Sterling Says He Will Miss Being Around People He Hates

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LOS ANGELES (The Borowitz Report) — After being banned by the N.B.A. Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling told reporters that he would miss being around people he hates.

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“Sure, I’m saddened by this,” Sterling said. “Sitting in the stands night after night, a boiling cauldron of hatred bubbling inside me—it doesn’t get better than that. Those were good times.”

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“Knowing that I’ll never be able to sit in that arena again and look down on the people I despise—that hurts the most,” he said.

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Looking back on his three-decade tenure with the Clippers, though, Sterling said he felt some measure of satisfaction: “No one hated more people than I did, and the feeling was mutual.”

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Amherst Residents Demand Town Board Protect the Community from Fracking and Fracking Waste

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Community to Testify at Hearing to Tell Amherst Town Board Members to Pass Local Law

WHAT: On Monday, April 28th, Amherst town board members Mark Manna and Ramona Popowich will introduce a resolution that will instruct the Amherst town attorney to draft legislation to ban fracking and fracking waste. This is the first step toward a law that would prohibit fracking and fracking waste disposal throughout the town, including the spreading of brine on town roads. If the board were to pass a local law opposing fracking, they would be joining over 170 municipalities across New York State that have passed similar measures. Amherst and area residents will be in attendance Mondayto voice their support and ask the board to pass the resolution and then a local law to follow.

“The Town Board of Amherst must pass legislation to ban fracking and fracking wastes, including prohibiting the spreading of drilling waste on our town roads. Amherst residents deserve protection from the contaminated water, smog-filled air, and health consequences of the reckless and dangerous gas industry. The board must put Amherst residents’ health and future before these corporate interests,” stated Sara Schultz of Amherst Against Fracking and the Sierra Club Niagara Group.

WHEN: Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm.

WHERE: Town of Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221.

WHO: Amherst Against Fracking, Western NY Drilling Defense, Food & Water Watch, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Sierra Club Niagara Group, and concerned Amherst residents.

WHY: Governor Cuomo is weighing whether or not to allow fracking in New York State. With or without regulations in place, fracking is a menaceto the environment, public health and emits greenhouse gases at disturbing levels that undermine its credentials as beneficial for the environment to avoid climate change. Governor Cuomo has insisted that his decision would be guided by science, but his administration’s actions thus far have lacked transparency and scientific rigor. report published last October by Environment New York Research & Policy Center indicates just how bad fracking would be for our communities. Citing data from 17 states over a nine-year period, scientists found case after case of contaminated drinking water, chemical spills and elevated levels of airborne carcinogens. Amherst, NY sits atop the Utica and Marcellus shale formations, both of which would need to be fracked in order to reach the natural gas deposits, and the town also has several capped gas wells which could be converted to horizontal fracked wells.

While drilling itself is very dangerous, it’s important to be aware of the risk posed by fracking waste, as well. The millions of gallons of potentially radioactive, toxic wastewater produced from fracking poses a major disposal problem. According to the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, more than 600 chemicals are used in the fracking process, about 25% of the chemicals used in fracking fluid have been demonstrated to cause cancer or mutations, and 47% of these products have the potential to affect the endocrine system and reproduction. Currently the wastes coming in from Pennsylvania fracking operations are under-regulated in New York. The gas industry pawns fracking waste off on unknowing municipalities and treatment facilities that cannot handle the waste properly and it often goes miscategorized as “industrial waste”. Traditional municipal waste treatment plants cannot properly handle the complicated waste fracking produces, including the plant in Amherst as it is a biological waste treatment plant.

In some areas chemical-laden fracking wastewater, called brine, is sprayed on dusty roads as road treatment or turned into a salt to melt ice, exposing communities to the chemicals used in drilling and potential radioactivity in the waste. Despite a moratorium on fracking in New York State, Amherst faces the threat of spreading fracking byproduct on town roads, which can now be spread on roads in Wyoming, Erie, Cattaraugus, and Seneca counties, according to state documents obtained by Riverkeeper, who states that they are concerned about these carcinogens entering water supplies. The proposed legislation to ban fracking and fracking wastes in Amherst would protect residents from this danger.

