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Donald Trump Hails Andrew McCabe’s Firing As ‘A Great Day For Democracy’

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Amherst IDA Names Boardroom in Honor of Former Executive James Allen

Mar. 17, 2018
The name of James J. Allen, the longtime executive director of the Amherst IDA who died in October, marks the entrance to the IDA's boardroom. (Buffalo News/Stephen T. Watson)

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency board of directors on Friday dedicated its boardroom in memory of the agency’s longtime former executive director, James J. Allen.

Allen, who died Oct. 31 at the age of 68, served as the agency’s executive director for 37 years.

Allen’s former colleagues on Friday lauded him as a mentor and as a leader of Amherst’s transformation into an economic engine for the region.

Allen’s first meeting as executive director, in 1979, was the IDA’s 65th meeting. His last, in March 2016, was the 477th.

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Priest Denies Sexually Abusing Children; Diocese Says Allegations Prompted Removal

Mar. 17, 2018

Three men have told The Buffalo News they were sexually abused as boys by the Rev. Donald W. Becker, a Catholic priest removed from the ministry in 2003.

On Friday, a spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo told The News that Becker was barred from performing priestly duties then because of sexual abuse allegations against him.

Bishop Richard J. Malone made a similar statement Friday to a reporter from WKBW television news station.

But Becker, now 75 and living in Florida, denied the allegations.

“No, I did not,” Becker told The News, when asked if he had ever molested children. “Certainly not sexual…This is quite shocking.”

Becker said “illness” was the sole reason why he stopped practicing as a priest. He said he suffers from Parkinson’s disease. “It’s debilitating and it’s progressing,” Becker said.

Becker said he can’t explain why diocese officials said he was removed because of abuse allegations.

“I haven’t talked to the bishop about this. I’d have to talk to him about it,” Becker said.

Although he no longer practices as a priest, he added, “I’m still a priest.”
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UB Fans Bull-ish on Basketball Team After Huge NCAA Win

Mar. 17, 2018
UB student Kyle Hughes gives the 'horns up' salute outside his South Lake apartment building at UB North. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
UB student Kyle Hughes gives the “horns up” salute outside his South Lake apartment building at UB North.

If you want to know how everyone at the University at Buffalo felt after Thursday night’s historic NCAA Tournament win by the men’s basketball team, watch the video of Kyle Hughes dashing out of his apartment after the game.

The UB senior, wearing only a T-shirt, shorts and socks, jumped off a step and crashed onto a folding table set up on the sidewalk, breaking it in half as he fell to the ground.

Hughes – best known as the student who sank a half-court shot at a UB home game to win the princely prize of 12 medium pizzas – let out a guttural roar before hurling a section of table out onto the snow-covered lawn.

“I know I owe my roommate a new table,” Hughes said Friday morning.
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A Lesson for the World in a Paper at the Door

Mar. 17, 2018
A woman delivers the morning newspaper to Gerri Mrugalski, waiting in the garage of her home in Clarence. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

The woman had one condition. She was surprised when she met a couple of us from The Buffalo News in a driveway on Bridlewood Drive South in her Clarence neighborhood, and at first she wasn’t sure she wanted to see anything about what she was doing in the paper.

She thought it over. She took a good look at Gerri and Donald Mrugalski, standing in the garage and smiling at her, and she understood why they had called us.

It was their gift, their way of saying thanks.

All right, the woman said in a gentle voice, so moved by the Mrugalskis that she teetered between laughter and tears. She told me to go ahead and write a column, but there was a stipulation: She did not want her name to be used, because that seemed to undermine the fundamental point.

“This is something we’re supposed to do,” the woman said.
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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter Dies

Mar. 16, 2018

Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who had represented Western New York in Congress since 1987, has died. She was 88.

The Congresswoman’s Chief of Staff, Liam Fitzsimmons, said Ms. Slaughter passed away early Friday morning surrounded by family at George Washington University Hospital.

Her office revealed earlier this week that she had suffered a head injury after a fall, and had been hospitalized with a concussion.

Slaughter was the oldest member of the House of Representatives.

