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It seems to us: 5 seconds of danger, NYC sends money to us and Shea’s is ready for its close-up

It may be old school, but some of us still believe in the “5-second rule,” even if science doesn’t. Scientists studied the old and, many thought, reliable rule: If your favorite unhealthy and probably processed snack hits the ground, you have five seconds to safely snatch it up before brushing it off and popping it in your mouth.

Now it seems those germs can actually transfer to food in less than 5 seconds. The proof is in a new study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. So, even if you’re old school, it’s best to throw that contaminated snack – no matter how sinfully delicious – in the trash. And leave it there.

We don’t know if Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs is perpetuating a fraud out of ignorance or malice, but he is basing his campaign for State Senate in part on the ancient and destructive canard that upstaters’ tax dollars go to support New York City.

It’s “a crime,” he says in a TV ad, but if there’s a crime here, it is in a county officeholder either knowing so little about state finances or being so willing to play on a prejudice.

If the fact of the Buffalo Billion, provided by the state, isn’t enough to bury this falsehood, then there is this: The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government issued a report a few years ago documenting that New York City and the downstate suburbs give far more to Albany in taxes and other revenues than they get back. “The Capital Region and the rest of state, by contrast, get significantly more than they give,” the report says.

To be clear: Western New Yorkers are the beneficiaries of downstate taxpayers, especially those in Manhattan’s financial district. Without them, we’d be sunk. Jacobs should get his facts right … and then stop talking about it.

Friday was the 35th annual Curtain Up! celebration in Buffalo, marking the state of a new theater season, and doing so in the newly restored splendor of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

As a photo gallery on buffalonews.com clearly shows, the old theater radiates elegance. It could hardly have looked more spectacular when it opened in 1926 – 90 years ago.

It’s been an amazing comeback for a theater that once had a date with the wrecking ball. Fortunately, saner heads prevailed and Shea’s is once again a mainstay of downtown Buffalo.

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