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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n11 (03/18/2010) » Section: Week in Review

Seven Days: The Straight Dope From the Week That Was

Last March, local anti-casino activists filed their third lawsuit against the US Department of the Interior trying to put a stop to gambling at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo. In the two earlier suits filed by casino opponents, US District Court Judge William Skretny ruled that the downtown property on which the casino sits, though it qualifies as Indian land, is not eligible to host casino gambling according to the Department of the Interior’s criteria. Twice the federal government has ignored the judge’s rulings and eventually appealed. The latest lawsuit was provoked by a “midnight” ruling—enacted by the outgoing Bush administration on the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration—that reversed the Department of the Interior’s previous interpretation of the laws governing Native American gaming. The new interpretation is clearly designed to counteract Skretny’s previous rulings and permit gambling in downtown Buffalo.

Scorecard: The Weeks Winners & Losers

It’s March Madness time again Buffalo! On March 14 the eight teams coming to town (let’s hope their fans remember to spend freely!) to play in in the NCAA basketball tournament were unveiled. Due to our minimal knowledge of college basketball, the Week In Review decided to prognosticate the results according to our own arbitrary metrics.

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