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Uncategorized March 24, 2016 at 12:52 am

GLACIERS AND GENDER ■ University of Oregon professor Mark Carey produced a 10,300-word journal article in January proposing a new sensitivity to Earth’s melting icecaps: a “feminist glaciology framework” to “generate robust analysis of gender, power and epistemologies” with a goal of more “just and equitable” “human-ice interactions.” The jargonized,Read More

Critics of Mixed Martial Arts say that the character of audiences for this sport/spectacle are not dissimilar to those who enjoyed the contests of the Roman-era gladiators. The big difference is that all MMA contestants enter the ring voluntarily.

Mixed martial arts promoters have tough road despite passage

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:51 am

It may be bloody and highly controversial, but mixed martial arts will be coming to New York in the not too distant future, and the popular sport will then face the challenge of lining up promoters to meet the re-quirements contained in the bill passed by the Assembly this weekRead More

Amber Small, Democratic candidate for 60th district State Senate seat.

Shaky union support may have delivered key blow to Panepinto

Erie County March 24, 2016 at 12:49 am

It could be more than an office scandal and financial pressures that drove State Sen. Marc Panepinto’s decision two weeks ago not to seek a second-term in the 60th District only days after the Erie County Democratic Committee endorsed him for re-election. Political sources tell this newspaper that his unionRead More

Caroline Wojtaszek has announced she will run for Niagara County DA.

Complaints against violent no surprise to lawyer representing Donatello

News March 24, 2016 at 12:47 am

It was in the Sept. 3, 2013 editions of the Niagara Falls Reporter that I broke the story that one of the top prosecutors in the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office was threatening to bring legal action against the county on her claims that she had been discriminated against inRead More

A chance to win the Stanley Cup [above] will elude all of the Canadian teams in the NHL this year. This is rare. A chance to win the Stanley Cup will also elude the Buffalo Sabres. This is not at all rare.

N-oh, Canada: All Canada based teams to miss Stanley Cup playoffs

Uncategorized March 24, 2016 at 12:42 am

By Andrew Kuylk and Peter Farrell 1970. That was the last time that Canada was shutout from the NHL postseason. Back then it was a 12 team league, Buffalo and Vancouver would be the expansion entrants the following year. The two Canadian teams, Toronto and Montreal, failed to qualify inRead More

Subway Stalled on Niagara St., as City Mulls Loan Conditions
Steve Masic stands next to his proposed Subway Store on a lot he intends to pave as a parking lot – if he opens the store.

Subway Stalled on Niagara St., as City Mulls Loan Conditions

Uncategorized March 24, 2016 at 12:37 am

A $139,000 loan approved in 2015 for businessman Steve Masic to develop a Subway restaurant at 520 Niagara St. has been held up as city officials try to determine what price to credit Masic for the real estate he owns. Masic, who founded Players Bar and operated it for years,Read More

Brian Meyer to head regional news partnership at WBFO

Brian Meyer to head regional news partnership at WBFO

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:23 am

Award-winning veteran journalist Brian Meyer, who has served as news director at WBFO in Buffalo since 2014, has been promoted to the position of senior director of news and public affairs for WNED/WBFO where he will oversee a new regional collaboration that will focus on Great Lakes reporting. Chief ProgramRead More

Debunkers and believers asked to weigh in on  ghostly couch picture
This photograph of a two-year-old on a couch raises the question of whether “Peg” the witch has made an appearance.

Debunkers and believers asked to weigh in on ghostly couch picture

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:21 am

A family living in the historic Oliver Street District in North Tonawanda submitted to Artvoice a photograph of their almost two-year-old daughter sitting on their couch. Readers may be able to discern an image on the couch of what appears to be an elderly woman whose countenance might be describedRead More

NU Community Kitchen Awarded $50,000 Grant

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:11 am

Niagara University’s Community Kitchen pilot project was awarded a ‘NobleCause’ grant from NobleHour, a community engagement platform. The project was one of 100 efforts across the country recognized and rewarded for raising community awareness, fostering partnerships, and cultivating leaders who take action. In total, the ‘NobleCause’ competition awarded $1,000,000 inRead More

Red Cross has significant need for type O negative blood Type O negative is often needed in trauma situations

