Flaherty for EC District Attorney

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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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Trump Blames Bad Poll Numbers on Existence of Numerical System

The New Yorker

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump lashed out at a new target on Monday, blaming his bad poll numbers on the existence of the numerical system.

In sometimes rambling remarks at an outdoor rally in Ohio, the Republican Presidential nominee called the numerical system “rigged” and unleashed a torrent of abuse on numbers themselves, calling them “disgusting” and “the lowest form of life.”

“It’s why I won’t release my taxes,” he said. “They’re full of goddam numbers.”

While Republican candidates in the past have attempted to exploit their supporters’ distrust of math, Trump is believed to be the first nominee to call into question the numerical system itself.

Behind the scenes, G.O.P. insiders fretted that, in attacking the very existence of numbers, Trump was veering wildly off message.

“He should be talking about Hillary Clinton, and instead he’s going off on integers,” one insider said.

Officially, aides remained upbeat about the campaign and denied reports that Trump was spending an increasingly large portion of each day angrily muttering to himself and chewing on paper.

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Wish All Schools Had This Policy

Obviously this would need to be tweaked to read “your child’s forgotten…” at the beginning and “Your child will learn…” at the end.  Love this!

Parents, school begins just a few weeks ahead.  Why not adopt/adapt this for your home.  Time to allow them to grow up – and they will.

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Paladino Tars Khan as Undeserving of Title as Gold Star Parent

Carl Paladino attacked Khizr Khan, father of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, in a radio interview on
Carl Paladino attacked Khizr Khan, father of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2004

Donald Trump surrogate Carl P. Paladino continued the attacks on Khizr Khan on Friday, saying the father of a slain U.S. soldier does not deserve the title of a Gold Star parent.

Khan and his wife, Ghazala, appeared onstage at the Democratic National Convention that nominated Hillary Clinton. He condemned Republican presidential nominee Trump’s plan for banning Muslim immigration and questioned his knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. Their son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004 and awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
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Statement From Flaherty Campaign

“It’s not surprising that County Executive Mark Poloncarz, another face of the establishment, would endorse the hand-picked candidate of the party bosses. It’s no secret that the forces of the status-quo oppose Mike Flaherty for his independence and his aggressive support for tough new ethics laws and reforms which were vetoed by the county executive.
Mike Flaherty will continue to run on his strong record as a career prosecutor who is willing to stand up to the entrenched party bosses and protect the integrity of the District Attorneys office.

“In the meantime, we’ll be watching for the Erie County Democratic Chairman to attack the County Executive for accepting campaign contributions from Steve Pigeon.”

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Individual Tickets on Sale to All Buffalo Philharmonic Concerts on August 13

Season highlights include performances by Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Midtown Men, Steve Hackett

BUFFALO, NY – Individual tickets to all concerts in the 2016-17 Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra season will be available on Saturday, Aug. 13. After a well-received summer season, the BPO is looking forward to a regular season full of highlights.

The season begins on Sept. 17 with the Opening Night Gala and a performance by eminent violinist Joshua Bell. The first Keybank Pops concert, “John Williams’ Movie Masterworks,” takes place onSept. 24 and will be led by BPO Principal Pops Conductor John Morris Russell.

Other early highlights include U2 Symphonic Experience on Oct. 21; Police drummer-turned-composer Stewart Copeland on Oct. 28 and 29 with a piece that world-premiered earlier this year; Symphonic Spooktacular kicking off the BlueCross BlueShield BPO Kids Series on Oct. 23; and The Beatles Classical Mystery Tour on Nov. 5.

The holiday season will feature Cirque Musica’s Holiday Spectacular, blending circus stunts and acrobatics with holiday music. Their national tour stops in Buffalo on Dec. 7. Classical Christmas will be led by BPO Associate Conductor Stefan Sanders and will take place on Dec. 9 and 10. The BlueCross BlueShield BPO series holiday concert is titled “Jingle Bell Jam” and takes place on Dec. 11. John Morris Russel’s Holiday Pops caps off the holiday season on Dec.16,17 and 18.

Later in the season, audiences will look forward to Itzhak Perlman’s Cinema Serenade on Feb. 25; the debut of Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett’s symphonic show on March 3; and Midtown Men featuring the original cast of “Jersey Boys” on March 31 and April 1.

Subscriptions are still available, with packages ranging from full Pops and Classics series to five-packs and flex passes. New subscribers save up to 50 percent off the single ticket price.
To subscribe or purchase individual tickets, contact the BPO at (716) 885-5000, visit bpo.org, or stop by the box office at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo.

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Trump Says He Would Only Use Nuclear Weapons In a Sarcastic Way

The New Yorker

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Clarifying his position on a key national-security issue, Donald Trump said on Friday that as President he would be willing to use nuclear weapons “but only in a sarcastic way.”

“People who are worried about me having the nuclear launch codes should stop worrying, O.K.?” Trump told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “If I ever used nuclear weapons it would be really obvious that I was just being sarcastic.”

Pressed by Blitzer to explain the difference between a sarcastic and non-sarcastic nuclear attack, Trump responded, “You’d use the weapons and everything, but then you’d say, ‘Just kidding.’”

Trump did not specify which nations he would target for a sarcastic nuclear attack. “I can’t say right now,” he said. “But there are a lot of countries that need to lighten up.”

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Phelps Picks Up 22nd Gold; Lochte Fails to Medal

The two U.S. swimming stars went head-to-head for the final time in the 200m individual medley in Rio.

Fourth-straight win for Phelps.

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