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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

So much could have gone wrong, but in the end, it was just about perfect. The move from the now-closed Women and Children’s Hospital on Elmwood Avenue to the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus went according to well-laid, well-practiced plan.

It’s hard to comprehend the complexity of such a transition, even without the added concern about safely moving sick children. But it worked. The planning at Kaleida Health and the hospitals was exemplary. It was a long day last week, and it had to have had its stresses, but preparation paid off. It was a delicate job done exceptionally well.

It was interesting to see that Carl Paladino suddenly finds one of his many nemeses – Mayor Byron W. Brown – to be suddenly more to his liking, even though Brown hasn’t changed substantially enough for others to notice.

Paladino was recently removed from the Buffalo School Board after a hearing initially brought on by his race-baiting observations about former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. Before this year, he and his companies gave only $600 to Brown. This year, citing changes in the administration’s personnel, they gave $4,000, the largest donation they gave to any New York State or local candidate this season.

So who is changing – or at least wanting to appear that way? Keep watching.

Here’s a fun idea for anyone with months to spare and a high tolerance for cold, wet conditions and more than a little discomfort: Find a small boat and then paddle – voluntarily – around the circumferences of all five Great Lakes.

That’s what Traci Lynn Martin is doing. The Kansas woman arrived in Buffalo Friday, thousands of miles into her journey, which, as we mentioned, is voluntary. In something more than eight months, she has already paddled her surf ski around the three largest lakes – Huron, Superior and Michigan – and is now tackling Erie, which she calls the “most challenging” of the bunch. “Feisty,” she said.

We’re guessing that’s what people say about her, too.

So, Sean Hannity of Fox News finally had had enough of Senate candidate Roy Moore and his non-answers to allegations of sexual misconduct.

On his show Tuesday, he gave Moore 24 hours to remove doubts about his conduct or else … what? Hannity never said and in the end it didn’t matter, because the Fox talker backed down. Oh, well. Never mind.

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