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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

New Deal Era Policies

On Aug. 22 Carl Paladino elaborated on his latest brilliant idea: turning NY prisons into dorms for welfare recipients to work state sponsored jobs and take “hygiene” lessons. Kindly alert the Tea Party, what Carl’s proposing sounds a lot like socialism!

Journalism Ethics

Roughly a dozen people burned copies of the Buffalo News on Aug. 23 in protest of an article highlighting the criminal records of seven City Grill victims. In this economy, insensitivity be damned. Someone had to buy those papers to burn em’.


Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey lectured a few teenage fans on Aug. 23 for heckling QB Trent Edwards during the team’s final preseason practice in Rochester. Trent, how about doing your coach a favor for defending you by not sucking this year?

Crimefighting Tactics

Desperate to maintain animage of control in the wake of recent violence, Mayor Byron Brown and BPD commish Dan Derenda unveiled a new Violent Crime Task Force on Aug. 24 to target the “worst of the worst”. Has anyone tried signaling Batman?

Bad Press

The website 24/7 Wall St. released a list of the nation’s “Dead Cities” on Aug. 23 and take a wild guess who took top honors? Sure it’s a dumb list, but kinda hard to disgaree with (we know what we are people). Still, let the author know what you think at (917)865-2143!

By the numbers...


States that will receive federal “Race to the Top” funding for public schools— including New York, which is in line for $796 million. The state’s initial bid was ranked 15th out of 16 states that applied for the grants, but a law increasing the cap on charter schools from 200 to 460 strengthened the bid enough to qualify.


Monthly premium costs for upstate residents enrolled in New York’s Bridge Plan, a program for patients with pre-existing conditions who do not have health insurance. The plan, announced by Gov. David Paterson on Aug. 23, will start providing coverage on Oct. 1 and is expected to support 15,000 New Yorkers. The Bridge Plan—will do just that, until a federal ban on pre-existing conditions goes into effect in 2014.


Pounds of Deli Meat recalled from Wal-Mart stores by the Buffalo based Zemco Industries last week due to possible Listeria contamination. Prior to the recall, the roast beef and ham was used in sandwiches, most of which have been eaten already without incident.

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