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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

So, sturgeons have a secret life. Who knew?

Great Lakes scientists at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium who studied the prehistoric fish in the Niagara River have proved over a five-year period that sturgeon tend to be nocturnal creatures. What they found was that, generally speaking, those fish are most active between about 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. That’s sturgeon suppertime – their preferred hours for feasting on leeches, snails and clams.

That’s the scientific view. The social conclusion is that, like the Buffalonians who flock to Chippewa Street and Allentown in the evenings, sturgeons are party fish. They like the nightlife. They’ve got to boogie.

The City of Light is about to get its glow on. Several buildings, including the iconic Electric Tower, are burnishing their brightness by upgrading their exterior lighting systems. It should make for a more dazzling city.

The tower, patterned on a building from the 1901 Pan-Am Exposition, is famed for the colorful illuminations on its “cake top” sections. But it’s going dark for about two weeks as an enhanced LED system is put in place, keeping the technology current while also allowing for more vibrant colors and reducing power costs.

And the tower isn’t alone. The new Curtiss Hotel’s allure includes its attractive exterior lighting. Douglas Jemal, owner of One Seneca Tower, is looking to light the 38-story building that dominates the city skyline. Other structures, from City Hall to the Peace Bridge, also are enticingly lit.

Buffalo got the nickname City of Light because of its early adoption of electric power at the turn of the last century. With the city’s ongoing revival, this is a good moment to renew our claim to a colorful name.

Tom, the most famous turkey Amherst has ever known, is gone. Not to a Thanksgiving Day platter, but reassigned to a wildlife refuge in East Concord. He was nothing if not comical, though in a way that was dangerous for him and risky for frustrated drivers.

Tom knew his territory. He owned the intersection of Paradise and Klein roads and worked diligently to … well, we’re not sure what. But this was a bird on a mission. What we know is that to achieve his mysterious ends, he was called upon to block traffic lanes, peck at tires and even circle cars that needed that treatment.

Sadly, his mission is going to remain a mystery, because on Wednesday, after increasing objections from drivers who weren’t as sure of Tom’s value as Tom was, he was trapped by an animal control officer and taken to Nora’s Ark rescue and wildlife rehabilitation center where, we hope, he will be given a tire swing to pass the time.

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