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Editorial: Love in the air, driven to distraction, WNY gets noticed and some fast profits

Wondering on this lovelorn pre-Valentine’s Day weekend why Republicans and Democrats can’t get along as well as Luna and Sakari?

The polar bears were recently featured in a News story – call it a love story. The Buffalo Zoo residents may be a match made in heaven, or at least in wildlife biology circles.

Well, if the once-adorable 4-year-olds can find their way with a planned “first official date” today, including rose petals and heart-shaped ice treats, why can’t our politicians keep their teeth and claws hidden away and get on with the business of governing?

We’ve found a new way to teach young people that losing a basketball game isn’t the worst thing that could happen. Try losing the bus that is supposed to take you home after a depressing defeat.

As reported in The News, the St. Louis University basketball team lost to St. Bonaventure University, 70-55. When the team headed out to board the bus home, it wasn’t there. State Police were notified, but most of the detective work was done by a creative member of the team, who used the GPS on his electronic device aboard the bus to locate the wayward vehicle. It was about 35 miles away rolling down Main Street in the Town of Randolph. The bus driver was charged with DWI.

Learning how to deal with defeat on the court and then out in the field of life: That’s one tough road trip.

We could have told Inc. magazine how cool Buffalo is, and that it is getting even cooler – and no, not the meteorological kind. Although this winter has been nothing to complain about by our standards.

Anyway, the monthly publication has added the City of Good Neighbors to its “3 Unexpected Places that are Actually Amazing for Startups.” 43North and the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, among others, have impressed the magazine’s editors. We already knew it – we’re just glad others are noticing.

Amherst taxpayers should probably put up a billboard along the I-290 thanking lead-footed drivers for their contributions to town coffers. The town ranked fourth in the state in fines collected for traffic infractions, totaling more than $3 million, although some of that is shared with the state and county.

Despite the highway’s history of heavy enforcement, plenty of drivers remain willing to take a chance on a big fine in order to save a few minutes.

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