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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

When you find a fine restaurant that checks all the boxes – ambience, service and, most important, delicious food – you want it to always be there. That’s not happening for one highly regarded Buffalo restaurant. Rue Franklin, at 341 Franklin St., has closed.

Chef and owner Corey Kley and his wife, Cheryl, bought the restaurant in 2011. In 2015 News Food Editor Andrew Z. Galarneau gave it a 10-plate review, the highest rating, and spoke for devoted fans who will miss what he called “this unassuming French-inspired jewel box.”

Who says people can’t learn? It takes a while, sometimes, but eventually, reality dawns. Maybe.

Ricky Q. Caldwell is going to prison – again. It will be his sixth incarceration and his 66th criminal conviction, but he swears it will be his last. He is 52 years old.
Caldwell was sentenced this week to three years in prison and five years of supervision after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery.

He says he’s going straight and, while that may represent the triumph of hope over experience – he said the same thing after conviction No. 65 – we hope he makes it. He will need help, but there is not much worse than a wasted life.

OK, so which is the real menu item?

A) Ketchup ice cream.

B) Poutine doughnut.

C) Peanut butter bacon.

With some apprehension, we can confirm that, on Saturday only, the poutine doughnut will be offered by three local Tim Hortons stores. It’s in celebration of the 150th birthday of Canada, where, for reasons unexplained, someone thought it would be a good idea to put gravy and cheese curds on French fries.

Never mind. We still love Canada, but if it’s all right, we’ll celebrate with a Labatt.

Another quiz: Who in a tweet called Morning Joe co-host Mika Brezezinski “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and said, “She was bleeding badly from a facelift?”

A) Darth Vader.

B) Voldemort.

C) The president of the United States.


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