Western New Yorkers Thrive in the West Wing

Elizabeth Allen, Desiree Barnes and Greg Degen are three of the five Buffalo-area natives with prominent jobs in the Obama White House.

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If anybody ever yelled “Let’s Go, Buffalo!” in the West Wing of the Obama White House, five people would stand at attention.

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That’s how many Buffalo-area natives work within steps of the Oval Office under President Barack Obama.

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Three of them help hone the president’s message. Another helps prepare his daily briefing book. And another works with federal agencies to try to keep the government’s technology as modern as it can be.

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It’s an unusual situation, to say the least, given that other recent presidents never had more than one or two Buffalo-area natives working in the West Wing at any one time – if that.
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Buffalo Wing Fest Adds 5k, ‘Ninja’ Challenge to Downtown Event

Chicken Wing Festival, returning Sept. 3 and 4 to Coca-Cola Field, will include two physical activities to help burn off those extra wing-related calories.

How about a little exercise with your chicken wings

The National Buffalo Wing Festival, returning Sept. 3 and 4 at Coca-Cola Field, will include two physical activities to help burn off those extra wing-related calories.

The general public will be able to try out obstacles like the ones on TV’s “American Ninja Warrior” as part of the Buffalo Ninja Warrior Challenge, one of the new elements of the wing festival. Participants who have appeared on the NBC show will be on hand competing, and the public can sign up to test their inner ninja, too. Also, children and adults who don’t want to compete can try out the obstacles themselves, said festival founder Drew Cerza.

Also new this year is the Chicken Wing 5k Run, which will be held downtown at 11 a.m. Sept. 4.
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Sports Olympic Runners Who Helped Each Other After Falling Down Just Won a Major Honor

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MOH Recipient ‘Pappy’ Boyington Was A Brawler, Drinker, And Legendary Fighter Ace


How Medal of Honor and Navy Cross recipient Gregory “Pappy” Boyington led the Marine Corps’ storied Black Sheep Squadron to victory during World War II.

Gregory “Pappy” Boyington was a legendary World War II Marine fighter ace who led his men into battle against overwhelming odds and won, but to some in the Corps he was a belligerent troublemaker. A black sheep. It’s a title Boyington wore with pride.

Born on Dec. 4, 1912, Boyington grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, before moving to his family’s apple farm in Okanogan, Washington, when he was in junior high school. From a young age, Boyington dreamed of taking to the sky.

“I used to read all of the books about the World War I fighter aces, and I built model planes, gliders and things,” said Boyington in an interview with Colin D. Heaton in 1988.

In 1934, Boyington graduated from University of Washington in Seattle with a bachelor’s of science in aeronautical engineering. On June 13, 1935, he joined the Marine Corps Reserve, and in training, distinguished himself as a peerless pilot. Over the next several years, he began to experiment more and more in the cockpit, trying newer and more daring feats.
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Man is Fed Up With the Bullies Across the Street – So He Paints the House the Colors of the Rainbow

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Aaron Jackson is someone who strives to counter hatred. And as part of his work, the environment and human rights activist advocates for LGBT youth and raises awareness about the thousands of children who commit suicide due to bullying.

And as part of this, Jackson came up with a smart idea back in 2013—when he found out that there was a house for sale across the street from the headquarters of the Westboro Baptist Church, the congregation that’s become known for its hate propaganda against LGBT people, Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Aaron Jackson’s organization, Planting Peace, bought the house in Topeka, Kansas for $81,000. The idea was to run anti-bullying campaigns out of the house that came to be known as the “Equality House.”

Once Planting Peace bought the house, Aaron decided to paint the house the colors of the rainbow pride flag as a nod to the hateful church across the street.
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Fools and Profane Insult Young Girl

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After eating at a restaurant in Harrisonburg, Virginia, instead of leaving a gratuity, a couple scrawled on the check, “We only tip citizens.”

Their server was a young 18 year old girl name Sadie Karnia Elledge born in America of Honduran and Mexican descent.

Her grandfather, John Elledge, took a photo of the grease-stained receipt and posted it on Facebook. Beneath the photo he typed, “You are a complete and total piece of dung.”
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Clarence Man Charged With Theft From Erie County Highway Barn

Ryan Hudson, 28, of Clarence was charged with petit larceny and criminal trespass. (Erie County Sheriff's Office)

A Clarence man was charged Sunday with stealing metal supplies from an Erie County Highway Department barn in the Town of Tonawanda, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said.

A sheriff’s deputy checking the premises of the barn on Military Road at about 3:15 a.m. found a truck near a metal-piping storage area filled with metal supplies in its bed.

The deputy charged Ryan Hudson, 28, with petit larceny and criminal trespass. Hudson had about $200 worth of supplies in the truck, the sheriff’s office said.

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Pigeon Attorneys Question Validity of 2015 Search, Attorney General’s Jurisdiction

G. Steven Pigeon, center, confers with attorney Paul Cambria, right, as he is arraigned on a grand jury indictment of nine charges, including bribery, in State Supreme Court on June 30. Defense attorney Paul Cambria is at right.  (Derek Gee/News file photo)
G. Steven Pigeon, center, confers with attorney Paul Cambria, right, as he is arraigned on a grand jury indictment of nine charges, including bribery, in State Supreme Court.

One of the most closely watched criminal trials of recent years is expected to begin next spring as political operative G. Steven Pigeon faces nine counts of bribery and extortion lodged by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

The process is already underway following last week’s filing of pretrial motions by Pigeon’s legal team headed by veteran defense attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr. The attorneys are claiming that a May 2015 search of Pigeon’s home may have been authorized by a deficient search warrant, and they question whether Schneiderman even maintains jurisdiction in the case.

The Attorney General’s Office, in its replies, mostly contends that the demands of the defense are overly broad, outside the scope of the pertinent laws, or will be answered in due time in court proceedings. Other Cambria claims are also expected to be addressed in the trial.
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Trump Needs Republicans In Congress to Help Run A Decent Campaign

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Trump’s operation is running on bare-bones money and strategy.  He needs major help to run a halfway decent campaign.  This help must come from the Republican Party organization to provide campaign functions such as getting out the vote, digital outreach, and fundraising.

Strong party officials want to cut Trump off and focus on saving the seats of members of Congress who are in jeopardy of losing their seat.

I believe saving Congress member’s seats will override Trump’s needs.

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The Battle For Gold For Basketball In the Olympics Was Fun To Watch

Today I watched the battle for the gold medal for basketball in the 2016 Olympics.

The battle was between USA and Serbia.  The announcers were pathetic.  They didn’t know much about the players and made several errors in calling play-by-play but still, the game was fun to watch.

Each team seemed to have difficulty holding onto the ball.  One player on Serbia’s team couldn’t make the ball reach the basket no matter where he stood.  The amount of fouls not called was unbelievable.  Each team made plays like they were in a circus act.

After a few close calls earlier in the Olympics, this was no contest. Kevin Durant scored 30 points and helped the Americans jump out to a huge lead by halftime.

It was the final game with the national team for Mike Krzyzewski, who took the Americans back to the top and leaves with them there after becoming the first coach to win three Olympic gold medals.

Carmelo Anthony also picked up his third gold to go with a bronze, becoming the most decorated male in Olympic basketball history.
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