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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Literally the Best Reviews: Born to Run

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Simon & Schuster
528 Pages

I’ve said before that reviewing a nonfiction book is not one of my favorite things. That’s especially true when it comes to memoirs or autobiographies. I mean, who knows more about a person’s life than that person? It can sometimes be difficult to review those books. However, I thought I’d give it a try with this week’s review, Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen.

I am a fan of Springsteen’s music. I’ve been to a couple of shows and have a handful of old, 1970s bootleg recordings. While I love reading about musicians, I was just a bit apprehensive about picking up this book. Bruce is known for his preaching and proselytizing. He spends a lot of time between songs telling us how we should be living our lives. He’s earned the right to do so, but at $100 a pop per seat, I just want to hear the music. I was concerned that we would get a book full of the same. I was very pleasantly surprised.

Many times when reading rock star bios, you find the subject pandering to his or her fans by continuing to portray themselves in their stage persona. Do you really think Jimmy Buffett only sits in a chair drinking margaritas all day? Or that Alice Cooper wears makeup when he’s at home, scaring passing children? A lot of times these artists have become parodies of themselves. Not Bruce Springsteen.

Bruce writes eloquently. He explains himself in a straightforward, unassuming style. His compassion towards his family and his bandmates shines through the words on the page. At the same time, his disdain for anyone trying to take control of his artistic product is well articulated. The whole book is written this way.

As he and his family struggled with life in New Jersey, he found his escape in music. Just as so many of his peers, he found inspiration in Elvis and the Beatles. This inspiration, along with the hard work required to make a living for his family, set Bruce on a journey that has made him a superstar today.

Springsteen regales us with stories from tour and from writing songs. He touches upon some of the message he was trying to get across as he wrote for each album. At 528 pages, this is already a long book, but there are some places I felt he could have gone is far greater detail about some of the process he went through. Probably the only song he really went in depth with was “American Skin.”

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen is one of those memoirs that breaks the mold that so many other artists fall into. Springsteen puts on no airs. He tells it frankly. There is no preaching, which was one of the things I was worried about. Instead, he focuses on this craft, how he’s continued to hone it over the years, and his love affair with music.

Probably the most touching part of this book is when he talks about his family. He is a very proud husband and father. He has no problems shifting the focus of his memoir to the people who mean the most to him -- his children. This is the story of his life, every aspect, from birth to today. He tells it all with gusto. This was fun to read.

Craig Bacon has his own Wendy. While we weren’t born to run, we were born to love.

from Niagara's Water Cooler

Canisteo woman charged with DWI

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

ALMOND -- A 26-year-old Canisteo woman was charged April 18 with driving while intoxicated following a traffic stop on ST-21.

According to New York State Police, Margaret R Rodgers was stopped for having no license plate light and NYS inspection. She was subsequently determined to be intoxicated and taken to the Amity Troopers' barracks for processing, where she was found to have a .12 percent blood alcohol content. 

She was issued traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Almond court for later this month. 

State police seek public assistance with fire investigations

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

FARMERSVILLE - New York State Police are seeking the public's help with a fire investigation on a pair of trailer fires they believe were intentionally set.

According to NYSP, Troopers and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) were called to investigate a fire at Huyck Road on Friday. The investigation revealed that a seasonal camp and two house trailers were destroyed by fire. Cattaraugus County Fire Investigators established that the fires to the properties were intentionally started. The total approximate values of the properties are estimated at $50K.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYSP at 716-353-4029.

Women charged with drug possession

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AMITY -- A pair of Jamestown women are facing charges following a traffic stop on Wednesday on ST-244.

According to New York State Police, 22-year-old Latisha N Postell was stopped for failing to dim her high beams. Upon interviewing Postell, the odor of marijuana was noted coming from the vehicle. After a legal search of the vehicle, a small amount marijuana and several methadone pills were located in the vehicle. Postell admitted to possessing the marijuana, while her passenger, 20-year-old Jasmine Arroyo admitted to possessing the pills.

