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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers

The Week's Winners & Losers

Cheap Shots

Charles Barkley ripped the Buffalo Bills at NBA All-Star week on Feb. 13, which Terrell Owens attended. Among other jabs Barkley said, “Man, nobody watches the [Bills] play, give me a break.” Thanks, Chuck, tell us something we don’t know.

Backdoor Shenanigans

Buffalo gay rights advocate Kitty Lambert went to City Hall on Feb. 10 seeking a same-sex marriage license and was rebuffed by New York law. So she found a stranger, a gay man, and the two filed successfully, to illustrate the “sanctity” of marriage law.


A long-awaited and much speculated-about New York Times hit piece on Gov. David Paterson hit the stands Feb. 17, but contrary to rumors didn’t include details of an affair with a Buffalo woman. It instead focused on the rise of one of his aides.


State officials announced plans on Feb. 17 to delay refunds of state taxes of around two weeks to temporarily alleviate the stress of New York’s $1.4 billion budget deficit. Albany would be wise not to trifle with Buffalo’s debt collection prowess.

Local Theater

Former UB researcher William Fals-Stewart was charged with multiple felonies on Feb. 16 for allegedly hiring three local actors to portray witnesses on his behalf at a university misconduct hearing. Fals-Stewart was acquitted at that hearing in 2007.

By the numbers...


Number of inmates to commit suicide at Erie County Holding Center since 2003, including five in the last three years alone. The latest victim, a Cheektowaga man facing forgery and drug charges, hung himself in his cell Feb. 13.


Difference between the expected revenue and the actual losses of the BERC-funded restaurant One Sunset during its first three and a half months in operation. The findings were part of an audit by the city comptroller realeased on Feb. 15 that also found more than $27,000 in county development loans and $38,000 in inventory that could not be accounted for.


Average minutes of travel time to work in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metro area according to 2005-2007 Census data. On Feb. 16 Forbes ranked Buffalo second overall on its list of the Best Cities for Commuters in America. The list measured travel time, road congestion, green alternatives, and travel delays in the 60 largest metro areas. Salt Lake City received the top score.

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