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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Reinforcing Stereotypes

Despite most of the snow falling in the Southtowns and the city getting just a dusting (by our standards), on Dec. 10 both NBC’s Today show and ABC’s World News Tonight reported live from WNY on the winter storm that hit much of the East Coast.

Gorilla Pimpin'

The Buffalo Zoo loaned Kwizera, one of its female western lowland gorillas to the Memphis Zoo on Dec. 11 as part of a breeding loan. Kwizera’s daughter, Sidney, is also being considered for a loan, proving yet again that pimpin’ is a ruthless game.

Falsifique A Mexicano

WNY got its first taste of the fast food chain Chipotle on Dec. 11 with a branch opening in Amherst. No, it’s not “real” Mexican food; yes, it’s a owned by the overlords at McDonalds. But where else can you get a $6 whale dick of a burrito?

Fiscal Solvency

It’s official. According to the governor, New York is broke. On Dec. 13, David Paterson announced that “the state has run out of money” and delayed $750 million in payments to schools, cities, and counties to balance the books this month.

Pipe Dreams

It was a good week maybe someday building a new bridge to Canada. On Dec. 14 the state revealed five finalists for a new and improved Peace Bridge. If all goes well, we should have a new bridge by 2017. We’ll believe it when we see it.

By the numbers...


Hours of flight experience Capt. Marvin Renslow had in the Bombardier Dash 8 prior to the crash of Flight 3047 in Clarence that killed 50 people last February. Colgan Air, which operated the flight, submitted a report to the National Transportation Safety Board last week blaming pilot error for the accident.


Average total debt of New York state college students upon graduation in 2008, the fourth highest overall, according to a report released Dec. 14 by the Institute for College Access & Success. Statewide, 65% of students left school with debt, including 87% at the University of Buffalo.


Percentage decrease in the ouput of the Buffalo economy over the last year according to a report by the Brookings Institute released on Dec. 15. This ranked Buffalo as the 24th strongest economy among the top 100 metro areas, below the average 2.4% decline, and was enough for experts to delcare the recession to be close to over in the region.

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