Postell was issued an appearance for the unlawful possession of marijuana and a traffic ticket for failing to dim high beams. Arroyo was taken, where she was charged with seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and having a controlled substance outside prescribed container.

Both subjects are slated to reappear in the Town of Amity court later this month.

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NU women's lacrosse squares off against crosstown rival Canisius

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

The Niagara Purple Eagles women's lacrosse team takes on the Canisius Golden Griffins Wednesday night in the annual Battle of the Bridge matchup. Both teams have secured postseason berths to the MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship and will battle it out for a rivalry win in the regular-season finale. Opening draw is set for 7:30 p.m. from the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo.

With Sunday's 21-16 win at Quinnipiac, Niagara clinched home field advantage for the first round of the 2017 MAAC Championship. Depending on the results of the final MAAC regular-season games Wednesday, the Purple Eagles will host either Monmouth or Quinnipiac at Niagara Field at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

In its 11th season, the Battle of the Bridge is the annual all-sports competition between the Niagara Purple Eagles and Canisius Golden Griffins. Canisius currently holds a lead of 21-7 in this year's Battle of the Bridge, with two points on the line in Wednesday's women's lacrosse matchup. Niagara picked up four points with a season sweep in men's basketball, defeating the Golden Griffins 91-84 at home on Jan. 23 and 94-81 at Canisius on Feb. 10. The Purple Eagles' volleyball team picked up two points and did not drop a single set to Canisius in two matches, winning 3-0 at Canisius on Oct. 13, 2016 and 3-0 at Niagara on Nov. 2, 2016. The Niagara men's soccer team also scored one point for the Battle of the Bridge in a 0-0 draw versus Canisius in its regular-season finale on Nov. 2, 2016.

The Purple Eagles can finish either third or fourth in the MAAC standings depending on Wednesday's results across the conference, meaning the team is guaranteed a home game on Saturday in the first round of the MAAC Championship. Niagara can enter the MAAC Championship seeded third for the second time in program history and the first since 2003. Niagara earned its best MAAC finish in 2001 with a 4-2 conference record (8-10 overall). If Niagara loses to Canisius, Marist defeats Siena, and Iona defeats Monmouth, Niagara ends the regular season tied for third with Marist. Based on the head-to-head tiebreaker, Niagara would be seeded fourth for a second-straight season and would host the Monmouth Hawks in the first round. In all other scenarios, Niagara would be seeded in third place in the MAAC standings and would host the sixth-seeded Quinnipiac Bobcats in the first round.

Pittsford's Reilly studying abroad

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

ONEONTA -- Madeline Reilly of Pittsford is one of 60 SUNY Oneonta students studying abroad this semester. Reilly, a junior majoring in Business Economics, is studying at Florence University of the Arts in Italy.

SUNY Oneonta offers study abroad and exchange programs in Finland, Ghana, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden and Taiwan through the Office of International Education, plus a variety of short-term, faculty-led programs throughout the year. Oneonta students also have access to more than 600 study abroad and exchange programs through the SUNY network.

To increase access to study abroad opportunities, SUNY Oneonta has established seven scholarships to support students who might not otherwise have the financial means to study abroad. Made possible through gifts from alumni, faculty, staff and community members, the College at Oneonta Foundation 30th Anniversary Scholarship, Bill and Khuki Woolever Scholarship, Dr. Warren and Mrs. Rita Wellman Scholarship, Gary and Pamela Tutty Study Abroad Scholarship, Global Connectedness Fund Scholarship, Martha and Joseph Forgiano Fund for International Travel Scholarship and Carrie Krumholtz-Liebman '92 Scholarship are available to qualifying students each semester.

Scholarships and Global Connectedness were two of four campaign priorities for the SUNY Oneonta Foundation's Possibilities Full of Promise campaign, which raised $13.6 million for student scholarships and travel, and faculty development.

