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France Storms To Second World Cup Title With Final Victory Over Croatia


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We’re Playing at Old Fort Niagara in One Week! Will You Be There?

July 15, 2018
The BPO at Old Fort Niagara
Fireworks, music and fun at Old Fort Niagara!

We’re only one week from the BPO’s return to Old Fort Niagara, and we want you to join us! Enjoy a concert of patriotic favorites under the stars at Western New York’s oldest historic site, followed by a stirring and spectacular fireworks show. The BPO returns to Youngstown at 8 PM on Sunday, July 22. Family four-packs and discounted rates for kids are available. Bring your lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic supper, and plan for a night of family-friendly fun!   

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Gov. Cuomo, the System is Corrupt. Own it and End it (Editorial)

July 15, 2018
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his state of the state address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Albany, N.Y.  Cuomo disclaims responsibility for corruption scandals in his signature economic development projects.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his state of the state address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo disclaims responsibility for corruption scandals in his signature economic development projects.

By Editorial Board

Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty.

That’s the verdict of 12 New York jurors on multiple charges against four defendants who conspired to rig bids for $850 million in state contracts for projects in Syracuse and Buffalo. The jury did not buy defense arguments that it’s unsavory, but not illegal, to do business this way.

It is both unsavory and illegal, as anyone with an ounce of sense could tell you.

The defendants — former nanotech czar Alain Kaloyeros, Syracuse developers Steve Aiello and Joseph Girardi, and Buffalo developer Louis Ciminelli — own the illegal part.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo owns the unsavory part.
Now what are you going to do about it, Governor?
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When Will President Trump Face Reality?

July 14, 2018
 Yesterday 12 Russian military officers were indicted for attempting to interefere in our election. There was a time when such attempt would be perceived as an attack on the US by all Americans. Everyone should be outraged; instead some ignore it.

The Mueller Investigation is not a “Witch Hunt” but the protection of our constitutional form of government. If you turn a blind eye to the Russian interference or try to justify it you should turn in your American citizenship. This is that important.

The agrees with Erie County Executive Mark Polancarz .

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Comment: Concerning Andy Shaevel

July 14, 2018

Shaevel, Ciminelli, caught red handed in fraud cases.    Next?  Like the other developers who have plagued Amherst are not self-serving, petty thieves?  They all need to be exposed for all the dirty deeds they have perpetrated on the Amherst people, always looking to extract more, while enlisting our elected and selected in the town to assist them in their scams.

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He Was Honest Way Back Then

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Kevin O’Connell is Departing Channel 2 After 25 Years

July 14, 2018
Kevin O'Connell had been in negotiations recently for a contract extension with Channel 2. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)
Kevin O’Connell had been in negotiations recently for a contract extension with Channel 2.

Channel 2 weathercaster Kevin O’Connell’s 25-year run at the NBC affiliate is over.

WGRZ-TV General Manager Jim Toellner announced O’Connell’s run is ending in an email to the staff in which he thanked O’Connell “for his many contributions to our station and city.”

His contract ends this week.

Toellner added O’Connell “has been a big part of our long and consistent ascent from last place to the top-rated station for the last several years.”

“His broadcasting talents and body of work are among the best Buffalo has seen,” added Toellner. “Kevin has also helped raise money for countless charities over the years and donated much of his time to help make WNY a better place to live, which is what ‘On Your Side’ is all about.”
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Amherst Motto: “The Best Town Money Can Buy”

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Our Town Board seems to be in another world when it comes to making decisions. They should be looking into ways our town can Make or save money.

At the Town Board meeting, Monday July 9,2018, the Engineering Department wanted $600,000 for equipment. The only Board member who asked questions about these purchases was Debbie Bucki and Supervisor Kulpa. The other Board members looked like they were trying to figure out what day it was. This request for money will have to be bonded.

When it comes to important votes what the public hears from this board is yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. There wasn’t one no vote all evening. The three members who don’t question hardly anything are a disgrace to be on this Town Board. These members are: Fran Spoth, Shawn Lavin and Jackie Berger. Not one of these individuals is ready to hold office.

These people should have realized that to be on our Town Board means you have to work and keep up with what’s happening in Amherst. The  biggest disappointment is Fran Spoth who hasn’t shown any leadership to help the two new members.

If these three members decide to do the work needed to be a good Town Board representative, they should begin by working harder to help solve the real problems Amherst faces.

Fran Spoth is what developers want on the Town Board. She appointed Bob Gilmour to the Planning Board. She has a close business connection with him. The curse on the Planning Board is the holdover, Dal Giuliani, who’s term actually expired 12/31/17.

Why hasn’t the Board replaced this enemy of the people of Amherst, like every other volunteer whose term expired? The answer is that he is the darling of the developers.  He voted 97% of the time FOR them in his more than 8 years on the Planning Board. His job is to make sure the right candidates, the ones who support developers, receive donations from the developers. He is the gift that keeps giving our land in Amherst to developers. They fear replacing him. Candidates who need money will not be gifted with money from developers. It’s that simple. Corruption rules and frightens little people who give in and sell their souls to keep their seats, including volunteers like Giuliani, Gilmour and Fran Spoth among the many others who want power, and money.

Amherst, like so many other places, is being bleed to death by the weak choices we make at elections. Citizens will not get involved fighting these people because they haven’t yet noticed how hard it has hit them in their pocketbook.  They haven’t felt the sting of losing the things that brought them to Amherst, yet.

One of my favorite, personal quotations goes like this, “Hold your true friends close and your enemies under your feet.” (J. Tricoli)

by James Tricoli,
Editor and owner of the

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President Trump Says “No” to Questions Unless They’re from Fox News Reporters

July 14, 2018
We must remember the history of WWII. Hitler shut down any press or radio stations which were saying NEGATIVE things about him.
Guess what? Trump is acting exactly like Hitler demanding control of media. President Trump refuses to answer any questions put to him from CNN or NBC News. He said, the only honest news outlet is Fox news. The rest of the news outlets spread “fake” news.”

This President is dripping with the blood of our laws. More than once he has said he should be the Emperor of America. The people who believe in our Republic must stop him now.

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Comment: We Have an Idiot for a President

July 14, 201

Comment: What the stupid Trump Trolls do not realize is that this is an act of war by Russia against the United States. A real American President would retaliate. We have an idiot for a President, so nothing will happen, and if he can convince Putin to help the GOP in 2018, the Russians will do it again. This is part of Russia’s plan to collapse the United States and step one was to make Trump President. It won’t get any better until this problem is fixed.

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