Army to Buy More Than 2,000 Hellfire Missiles

U.S. Army anti-armor missile experts are ordering more than 2,000 U.S.-made Hellfire II tactical missiles for the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Australia.

Officials of the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., announced a $144 million contract modification Tuesday to Hellfire Systems LLC in Orlando, Fla., to produce 2,060 Hellfire II missile models AGM-114R, AGM-114R-3, AGM-114P-4A, ATM-114Q-6, and AGM-114R-5.

These missiles will be involved in U.S. foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Australia.
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Clinton Paid Women Less Than Men When She Was Senator, Analysis Finds

Unequal pay: Hillary Clinton paid women less than men when she was a senator, according to a report on Monday

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The gap in pay between genders extended to Hillary Clinton’s office when she was a senator, according to an analysis by a conservative web site.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday that women working for the then-New York senator earned 72 cents for each dollar paid to men. Clinton, a Democrat currently leading polls for her party’s presidential nomination, was a senator from 2001 to 2009.

During Clinton’s Senate years, the median annual salary for a woman working in her office was $15,708.38 less than the median salary for a man, according to the Free Beacon’s analysis of official Senate expenditure reports.

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“Volunteers / Interns / Festival Director’s Wanted”    

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The Buffalo Niagara Film Festival is now seeking volunteers, interns and festival director’s (someone who is self motivated, creative and well-organized) for April 2015 events which run from April 10-18th in the Buffalo / Niagara Falls Area.

Volunteer/Internship Responsibilities:

Students and volunteers will act as a liaison between the Film Festival and festival sponsors and organizers.

Coordinate and run events with local theaters.

Correspond with filmmakers, production companies and media outlets.

Shoot, edit, design and produce promotional materials, videos and web content.

Assist with the day to day running of the Film Festival.

Festival Director’s Responsibilities:

To oversee volunteers, interns and everyday festival activities. To ensure that the festival is successful and well attended. To assist us and put an interesting and appealing festival program together. Which may involve collaborating with a committee or other people connected with the festival. Scouting and recruiting good talent, themes and underlying ideas for the festival. The director needs to be able to bring creative and new ideas to the job. Originality and a go-getters attitude is a must! If you think you got what it takes – give us a call or email Bill at bcowell@thebnff.com – 716-693-0912

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Ethics Questions — on Reform and More — Dominate Cuomo Q&A


Gov. Andrew Cuomo

It was no surprise that a gubernatorial press conference held a day after the arraignment of a former Assembly Speaker was dominated by questions about ethics reform.

The Q&A followed a cabinet meeting that featured extensive reiterations of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s previously announced proposals to tackle rape and sexual assault on campuses — public and private — and his desire to devote $25 million to the expansion of pre-kindergarten programs for 3-year-olds.

Cuomo was asked by Mike Gormley of Newsday if he, his staff or his attorneys had “been subpoenaed or contacted by federal investigators.”

“Not myself,” Cuomo said. “You’d have to ask people individually.” The governor said it was possible he might not be aware of a federal investigator’s contact with a member of his staff.
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There Could be Demons Attached to Your Thrift Store Finds

When will someone shut him down?  Get him off TV!

A concerned viewer wrote to Pat Robertson for advice on demons and thrift stores:

“I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other secondhand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits, and bless the items before I bring them into the house. Is my mother correct? Can demons attach themselves to material items?”

Robertson’s answer?

 ”Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects? The answer is yes. But I don’t think every sweater you get from Goodwill has demons in it. In a sense your mother is just being super cautious, so hey — it isn’t gonna hurt you any to rebuke any spirits that might attach themselves to those clothes.”
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Glad that’s settled.

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The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority to Receive $ 7,795,773.00 in Federal Funds

Joe Mascia
The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority is going to receive $ 7,795,773.00 in Federal Funds from The Department of Housing and Urban Development.
These funds are specifically designated to improve public housing facilities for low income families, the elderly and people with disabilities.
 We finally have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for our residents. I would like to recommend that the Board be involved in what I’m sure will be a transparent  process of where and how this grant will be used. I strongly suggest that residents will also be involved in the process.
 Respectfully;
 Joe Mascia
 Commissioner Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

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Republicans Unlearning Facts Learned in Third Grade to Compete in Primary

by Andy Borowitz

In the hopes of appealing to Republican primary voters, candidates for the 2016 Presidential nomination are working around the clock to unlearn everything that they have learned since the third grade, aides to the candidates have confirmed.

With the Iowa caucuses less than a year away, the hopefuls are busy scrubbing their brains of basic facts of math, science, and geography in an attempt to resemble the semi-sentient beings that Republican primary voters prize.
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Poloncarz is Feeling Pressure on Term Limits Issue

by Matthew Ricchiazzi

County Executive Marc Poloncarz is feeling the political pressure on the issue of term limits. He has been reluctant to articulate his views on the issue while his political allies, including Legislator Betty Jean Grant, openly oppose term limits.

Legislature Majority Leader Joe Lorigo has made term limits an issue in recent weeks. He is pushing to include a 12 year term limit on all of the county’s elected offices on the ballot for voter referendum.

Observers say that the headquarters faction of the party is comprised of career politicians who would never support such a limit. They think that voters should decide how long a official can serve.
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Board Shelves Plan to Extend Youngs Road

Town of Amherst

Plans to complete a north-south corridor for travelers in East Amherst have taken a detour.

A subdivision will be built in the way, instead.

The Amherst Town Board on Monday rezoned eight acres at Casey and Youngs roads for a 30-lot, single-family subdivision.

The layout of the subdivision precludes the future extension of Youngs, which has long been discussed as an option to help move traffic through the Town of Amherst.

But the majority of the board decided that if the town hasn’t completed the extension by now it’s probably never going to happen.

“It’s a road we’ll never build, on land we don’t own, on wetlands we should never disturb,” said Council Member Mark A. Manna.
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Settlement Reached in Corasanti Civil Trial

Dr. James G. Corasanti, above, and the parents of Alix Rice have agreed on a settlement in the civil trial over her death in a hit-and-run.    (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)
Dr. James G. Corasanti, above, and the parents of Alix Rice have agreed on a settlement in the civil trial over her death in a hit-and-run.

A settlement has been reached in the civil trial against Dr. James G. Corasanti brought by the parents of Alexandria “Alix” Rice whom the doctor fatally struck in 2011 on Heim Road in Amherst.

No amount was revealed.

Attorneys at Corasanti’s trial were in court Tuesday morning, along with the jury, amid speculation that the settlement could be near.

Corasanti was not in the courtroom when the announcement about the settlement was made. Rice’s parents, Richard J. Rice and Tammy A. Schueler, were present. They were expected to make a statement later.
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