A liberal arts institution with a strong focus on undergraduate research and service learning, SUNY Oneonta consistently gains recognition for delivering excellence and value. The college has been named to Kiplinger's list of "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" for 10 years running and sits at No. 12 on the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of the best public institutions in the region. SUNY Oneonta enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs.

Schneiderman pens letter opposing rollback of student loan reforms

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

NEW YORK -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today joined a coalition of 21 Attorneys General and the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii in calling out the U.S. Department of Education for abdicating its responsibility to millions of student loan borrowers and their families across the country by revoking critical reforms designed to help students avoid default and curtail loan servicer misconduct.

The multistate letter – co-sponsored by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan – was sent today to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in opposition to the Department's recent rollback of guidance intended to protect student loan borrowers and reform the student loan servicing industry.

"It is shameful that Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education are choosing to side with loan servicers over the needs of students looking to further their education," said Attorney General Schneiderman. "We should be looking for ways to ease the burden of student debt, not enabling the student loan servicing industry to manipulate and exploit students."

The reforms, issued via guidance from the Department of Education last year, centered on helping borrowers get accurate information about their loans and repayment options, ensuring the consistency of service provided by student loan servicers, increasing servicer accountability, and enhancing transparency. Critically, these reforms aimed to improve borrowers' access to affordable loan repayment plans designed to help borrowers in distress avoid default. But the Department's action earlier this month has instead left student loan borrowers vulnerable to poor practices and abuses that the servicing reforms were intended to prevent.

Attorney General Schneiderman has been a leader in protecting students against abuses in the higher education industry. In February, the Attorney General joined a coalition of AGs urging the Department of Education to continue recent federal protections for students in higher education and taxpayers. The Attorney General reached a $10.25 million settlement with Career Education Corporation for fabricating placement rates, and was part of a settlement with Education Management Corporation (EDMC) to resolve allegations that the school misled prospective students on program costs, graduation rates, and placement rates. As part of the settlements, EDMC agreed to forgive over $100 million in outstanding loan debt. In January, the Attorney General reached a $2.75 million settlement with DeVry University over misleading advertisements about employment and salary prospects. Last week, the Attorney General announced it would provide guidance to former Corinthian College students eligible for federal student loan cancellation.

According to the letter sent today, borrowers struggle under the weight of their student loan debt and federal student loan default rates are on the rise. In 2015, the CFPB estimated that more than 25 percent of student loan borrowers were delinquent or in default on a student loan.

"Many such borrowers would benefit greatly from entering income-driven repayment plans but are prevented from doing so by student loan servicer misconduct and misinformation," the letter states.
Joining today's letter are the Attorneys General of Massachusetts, Illinois, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii.

Buffalo man charged with obstruction

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

BUFFALO -- A federal grand jury has returned a two-count indictment charging Jeffrey Mills, 48, of Buffalo, with obstructing justice. The charge carries a maximum of life in prison.

Prosecutors say that on Feb. 14, 2016, the defendant was called as a witness for the Government in the trial of United States v. Eldridge, et al. Prior to his testimony, Mills provided federal agents with detailed information regarding two unsolved murders. The defendants in United States v. Eldridge, et al. were charged with those murders. When called by the prosecution at trial, Mills at first refused to be sworn.  After being advised that he could face contempt proceedings if he refused to testify, Mills took the stand only to testify that he could not remember any details of the murders about which he previously provided detailed information. While convicting the defendants who were on trial of certain crimes, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on those counts pertaining to the murders.

Mills was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer, and is being held pending a detention hearing.

Buffalo man sentenced for food stamp fraud

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

BUFFALO -- Ali Mohamed, 44, of Buffalo, who was convicted of unauthorized use of food stamp benefits, was sentenced to time served by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who handled the case, stated that the defendant worked at Bailey Food Mart located at 3209 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo.  Between July 2010 and August 2011, Alawdi and others knowingly purchased food stamp benefits for less than their full value for cash from eligible beneficiaries. Retailers are prohibited from exchanging cash for food stamps.  During this time, the defendant and others exchanged approximately $124,406 of food stamp benefits for cash.

