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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers


Several members of the Occupy Buffalo group were arrested on that catch-all charge of “disorderly conduct” during their eviction from Niagara Square on Fb. 2. The Occupy movement is currently in the market for a home now that their agreement with the city has ended.

Unwanted Pregnancies

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo issued a statement on Feb. 3 condemning new federal regulations that requires employers to provide workers with health coverage that includes access to reproductive services like birth control, calling it an “unjust law and an affront to religious liberty.”

Friendly Fire

The Buffalo Sabres are now officially destroying themselves from the inside out. Even in a season already snakebit by the injury bug, nobody could have predicted that the next man down would be coach Lindy Ruff, who broke three ribs on Feb. 6 in an on-ice collision with Jordan Leopold.

Our Claim to Fame

Confirming this season’s status as the “winter that never was,” at a news conference on Feb. 7, organizers of Buffalo Winterfest and Powder Keg announced that they have hired a movie production company to supply Niagara Square with 15 tons of man-made snow. Womp womp.


Many believed that our region would escape Congressional redistricting uscathed, but now State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is suggesting that talks have centered on NYC and WNY to lose seats when state representation drops from 29 to 27 seats.

By the numbers...


Number of seasons out of the past nine in which the Super Bowl’s winning team has defeated the Buffalo Bills during the regular season. Apparently its’s a good way to handicap next year’s field; only the Pittsburgh Steelers in both the 2005 and 2008 seasons (they did not meet Buffalo in the regular season either year) failed to defeat the Bills during their runs to the Super Bowl. In October of this season, the Bills lost 27-24 to the New York Giants, who went on to win Super Bowl XLVI against New England on Feb. 5.


Percentage of New Yorkers who object to giving state legislators pay raises, according to a Siena Research poll released on Feb. 6. Lawmakers earn a base salary of $79,500 a year with additional stipends for meals and travel expenses. In addition the heads of the State Senate and Assembly earn an additional $41,500. New York’s elected leaders are currently the third highest paid state lawmakers in the nation. Last month Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver argued legislators deserved a pay raise, their first since 1999.

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