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The discouraging reading and math scores by the nation’s fourth- and eighth-graders demonstrate why early education and the new Common Core standards are necessary.The latest results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also called the nation’s report card, show an educational system badly in need of progress.There were incremental gains in both core subject…

There should be little argument that it is better to negotiate Iran out of its nuclear weapons program than it is to try to destroy it militarily. Iran is desperate to have the world community ease the sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. Desperate enough to begin negotiations designed to end its nuclear weapons program. But the sanctions should not be lifted witho…

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The Buffalo Sabres provided an early Christmas present Wednesday to the organization’s increasingly restless fan base.In a blockbuster move that consoled and excited loss-weary fans, owner Terry Pegula shook up the organization by firing both hapless short-time coach Ron Rolston, who moved up from Rochester in February to replace veteran coach Lindy Ruff, and longtime Gene…

An X-ray laser that can visualize the tiniest of objects will prove another key component in the scientific and medical research going on at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.The University at Buffalo, representing a national consortium of eight research universities and institutes, has been awarded a $25 million Science and Technology Center grant from the National Scien…

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Even for a country used to devastating natural calamities, this was almost unimaginable. Typhoon Haiyan brought a level of death and destruction that far surpassed the worst of times in the Philippines.The super-typhoon left an appalling death toll. Some reports estimate 10,000 people may have died. Experts compared the devastation to the 2004 Asian tsunami that wreaked ha…

Apparently, those living in poverty did not get the memo about the ever so slowly improving economy. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be worried about the deepening cuts to the food stamp program.Reductions in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly called food stamps, began this month. The allotment was raised in 2009 as part of the federal economic stimulus packa…

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There is a bottom line in the debate over Delaware North’s proposal to build a new headquarters in downtown Buffalo, and it should be a fairly obvious one: The city, county and state need to do everything they reasonably can to ensure that this company remains in Buffalo. That has to be the goal.The problem is that there is also a gray area involving what is reasonable and…

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Today is Veterans Day, a time for Americans to pause and think about the liberties that we enjoy and then thank a veteran. If not for those men and women willing to put their lives on the line, this country wouldn’t be what it is today: a land of freedom and opportunity.This day was originally known as Armistice Day, marking the end of fighting in World War I on the 11th h…

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The image of a victim of bullying isn’t usually a 6-foot-5, 312-pound National Football League lineman, but there is such a victim, and it illustrates how pervasive the problem is.Twenty-three-year-old rookie Jonathan Martin has chosen to take himself out of what he felt was an intolerable situation, the onslaught of taunts and harassment from teammate Richie Incognito. In…

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More than 30 years ago, a simple question was asked by Buffalo native Fred Dentinger: “Why don’t we name a submarine after our city?”Congressman Jack Kemp championed this dream of a handful of Buffalo citizens, which became a reality on Nov. 5, 1983, with the commissioning of USS Buffalo (SSN 715). USS Buffalo is a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, currently station…

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I write a lot about infrastructure – about sewers, water pipes, electrical wires and so forth. So people ask questions. They worry about fossil fuels. They worry about highway collapses and budget problems. Yet I find explaining the future easy. The smart grid, rendering unpredictable renewable energy sources trustworthy? Cured-in-place sewer pipes, revitalizing sewer pipe…

The public owes the Families of Continental Flight 3407 for putting aside their grief and pushing Congress into passing aviation safety legislation in 2010.Federal officials finally unveiled new rules for pilot training intended to prevent another crash like the one that took 50 lives, including one person on the ground, in Clarence nearly five years ago.Prior to that awfu…

Seems as though smoking crack is not an impediment to running a major city. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admits that he has tried the drug: “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. But no, do I – am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.”The mayor might have been persuaded to come clean after the police chief s…

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One of the biggest health issues facing Americans is the high cost of prescriptions. It’s something the country could fix, but hasn’t. As a consequence, millions of Americans are pressured into breaking the law to get the medicines they need at prices they can afford.An Idaho woman told her story recently. A medicine she uses to relieve the symptoms of menopause, Vagifem, …

Sometimes, the answer is staring you in the face and, for whatever reason, it goes unnoticed. Or, if not unnoticed, then ignored. In the case of Social Security, the reason is in large part because both political parties are so dug in to their political foxholes that they can’t interpret the landscape around them.Americans, themselves, aren’t immune to the problem, as reve…