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Trump Suddenly Expresses Deep Concern About Conditions in Nation’s Prisons

Dec. 12, 2018

Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a sudden departure from his previous views on incarceration, Donald J. Trump said on Monday that he was “very, very concerned” about conditions in the nation’s prisons.

“These are very, very bad places,” Trump told reporters. “These are not places you would want to be.”

Trump criticized the “total lack of amenities” in the country’s federal penitentiaries, calling those prisons “a disgrace.”

“If you are locked up in one of those places, there is no TV in your cell,” he said. “And good luck getting a Diet Coke. You can yell and yell and no one will go get you one. It’s a very sad, very sick situation.”

In addition to blasting the conditions inside the nation’s prisons, Trump also questioned whether “putting someone in jail for one or two felonies serves any purpose.”

“I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately,” he said. “Prison solves nothing.”

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Two Lawsuits Over Amherst Apartment Complex Settled, but Another Lingers

Dec. 12, 2018
Two of three lawsuits spurred by a planned apartment complex at 4400 N. French Road in Amherst have been settled. This is an aerial view of site work that began in late September.(Photo courtesy the Green Organization)
Two of three lawsuits spurred by a planned apartment complex at 4400 N. French Road in Amherst have been settled. This is an aerial view of site work that began in late September.

Two of three lawsuits sparked by a proposed $5 million Amherst apartment complex were settled, but more legal wrangling continues.

The Town Board on Monday agreed to withdraw its lawsuit opposing variances granted by the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals for the 24-unit project at 44oo N. French Road.

The Zoning Board acted in May 2017 after the Town Board rejected a rezoning request, prompting a lawsuit by the Green Organization against the Town Board.

In settling, the Town Board accepted the variances and the developer agreed to make minor exterior and landscaping changes, Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa said.
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Michael Cohen, Trump’s Former Fixer, Sentenced to 3 Years Behind Bars

Dec. 12, 2018

President Donald Trump’s pit bull is going to prison.

A teary-eyed Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years behind bars Wednesday for an array of crimes including evading taxes, lying to Congress, bank fraud and campaign finance violations that could represent a dire threat to Trump’s presidency.

Judge William Pauley handed down the lengthy sentence after prosecutors sought “substantial” time behind bars for the embattled lawyer, who has implicated his longtime employer in a pair of felonies.

Once the president’s pugnacious personal attorney and “fixer,” Cohen split from his former mentor when he pleaded guilty in August to making hush money payments to women who claimed they had affairs with Trump. He also admitted to unrelated tax and bank fraud.
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The Corner of Main Street and Garrison Road in the Village Needs Brightening Up

Dec. 11, 2018

Driving home last night, as I passed through the Village I enjoyed a wondrous sight of beautiful decorations on the storefronts until I reached the corner of Main Street and Garrison Road.  At that corner, there is a  large piece of land with nothing on it.  It made me think it looked like the Blackhole of Calcutta.  That huge empty piece of land could have some sort of decorations but this developer who owns it is cheap and doesn’t care a hoot about Williamsville.

Decorations would offer a degree of safety for people walking past this empty piece of land. A few lights on the property would add a brightness to this corner for the Christman season.

I think the Grinch or Scrooge must own that land.  Sad.

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President Trump Angrily Threatened a Government Shutdown if Congress Doesn’t Fund His Long-promised Border Wall

President Trump angrily threatened a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t fund his long-promised border wall during a heated White House sit-down on Tuesday with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

“I will tell you the wall will get built, but we’ll see what happens,” Trump said, claiming that “tremendous amounts of [the] wall have already been built.”

“I’d like not to see a government shutdown. We will see what happens over the next short period of time. The wall is a very important thing to us. I might put it a different way. Border security is extremely important,” Trump continued.

“We have to take care of border security when you look at what happened with the caravans and the people and a lot of people. We shut it down. We had no choice.”

The president then rattled off statistics that he said showed a decrease in the number of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.

Pelosi responded by saying that the American people don’t want a government shutdown.

“We’re here to have a conversation. I don’t think we should debate in front of the press,” Pelosi said, adding there were not enough votes in the House to pass funding for a border wall.

But the president then complained he can’t get a deal because he lacks 60 votes in the Senate.

“Nancy I need 10 votes from Chuck,” he said.

Schumer then jumped in and said Trump had repeatedly threatened to shut down the government, and criticized Trump for saying parts of the wall had been built, when in fact there have only been repairs to existing sections.

 

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Can You Find The Spelling Errors in President Trump’s Morning Tweet?

Dec. 10, 2018

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

“Democrats can’t find a Smocking Gun tying the Trump campaign to Russia after James Comey’s testimony. No Smocking Gun…No Collusion.” @FoxNews That’s because there was NO COLLUSION. So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution,..

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Making the Switch to Organic Food

Where would you start if you wanted to go organic? “Produce,” says registered dietitian Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Try buying organic versions of foods on the Dirty Dozen list, published each year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The list shows USDA findings of conventionally grown foods most likely to contain pesticide residues. This year’s list includes apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, and sweet bell peppers.

Produce items with thicker skins tend to have fewer pesticide residues, because the thick skin or peel protects the inner fruit or vegetable. Remove the skin or peel, and you’re removing much of the residue. The EWG puts out a list of those foods, too, called the Clean 15. On the list this year: asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet corn, sweet peas, and sweet potatoes.

 

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UB Men’s Basketball Moves to 14 in Latest Associated Press Rankings

Dec. 10, 2018
Bulls head coach Nate Oats celebrates a three-point basket by his team in the first half at St. Bonventure's Reilly Center. (James P. McCoy/News file photo)
Bulls head coach Nate Oats celebrates a three-point basket by his team in the first half at St. Bonventure’s Reilly Center.

The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team keeps moving up.

The Bulls are a program-best No. 14 in the latest Associated Press rankings, released Monday.

UB moved three spots from No. 17 a week ago. UB has 664 votes after earning 515 last week. The Bulls are 169  points behind No. 13 Virginia Tech and 43 points ahead of No. 15 Ohio State

UB is 9-0 and one of only nine undefeated teams remaining in the nation coming off victories last week against LeMoyne and at St. Bonaventure.

According UB athletic communications, Buffalo is the first Mid-American Conference team to be ranked for at least five consecutive weeks since Western Michigan in the 1975-76 season. UB is the first Big 4 team to be ranked for at least five weeks since St. Bonaventure in 1970-71.
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Hutton Back at Practice, Likely to Return to Sabres’ Lineup This Week

Good news from the Buffalo Sabres Monday in HarborCenter: It seems like Carter Hutton’s absence is going to be a short-term one.

The team’s starting goaltender participated fully in practice over both rinks and is on target to return this week. Hutton has been nursing an upper-body injury and had not been on the ice with his teammates since taking the morning skate prior to Tuesday’s overtime loss to Toronto.

He was not dressed for Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia as Linus Ullmark made his second-straight start. It’s unclear if Hutton will start Tuesday night in KeyBank Center against Los Angeles but the Sabres have three other games this week — here Thursday against Arizona as well as road games Saturday at Washington and Sunday at Boston — and it seems like Hutton will be ready for duty in those.

“It’s good to see him back on the ice. He looked really good,” said coach Phil Housley. “We’ll talk to the trainers after today and see where he is tomorrow. It was good to see him back battling. He looked like his old self back there. I’m sure he was glad to be back out on the ice after this little stint.”
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White Supremacist Chris Cantwell Promises Revenge Over Conviction of Charlottesville Killer

Dec. 10, 2018

Amhersttimes Comment: You are looking at the face of Hate.

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