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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Going Green

Wegmans announced it will stop selling two of its reusable shopping bags on Sept. 10 after tests revealed green paint used in the Chinese-made bags had eight times the lead allowed under law. Oh, the irony. Do you see what happens when you try to be half-assed environmentalists?

Reasons to Drink

This guy right here. The Buffalo Bills kicked off what looks like another uninspiring season on Sept. 12 with a tepid 15-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins at home. Now, I’m not one to go around assigning blame—BUT IT’S ALL TRENT EDWARDS’ FAULT. That guy is just a terrible, terrible quarterback.

Unrequited Love

As if getting dumped once isn’t bad enough, on Sept. 13 a few delusional planners toyed with the idea that Canalside could win back Bass Pro. Councilmember Michael LoCurto quipped that the megachain might need a restraining order against the spurned ECHDC. LOLZ.

The Wrong Crowd

State Sen. George Maziarz announced on Sept. 13 that the parole board has decided to stop placing reformed sex offenders at a North Tonawanda motel. No offense, but with a name like the B-Cozy, aren’t you just begging for derelicts, hookers, or sex offenders anyways?


With his stunning victory in the Republican primary on Sept. 14, developer Carl Paladino proved one again that a lot of New York is like a lot of Alabama after all. We’ll see how Paladino’s frothing anti-government rhetoric, xenophobia, and love for horse porn play downstate.

By the numbers...


Pounds of cocaine seized by United States Customs and Border Protection on Sept. X at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge—the largest international-border drug bust in WNY history. The 97 bricks of Bolivian marching powder bound for Canada were hidden in the floorboards of a commercial trailer and had a street value of approximately $3.6 million.


Ideas for development at the Canal Side project that were submitted to Mayor Byron Brown as of Sept. 9. After asking for soliciations from the general public five weeks ago, 856 people responded to the mayor with ideas via online form, email, telephone and letter. Some notable ideas included a weather museum, ferris wheel, Costco, gondola rides, hydroponics garden, Mighty Taco, indoor water park, and our personal favorite: a penguinarium.


Gallons of oil that were reported spilled on Sept. 13 from an Enbridge Energy pipeline in Cheektowaga. The 91 mile long pipe—which carries an average of 70,000 barrels of petroleum to Canada a day—was shut down for several hours as a precautionary measure while crews cleaned up the leak.

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