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Scorecard: The Week's Winners & Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Canned Heat

Armed security guards will be posted at Buffalo pools from now on after a large fracas broke out at Masten Pool on July 8 and several lifeguards were attacked. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, summer just brings out the crazy in this city.

Highway Robbery

Police in the Cattaraugus County town of Leon are investigating the July 11 attempted robbery of an Amish couple while driving their horse-drawn buggy. Amish don’t even wear buttons, so what exactly were these geniuses hoping to steal?

Back Scratching

After a supposed “nation-wide” search for police commissioner candidates yielded only local ladder-climber Daniel Derenda, four Buffalo Common Councilmen voted July 12 to delay confirmation of Mayor Byron Brown’s new top cop appointment.

Everyday Superheroes

Mild-mannered NFTA bus driver Richard Lucas was on his usual No. 16 South Buffalo route on July 12 when he noticed a burning house. Rushing to the door, he alerted the 10 sleeping residents inside before departing to calmly finish his route.


A six-foot tall, 150-pound statue of Roman sea god was stolen early morning of July 14 from the Buffalo Italian Festival. The statue was centerpiece to a replica of the elaborate Trevi fountains in Rome, fountains gaudy enough to make Salvatore’s blush.

By the numbers...


Rank of Amherst on CNN Money’s list of the Top 100 Places to Live in America. Composed of cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000, the July 13 list took things like job growth, home values, crime, and commuting time into consideration. Similiar suburb Eden Prairie, Minn. was ranked the top place to live.


Billions of dollars sought by Wellsville resident and web designer Paul Ceglia in a NYS Supreme Court lawsuit against the social networking site Facebook. Ceglia claims a 2004 contract to develop the site entitled him to a $1,000 fee and a 50% stake in the product. A NY judgetemporarily blocked transfer of the company’s assets earlier this month. With interest, Ceglia claims 84% ownership of Facebook’s $11 billion estimated worth. Facebook has transfered the case to federal court in Buffalo.


Millions of dollars in bonds towards the $300 million Canal Side project on Buffalo’s Inner Harbor to be supplied by the New York Power Authority. An agreement between the NYPA and the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. was announced on July 13.

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