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Escaped convicted murderer Richard Matt was shot and killed by authorities in upstate New York today, according to officials, 20 days after he made an elaborate escape from prison.

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Matt was shot and killed at about 4:10 p.m. in Elephant’s Head, New York, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border and just 50 miles away from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY.

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Officials believe the other convicted murder he escaped with, David Sweat, is still on the run, sources said. State police know Sweat’s “general vicinity” and were “trying to close him off now.”
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Bishop Malone Releases Statement About Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

20120809 Bishop Richard J. Malone presides at Evening Prayer with priests of the Diocese at St. Louis Church.  (Patrick McPartland/Staff Photographer)

Bishop Richard Malone, head of the Catholic Diocese in Buffalo, released a statement following the Supreme Court’s ruling that gay couples have the right to marry.

I am bitterly disappointed that the majority of justices of the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to overturn the definition of marriage, which has remained unchanged for more than two millennia. Marriage is the lifelong exclusive union of one man and one woman, a font of unitive life and love as well as the foundation of a stable family and society.

Marriage is rooted in creation: God created marriage in the very same breath as He created the human person, and for the Catholic Church, that will not change.

It is my prayer that despite today’s developments, we will embrace anew the truth, beauty and goodness of marriage as it has always been and always will be, between a man and a woman.
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Now Hiring: Cuomo Can Soon Officiate Weddings

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A piece of the legislative package set to be approved tonight would allow the governor of New York to officiate weddings, a power that is already afforded to judges, county executives and mayors.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he wanted the authority because he often asked to perform weddings, particularly after he championed the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York in 2011.

“After we passed the marriage equality law, which we are all very proud of in this state, I’ve had a number of requests to conduct marriages,” Cuomo told reporters today. “Many people are authorized under the law. The governor wasn’t one of them.”

The bill adds “current or a former governor” to the list of leaders that can officiate a wedding. So former Govs. George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson could also officiate weddings now.

The bill would take effect immediately.
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New Film About US Persecution of Gays Spurs Calls to Remove Hoover’s Name From FBI Building


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As momentum mounts for taking down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House grounds, another checkered historical legacy is coming under fresh scrutiny: that of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, whose name adorns the FBI Building in Washington.

Newly unearthed details about Hoover’s secret targeting of gay and lesbian Americans — featured in “Uniquely Nasty,” a Yahoo News documentary released this week — has revived calls to remove his name from FBI headquarters in Washington.

“I don’t think his name should be on that building,” said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., a member of the House Judiciary Committee, after watching the Yahoo film, “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays.”

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Gay Couples Can Marry

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Breaking News—The Supreme Court has ruled Gay couples have right  to marry.

The Supreme Court has found a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, striking down bans in 14 states and handing a historic victory to the gay rights movement that would have been unthinkable just 10 years ago.

Anthony Kennedy, a conservative justice who has broken with his ideological colleagues to author several decisions expanding rights for LGBT people, again sided with the court’s four liberals to strike down the state bans. The 5-4 majority ruled that preventing same-sex people from marrying violated their constitutional right to equal protection under the law and that the states were unable to put forth a compelling reason to withhold that right from people.

The United States is now just the 21st country in the world to allow same-sex marriage in every jurisdiction.
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Hiring This Criminal Was Schad’s Treachery

A job with the Erie County Water Authority is on the horizon for a former Cheektowaga councilman who left office after being convicted of unemployment insurance fraud earlier this year.

Charlie Markel is scheduled to start Monday as a temporary water utility worker, which pays $45,260 annually, a spokesman for the agency said Monday.

“It’s not a civil service title,” said Brian A. Gould of e3communications, which handles public relations for the Water Authority. “He’s filling in right now for someone that’s on a leave of absence.”

Should an opening occur, Markel could be considered for permanent status, Gould said.
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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare Subsidies


Supporters of the Affordable Care Act hold up signs as the opinion for health care is reported outside the Supreme Court in Washington Thursday.

The Supreme Court spared a key part of President Barack Obama’s signature law in a 6-3 decision Thursday, ruling that the federal government may continue to subsidize health insurance in the dozens of states that did not set up their own exchanges.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was the object of immense conservative blowback after he joined the court’s liberals three years ago to uphold the law’s individual mandate, again wrote the majority opinion in support of the Obama administration position. He was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who expressed deep reservations when the case was argued about whether striking down the subsidies would coerce states into establishing their own exchanges, and the court’s four liberal justices.

The law’s challengers argued that four words in the statute — “established by the state” — meant that only people who bought insurance from exchanges in the handful of states that set up their own marketplaces would be eligible for tax credits and other government assistance. The government countered that the clear intent of the law was to provide the subsidies for all lower-income Americans who sought coverage.
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Powerful Political Bosses Must Be Beaten by Who And What is Right

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When Jerry Schad told Debbie Bucki he wouldn’t support her he used harsh words.  A witness to this belittlement became very angry with Schad.  Schad has known the Bucki family for many years.  She became the  person Schad used to get any special event done competently for the ADC.

When Schad was told his Water Authority job would be jeopardized if he didn’t cooperate with Erie County Executive Poloncarz , Jeremy Zellner and Ralph Lorigo by supporting H. Borden, Schad informed Debbie Bucki and Fran Spoth he wouldn’t support either one of them.  He made it clear to ADC members, who owe their jobs to him or Dennis Ward, that they had better carry Borden petition sheets.

Why are two very experienced and talented women, with years of service to the Town of Amherst, being rejected?  Why is Ms. Borden suddenly the choice of outside politicians?

Heavy-handed tactics used by politicians, to wield power in defiance of democracy, rules of civil behavior and Committee protocol, should not be tolerated.  It’s a Town Board seat.  Outside influence has no place in this theater and neither does bullying.

Ms. Borden’s accomplishments are diminished by being the center of this circus.  It’s surprising that someone of her position would want to be part of it. She should bow out.

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Items Stolen From Snyder Home While Residents Slept

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Locking his windows is something Daniel Swanson normally doesn’t even have to think about – it’s automatic. But Tuesday was different.

“I said, ‘Let’s shut the air off and open up the windows.’ Then we ended up going out, and came home and just went to bed,” said Swanson, who’s lived on Bernhardt Drive for 10 years.

When he woke up, he found one screen off a window and another opened all the way. A purse and cell phone were gone.

Two blocks away, Mark Booth made a similar discovery.
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Amherst Should Keep Westwood Site Green

Amherst should keep Westwood site green                 From Buffalo News

Congratulations to the Amherst Town Board for sending Mensch Capital back to the drawing board to readdress deficiencies in the draft generic environmental impact statement it recently submitted to the board to try to turn Westwood Country Club into a mixed-use neighborhood.

As an Amherst resident who lives literally across the street from Westwood and as a golf member of Westwood, I absolutely despise the fact that Mensch wants to tear up this beautiful golf course and property to build this unneeded monstrosity.

Where will all the wildlife go? What about the loss of valuable wetlands that help with flood control and provide a habitat for the wildlife? What will we, as residents, be breathing in for the next seven to 10 years during construction? What about the increase in traffic congestion and accidents? What about the sewer, drainage and sanitation issues?

These are just a few of the many issues that we, as residents, are very concerned about. Keep Westwood green!

Jackie Santa Maria

Williamsville

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