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Right place, right time

It’s not every day that a woman from Grand Island is the subject of a British tabloid story.

Kara Dudley, 22, an ambitious aspiring model and actress who moved to New York City a few months ago, charmed the international press with her good-natured reaction to what many other women would have found completely embarrassing.

Monday, Dudley spotted some paparazzi crowded around a store in SoHo and asked what all the fuss was about.

The photographers told her Taylor Swift was inside, so Dudley went in to sneak a peak.

Swift left the store, and Dudley followed her.

The paparazzi were still there, clicking away. Seizing on the opportunity, Dudley started posing, completely oblivious to the fact that Swift’s friend, supermodel Karlie Kloss, was inches behind her.

The Mirror lauded the “reverse photobombing” skills of the “brunette beauty” and praised her for handling it in stride.

“Embarrassing? Actually, no, she finds it all hilarious. AS. DO. WE,” the Mirror wrote.

A woman in London tweeted she wished she could be friends with Dudley but suspects Swift and Kloss “might nab her first.”

Going the length for justice

Those in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Buffalo often weigh in on important legal and financial issues.

But during a recent hearing on the future of Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, Chief Judge Carl L. Bucki and several lawyers tried to reach a consensus on a less substantial question: How far is Erie, Pa., from Buffalo?

Attorney Guy Fustine, who represents UPMC Hamot in the case, argued that a subpoena seeking records from the Erie hospital was flawed because it was filed in Buffalo, not Erie.

Attorney Sara Temes, who filed the subpoena on behalf of some creditors who are owed money by Lake Shore, argued a provision in the law allowed the filing in Buffalo because Erie is less than 100 miles away.

Fustine and Temes spent much of the hearing disputing each other’s interpretations of the law. Bucki, seeking some common ground, asked Fustine whether he agreed with Temes’ geographic conclusion.

Fustine conceded that point, saying he found the distance was 85 or 90 miles on his drive up. No one in court looked it up, but we did. Google Maps puts the distance at 92.3 miles.

Bucki paused for a moment. “It depends whether you get lost on the way in,” he said wryly, before adding that the Thruway makes that hard to do.

“It’s a pretty straight shot, judge. I won’t dispute that,” Fustine replied.

Don’t be a stranger

The Buffalo Common Council bid farewell to its lawyer, Alan P. Gerstman, this week.

It might have been able to hang onto him for a little while longer, if Niagara Council Member David A. Rivera hadn’t asked him what tier he was in in the state pension system.

“I kind of regret talking to him about what tier he worked in and how much money he was losing by actually showing up for work,” Rivera said.

Gerstman, a 40-year government veteran, is in Tier I, which offers the most generous benefits.

“We appreciate the work that you’ve done, and, we really do like you, man,” said Majority Leader Demone A. Smith.

Gerstman, never seen in City Hall without a bow tie – on week days, anyway – had to go to many meetings and answer every legal question that passed through lawmakers’ heads. He said he was happy the acknowledgement didn’t come during the memoriams, when lawmakers recognize notable residents who have died.

In addition to appreciations from Council members, Council President Darius G. Pridgen threw in a plug for the church he pastors on the East Side. “I know you’re going to make real money somewhere,” Pridgen said. “If you don’t have a church home, we believe in tithes and offerings at True Bethel.”

Written by Jill Terreri, with a contribution from Stephen T. Watson.


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