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Williamsville Man Victim in YouTube Abuse Video

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda today condemned the actions of one of his officers who has been shown on a YouTube video slapping and kicking a man after he had been subdued and was lying on the ground in handcuffs.

The man who allegedly was assaulted has been identified as John Willet, 22, of Williamsville. He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, suspected heroin and crack cocaine; unlawful possession of marijuana; resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

“There was a vehicle-and-traffic stop and he was arrested,” Derenda said, declining to give additional details on the charges placed against the man.

But the commissioner said additional video of the incident has been obtained by police investigators and the arrested man was interviewed by Internal Affairs investigators “a short time ago.”

“We are attempting to get the identities of the officers,” he said of the other officers who stood above the arrested man while the fourth officer slapped and kicked the man.

At the beginning of the video, apparently recorded by two eyewitnesses, the man is seen struggling on the ground as a lone officer attempts to handcuff him. Then at least three other officers arrive.

Throughout the incident, the man screams for help and, at points, asks police to stop hitting him.
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Q:   Who put Jerry Schad on the Erie County Water Authority Board?
A:    Betty Jean Grant
Q:    What was Schad’s patronage job before he became a water commissioner?
A:    Counsel to the Democratic majority of the EC Legislature, appointed by Betty Jean Grant.    $42,000 per year salary, no required hours or assignments
Q:     Who is Vice Chairman of the Erie County Democratic Committee?
A      Betty Jean Grant
Q:     Who is suing Eddie Egriu to throw him off the ballot with a pack of concocted lies?
A:     Betty Jean Grant, Jeremy Zellner (Erich Weyant’s employer) and the ECDC, Brian Higgins and Jerry Schad
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While Betty Jean Grant can betray her friends like a seasoned politician, she just lost her State Senate race because of it.
Betrayal like this hurts, but we’ll get over it.
PS  — To those love birds Betty and JZ: this is the end of Democrat headquarters as we know it.

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Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo

David Kowalski
All things GREEN: Energy, Environment, and Economy

EVENTS THIS WEEK: (Web LINKS to Events are in the right sidebar at Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo – Click Here)

  • MONDAY, April 28, PUBLIC MEETING: Amherst Town Board Proposes Fracking Ban, 7:00 pm, Town of Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville
  • WEDNESDAY, April 30, DEADLINE: Submit Public Comments on the New York State Energy Plan – Help achieve critical goals on climate, energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • THURSDAY, May 1, FORUM: Creating a Vibrant Waterfront in Buffalo – “Lessons from Brooklyn Bridge Park”, host Partnership for the Public Good,2:00pm, Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave, Buffalo
  • THURSDAY, May 1, EVENT: Celebrate the Life and Work of Pete Seeger – The Lizzard Ball, sponsor Peace Education Fund, 6:30pm, Buffalo History Museum, 25 Nottingham Terrace, Buffalo
  • SUNDAY, MAY 4, TALK: Environmental Series – “Climate Change and Our Energy Future” with David Kowalski, Re-ENERGIZE Buffalo founder; 9:35am, Case Library, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo

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Amherst Against Fracking Meeting

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Amherst Against Fracking Meeting
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Williamsville Public Library
5571 Main St. Williamsville, NY

Join our grassroots group, Amherst Against Fracking, and help ensure that Amherst residents are protected from the harms of fracking and fracking waste. This meeting is open to all. For more information or to get involved, contact Rita at ryelda@fwwatch.org
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/274585822704806/

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Amherst Town Board Proposes Fracking Ban

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Town of Amherst Municipal Building
5583 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.

The Town Board of Amherst will propose a resolution that could lead to a local ban on fracking, fracking waste disposal, and road spreading of brine in the town at their next meeting — and we need you there to make sure that it passes! Amherst and area residents are encouraged to attend to show your support for an Amherst-wide ban on dangerous fracking and the toxic waste it creates. The board meeting is on Monday, April 28th at 7 p.m. and we need to PACK THE ROOM because your presence encourages the board to vote the right way on the resolution.

