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Daniel’s family,” Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry said in a statement.

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Fitzwater suffered a knee injury during practice and was set to miss the 2015 season. Before transferring to ULM, he played at Copiah Lincoln Community College for two seasons. He had 44 total touchdowns in those years.

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He went to high school at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana. His coach at the high school told the Shreveport Times that Fitzwater was an “all-American guy.”

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“He was an all-American guy,” Calvary head coach John Bachman told the Shreveport Times.

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“He was talented, smart as a whip and confident in who he was. He loved his family and loved his teammates. It’s just hard to fathom.”

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Louisiana-Monroe plays Georgia Southern on Saturday evening.

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Jeb Bush Declares War on Stuff

DES MOINES (The Borowitz Report)—Hoping to stem the fallout from his comment in the aftermath of the Oregon rampage that “stuff happens,” former Florida governor Jeb Bush said today that as President he would declare an ambitious “war on stuff.”

“Make no mistake: I will not sit idly by when stuff happens if there’s stuff we can do about that stuff,” Bush told supporters in Iowa. “In a Bush Administration there will be a zero-tolerance policy on stuff.”

Pressed for specifics, Bush said that, in addition to preventing stuff from happening, he would also “work tirelessly to stop junk.”

“If I see junk happening that will harm the American people, I will not put up with that junk,” he said, adding for emphasis, “or stuff.”

Citing an example, he said that as President he would demand that Russian President Putin stop “the junk he is doing in Syria.”

“I would be like, ‘If you think you can do that kind of junk and we’re just going to lay back and not do stuff about it, you are sorely mistaken about that stuff,’ ” he said.

Striking a resolute tone at the conclusion of his speech, Bush told his supporters: “Read my lips: no junk stuff.”


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Village Sets Hearings, Looks Back at Traffic Congestion at Evans, Eagle Streets

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During Monday’s meeting of the Williamsville Village Board, officials spoke about looking at another solution for traffic congestion at Eagle and Evans streets.

In May, the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council gave a presentation to the board in relation to the congestion.

The council conducted research in the area and provided different models of the traffic flow in both the morning and evening hours. According to Trustee Chris Duquin, the model suggested pulling the stop signs at Eagle and Evans streets. He then noted that a majority of residents were opposed to that.

“It is in our interest to continue to look at the situation of traffic on Evans, traffic that cuts through Belmont [Street], traffic on Mill [Street] and Glen [Avenue], and we are going to do that.”

A public hearing to hear all those interested in commenting on a proposed amendment to the Village Code, which would prohibit turns from Evans Street onto Belmont Street from 6 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at Village Hall, 5565 Main St.

If residents are not interested, the board will see if there is something else they can do as a solution, Duquin said.

The board will next meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Village Hall, 5565 Main St., Williamsville.
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Letter: Amherst Should Acquire Westwood for Use as Park

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It’s curious that the Westwood site is such a hazard that it requires a fence around it to protect the public.

Golfers have played its links since 1926, apparently without issue. But, in an obnoxious move, the Mensch Group developers have gone on the offensive against the town and the “Keep Westwood Green” neighbors. Taking a play from “put up a fence” Donald Trump, the Mensch boys’ spite fence is a nasty in-your-face move.

The Amherst Town Board was correct to ask about acquiring the parcel, opening the door to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a bold move on behalf of the public. Many have dubbed a proposed park at Westwood as Amherst’s Central Park, a 170-acre swath of green space smack dab in the middle of upstate New York’s largest town. The Town Board and its state representatives should craft a financial package and legal strategy that accomplishes the acquisition of Westwood for the town and its citizens.

Make no mistake about who controls what occurs at Westwood. Perhaps the most important task of local government is land use control. The Town Board and its agents, the Planning and Zoning Boards, decide what goes where, when and how tall it is.
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To The Mensch Group: Take The Money And Run

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The Westwood property looks like a concentration camp.  As residents and visitors drive into Amherst their eyes witnesses a large piece of land surrounded by an ugly, chain-link, wire fence.  Some may flash back to horror stories their grandparents or even great-grandparents may have told them about when they brutally suffered in notorious death camps of World War II.

When out-of-towners learn the reasons for the fence, about the fight between the people who live near the property and the Mensch Group, who own the property, they have to be dismayed.  The fenced in land has parts which are contaminated and the fence was put up to keep people off the land.

