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Scorecard: The Week's Winners and Losers
by Zachary Burns
The Week's Winners & Losers
The Starbucks Effect
After failing to boost the cash register from the Hong Kong Kitchen in South Buffalo on Sept. 18, a robber decided to just grab the tip jar and bolt for the door instead. The real shocker here: since when did Chinese takeout joints have tip jars? Apparently Tipping IS a city in China.
Promotion By Default
Ok, this is the last time we’ll mention him here (barring something wacky) but in light of Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey’s demotion of starter Trent Edwards on Sept. 21, it just needs to be said once and for all: Trent. Edwards. Sucks. Balls. Just gonna leave it at that. Ryan Fitzpatrick, c’mon down!
Facing an increasingly tight race and just one day after the NY Dem. Party released a photo of Carl Paladino’s head on a pig, Andrew Cuomo pledged on Sept. 21 to refrain from “gutter politics”. Something tells me despite Cuomo’s assurances this race is going to get dirtier than Paladino’s inbox.
While statutory rape of a minor is no laughing matter, in this case it kind of is. A 35-year old Michigan woman appeared in Buffalo court on Sept. 21 to face charges she traveled to Amherst to have sex with a 16-year old boy she met over World of Warcraft. Consider my nerdly ass subscribed!
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter announced on Sept. 22 the FAA will grant Niagara Falls Airport $14 million for runway and safety improvements. Sweet mother of god the money they’ve poured into that thing. Four years and now some $56 million—and for what, two daily flights to Florida?
By the numbers...
Points Tea Party candidate for Governor Carl Paladino trails Democrat Andrew Cuomo according the most recent survey released Sept. 22 by Quinnipiac University. Overall, Cuomo still led 49% to 43% in a poll of 751 likely voters. The poll also found 18% of voters identified with the Tea Party movement.
Percent increase in New York electricity rates currently being sought by National Grid Energy. Sen. Charles Schumer asked state regulators on Sept. 17 to reject the $390 million increase until auditors investigate the company’s intentions for the new funds. Previously, Massachusetts regulators found National Grid dubiously planned to use millions towards private school tuition for executive’s children, political junkets and the kicker: to ship an executive’s private wine collection oversees.
Millions of dollars stolen from 23 clients and two loan agencies by West Seneca personal injury attorney Kenneth P. Bernas. Bernas plead guilty on Sept. 21 to 33 felony counts and acknowledged stealing the money to finance construction of his $2 million, 9,300 square-foot mansion in Orchard Park. Bernas faces sentencing on Dec. 10.
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