Guinean national pleads guilty to ID theft, fake passport

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

BUFFALO -- Abdoulaye Barry, 25, a Guinean national living in of Jamaica, NY, pleaded guilty to possessing a fraudulent passport card and aggravated identity theft before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of two years in prison, a maximum of 10 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie O. Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that on Feb. 26, the defendant was found at the Rainbow Bridge with a fraudulent United States Passport card, bearing the name and passport card number of a real person with the defendant’s photograph. Barry also had a fraudulent Ohio driver’s license bearing the name of a real person with the defendant’s photograph, and a Florida driver’s license bearing the name and photograph of another person. The defendant was also in possession of a debit and credit card matching the name on the fraudulent Ohio driver’s license.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the United States Department of State, under the direction of William Ferrari; Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Rose Brophy, Director of Field Operations; and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James C. Spero.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 3.

Cuba resident charged with DWI after crash

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

FRIENDSHIP -- A 23-year-old Cuba man was charged Friday with driving while intoxicated following a one-car crash on Linwood Avenue.

According to New York State Police, Shane E Kranock’s vehicle was found off the roadway and down an embankment. Trooper’s interviewed Kranock and determined him to be intoxicated. He was charged and processed at SP Amity, where he was found to have a .16 percent blood alcohol content. 

He was issued traffic tickets for DWI, unlicensed operation, unregistered vehicle, and uninsured vehicle. All tickets returnable to the Town of Friendship court May.

NU baseball hosts Canisius at Sal Maglie Stadium

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Purple Eagles baseball team will play a single game with crosstown rival Canisius on Wednesday, April 26. The game will take place at Sal Maglie Stadium, site of the 2017 MAAC Baseball Championships, and first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Purple Eagles went 1-3 in a series with Monmouth April 22-23. Niagara won game two, 6-4. The Purple Eagles were defeated in game one, 8-6, and lost game three, 6-5, in extra innings.

Sophomore shortstop Greg Cullen leads the Purple Eagles at the plate. He has a team-best 49 hits, .368 batting average and .496 slugging percentage. Freshman first baseman Peter Battaglia currently leads the team in RBI with 32. Tanner Kirwer, a junior outfielder, has a team-high 34 runs scored, 19 doubles and 17 stolen bases. On the mound, redshirt-junior Cody Eckerson (4-1) has struck out 34 batters in 36.0 innings pitched and has an ERA of 1.50. Senior Daniel Procopio (5-2) leads the Niagara pitching staff in strikeouts with 64. Freshman Matthew Brash is undefeated on the mound (5-0) and has pitched a team-high 55.0 innings. With their 8-7 conference record, the Purple Eagles are tied for fifth in the MAAC standings.

Senior shortstop Jake Lumley leads the Golden Griffins with 58 hits, 34 runs scored and a .382 batting average. Ryan Stekl, a junior infielder, has a team-high three home runs, 32 RBI and a team-best .479 slugging percentage. On the mound, junior J.P. Stevenson (6-3) leads the Canisius starting pitchers with a 3.41 ERA along with holding a team-high 63.1 innings pitched. Sophomore Andrew Sipowicz (3-2) leads the team in strikeouts (51) and batting average against (.237).

The Purple Eagles will host a three-game series with Fairfield Apr. 29-30. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon and a single game Sunday at noon.

Today's forecast: Showers give way to clouds with a high near 65

All WNY News     Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

The National Weather Service says showers are likely this morning and early afternoon, then cloudy with a high near 65. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 50.

Wednesday looks to be partly sunny with a high near 73 and a low around 61. Thursday, there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 82 and an overnight low around 52. Friday will be partly sunny with a high near 66 and a low around 52.

Saturday, there's a chance of showers with a high near 68 and a low around 49. Sunday offers a chance of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 69 and a low around 51. Monday, showers and thunderstorms are likely with a high near 70.

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