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A GREAT GIFT: Businessman and former congressional candidate Jack Davis and his wife, Barbara, have given $5 million to create a new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences building at the University at Buffalo, which Davis attended.

Some people are determined to give. Davis was thwarted in his bid for Congress, but with this gift -- and more to come -- his influence on Western New York will be undeniable and long lasting.

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ABOUT THOSE SUBSCRIPTIONS: A local radio host got all screechy this week over a Buffalo News editorial lamenting right-wing hate speech and a News political cartoon unkind to Sarah Palin. So, enraged -- or just looking for a hot topic to liven his show -- he urged listeners to cancel their Buffalo News subscriptions, and several dozen people did so.

Hey, we believe in free speech, too. Rants over the airwaves can provide fun entertainment that's good for business.

Here's where it gets weird: The radio station didn't cancel its own Buffalo News subscriptions. Our records show that 16 copies of The News will still arrive at the office at 500 Corporate Parkway Monday through Friday, same as always. Five copies will still arrive on Saturday, and five on Sunday.

Apparently, the managers see value in the newspaper -- perhaps as a guide for their own news department -- and have not practiced what their morning pundit preached. We are proud of the fact we provide a service for our friends in radio and value them as customers, just like The News values all its customers. Should any want to come back, our arms are open.

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