Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accuses Media of Anti-Liar Bias

April 19, 2019

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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Reacting to the journalist April Ryan’s call for her to be fired, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, on Friday, that she has been the victim of the media’s “widespread anti-liar bias.”

“From their obsession with fact-checking to their relentless attacks on falsehoods, the media have made no secret of their bias,” Sanders said. “It’s open season on liars in America.”

“This is media hypocrisy at its very worst,” she added. “The same journalists who advocate freedom of speech want to take that freedom away from anyone whose speech consists entirely of lies.”

“This is nothing more or less than a direct attack on the lying lifestyle,” she said. “You take away my right to lie and you take away my ability to earn a living.”

Kellyanne Conway, the White House senior counselor, spoke out in support of Sanders, telling reporters, “An attack on one liar is an attack on all liars.”

“Our country has seen some dark days, from the Bowling Green Massacre to the bugging of the White House microwave,” she said. “But this might be the darkest.”

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Lane Closures on Niagara Falls Blvd. Start Tuesday

April 19, 2019

Niagara Falls Boulevard is seen with Tonawanda on the left and Amherst on the right. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)
Niagara Falls Boulevard is seen with Tonawanda on the left and Amherst on the right.

Traffic signal upgrades are scheduled to begin next week on a portion of Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda.

Daily lane closures are scheduled to begin Tuesday between Rochelle Place and Green Acres Road for the maintenance work, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and is expected to last for approximately six weeks.
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Williamsville Man Defrauds Drug Company After Serving Time for Separate Scheme

April 19, 2019

A Williamsville man told a pharmaceutical manufacturing company he would use its money to ready two skin and health care products for distribution and sale.

But instead, Robert C. Logel used most of the money for car payments, college tuition, rent and cosmetic surgery, according to U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. And he started the scheme just months after he was released from prison for defrauding two victims out of nearly $3 million.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. to wire fraud and tax evasion in his latest caper.
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24 Years Later: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing

April 19, 2019

On April 19, 1995, the nation was in shock when bombs exploded at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. A frantic scene followed, with first responders rescuing survivors and recovering the dead and law enforcement scrambling to put the pieces together.

Hours after the bombing, Pendleton native Timothy McVeigh was arrested.

The news that a Niagara County native was the Oklahoma City bomber sent shockwaves through Western New York.

Reporters from The News went to work to find out McVeigh’s background, interview relatives and report on what it would mean for McVeigh’s trial. Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck were two of those who covered the Oklahoma bombing and its Western New York connection. They spoke to McVeigh for 75 hours and, eventually, co-wrote the well-known book “American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing.”
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A Wave of Consolidation Sweeps Away Familiar Convenience Store Names

April 19, 2019

A Noco Express store in Depew.  (John Hickey/Buffalo News)
A Noco Express store in Depew.

A familiar local name in the convenience store business will soon disappear. And not for the first time.

Noco Energy Corp. has agreed to sell 33 of its Noco Express convenience stores and gas stations to industry giant Marathon Petroleum. Once the deal is complete, the Noco stores will be rebranded as Speedway, one of the biggest chains of its kind in the nation.

The story has a familiar ring. Back in 2011, the Wilson Farms chain of 188 stores was sold to a different convenience store powerhouse, Texas-based 7-Eleven.

Other deals have recently changed the name of the stores where Buffalo-area customers can pull in to refuel, buy coffee and grab snacks.

Late last year, Marathon bought the Express Mart chain, which included 10 area locations, and turned those stores into Speedway locations.  And earlier this year, Sunoco bought four area gas stations from Schmitt Sales.

Get used to this type of consolidation, if you haven’t already.
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Safety Law Won’t Be Weakened, Trump Officials Tell Flight 3407 Families

April 18, 2019

WASHINGTON – The Families of Continental Flight 3407 spent 90 minutes Wednesday with the nation’s transportation secretary and its top aviation official. The marathon meeting left the Buffalo-based group confident that there’s no Trump administration effort to water down the aviation safety law Congress passed in the wake of the crash that killed 50 in Clarence a decade ago.

About a dozen members of the group met with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and Acting Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Daniel Elwell. The family members said afterward that Chao and Elwell seemed receptive to speeding up the last remaining task under that law: creating a pilot records database aimed at preventing airlines from hiring bad pilots.

Most notably, though, Chao alleviated the families’ fears that the Trump administration would try to change the most controversial part of the law, which mandates that pilots and copilots have 1,500 hours of experience before joining a passenger airline.

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2019 Buffalo Bills Schedule Includes Rare Thanksgiving Game vs. Dallas Cowboys

April 17, 2019

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The Buffalo Bills’ schedule may be without a primetime slot this year, but the Bills will have the rare chance to play on Thanksgiving.

Buffalo will play at the Dallas Cowboys on the holiday for the first time since 1994, when Jim Kelly set a franchise record for completion percentage.

Buffalo went 6-10 last season and finished third in the AFC East. Playing a third-place schedule the Bills face just four teams that made the playoffs last year.

The schedule features matchups with the NFC East and AFC North along with games against the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos.

Josh Allen will have a combined four games against three of the four other quarterbacks selected in the first round last year, including a Week 10 contest with Baker Mayfield and the new-look Cleveland Browns.

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Pig Brains ‘Brought Back to Life’ Four Hours After Death in Disturbing Experiment

The experiment poses questions about the barrier between life and death

Rob Waugh

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Asteroid ‘To Fly Past Earth Closer Than the Moon Tomorrow,’ Scientists Warn

April 17, 2019

It will pass closer than the moon 
by Rob Waugh

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Woman ‘Infatuated’ by Columbine Shooting Found Dead of Self-inflicted Gunshot Wound After manhunt, police say

April 17, 2019

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