Church to Host Vigil for Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov. 14, 2018

St. Stephens-Bethlehem United Church of Christ

St. Stephens Bethlehem United Church of Christ will host a Transgender Day of Remembrance Candlelight Vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the church sanctuary, 750 Wehrle Drive, Amherst.

The Day of Remembrance is set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred and prejudice in 2017. The event is held to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on Nov. 28, 1998, kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a candlelight vigil in San Francisco in 1999.

The Day of Remembrance raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people. It allows for mourning, and it honors the lives of victims. It gives the community a chance to show support for transgender people.

St. Stephens Bethlehem is an open, affirming and progressive church.

For more information, call the church office at 632-4426.

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Hospital’s Future Appears Brighter as DeGraff Opens Its New $7.8 Million ER

Nov. 14, 2018
A window gets a cleaning in the isolation room at the new emergency room at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
A window gets a cleaning in the isolation room at the new emergency room at DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda.

Kaleida Health officials said Tuesday that they hope the opening of a new $7.8 million emergency department will relieve local skepticism about the future of DeGraff Memorial Hospital.

After 13 months of construction, the 10,000-square-foot, 17-room department will open to patients at 7 a.m. Thursday at the North Tonawanda medical facility.

Kaleida decided last year to shift DeGraff from a full-service hospital to what the Buffalo-based group calls a gateway to the Kaleida system. The decision did not go over well with many locals.

“We all know it hasn’t been the easiest transition, but I do think in time it will be proven to be better, and great for all of our community,” Kaleida President and CEO Jody L. Lomeo said at the emergency department’s ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday.
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Devastation in Derby as Word of New Era Cap Closing Spreads

Nov. 14, 2018
Employees leave New Era Cap in Derby shortly after they were informed the facility will be closing in March 2019. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Employees leave New Era Cap in Derby shortly after they were informed the facility will be closing in March 2019.

On Tuesday, the beginning of the end of New Era’s connection to this Lake Erie hamlet was announced with the news that the company is planning to close the plant that has been on Route 5 for half a century.

“A lot of people have been here 30, 40 years. How do you start over from that?” one employee said after company officials told employees Tuesday morning.

Many employees left work in tears.

“I’ve been here more than 40 years,” one emotional worker said. “I’m going home to tell my mother we’re going to lose our home.”

One employee who has worked at the plant making caps for more than 25 years said he was a year away from retiring from a job which was about 5 miles from his house.
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How Trump Accidentally Helped Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Flip Jeff Flake’s Arizona Senate Seat

Nov. 14, 2018
Democrats won this Senate seat for the first time in 30 years

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Trump Warns That Florida Recount Could Set Dangerous Precedent of Person with Most Votes Winning

N0v. 13, 2018

Satire from The Borowitz Report
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling for an “immediate end” to the recount in Florida, Donald J. Trump warned on Monday that it could set a dangerous precedent of the person with the most votes winning.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said that those in favor of the recount had a “sick obsession with finding out which candidate got the most votes.”

“Democrats are going on and on about counting every last vote until they find out who got the most,” Trump said. “Since when does getting the most votes mean you win?”

Trump said that, if the recounts are allowed to proceed, “We could be looking at a very bad, very sad situation where to be considered legitimately elected you have to get more votes than the other candidate.”

Having just returned from the Armistice commemoration in Paris, Trump said that Florida’s recount has made America “the laughingstock of the world,” adding, “Putin told me they never do recounts in Russia.”

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Scientists: Wind, Drought Worsen Fires, Not Bad Management

Nov. 13, 2018

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The Scourge of Congress ~ Chris Collins

Nov. 13, 2018
Rep. Chris Collins maintains his innocence. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

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Nazi Salutes in Baraboo High School Prom Photo Spark Outrage Online, District Investigation

Young men there a plane waiting for you to take you home to your motherland.

written by; James Tricoli,editor of the amhersttimes.com

A photo showing most of the boys from the Baraboo High School Class of 2019 in Wisconsin, spring prom giving a stiff-armed Nazi salute is generating outrage online and has prompted an investigation by the district and the police.

The photo taken on the Sauk County Courthouse steps includes about 50 students, though not all are holding their arms outstretched. The photo has resurfaced and gone viral, sparking questions on social media about the school’s culture and bringing international attention to the 3,000-student school district.

The photo quickly spread on Twitter Sunday night and Monday morning with the hashtag #barabooproud, which often is used by the Baraboo School District to promote its activities and athletics programs. The photo also was shared on Facebook.

Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller did not return calls and emails for comment Monday, instead releasing a statement on social media that said school officials are investigating.

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World War I Casualties

Gas-masked men of the British Machine Gun Corps with a Vickers machine gun during the first Battle of the Somme.
British and German wounded, Bernafay Wood, 19 July 1916. Photo by Ernest Brooks

The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was about 40 million: estimates range from 15 to 19  million deaths and about 23 million wounded military personnel, ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.

The total number of deaths includes from 9 to 11 million military personnel. The civilian death toll was about 8 million, including about 6 million due to war-related famine and disease. The Triple Entente (also known as the Allies) lost about 6 million military personnel while the Central Powers lost about 4 million. At least 2 million died from diseases and 6 million went missing, presumed dead. This article lists the casualties of the belligerent powers based on official published sources. About two-thirds of military deaths in WWI were in battle, unlike the conflicts that took place in the 19th century when the majority of deaths were due to disease. Nevertheless, disease, including the 1918 flu pandemic and deaths while held as prisoners of war, still caused about one-third of total military deaths for all belligerents
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N. Korea could kill more than the 20 million killed in World War one with one of their nuclear ballistic missiles. 

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North Korea Running at Least 13 Secret Operating Bases For Ballistic Missile Program, new study shows

President Donald Trump says he’s likely to meet the North Korea leader early next year and that he’s in “no rush” to engage in de-nuclearization talks with Pyongyang. (Nov. 7)

WASHINGTON – North Korea has at least 13 secret operating bases where the regime is continuing work on its ballistic missile program, a sign Kim Jong Un is not winding down his country’s nuclear program despite public promises touted by the Trump administration.

New research, conducted by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Security, has identified 13 of an estimated 20 North Korean missile operating bases that Kim’s regime has not declared.

North Korea’s highly publicized move to decommission a satellite launch facility gained a flurry of positive media attention. But that move “obscures the military threat to U.S. forces and South Korea from this and other undeclared ballistic missile bases,” the CSIS report concludes.
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