FDA Approves Oral Diabetes Drug From Novo Nordisk

Sept. 20, 2019

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an oral version of Novo Nordisk’s diabetes drug semaglutide, a boost for the Danish drugmaker which hopes to transform the market by offering patients a non-injectable treatment.

The world’s biggest producer of diabetes drugs already sells an injectable once-weekly version of semaglutide under the brand name Ozempic at nearly $800 per month.

The new oral treatment, called Rybelsus, stimulates insulin production in patients with type 2 diabetes and is meant to be taken once a day.
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Concerned Citizen Comment: A One Year Moratorium On Buildings

Sept. 20, 2019

The Amherst Times editorial on a 1 year building moratorium is a good start but it would need to be longer than 1 year to be effective.

There is another issue which should be considered in order to stop the over development of Amherst and that issue is Concurrency.
It should be become part of the Amherst Town Code that no one can sit on the Town Board, Zoning Board, Planning Board and Amherst IDA concurrently. In addition, any member of the Amherst IDA should be ineligible for the other three above Boards for 2 years after they leave the Amherst IDA. This should be enacted now – before the next election.

Of course, best solution for fixing Amherst Government is to completely eliminate the Corporate Welfare Program called the Amherst IDA.

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This Fox Business Host Had No Clue Who Joe Dash Is

Sept. 20, 2019

The Dash's Market on Hertel Avenue in Buffualo. Supermarket analyst praised Dash's and its owner Joe Dash, on a cable business show this year. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)
The Dash’s Market on Hertel Avenue in Buffualo. Supermarket analyst praised Dash’s and its owner Joe Dash, on a cable business show this year.

Reporters never know where an interview with Burt Flickinger III will go – you just buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Fox Business News’ Stuart Varney learned this back in February.

It’s worth reviving now because Flickinger, a Buffalo native and veteran supermarket industry analyst, talked about the Whole Foods Market in Amherst, the subject of a recent Buffalo News article.
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Two Years After Opening in Amherst, Has Whole Foods Lost Its Luster?

Sept. 20, 2019

The scene earlier this month outside Whole Foods Market in Northtown Plaza on Sheridan Drive. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
The scene earlier this month outside Whole Foods Market in Northtown Plaza on Sheridan Drive.

On Sept. 15, 2017, about 400 shoppers and curiosity seekers lined up outside the new Whole Foods Market in Amherst to wait for the store’s long-anticipated grand opening.

Beaming Whole Foods employees and community leaders posed for photographers around a table set with loaves of fresh-baked bread, some stamped with the company’s name. A customer wore a shirt saying, “I died and went to Whole Foods.”

Wednesday, in contrast, a visitor to the store on Sheridan Drive found the parking lot only about a quarter full. The outdoor patio was empty and customers trickled in and out a few minutes apart. Three registers were open, waiting on a total of four customers with small orders.
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Demolition on Former Northtown Plaza to Start This Month

Sept. 20, 2019

This is an aerial view of what Station Twelve, the transformed Northtown Plaza in Amherst, will look like. (Rendering courtesy WS Development)
This is an aerial view of what Station Twelve, the transformed Northtown Plaza in Amherst, will look like.

The Massachusetts-based developer that plans to transform the former Northtown Plaza in Amherst into a lifestyle center said demolition on the existing structures will begin this month.

WS Development said this keeps the project – which has suffered delays since the company acquired the Sheridan Drive property in 2015 – on track for construction to wrap up next summer and the first stores to open in fall 2020.

The first stage of Northtown Plaza’s redevelopment was finished in September 2017 when a Whole Foods Market opened on the site of a former Bon-Ton store.
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Construction Worker Injured in Two-car Crash in Amherst

Sept. 20, 2019

A construction worker was injured after he was struck by a car and then pinned between two vehicles following a two-car crash Thursday morning in Amherst, according to the Amherst Police Department.

The 56-year-old from Niagara Falls, who police described as a roadway construction worker, was pinned between one of the vehicles and a parked dump truck before being freed by members of the Snyder Fire Department. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center via Twin City Ambulance with a lower leg injury.

The crash occurred just before 7:50 a.m. on Kensington Avenue near Lamarck Drive. A 2012 Chevrolet, driven by a 19-year-old woman from East Aurora, collided with a 2018 Jeep driven by a 25-year-old man from Cheektowaga. The Chevrolet then hit the construction worker, who became pinned between the Chevrolet and the parked dump truck.
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After Fainting, Rep. Tom Reed Diagnosed With Pneumonia

Sept. 20, 2019

Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning. (Mark Mulville/News file photo)

WASHINGTON – A day after collapsing shortly before a television interview, Rep. Tom Reed said Friday he is suffering from pneumonia.

“Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” Reed, a Corning Republican, said in a statement. “After my evaluation by the doctors at George Washington University Hospital, it turns out I had a previously undiagnosed case of pneumonia. I look forward to returning to work on Monday.”

Reed fainted shortly before an interview with the Fox Business Channel in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building Thursday afternoon. Witnesses said he was unconscious for about 30 seconds. Medical personnel then arrived and transported him to the hospital.
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Dead priests Accused of Abusing Children Likely ‘reside in hell,’ Lawsuits Assert

Sept. 20, 2019

Three new lawsuits alleging child sex abuse decades ago by Buffalo Diocese priests who are who now deceased assert that those priests likely live in hell as a result of their crimes.

The Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria law firm also cited Catholic Church doctrine in stating that its clients were unable to locate hell to serve the priests who molested them with a court summons and complaint.

The language, highly unusual for a legal document, was included in three lawsuits against the Buffalo Diocese filed this week .
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Trump Considers Sending Drone to Middle East

Satire from The Borowitz Report

Sept. 19, 2019

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald Trump is sowing discord among his foreign-policy advisers with a controversial plan to send a drone to the Middle East, White House insiders report.

According to sources familiar with the heated discussions, the opposition to Trump’s plan stems from the belief of many in his inner circle that the drone proposed for the mission is totally ill-equipped and doomed to miserable failure.

“There is virtually no enthusiasm for this particular drone,” one source said. “Trump is the only person who thinks that it has any use whatsoever.”

Fears abound that, if the drone were employed in the Middle East, it would immediately stray off course, due to its near-total lack of an even rudimentary guidance system.

“This drone is essentially the opposite of a smart weapon,” the source said. “Even if you tell it what to do, it cannot perform the simplest tasks. Every mission it has been sent on thus far has been a catastrophic embarrassment.”

Despite the widespread contempt for the drone, there is a faction in the White House that believes that sending it to the Middle East might still serve a useful purpose. “At least it wouldn’t be here anymore,” the source said.

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Skyway Byways Mean Commuters Won’t Miss Highway, Planners Say

Sept. 19, 2019

The Skyway: Rep. Brian Higgins is a leader in civic efforts to bring it down. (John Hickey/The Buffalo News)
The Skyway: Rep. Brian Higgins is a leader in civic efforts to bring it down.

Southtowns residents shouldn’t fear long delays driving to downtown without the Skyway, said an urban designer on the team that submitted the winning Skyway competition entry.

“If you are working in the downtown core, the additional time it will take is really about five minutes,” said William Price of the SWBR design firm in Rochester. “It’s one of those things that’s hard for people to believe, but that’s really all it’s going to add to their trip.”

On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Skyway’s days as a mover of vehicles will come to an end. That followed the announcement that the winning proposal in the governor’s “Aim for the Sky” competition called for removing part of the Skyway and converting the other half into a scenic overview and promenade for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The third-place winner called for eliminating the Skyway altogether.
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