94-Year-Old Woman Has Worked at McDonald’s for 44 Years – and She Eats It Every Shift

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Spaghetti Dinner April 1, 2017 Benefits the Williamsville Depot Restoration at 86 S. Long St.

There will be a dinner held at Cleveland Heights Church, 4774 Union road, Cheektowaga, NY close to Cleveland Drive 5 – 8 pm April 1.

Dinners are $9.00 adults, $5.00 ages 5 to 12 and 4 and under free.  Dinners include all the spaghetti you can eat, a salad, 2 meatballs (3 ounces in size) beverage, desert/take out available.

Come and support the Williamsville Depot Restoration project.

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Robinson: Buffalo Niagara Left Behind By Country’s Tech Boom

The Brookings Institution identifies the four fastest growing tech markets as the regions, shown at top, near San Francisco, San Jose, New York City and Dallas. Four shrinking markets include Virginia Beach, Titusville, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; and Buffalo Niagara. (Getty Images and News file photo)
When it comes to technology jobs, the Buffalo Niagara region still is one of the industry’s backwaters.That’s a problem, because employment in the technology sector across the country is booming, growing roughly three times faster than the overall pace of U.S. job growth.

Even worse, at a time of such rapid growth nationwide, the Buffalo Niagara region’s technology sector is shrinking, one of just a handful of metro areas across the country to actually lose jobs in such a fast-expanding industry. With fewer jobs, technology accounts for a shrinking share of the region’s overall employment.

In short, the tech boom is passing the Buffalo Niagara region by. That hurts, especially in a region that needs 21st Century jobs more than most places.

 “Buffalo has a stark story of both losing share and losing jobs,” said Mark Muro, the director of policy at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution and one of the authors of a new report that looked at technology employment in the nation’s biggest metro areas.

That matters because digital services jobs – in fields like software publishing, data processing, computer systems design and web publishing – account for more than half of the country’s new jobs in advanced industries between 2013 and 2015, according to Brookings researchers.

Nationwide, those fast-growing technology industries have been adding jobs at about 5.5 percent to 6 percent a year, more than three times faster than the U.S. economy’s overall hiring rate of less than 2 percent.

But it’s even worse in the Buffalo Niagara region. Here, those key technology sectors actually are shrinking, shedding an estimated 200 jobs during that same three-year period.

Yet the Buffalo Niagara region isn’t alone. Muro and his co-author, Sifan Liu, found that there is a steep divide within the tech sector between the haves and the have nots.

The technology hotbeds – places like San Francisco and San Jose – are growing faster and capturing a larger portion of the industry’s rising employment. The technology have-nots, including places like the Buffalo Niagara region, are struggling just to keep what little they have.

“While tech employment is growing all over America, it really isn’t spreading out,” Muro and Liu wrote. “Instead, the tech-employment rich – namely San Francisco and San Jose – are getting richer. Agglomeration economies are everything.”

That’s bad news for the nation’s heartland, including the Buffalo Niagara region, where the tech sector is small – and largely stagnant.

The San Francisco area tops the list of fastest-growing tech markets, according to the Brookings Institution. (Getty Images)



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Fox News Viewers Are Gunning for Shep Smith. How Will Fox News Respond?

 Shepard Smith 

Smith’s past comments affirming human-influenced climate change, supporting same-sex marriage, urging reasoned calm on terrorism and disease, and defending rival network CNN from “fake news” attacks from Trump have raised hackles among some network viewers, but it was this throwing cold water on Andrew Napolitano’s theory about Britain wiretapping Trump that really “made him an apostate to the conservative Fox News orthodoxy,” Farhi says.

Neither Fox News nor Smith, who has been with the network since 1996, responded to The Washington Post‘s request for comment, but as Smith-haters are pushing for his firing on social media, two theories are gaining traction: Smith is on his way out and feeling free to speak his mind, or Fox News actually wants Smith to put a bit of space between the network and Trump.

“If I’m Fox News, I would view [Smith’s commentary] as a good thing right now,” said Dan Cassino, a Fairleigh Dickinson University political scientist who wrote a book on Fox News, espousing the second theory. “It builds the credibility of a news organization,” as the Murdoch clan wants for their network. Besides, he adds, since Trump fans have no other cable-news options, “Fox isn’t worried about its ratings.”

Subscribing to the first theory is Tim Graham at the conservative Media Research Center, who argues that Smith is set to bolt to CNN or MSNBC. “His aggressive defense of the liberal media suggests he’s looking at Greta Van Susteren and saying, ‘Yeah, I could do that,'” Graham told The Post. “To me, it sounds like he’s advertising to other networks. It just seems bizarre for him to be sticking up for CNN and MSNBC. It’s like Jif peanut butter taking an ad sticking up for Skippy.”

