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Again, a child has been beaten to death, allegedly by someone who should have been his protector. And, once again, Child Protective Services was nowhere to be found.Eain Brooks was only 5 years old when he was assaulted last week, half the age that Abdi Mohamud was last year when his stepfather murdered him. Abdi had cried out for help, reporting his abuse at the hands of …

It’s hard to see how House Republicans could seem more hard-hearted than by last week’s vote to slash the food stamp program that benefits the poorest Americans, including many seniors, children and the disabled.We’d hate to see them try to top their proposed $40 billion gash over the next decade to such a crucial program, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition…

As America’s population ages and the cost of health care and related institutions continues to rise, it’s clearly most cost-effective for older Americans to remain as long as possible in their homes – “aging in place” is the official term. That poses special challenges, however, for cities with older housing stock like Buffalo, and for nonprofit organizations lik…

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By Patrick Reddy / SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

Sun, Sep 22, 2013

With unemployment lingering above 7 percent for the longest period since the Great Depression, and Republicans attacking the Obama administration for presiding over a record-high 47 million Americans receiving food stamps, social welfare concerns are back in the news. The conservative Cato Institute argues in a recent study that in a majority of states, including New York,…

This year began with women holding commanding leads in races to become the next mayor of America’s two largest cities, New York and Los Angeles.It was “hers to lose,” the chattering class said of Wendy Greuel, former L.A. city controller and president pro tem of the Los Angeles City Council.It was “hers to lose,” the chattering class said of Christine Quinn, spea…

Study finds orangutans plot trips, share plansIt’s the ape equivalent of Google Maps and Facebook. The night before a big trip, Arno the orangutan plots his journey and lets others know where he is going with a long, whooping call. What he and his orangutan buddies do in the forests of Sumatra tells scientists that advance trip planning and social networking aren’t jus…

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The City of Buffalo is enjoying the benefits of some exciting rehabilitation projects. The completed Hotel @ The Lafayette and the work-in-progress Statler City, to name just two projects, are attracting investment to the city and creating both construction and permanent jobs.But such projects would never have come about without the financial help provided by federal histo…

Sanity, at last. With one additional vote, the stalled hotel project in Niagara Falls was rescued this week. Councilman Robert A. Anderson Jr. changed his vote on Monday, creating a 3-2 majority in favor of a project that no one should have opposed.Until Anderson’s change of heart, he was aligned with Council Chairman Glenn A. Choolokian and Councilman Samuel F. Fruscion…

With its latest effort to ease security checkpoint hassles, the Transportation Security Administration deserves credit for finally starting to ease some of the burden of flying while maintaining public safety.That, in itself, is worth noting. Especially for weary travelers who have had to disrobe to varying degrees as they go through security lines. Not to mention the adde…

Now that Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski has dropped a lawsuit against the City Council, does that signal an end to their squabbling, or will the frustration for taxpayers continue?Based on past practice, we’re afraid the answer is the latter.Szymanski and the Council went head-to-head last December over a couple of top mayoral appointments. The mayor believed, an…

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A child’s suicide over bullying hits hard in Western New York. When people here read that a 12-year-old girl in Florida was so overwhelmed by bullying that she hurled herself from a tower at an abandoned concrete plant, it was hard not to think of Jamey Rodemeyer.Jamey was 14 when he hanged himself in his back yard two years ago Wednesday. Jamey was gay and he endured re…

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As the investigation continues into the deadly shooting rampage by a mentally ill contractor at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Monday, more questions than answers are available.Information remains sketchy, in some ways, and changing, but this much seems certain: Aaron Alexis, 34, was a mentally unstable employee of a military contractor who was able to purchase a shotg…

Many important questions complicate the issue of providing subsidized child care in New York: Who qualifies for how much funding, for example. But at least one issue is clear. When counties cut or eliminate subsidies for families, they need more than 10 days’ notice.Families in Erie County didn’t get that consideration three years ago, when then-County Executive Chris …

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Just to be sure everyone is on the same page: When New York State talks about expanding casino gambling through a constitutional amendment, it is acknowledging – constitutionally, no less – that it cannot control its spending.Its only alternative to meet its expenses is to increase revenue, and since raising taxes in the nation’s highest-taxed state is – and should…

A study finding that the Buffalo region has the fourth-lowest overall Medicare spending rate and is one of six New York communities that ranked among the 30 lowest-cost markets in the country is a bit of good news as the nation’s medical costs continue to rise.The Rochester area has the lowest overall Medicare spending rate, which health officials have said is a sign of …