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Cover Story

Lost and Found

by Charlotte Hsu

On the road to Koiyom in Southern Sudan, they must have seemed an unlikely pair—this gray-haired Catholic priest from Western New York and the 31-year-old Sudanese man he calls his son. But there they were, traveling together—Father Ronald Sajdak, the gregarious pastor of an East Side church, a man whose eyes seem to brim with laughter, and Fidele Diing Dhan, six-foot-six, amiable but reserved, a war survivor who grew up in refugee camps before moving to America in 2001.

News Analysis

Pity Your State Government

by Bruce Fisher

Earlier this week, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reported that state tax revenue collections are down over $3 billion compared to last year. He also reported that spending on Medicaid is up by over a billion dollars, even though overall spending by our state government is down.

The News, Briefly

We're Sorry, Hero

The $1 Million Mistake

No Vote on Hudson Street

Hold on to That $2 Bill

Seven Days

The Straight Dope From The Week That Was

by Geoff Kelly

City Comptroller Andy SanFilippo held a press conference this afternoon to discuss a preliminary audit of Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation’s loans to One Sunset, which closed its doors last November, leaving a trail of unpaid debts (about $90,000) and embarrassed politicians.

5 Questions With...

Clark Dever & Joe Dinardo: Frequent Flyers

Earlier this month, JetBlue announced a scintillating deal: For $599, you could book an unlimited number of flights for 31 days in September between any airports the airline serves. Joe and Clark—a marketing executive and a photographer, respectively—immediately challenged themselves to visit as many cities as they could, vowing to spend no more than 12 hours on the ground in one place.

Play Ball!

The Perfect Ballpark

by Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Ballpark Digest has named it “The Perfect Ballpark.” Columbus, Ohio has opened a new stadium for their Columbus Clippers. It is named Huntington Park, the naming rights being sold to an Ohio-based financial institution.

Film Reviews

Taking Woodstock

by M. Faust


by M. Faust


On The Boards Theater Listings

Movie Times (Fri. August 28 - Thurs. September 3)

Film Now Playing


See You There!

Artvoice's weekly round-up of events to watch out for the week, including our editor's pick: the Elmwood Festival of the Arts, taking place this weekend.

You Auto Know

2010 Domestic New Cars

by Jim Corbran

The 2010s are arriving at your local dealerships, but the fanfare has been smothered somewhat by: story after story about the cash for clunkers program; the fact that some 2010 models have been available for a while now; and a great sense of ho-hummedness of most of the 2010 lineup—which greatly resembles the 2009 lineup.

Offbeat News

News of the Weird

by Chuck Shepherd

A 114-pound tortoise, part of the Zambini Family Circus performing in Madison, Wis., in July, escaped. He actually made good time on his dash for freedom, covering two miles in six days before being spotted.

Literary Buffalo


by Jerome Joseph Gentes

Lit City Literary Events


The Imperial Court celebrates another year of fundraising for AIDS

by Danny Winter



Free Will Astrology

by Rob Brezsny

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): I was listening to a sports talk show on the radio. The host had recently discovered Twitter, and was pleased with how many fans he had already accumulated. But he was not at all happy with the words “Twitter” or “tweet.” Too effeminate, he said. Not macho enough for a he-man like himself to use comfortably.


Ask Anyone

I am married to a man with a large, close-knit family. There are events every weekend and lots of phone conversations, so they keep in touch really well. He and his mother have an especially close bond and I don’t begrudge it, but after a few years of marriage she has started calling me to ask personal questions about my husband.