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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Internal Investigations

An investigation by an NFTA appointed “independent” board concluded on June 16 found that officer Adam Brodsky followed “proper procedure” in pepper-spraying a nonviolent war protester from behind. Here’s a novel idea. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be judged by a jury of our choosing too?


HSBC Bank announced on June 18 they were seeking bids for their 175 upstate branches, abandoning a locale with $21 billion in deposits and a long history to pursue more lucrative foreign markets. I think we just got dumped for the rich, more popular cities. It’s like high school all over again.

Libertarian's Paradise

Former Buffalo resident and Somali prime minister Mohamed Mohamed stepped down from the top spot on June 19, ending his eight-month attempt to govern an essentially unogvernable country wrought by poverty, civil war, and veritable anarchy. Hey, Tea Party! Hate the government? Move to Somalia.

Wild Pitches

State police ticketed a 20-year-old Buffalo man on June 20 for posession after an ill-fated attempt to ditch his stash prior to being pulled over went terribly awry. While driving on the I-190, the man allegedly threw a bag of pot out the window—which then proceeded to land directly on a trailing policeman’s hood.

Career Paths

The celeb gossip site TMZ broke the news on June 20 that pornographic actress Sammie Spades, star of such films as Big Butts Like It Big #8 and White Bubble Butts #4, was formerly an intern with Hillary Clinton’s office in Buffalo. Not to knock the girl’s work, but it’s nice to see those internships finally pay off.

By the numbers...


Percentage of the total bank deposits in the eight-county Western New York area, or $13 billion total, held by London based HSBC Bank. HSBC currently employs an estimated 5,000 people locally and has 71 branches. It was announced on June 20 that HSBC would look to offload its Upstate New York operations.


Tuition increase for in-state undergrad students at four-year SUNY schools over the next five years, an increase of 30% to $6,470. The $300 annual hike was part of a deal struck by state officials on June 21. The agreement also calls for a 10 percent annual increase in out-of-state tuition. Despite the increase, UB still outpaces most in-state rates at similar regional flagship schools: Penn State $14,412, Ohio State $9,420, Rutgers $9,926, Vermont $12,888, and UConn $8,256.


Projected number of parking tickets issued by the Buffalo Parking Department in the fiscal year ending June 30, according to figures reported by the Buffalo News and released on June 17. This represents a 23 percent increase over the previous year when 136,102 tickets were written. The city projects revenue of some $9.2 million from parking fines and penalties.

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