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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers


Despite having just been drafted 10th in the April 26 NFL Draft and thus guaranteeing himself a multimillion dollar contract, new Bills corner Stephen Gilmore displayed a striking ambivalence upon learning he’d be heading to Buffalo. Maybe it’s just that old Buffalo pessimism, but c’mon, smile, bro.

Big Brother is Watching You

Sadly, Kathy Hochul joined 41 Democrats in helping to pass the CISPA bill in the House of Representatives on April 26, a Draconian privacy instrusion that grants the government broad and unchecked power to regulate online activity. Cheers to Brian Higgins for standing up for a free and uncensored Internet.

Good Neighbors

The City of Buffalo sent out a notice last week to remind homeowners that they must clear all overgrown weeds, grass, brush, and garbage from their lots by May 1 or face fines. Hmm, so can we assume the hundreds of city-owned vacants will receive an equal degree of landscaping scrutiny?


First it was Kenmore East girls basketball and now the Clarence Middle (middle!) School girls lacrosse team taking heat and facing a four-game suspension on April 30 for their alleged use of the n-bomb, this time on the field and directed at opposing players. Kids grow up so fast these days.

Vaudevillian Stunts

A May 2 news conference heralded an agreement between parks officials to sanction a death-defying walk across Niagara Falls on June 15, the first such walk in over 100 years. In future news, Nik Wallenda, 33, was pronounced dead after his badly battered body was recovered from the Niagara Gorge.

By the numbers...


Percent increase in Buffalo Water Authority rates as part of a $482.6 million spending plan unveiled by Mayor Byron Brown on May 1. The rate increase is the third of three annual hikes approved back in 2010.


Number of “orange days” recorded in Erie County (defined as an eight hour ozone concentration of 0.076-0.095 parts per million, or deemed “unhealthy for sensitive groups”) according to the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report released on April 25. Overall, the Buffalo Niagara region received a C-minus for air quality and saw a decrease from the 18 orange days reported in the 2011 report. The three most polluted counties were all in California with Tulare County (Visalia, CA) recording 229 orange days, Riverside County 227, San Bernardino County 211, and Kern County (Bakersfield, CA) 209. The highest total in New York was Suffolk County with 33.


Number of times the New York State Assembly has passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, as of Monday, April 30, when it passed again. Number of years it has sat in the State Senate, unacted upon: 11.

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