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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n32 (08/11/2011) » Section: Week in Review

James Williams: The Long Goodbye

“This is a kangaroo court!” Buffalo school board member Florence Johnson said angrily shortly after the board convened late Tuesday afternoon in a special meeting to consider a motion to terminate school district superintendent James Williams. This was hyperbolically inaccurate. The proceedings were hardly well enough organized to railroad anyone out of a position.

Who's Following Whom

Little was resolved at Monday evening’s meeting of Erie County Democratic party town and zone chairs, held at Curly’s in Lackawanna. The informational meeting, called by Lancaster’s Terry McCracken, was a sort of meet-the-candidates night, in which the two leading contestants in the race to succeed county chairman Len Lenihan made presentations and offered themselves up to party leadership for questions. The first to speak was John Crangle, the Tonawanda party chairman, whose ascent to Lenihan’s seat was supposed to have been negotiated in the three-party peace deal brokered by the state party’s executive director, Charlie King, between three warring, city-based factions of the county party. Second was Cheektowaga’s Frank Max, whose gathering support is beginning to resemble something like momentum. Still, no one is certain yet who has the votes to become the next Democratic Party chair.

Towering Questions

Now that the deal for UB to sell its radio stations WBFO, WUBJ, and WOLN to local public broadcaster WNED has been announced, new details of the transaction have come to light.

Mum's The Word at BMHA

Last Thursday, Phil Fairbanks of the Buffalo News reported on federal charges filed against nine individuals and two companies, including a state inspector and two City of Buffalo inspectors, involved in asbestos removal at the vacant Kensington Heights housing project.

Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

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