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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Prudish Developers

On July 30—nine years after the flirtation with Bass Pro began—Brian Higgins’ 14-day put-out-or-get-out ultimatum finally ended Buffalo’s fruitless courting of the fishing mega store. Sure it was a bad deal, but is our waterfront ever going to get laid?

Dirty Laundry

Mayor Byron Brown’s 19-year-old son is in trouble again, facing charges of petit larceny for allegedly leaving a store on July 31 without paying for $60 of merch. In all fairness, the mayor did address the charges—unlike last time—and pledged cooperation.

Death Wishes

Five passengers who boarded a small plane with the intention of jumping out of it—crazy, I know?—miraculously walked away without injury (one remains in critical condition) after it crashed horrifically in Wilson on Aug. 1. Seriously guys, time to take a hint.

Privacy Rights

Buffalo/Niagara Airport received its first millimeter wave body scanner on Aug. 2, joining 28 other airports across the country using the device. While an alternate to a physical pat-down, the scanner still allows the screener to view the subject sans clothing.

Higher Education

UB’s 2020 initiative took a serious hit on Aug. 3 with the passing of a new state budget that failed to allow individual SUNY schools the control to set their own tuition. Hey, at least UB can still take pride in that #6 party school ranking they achieved back in 2003.

By the numbers...


Charges returned against the Tonawanda Coke Corp. and its environmental control manager, Mark L. Kamholz of West Sencea, on July 29 by a federal grand jury. Fifteen of the charges stem from violations of the Clean Air Act and each carries a maximum charge of five years in jail and a $500,000 fine.


Average price of a round-trip or one-way domestic fare originating from Buffalo Niagara Airport in the first quarter of 2010, according to a study by the Department of Transportation released on July 28. This ranks Buffalo as the 87th least expensive airport of the 100 largest to fly from and well below the national average of $328.12.


Days late the New York State Legislature passed its $136.5 billion fiscal year 2011 budget. Orginially due at the start of the fiscal year on April 1, the Aug. 3 measure brought an end to months of bickering between Republicans and Democrats on how to close the $9.2 billion deficit. The budget came within seven days of the record for latest budget in an election year, achieved in 2004.

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