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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

Chicago’s Uber drivers should be on the lookout for Buffalo Bills players. Another one may snag a rider with deep pockets. For the second time this year, a Buffalo Bill found himself stuck in the Windy City after missing a connection, with an important team meeting the next morning. Rather than sink in the eyes of the coaches – and pay a big fine for being late – he decided to hail a ride.

It happened first in the spring when Bills cornerback Shareece Wright used Uber to make it on time to a voluntary practice after missing a flight. And it happened again last Sunday.

Wide receiver Brandon Reilly, a rookie member of the practice squad, got stuck in Chicago when his flight got delayed several times. He followed Wright’s lead and punched up Uber. About 8½ hours and $900 later, he just made it to the meeting.

Team owner Terry Pegula may need to have a jet on call to help out his conscientious players. Loose change for him, less hassle for the players. Just a thought.

The recent discovery by astronomers of the spectacular collision of the dense cores of two collapsed stars inspired this political fantasy:

America’s two political parties stop being poles apart and come together in a spectacular fashion to compromise on a host of once-intractable issues: health care (now named “We Care”), tax reform (a fix to benefit everyone, from the bottom to the top) and immigration (a fair system that treats everyone with respect while securing our borders).

In reality, the collision occurred 130 million light years from here in the southern constellation of Hydra. The event sent fireworks across the universe that reached Earth Aug. 17, but unfortunately have not yet sparked bipartisanship.

No, it’s not about politics. New York’s ban on elephants has nothing to do with a left-leaning state purging its Republicans. In fact, it was a Republican – State Sen. Terrence Murphy of Westchester County – who sponsored this enlightened measure in his chamber.

The new law prohibits the use of elephants in circuses and similar events and, with it, takes notice of the cruelty of conscripting these animals into the work of entertaining humans. It’s a practice that was already passing into history, but it’s good to see New York take this humane step.

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