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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

Wanna park your car in the City of Buffalo? Well, there’s an app for that. The city now offers an option to pay for parking via Buffalo Roam, a citywide mobile parking application. The app is a free download, but each use carries a 10-cent surcharge that goes to the company, Passport.

This high-tech solution will warn motorists when their time is about to expire, and parking sessions can be extended by up to one hour remotely.

Freestanding meters or Pay and Display will still be available for those preferring a low-tech option. But the ability to go straight indoors might be especially appealing in a cold Buffalo winter.

What was Kathy Griffin thinking? Or maybe she just wasn’t. The comedian is paying a steep price for holding up a faux bloody severed head of President Trump to express what we presume is her opposition to the president. In that, Griffin has plenty of company, but most people are decent – or at least sensible – enough not to cross such a line. It was a disgusting display.

But here’s a side note to consider: CNN promptly fired Griffin as co-host of its annual New Year’s Eve broadcast, but it took Fox News years to dump Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly and it still tolerates Sean Hannity, who makes up damaging stories out of whole cloth. Their various avenues of misconduct are no better than Griffin’s.

It’s not every day an 18-year-old student saves a man’s life, but that’s what Cassandra Butzer did last month when she spotted flames coming out of Dennis Alviti’s home in the City of Tonawanda.
She stopped her car and pounded on the door, giving Alviti time to escape. For that, she was awarded New York’s highest civilian honor, the Liberty Medal. Well deserved.

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