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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n34 (08/22/2013) » Section: The News, Briefly

Sedita Refuses to Address PBA's Complaint About Brown Campaign Commercial

On August 7, the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association asked Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III to investigate whether a campaign commercial for Mayor Byron Brown that included endorsements by uniformed police officers standing on city property constituted a breach of state election laws and the federal Hatch Act.

Common Council Sued Over Trico Building

Terrence A. Robinson, a member of the City of Buffalo Preservation Board, has filed an Article 78 proceeding against the Buffalo Common Council because of its failure to landmark the Trico Plant No. 1.

Tolbert to Brown: Your Administration is Fudging Crime Reports

On Friday evening, the patrons of bars and restaurants on Allen Street patios, awash in the live music spilling out the doors of Nietzsche’s and Duke’s Bohemian Grove, were met with a most remarkable sight: two uniformed Buffalo Police officers cheerfully walking the beat.

The March on Washington at 50

It’s been half a century since the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and shouted out her incomparable version of “How I Got Over,” electrifying the hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered around the reflecting pool in a mass call for jobs and freedom. Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the greatest American speech of the 20th century at the event, in which he invoked the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Emancipation Proclamation, explaining how he had a dream “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”

Small Talk

A presidential visit is never complete without protests. Among those who will demonstrate outside UB’s Alumni Arena on Thursday morning, when President Barack Obama delivers his speech on education and jobs, will be opponents of high-volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, which has yet to be permitted in New York State. “In a June speech, President Obama indicated the country would take ‘bold action’ to address climate change, but he included the use of natural gas, when the science shows that methane leaks undermine its benefits, actually increasing greenhouse gas emissions and exacerbating climate change,” says Rita Yelda of WNY Drilling Defense and Food & Water Watch, two of the half-dozen groups taking part in the protest. Yelda says the demonstrators will highlight the US Environmental Protection Agency’s coverup of several incidents of water contamination caused by fracking in three different states.

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