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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

Criminals often think they are smarter than the law, but David Sweat took it to a new level when he decided to inform prison officials of the exact methods he planned to use to escape from New York State’s Five Points Correctional Facility.

Prison officials had reason to listen. Sweat was half of that infamous pair who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in rural Dannemora in 2015. The three-week hunt ended with Richard W. Matt dead and Sweat wounded.

Having learned nothing from the incident, Sweat decided to plan an escape from the Special Housing Unit at Five Points, according to a story in the New York Times. The plot was foiled – by Sweat, who offered to reveal security flaws at the prison in exchange for new privileges. Prison officials did exactly the right thing. They listened, maybe took notes. And then sent Sweat to Attica Correctional Facility.

By now, most people are accustomed to seeing nurses wearing colorful print uniforms with welcoming characters (think: Mickey Mouse, Santa Claus). The image may start to fade to gray at the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and other Kaleida hospitals, where management thinks a single color will make nurses more easily identifiable.

Gray is a popular color in the country now, according to management. Nurses don’t see it that way. They see solid colors (and definitely gray) as a fashion faux pas.

The possible dress code change touched off a great debate, with the public weighing in online. We trust both sides will sort this one out. The starting point can be the oft-repeated adage: “It’s not the uniform that matters.”

If New Yorkers weren’t aware of just how powerful a governor they have, the truth of it became clear on Wednesday.

During his eighth State of the State speech, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ran down the litany of accomplishments that his administration claims, including a stronger economy, a cleaner environment and a close partnership with upstate New York.

All are significant, but they pale in comparison with this accomplishment: “We ended the drought in Buffalo, returning to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. Go Bills! Go Bills! Go Bills!” Now, that’s a governor.

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