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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Every Other Form of Cancer

Not knocking anybody’s cancer out there but by this time, is anybody really unaware of breast cancer? To mark the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month the Peace Bridge shined pink lights on the span at night from Oct. 2-3. How about showing some love for the prostate people?


Attempts to downsize the Erie County Legislature were put on hold on Oct. 1 thanks to a bureaucratic error filing the referendum’s paperwork. With election day only a month away and the same people whose jobs are at risk charged with advancing the cause, anyone want tobet this isn’t resolved in time?


Drunk Cheektowagan girls breathed a sigh of relief on Oct. 5 upon hearing the news that road menace and Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was traded to the Seattle Seahawks. However, local ornamental dentists were heartbroken to hear Buffalo’s best grill was leaving town.

Higher Education

After high school graduate Dan Derenda’s controversial appointment to Buffalo Police commish, on Oct. 5 the Common Council took steps toward requiring future appointees to have college degrees. What they fail to realize is that anybody with a credit card and the internet can get a diploma nowadays.

Morning Show Fluff

A much calmer Carl Paladino stopped by NBC’s soccer mom-arific Today Show on Oct. 5, softening his “Mad as Hell” rhetoric and backing down from a promise to “take a basball bat” to Albany. Who would have thought we’d see the day Crazy Carl cowers to the intimidating presence of Matt Lauer.

By the numbers...


Percentage of Buffalo residents living below the federal poverty level—defined as $10,830 for an individual and $22,050 for a family of four—according to 2009 census figures released on Sept. 30. For the second consecutive year the top three poorest cities remained the same, with Buffalo following only Detroit (36.4%) and Cleveland (35%).


Estimated reduction in quarterly earnings for Mattel Corporation—parent company of East Aurora based Fisher Price—after initiating a recall of approximately 10 million toys on Sept. 30. After reports from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that 17 children were injured in various accidents, Fisher Price recalled an estimated 7 million tricycles, 2.9 million infant toys, 1 million high chairs and 120,000 toy car sets. Industry watchdogs say that customer response to these recalls are typically low, around 10-15%.


Number of layoffs of county employees proposed by Erie County Executive Chris Collins in the $1.14 billion budget he released on Oct. 1. In addition, Collins has cut $4 million from the Buffalo and Erie County Library system and eliminated $625,000 in funding to local cultural and arts organizations.

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