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It has taken more than 3 ½ years, a period pockmarked by interminable delays and staggering costs, and what it produced was this: A wealthy woman, described by prosecutors as “the most prolific animal abuser in modern history in Erie County,” has to pay a fine she can easily afford as punishment for maltreating dozens of horses on her farm in East Aurora.And she can keep h…

A few points to ponder with polls opening in less than 48 hours:• Why did organizers of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s big fundraiser on the day after Election Day move the affair from the Hyatt Regency Buffalo to Templeton Landing?Cuomo’s staff passed on answering that question, but leaders of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of New York are definitely wondering. They are amo…

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The HealthCare.gov debacle, and the cover-up and blame game that followed it, have reinvigorated Obamacare’s critics, who argue anew that the law represents expensive government overreach. So it’s worth stepping back from the website mess to remember the deeper problems that made this law necessary in the first place – and, by extension, why the issues with HealthCare.gov,…

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The impressive investment in the medical and scientific fields in the Buffalo Niagara region got another big boost with word that the Cuomo administration is backing a major effort to create a hub here for nanotechnology research, manufacturing and training.Nanotechnology – the manipulation of matter at the atomic or molecular level – may be difficult to grasp, but the fin…

These are the people who make a place special. They are the kind of people who cause you to stop and marvel at the selflessness humans are capable of. And they are a welcome antidote to the cynicism and divisions that too often characterize daily life in 2013.Some call them heroes, although they don’t see themselves that way. But they went out of their way, each at some ri…

By Michael D. Langan

Sun, Nov 3, 2013

A friend from Ireland wrote this week saying, “You are the only person I know who ever worked close to the ‘intelligence’ community. One has to wonder about the person who decided that it would be a good idea to tap [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel’s cellphone, and all the colleagues who went along with him. I do my best to explain the U.S. to my friends here, but you can…

If you’re nervous about where your dog treats come from after reading horror stories on contaminated imports from China, there’s something you can do: Buy Milk-Bone dog biscuits, which are made right here in Buffalo.At least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have been sickened and 580 dogs have died in the United States in the past six years from eating pet jerky produced in China.It…

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Is this what the tea party is all about? Not so much sprawling government programs, although that is a part of it, and not even so much the spending that supports them, though that, too, is part of it. But perhaps the larger issue, as playing out in Colorado, is at once more ephemeral and more fundamental: a feeling that life, as tea partyers know it, is slipping away.In W…

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sounded contrite as she apologized profusely for the administration’s abysmal failure in the rollout of the website for the president’s health care law. Apology accepted. Now, produce results.Sebelius, testifying under oath on Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, shouldered much of the blame, but, w…

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Erie County’s land bank has received a windfall in the form of $2 million from the State Attorney General’s Office. The funds provide a huge boost to a worthwhile effort.The Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp. is a nonprofit entity that banks foreclosed and abandoned properties.The program has the potential to remake and renew blighted areas by rehabilitating rundo…

The Food and Drug Administration has finally acknowledged what many have been saying for decades, that tighter controls are needed on some commonly used narcotic painkillers.The FDA is recommending steps that would make it harder to get prescriptions for widely abused drugs containing the narcotic hydrocodone. Those products will finally get the same treatment as more powe…

Anyone who wants good news about New York State’s teachers can find it in recent evaluations released by the state. Only 1 percent of teachers were rated ineffective during the last school year. Considered that way, it’s not a bad result.But there is another way to view these figures that is somewhat more troubling. According to the figures released by the State Education …

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Continuing revelations about the reach of the National Security Agency, from vacuuming up information on telephone calls, Internet traffic and emails to collecting information from social media, haven’t generated near the outrage that has reverberated from Germany after our ally learned the chancellor’s cellphone had been tapped.After the feigned shock that the United Stat…

The Federal Aviation Administration is always full of excuses. This time, the agency is blaming the fact that it missed its self-imposed deadline for implementing new pilot training rules on the government shutdown.The FAA has been nothing if not consistent in its delays in creating those rules, or anything else that would displease the airline industry.Continental Connect…

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It’s time. In fact, it’s decades past time. The prisoner revolt at Attica occurred 42 years ago and, still, documents relating to the uprising and the investigation that followed remain secret, hidden away in a downtown Buffalo office building. There is every reason to release these records and, with appropriate considerations, there is no reason to continue keeping them s…