Local Congressman Brian Higgins (D-26) released the following statement after hearing the news:

“It is with great sadness we learn of the passing of my friend, and a great friend to Western New York, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Her commitment to public service was extraordinary, serving 47 years in elected office, including 32 years in Congress. She was a strong and respected leader in the House of Representatives and a passionate advocate for the community she represented and loved. The nation has lost a fervent defender of righteous policies and Western New York has lost a champion. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

In a statement, NY Senator Charles Schumer (D) spoke highly of Congresswoman Slaughter and her service to her state and country:

“Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was a giant. She had deep convictions — on both issues important to the people of Rochester, and for the integrity and honesty of the political system. Throughout her entire career, Louise worked with people from so many different philosophies and backgrounds, because she was such a genuine human spirit. The ferocity of her advocacy was matched only by the depth of her compassion and humanity. Her passing will leave a gaping hole in our hearts and our nation. My sincere condolences go out to her daughters and grandchildren and to the legions of people who loved and admired her.”

And from Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown:

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Congresswoman Slaughter was a fierce advocate for Western New York and the progressive, Democratic values of New York State. Her compassion was boundless, and her tenacity was inspirational.

“From her authorship of the Violence Against Women Act to her work combating discrimination and bias, Congresswoman Slaughter was a voice for women, diversity, and the belief that through equality and opportunity our country’s greatest days lie ahead.

“Congresswoman Slaughter’s impact on Buffalo, her beloved home city of Rochester, and all of Western New York will be felt for generations. She will be greatly missed.”
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N.R.A. Proposes Having Second Armed Teacher in Every Classroom to Stop First Armed Teacher from Misfiring

Mar. 16, 2018
Satire from The Borowitz Report

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Hours after an armed teacher in a Northern California classroom fired a gun and injured a student, the head of the National Rifle Association proposed placing a second armed teacher in every classroom, to shoot the first armed teacher before he or she can do harm.

“Had there been a second armed teacher in the classroom to shoot the first armed teacher, this regrettable incident would never have occurred,” Wayne LaPierre said. “The only thing that stops a bad teacher with a gun is a good teacher with a gun.”

The N.R.A. executive vice-president said, “In a perfect world, you would have a third armed teacher, in case the second one messes up, but right now I’d settle for two.”

He blamed anti-gun activists for blocking measures that would allow multiple teachers with guns to shoot at one another and thus keep the nation’s classrooms safe. “It’s time to stop the madness,” he said.

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Amherst Needs Better Lawyers Not Lawyers Who Are “Gifts” From Party Boss Jerry Schad

Mar. 16, 2018

Amherst’s three town attorneys don’t handle major lawsuits which is why we have outside firms to handle these cases. At present the salaries for the three attorneys are  outrageous for the work they do.

The main attorney earns over $111,000 while the Deputy Attorney earns $96,000. our  third attorney, Jeff Marion, is part time and earns $63,000. He feels he should earn as much as the Deputy Attorney – $96,000 but the Board is only going to increase his pay to 83,000. He basically works at the Town Court checking traffic violations.  Nice work if you can get it!

There was going to be a resolution by a Town Board member at the meeting on March 5th but it was withdrawn. Now, to fool the public, it’s listed under Human Resources near the end of the Town Board meeting agenda.

When it was on the agenda March 5th there was a large write up of things Marion did.  Now there is only one line listing mostly things the public can’t check out to see if he deserves this raise.

At the March 19th Board meeting this part-time lawyer will be voted on by the Town Board. The Board may not have the knowledge that Mr. Marion ran 3 times for a judgeship and wasn’t rated qualified. He would run for other offices when the Amherst democratic committee didn’t have anyone who wanted to run.  Jeff’s loyalty to Jerry Schad, Chairman of the Amherst Democratic Committee, is how he secured the job as one of Amherst’s town lawyers.

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UB Bulls to Bask in National TV’s Glow For Next 24 Hours

Mar. 16, 2018
From the University at Buffalo's 24 hours in the spotlight to Bonaventure's exit - and Spero Dedes' strong call, get the TV update from The News' Alan Pergament. (Getty Images)

University at Buffalo coach Nate Oats was on ESPN’s late edition of SportsCenter early this morning after his basketball team pulled the early upset of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament over Arizona.

“I’ve arrived, I am on ‘The Scott Van Pelt Show,'” said UB’s quotable coach.

“You arrived because you beat Arizona,” responded Van Pelt.

They were both right.

UB will be the toast of the college basketball world on television for at least the next 24 hours after its 89-68 destruction of Arizona.
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