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PARK: Women’s Interclub Team Association Matches — Championship Division: Park 254, Tan Tara 259, Gowanda 262, Bridgewater 264, Fox Valley 265, Crag Burn 267, Orchard Park-269, Brookfield 275, East Aurora 275, Transit Valley 278. Medalists: Kim Kaul/Kathy Bonarek (Gowanda) and Chelsea Dantonio/Jodi deRiszrier (Crag Burn) 80.

BaseballThursday’s gamesNonleagueSt. Francis 10, Lancaster 4SF: Caine Gregorie, David Belsito 3 hits eachFriday’s gamesCornell Cup IIda Vinci at Emerson, 4:30 p.m.Middle College at Lafayette, 4:30 p.m.Burgard at MST Seneca, 4:30 p.m.I-Prep/Grover at Riverside, 4:30 p.m.GEORGETOWN CUP PLAYOFFSSaturday’s quarterfinals7-Cardinal O’Hara vs. 2-Canisius, at Delaware I, 12 p.m.5-…

Bisons and Baseball

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is gone to Toronto and now the other member of the Buffalo Bisons with Hall of Fame lineage is off to the big leagues as well. Infielder Cavan Biggio, son of former Houston Astros standout Craig Biggio, is being recalled by the Blue Jays to make his major-league debut Friday night in Rogers Centre against the San Diego Padres. In addition to Big…

Business

A Conewango Valley man who helped defraud more than 100 small business owners out of $397,249 through a debt restructuring scheme was sentenced Thursday to time served in prison, which equaled 9 months. Prosecutors wanted U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to send Mark Farnham to prison for 27 months. Farnham, 26, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank …

Editorials

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes is a sponsor of a bill that would stop police from using the smell of marijuana in a motor vehicle as probable cause to conduct a search or make an arrest. It is part of the leader’s proposal to legalize adult-use cannabis. The idea is that if using pot is legal, how can the smell be otherwise? Another rationale for the…

By Virginia L. Kelley In summer, the urge to escape the city is strong. My watercolor friends and I do what artists have always done, we seek out nature and paint,  “en plein air.” Our destination is across the South Grand Island bridge – Beaver Island State Park. Senior discount applies only on weekdays but we ride-share. Once the date is set, packing the car comes …

By Rickey L. Armstrong Sr. In a society of laws, rules and procedures matter and they apply to everyone, even the government. This includes the gaming compact signed by the Seneca Nation and New York State. The compact, which went into effect in 2002, is rooted in federal law, namely the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Because IGRA prohibits a state from taxing a tribe…

Buffalo

A Buffalo man admitted Thursday in court that he distributed a video containing child pornography from his cell phone in March 2018. Atif Ullah, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo to distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. said. On Aug. 16, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Ullah’s resi…

The recent letter stating that the ongoing attempts at oversight by Congress, and the investigation resulting in what is called “The Mueller Report,” are distractions from the real issue.I am left wondering what the real issue is in the mind of the writer. Is it the fact that a well documented liar is proven to be paying for services rendered in covering up one of his; let…

I noted with interest an editorial in the May 17 edition of The Buffalo News, “Commonsense suffrage,” and would like to offer my views on this matter.I agree with The News that the bill mentioned in the editorial, which has been introduced in the state Senate to exempt school districts from a new state mandate to provide employees additional time off to vote, while providi…

The presidential primary election campaign has shown that progressive Democrat aspirants have no hesitation to criticize the systems and institutions that have made the United States what it is today.Beto O’Rourke called our version of capitalism “unfair, unjust, and racist.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the nation has plenty of money but it’s just in the w…

Dear President Trump, please recall the ships and planes headed toward Iran. Also, recall your adviser John Bolton. Let us get back to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement and give the Iranians the sanctions relief they were promised and have earned by following what they agreed to. That way we can all work toward reconciliation peace and prosperity. Th…

Do you think there is a connection between the gigantic student loan debt issue and the remarkably large salaries paid to college and university personnel? For example, we find multimillion-dollar contracts rewarded to athletic coaches at such institutions of higher learning as the University of Alabama, Clemson and Duke.Legal? Of course.Moral? You be the judge.Ron NowakWe…

Crime

At least four homes on Buffalo's West Side were burglarized early Wednesday morning, and in each case the culprit is suspected of climbing in through unlocked windows, police said. Investigators believe the cases may be connected but have not confirmed that yet, said Buffalo Police Northwest District Chief Anthony Barba. A woman reported that someone entered her Cong…

Education

The search for a new president of Niagara County Community College is being extended after the college's trustees were unable to decide on hiring two finalists for the post. The college said the trustees expect to hire a president in the spring of 2020. “After extensive and thoughtful discussions and deliberation, the board has decided to extend the search," said Wil…