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Narcotics Arrest After Early Morning Traffic Stop in Amherst

A Buffalo woman was charged with drug possession and a Buffalo man was charged with driving offenses after they were stopped on Main Street in Amherst early Thursday morning.

Monique J. Miller, 21, a passenger in the car stopped at 4:16 a.m. in the 3500 block of Main Street, was charged with a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to Amherst police reports. Tre C. Smitherman, 23, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unlicensed driving and a traffic ticket.

The car the Buffalo couple was using was towed.

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BREAKING NEWS: Affordable Care Act Stays in Place

House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly pulled the President Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in a last minute admission he was not able to whip the required 216 votes Friday afternoon. A House leadership aide told Yahoo News that Trump asked Ryan to drop the vote.

The move was a rebuke to Trump, who threw his full endorsement to the bill in recent weeks and who’s staked his reputation on being a master negotiator. The move also raises serious questions about how effective Ryan can be as speaker, and even arguably how long speakership is going to last.

On Friday morning, House leadership made last minute changes to appeal to House Republicans’ conservative and moderate wings who were opposed to the package, the Affordable Health Care Act, but it wasn’t enough to win their support.

Members said they believe any vote would be a cliffhanger, as moderates and Freedom Caucus holdouts only increased in number as Friday went on.

With the crucial vote delayed, the blame game is likely to begin.
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‘No-show Jobs, Secret Payments’ Key in Ortt, Maziarz Cases

Former state senator George Maziarz, center, with lawyers E. Stewart Jones, left, and Joseph LaTona, appears in Albany County Court on Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Albany.

For the more than quarter-century that George D. Maziarz reigned supreme over Niagara County Republican politics, paying for elections never posed a problem for his brimming campaign treasury.

Indeed, during the two years now scrutinized by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, the former state senator from Newfane regularly checked in with around three-quarters of a million dollars.

But now, Schneiderman says Maziarz and the Niagara County Republican Committee under his control bankrolled far more than just elections. They essentially acted as pass-through accounts for no-show jobs, Schneiderman said Thursday as his office announced multicount felony indictments against the former state senator and his Albany successor, Sen. Robert G. Ortt.

The attorney general said Thursday his efforts will revolve around “no-show jobs and secret payments” that he called “the lifeblood of public corruption.” The payments allegedly went to a former Niagara County legislator and Maziarz campaign associate, as well as to Ortt’s wife, neither of whom did any work to earn the money, according to the indictments.
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If CNN’s New Russia Report Is True, We May Be Seeing the Beginning of the End of Donald Trump’s Presidency

Donald Trump is in the middle of a non-stop waking nightmare. Every single day finds the nation’s most powerful conspiracy theorist at the center of what might be the biggest conspiracy in our nation’s history. And unlike the theories Trump likes to push (Obama having Trump’s “wires tapped,” Obama not being born in America, etc.), more and more this one seems like the real deal.

Putin’s America

Yesterday reports came out that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had worked for a Russian oligarch with the intention of furthering Vladimir Putin’s interests in the United States. That alone would usually make for the latest in a long line of bad weeks for the administration. Not unlike the week where Michael Flynn was fired because of his failure to disclose his Russian connections or the week where attorney general Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself from any Russia investigation due to his lying under oath about his own contact with Russian officials during the campaign. Yes, if that was the last bad news for the administration on the Russia front, it would already have been a shitty week…

It was not the last bad news for the administration on the Russia front.

Last night CNN reported that it looks like the FBI’s investigation into whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to swing the election may be looking bad for Donald Trump.
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Sparks Fly as Amherst Political Powers Weinstein, Kindel Head Toward Rematch

Two Amherst political powers, Supervisor Barry Weinstein, on left, and former longtime Town Board member William Kindel may run against each other in 2017 for Town Board.

The slate of candidates for fall races in the Town of Amherst continues to grow and could feature a rematch between two political foes.

A familiar name in town politics for half a century, William L. Kindel, is attempting a return to office with a run for town board.  Kindel served five four-year terms as a town councilman during 50 years of involvement in town government.

Supervisor Barry A. Weinstein, who cannot seek a third term due to term limits, also indicated an interest in remaining on the board by seeking one of the two seats.

“It’s a possibility,” Weinstein said. “I will not make up my mind until May at the earliest.”
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Did the Seneca Nation Just Outmaneuver Albany?

The main gambling floor of the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino.

The Seneca Nation’s decision this week to stop paying the state more than $100 million a year in casino revenue sharing caught leaders in Albany completely off guard.

But on the Seneca territories, more than 300 miles away, tribal officials have known for months that this day was coming.

Seneca officials did not raise a grievance with the state in 2013 when they believed Albany was in breach of the casino agreement, according to one lawmaker, because the Senecas did not want to do anything to alert state leaders to an omission in the original 2002 casino compact and a subsequent 2013 deal.
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