The Mensch Group should sell this land before it loses more value.  The value of this land may dwindle down because of unknown problems yet to be discovered.

by James Tricoli,
editor: Amhersttimes.com

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Ray Walter for Erie County Executive


Ray Walter has been a hard working advocate for the taxpayers of Erie County since 2009, when he was appointed to the Erie County Legislature. Since then, Ray has a record of putting his constituents above politics and earning their trust. His outspoken leadership in ensuring that Erie County move away from the days of green and red budgets propelled him to winning 65% of the vote in his first election.

Over the next two years, Ray ushered in new proposals to better improve our community. Ray led the fight to hold the line on taxes, when others tried to raise them. When five million dollars were cut from our libraries, Ray bucked party lines and found a financially smart way to halt these cuts. In the legislature, Ray reached out to his colleagues to come together and pass measures to make Erie County safer. The Silver Alert System, banning texting while driving, and providing law enforcement with new authority to counter cyber-bullying were implemented under Ray’s stewardship.
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Killing of Our Loved Ones Must Stop

Oregon community-college shooter asked people to state their religion, according to one student's account
Oregon community-college shooter asked people to state their religion, according to one student’s account

Ten people in a small college in Oregon will not seen any of their loved ones ever again.  Why?  Because they were killed by a man who went on a shooting spree.

A 26 year old man, probably a mentally sick person, felt the need to kill and hurt people.  The power of his mind to determine what is right or wrong, did not function.  He was killed at the scene of the massacre of people who were on the campus of this small college of 3300 students.

There must be changes made to the gun laws in our country.  The biggest opposition group to changing any of our gun laws is the NRA.  They believe they need for guns to protect their family and homes and this comes from the 2nd amendment.

There is a segment of National Rifle Association members who need guns for sport hunting or to feed their family.  Most of the NRF members are frightened that the government will start with simple changes like a background check of anyone who buys a gun.

There are 171 children and adults whose lives ended in the last year.  Mostly their lives were taken by mentally unstable men who got their guns legally, through regular gun shops.

Most people in America favor changes in our gun laws.

We must have changes now.  Our representatives in Congress, who get major money donations from the NRA, are worried they will lose their election without the NRA money.  We, the people of America, don’t want any more of our children to die.  Please take a look into the eyes of your loved ones today and then imagine how you would feel if their eyes never glowed again because some mentally sick gunman walked into your loved ones school or business.  How would you feel?

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Pope Met With People Who Refuse to Do Jobs

VATICAN CITY (The Borowitz Report)—The Vatican has confirmed that while Pope Francis was in Washington, he had meetings with people who refuse to do their jobs.

The Pope met privately with the Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, and also met at the U.S. Capitol with several hundred other people who have chosen not to perform their duties, the Vatican said.

“Reporting every day to a job that one has no intention of doing can only fill one with anguish,” the official Vatican statement read. “The Pope wanted to show these people compassion.”

While in Washington, the Pope had hoped to meet with thousands of additional people who do not do their jobs, but there “wasn’t enough time,” the Vatican said.

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Amherst Man Charged With Leandra’s Law Violation

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LOCKPORT – An Amherst man was arraigned in State Supreme Court Wednesday on an indictment that accuses him of violating Leandra’s Law by driving drunk with his three children in his vehicle May 23 on Lake Road in Wilson.

Alexander Pinilla, 35, of Travers Circle, pleaded not guilty to aggravated and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child and a lane violation. Niagara County sheriff’s deputies measured his blood alcohol content at 0.27 percent, nearly 3½ times the legal threshold for intoxication.

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Amherst Considers Changes to Sidewalk Plowing

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Don’t expect Amherst to overhaul the way it plows town sidewalks by this winter.

The town – which has been weighing a more widespread, comprehensive effort to clear snow from sidewalks along its major roads – may make some tweaks to its sidewalk-clearing program.

The town will hold off on any sweeping changes that have been under consideration, said Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein.

“It’s too late in the season to change the sidewalk-snowplowing districts or do anything major,” Weinstein said.

“We’ll probably revisit it much earlier next year for the winter of 2016-17,” the supervisor said.

While Amherst has been tinkering with sidewalk snowplowing for the last few years, it’s limited to only two special districts in town. After last year’s brutal winter, however, more homeowners have asked the town to plow their sidewalks, too.
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