You may also prepare 3-minutes of testimony to read in favor of a ban on fracking/fracking waste in Amherst, just be sure to emphasize how these things could impact Amherst residents. Non-Amherst residents are also allowed to testify. Speaking is optional and those wishing to speak should arrive 15 minutes early to sign up.

The town board of Amherst, NY must pass a local ban to safeguard our natural resources and health from the contamination that fracking brings to communities. A ban on fracking & fracking waste disposal (including road spreading) in Amherst would protect residents from exposure to harmful chemicals, airborne carcinogens, and contaminated water. For more information or to get involved, contact Rita at ryelda@fwwatch.org
Join the Facebook event & invite friends: http://bit.ly/amherst01

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Hall of Fame NBA Coach Jack Ramsay Dies at 89

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If you remember the Buffalo Braves you are sure to know the name and remember the man.  Jack Ramsay.

Jack Ramsay, one of three Hall of Fame coaches who spent part of their careers in Buffalo, died today in Naples, Fla., after several years of dealing with various forms of cancer and marrow syndrome, a blood disorder. He was 89.

Known as “Dr. Jack” but never “Doc” after he received his doctorate in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963, he coached the Buffalo Braves for four seasons from 1972 through 1976.

Before he came to Buffalo he was a hugely successful college coach at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, then was general manager and coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. After he was let go by Braves owner Paul L. Snyder in 1976, Ramsay went on to coach the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 National Basketball Association championship and later coached the Indiana Pacers.
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R.I.P. Dr. Jack.

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Sacred Heart Won’t Put Gay Grad’s Wedding News in Alumni Magazine

Newlyweds Lynn Zlotkowski, left, and Lisa Hardej are shown at their wedding reception surrounded by Sacred Heart graduates and family. The private Buffalo school refused to put news of Zlotkowski’s wedding in the alumni publication.

Newlyweds Lynn Zlotkowski, left, and Lisa Hardej are shown at their wedding reception surrounded by Sacred Heart graduates and family. The private Buffalo school refused to put news of Zlotkowski’s wedding in the alumni publication. 

How loving is your God?  How accepting is that holy being?  Would God create you and then reject you? According to the powers that be at Sacred Heart Academy on Main St. in Eggertsville that’s exactly what god does.

Lynn Zlotkowski, 32, a member of the Class of ’99, was married over Memorial Day weekend last year and, like most newlyweds, was so excited she wanted to share news of the joyous occasion with friends.

But when the Sacred Heart Academy graduate sent her wedding announcement and photograph to the school in Amherst for inclusion in its alumni magazine, the submission was rejected.

Zlotkowski, who had married a woman, was told that same-sex marriages could not be placed in Cordecho, the school publication for students, alumni and friends of Sacred Heart.

“I treasure my time at Sacred Heart and feel sad that my school doesn’t feel empowered to support part of their population,” Zlotkowski said during a phone interview from her home in Dedham, Mass.

“I’m very sorry that we can’t publish your pictures and your good news in the Cordecho,” Sister Edith Wyss wrote. “We had a similar request several years ago and we did publish that announcement of the marriage of an alum to her partner. We did expect some negative response and we got some.

“However some readers of the Cordecho also contacted the Diocese of Buffalo. The bishop sent a diocesan official to meet with us at SHA to make sure that we understood what we had done,” Wyss wrote. “In their view, we were publicly supporting same-sex marriage. In our view, we were supporting our alumnae.”

“I love Sacred Heart,” Zlotkowski said. “I give money to Sacred Heart. I’m excited about the construction they are doing. If I had a daughter and lived in Buffalo, I would send her to Sacred Heart. I’m disappointed that they can’t support me the way that I support them.”

Zlotkowski said she hopes Catholic Church policies will change “now that we have this pope who is more progressive. I hope the other facets of the church can move along with him to a place where hate and intolerance is unacceptable.”
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Gov. Cuomo: I Didn’t Interfere With Anti-corruption Panel… But if I Did, It’s My Prerogative

I am the state…

He can do what he wants to do, he says.

“It’s my commission. My subpoena power, my Moreland Commission. I can appoint it, I can disband it. I appoint you, I can un-appoint you tomorrow.”

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