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Although I didn’t want to admit in Sunday night on the air, this is going to be a pretty quiet weather week. It’s a good time for some continuing education on frozen precipitation. This knowledge will come in handy during the holiday season if you’re having trouble shaking someone at a gathering who’s getting on your nerves. This will not be exhaustive or exhausting – j…

Bills

The Buffalo Bills have lost their best defensive playmaker for the rest of the season. Second-year linebacker Matt Milano had surgery Monday after suffering a broken fibula in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. “I thought he really grew this year,” coach Sean McDermott said of Milano, who has six takeaways this year (three interceptions, three …

High Schools

While the West Seneca West boys basketball community has made its stance regarding Juston Johnson’s eligibility known on social media, players on the team will further explain their desire to let the star senior guard play at a news conference Tuesday. Players and their parents plan to appear with Johnson and his family at 11 a.m. at the West Seneca Town Library, 1300 U…

Education

Plans to tie public school teacher evaluations to student performance on state standardized tests will likely be delayed at least another year as the State Education Department continues to mull over whether it's appropriate to tie evaluations to state test results. The New York State Board of Regents proposed the delay Monday. Prior to the announcement, teacher eval…

The ‘Curse’ is surreal for Buffalo sports teamsThe Curse has reared its ugly head again! We have not won any Super Bowls, have not won the Stanley Cup, or any Triple-A baseball championships.With their loss Nov. 30 to Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship, even the University at Buffalo Bulls have shown that they are not exempt from the Curse! Robert Brombos Sr.Elma

There seems to be a question about the interchangeability of the words “belief” and “opinion.” The word belief stands for a deeply felt idea that needs no facts to “prove” it, such as the belief in a supreme being.I believe in the essential goodness of humanity and that we all should try to live in peace and harmony. To me, these are not only beliefs but they also sound ri…

A recent writer to The News expresses her concern about the crisis looming as the world’s climate undergoes disastrous changes, and I could not agree more strongly.However, I find it more than a little disingenuous when she remarks that “our federal government has been in denial or paralysis” over the problem.The only reason for this lack of concern by our government is Pr…

So I see that the global warming catastrophists are at it again. Without a single correct prediction dating back past the ’70s they are now warning that if we don’t cut our economy drastically now, we risk losing 10 percent of the economy by century’s end. The fact is that we are being misled by capitalists in environmentalist clothing. I don’t have anything against capita…

Taking even one cent from honest taxpayers to be sent to billionaires, without a referendum, is a kick-in-the-face disgrace.Let the cash-heavy NFL or similar organizations use some of their own money to increase their bottom lines.I, for one taxpayer, wouldn’t give them a single cent willingly.John E. KennyKenmore

The White House has indicated it would like to cut funds for the International Affairs Budget and programs that improve living conditions for the world’s poor. But why cut funds when assisting the world’s poor actually makes the world a safer place?According to various U.S. soldiers, poor countries are a breeding ground for terrorists. Generals have stated that aid to poor…

Latest Sabres

Sabres coach Phil Housley made it pretty clear after practice Monday that his starting goaltender will be back sometime this week, and Carter Hutton continues to progress toward a return to the crease. Hutton skated again Tuesday morning in KeyBank Center and will back up Linus Ullmark Tuesday against Los Angeles. He might play here Thursday night against Arizona. "H…

Buffalo

The northern portion of the former Memorial Auditorium block – criticized last year by elected officials as a hole in the ground – could be closer to a development plan. That hole, if Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state agency that works for him have their way, could one day teem with residences, offices, shops and restaurants. On Monday, Erie Canal Harbor Development Co…

Latest Sabres

Until Saturday's third-period collapse against Philadelphia, it had been more than seven weeks since the Buffalo Sabres had lost a game by four goals. That's when everything changed. The Sabres gave up four power-play goals and lost, 5-1, on Oct. 18 in San Jose. It was their third defeat in four games, all of the losses featuring just a one-goal output. The next day, at…

High Schools

Bennett football coach and Buffalo Public Schools teacher Steve McDuffie has been placed on leave pending an investigation into an undisclosed matter. Buffalo Public Schools spokesperson Elena Cala said in an emailed statement to The News: “Mr. McDuffie is on leave pending investigation, as is always the case in the wake of allegations. Personnel issues are not discusse…