New Law Would Allow 16-year-olds to Become Organ Donors in New York

One donor can save up to eight lives given the number of organs or organ parts that can be transferred between bodies, according to proponents of the legislation pending before Gov. Cuomo. (Buffalo News photo illustration)
One donor can save up to eight lives given the number of organs or organ parts that can be transferred between bodies, according to proponents of the legislation pending before Gov. Cuomo.

New York State has the nation’s lowest percentage of residents signed up to donate organs upon their death, but the potential donor pool could grow by tens of thousands through a law awaiting the governor’s signature.

Advocates this week are making a last push to get Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would lower the age of consent from 18 to 16 for organ, eye and tissue donations. Cuomo, who has already warmed to the idea of improving organ donation participation, has a Friday deadline to sign or veto the bill.

“This is not New York being pioneering. This is not New York being bold. This is New York catching up with the rest of the nation and addressing a public health crisis,” said Aisha Tator, executive director of the New York Alliance for Donation, whose members include hospitals, transplant surgeons and pharmaceutical companies.
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Couple’s Prom Photos With Tornado Go Viral

The couple posing in front of the tornado

One young Colorado couple’s prom photos taken with a tornado May 7 have captured international attention.

The Facebook photo features a smiling Wray High School freshman Ali Marintzer and her boyfriend Charlie Bator posing together while a tornado visibly forms behind in the background.

Mother Heidi Marintzer quickly took the photo after she felt confident the tornado was about three miles away — far enough not to hurt her family, the Daily Mail reports.

Ali also took a Snapchat selfie with the tornado later.

“Our pic together was after it died down a little,” Ali wrote on Facebook, referring to the photo her mother took.

Despite the fact the twister eventually injured five people, Wray High School decided not to cancel their prom, although they delayed it by 45 minutes so everybody could safely arrive, the Daily Mail notes.

Tornadoes are expected to continue to affect the area with a possible chance of hail

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1,700 More Families Living in Poverty in Erie County

Latest estimate shows 1,700 more families living in poverty in Erie County

By Charity Vogel

The poverty rate for families in the Fruit Belt has fallen by half. But that may not be reason to celebrate, because the East Side neighborhood near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has also lost one-third of its population, including those priced out of their homes as the growing Medical Campus drives up property… Read More

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Polls Show Trump’s Path to Victory Getting Narrower

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Playboy Mansion Sells for $100 Million to Next Door Neighbor Daren Metropoulos

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UB Buses Extend Routes to 3 Suburban Sites

UBStampede Bus

After years of transporting as many as 1,400 students each weekend night from the University at Buffalo North Campus to South Campus, the UB Stampede bus system is both branching out and cutting back.

Starting Aug. 25, the weekend before the fall semester begins, new bus routes will transport students in the business districts to three suburban destinations with “alternative entertainment options,” UB officials said.

Buses will take students to Maple Road, Walden Avenue and Transit Road on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

At the same time, the schedule for the buses that transport students from North Campus in Amherst to Buffalo’s South Campus, where they walk in droves to nearby neighborhood streets, will be reduced from every 10 minutes to every 20 minutes.
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Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief

Paul Manafort, Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, ran a political consulting operation out of a first-floor office on Sofiivska Street in Kiev, Ukraine.

On a leafy side street off Independence Square in Kiev is an office used for years by Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, when he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party. His furniture and personal items were still there as recently as May.

And Mr. Manafort’s presence remains elsewhere here in the capital, where government investigators examining secret records have found his name, as well as companies he sought business with, as they try to untangle a corrupt network they say was used to loot Ukrainian assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort’s main client, former President Viktor F. Yanukovych.

Handwritten ledgers show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Mr. Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012, according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau. Investigators assert that the disbursements were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.

In addition, criminal prosecutors are investigating a group of offshore shell companies that helped members of Mr. Yanukovych’s inner circle finance their lavish lifestyles, including a palatial presidential residence with a private zoo, golf course and tennis court. Among the hundreds of murky transactions these companies engaged in was an $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable television assets to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin.
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