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:09 am

The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients. Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has typeRead More

Groom proposes through Artvoice Ad,  Prospective Bride Says ‘Yes”

Groom proposes through Artvoice Ad, Prospective Bride Says ‘Yes”

Community News March 24, 2016 at 12:07 am

Readers of our sister publication, Artvoice, may have noticed in the last edition of Artvoice a full page advertisement which, on behalf of Mr. Gene Dolan, popped the question: “Terry Lynn Fisher Will You Marry Me?” We are happy to report the bride said “yes.” Prospective groom Dolan’s plan wasRead More

Cuomo’s Pledge To Remove Robert Moses Is A Job Half Done

State and National News March 24, 2016 at 12:04 am

Governor Andrew Cuomo deserves credit for his $40 million pledge – announced at the Niagara Falls Conference Center on Monday – to remove the portion of the Robert Moses Parkway that abuts the Niagara Gorge. In recent years activists have been aggressively organizing to remove the elevated highway that stretchesRead More

Candidacies for Niagara County DA’s Race May Presents Curious Contest Between Maziarz- Wojtaszek Allies

Candidacies for Niagara County DA’s Race May Presents Curious Contest Between Maziarz- Wojtaszek Allies

Niagara County March 24, 2016 at 12:02 am

By Emma Gibbs It did not take long after the recent resignation of Niagara County District Attorney Michael Violante to bring out the “wanabees” to become the County’s next top prosecutor. The first to announce, from what could well be a long list of candidates, was North Tonawanda Democrat CarolineRead More

City Spending $2 Million A Year To Promote Tourism But Board Says New Position Needed
Tourism advisory board members say the city needs a taxpayer funded city tourism director to help get people to come to Niagara Falls and to make their stay more rewarding.

City Spending $2 Million A Year To Promote Tourism But Board Says New Position Needed

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Does the city of Niagara Falls, which already pays an outside agency around $2 million a year to promote tourism, need to create a new governmental position to promote tourism? And does it need the Tourism Advisory Board, a group of well-meaning and politically connected amateurs put together by MayorRead More

Touma Wants Water, Sewer Rate Reductions in Wake of State Audit

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm

The state audit released on Wednesday that found that the Niagara Falls Water Board and Water Authority had millions of dollars in excess funds sitting around as the city was looking for help to repair water lines on 72nd Street caught Council President Andrew Touma by complete surprise. “I wasRead More

Tompkins Responds to Water Board Surplus Reports Calls for Drof’s Resignation

Niagara Falls March 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm

Niagara Falls, NY (March 23, 2016) – Niagara Falls City Councilman Kenny Tompkins responded tonight to the announcement of Niagara Falls Water Board audit findings re-leased today that identified an undisclosed surplus of $6.3 million. “How do you NOT know that you have over $6 million dollars? This is simplyRead More

Shmuel Shmueli, Serial Conman and Fraudster

Shmuel Shmueli, Serial Conman and Fraudster

Shmueli March 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Part II of a series where I am the journalist covering a federal investigation in which I am also the investigation’s target. A companion series about the Bronfman sisters and cult leader Keith Raniere are also in this issue. Both are connected to the federal investigation. The series on ShmuelRead More

Shmueli, a Master at Deception, Schemes to Defraud Dozens of Local Lawyers

Shmueli, a Master at Deception, Schemes to Defraud Dozens of Local Lawyers

Shmueli March 17, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Has US Attorney Done Due Diligence on Their Source of the Parlato Investigation? A hall of fame of lawyers? Yes. A question: What do attorneys Joseph Zdarsky, David Gutkowki, Steven Cohen, Corey Hogan, John LaFalce, Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel,  Kevin Burke, Bradley Hoppe, the former law firm of Damon Morey,Read More

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Out of Control Controller or Conspiracy to Thwart Brown’s Intelligent, Forthright Work Ethic?

Niagara Falls March 17, 2016 at 2:29 pm

Niagara Falls –  According to City Hall sources, a handful of civil service city hall employees who work at the controller’s office and/or billings and collections have written letters of complaints against City Controller Maria Brown saying she has been abusive and created a hostile workplace. Sources say Brown mayRead More

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