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Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Buffalo cameo in the new Twin Peaks?

All WNY News     Thursday, May 25, 2017    
Buffalo's Central Terminal got a three-second cameo in the third episode of the new Twin Peaks series. (SCREEN SHOT)

BY SCOTT LEFFLER
scott.leffler@gmail.com


Buffalo pops up in the coolest places. Earlier this year, Buffalo City Hall showed up on the cover of the Batman: The Telltale Series video game. And now Buffalo's other iconic building has shown up in the strangest of places: Twin Peaks.

Undoubtedly Central Terminal. (SCREEN SHOT -- zoomed in)
Observant viewers may have noticed that a still shot of Central Terminal can be seen in the third episode of the show as Special Agent Tamara Preston, played by Chrysta Bell, plays a slide show for Gordon Cole and Albert Rosenfeld, played by David Lynch and Miguel Ferrer, respectively. The photo appears on a TV screen at 52:57 of the episode and is gone by 53:00.

Bell goes on to explain the known details of a brutal murder that took place in New York City (and we can assume Central Terminal is standing in for a NYC building). The murder has no tie to the Twin Peaks story line as of yet, but it will certainly be tied in in coming episodes.

Twin Peaks airs Sunday nights on Showtime.

Buffalo, of course, has also played host to numerous Hollywood productions in the past couple years including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Sharknado 2, and Marshall, as well as The American Side, which was filmed exclusively in Western New York. Local videographer Luke Haag also showed off Buffalo in a very unique manner last year in a "hyperlapse" film.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bisons fall 4-3 to Braves

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS


One big swing was all the Gwinnett Braves needed to down the Buffalo Bisons 4-3 Wednesday night at Coolray Field.
With two runners on in the fourth, Braves first baseman Carlos Franco hit a three-run blast over the right field bullpen to give Gwinnet the 4-1 lead they would hold onto. The homer was Franco's first of the season.
In the third inning, Roemon Fields continued his hot hitting to get the Bisons on the scoreboard. The outfielder doubled to left field and then stole third base with his eighth steal of the season. When he scored on Jake Elmore's groundout the Herd tied the score at 1-1.
Down 4-1, a Bisons' rally in the seventh inning fell just short. Catcher Alex Monsalve leadoff the frame with a single up the middle for the Herd. Fields then beat out an infield single and both runners advanced to second and third on a throwing error. With two runners in scoring position, Raffey Lopez delivered a broken bat single to left scoring Monsalve and Fields to cut the Braves lead to 4-3.
 
The Herd's starter Luis Santos went five complete innings only allowing 3 hits. However he yielded three runs on one swing in the fourth and it was enough to beat the Bisons.
 
Patrick Weigel started for the Braves and picked up his first win of the season going six innings and striking out five. Mauricio Cabrera came on in the eighth and retired all the batters he faced to earned the six-out save, his second save of the season.
 
The Bisons were just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on in the game.
 
Bisons Notes: Raffey Lopez 2-4 with two RBI….Roemon Fields 2-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Bulls rally to defeat Wings 6-5

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS


The Durham Bulls scored four runs in the eighth inning, for a 6-5 comeback win over the Rochester Red Wings Wednesday night at Frontier Field. The teams meet in an 11:05 a.m. weekday matinee on Thursday.
In the bottom of the second, Mitch Garver gave the Wings an early 1-0 advantage by belting a home run off Bulls starter Ryan Yarbrough. It was Garver's third homer of the season.
Rochester right-hander Aaron Slegers got the start for the Wings. Slegers struck out the side to begin the game and then rolled through the second inning retiring all three batters on just four pitches
The Bulls took the lead in the top half of the third. Mike Marjama and Michael McKenry hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game 1-1. Ryan Brett and Mallex Smith then followed with back-to-back singles. Smith's hit scored McKenry to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead. Slegers was able to limit the damage by getting the next three outs.
After giving up two runs in the third, Slegers settled down and retire the next ten batters he faced.
Zack Granite extended his hit streak to 12 games by legging out a softly hit ball back to Yarbrough, whose throwing allowing Granite to speed into third base. Matt Hague doubled down the left field line, scoring Granite to tie the game 2-2. Niko Goodrum followed with a double which scored Hague giving the Wings the lead. Garver kept the inning going with an RBI double scoring Goodrum to make the score 4-2.
Slegers worked into the seventh inning, and allowed a single before being relieved by Alan Busenitz. Three outs later, Busenitz had escaped the jam.
Slegers worked 6.0 innings and allowed six hits and two earned runs without a walk. Slegers threw 91 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Yarbrough also worked 6.0 innings with seven hits and four earned runs allowed. He walked, two, struck out three, and threw 96 pitches - 59 for strikes.
In the bottom of the seventh, a sacrifice fly from Goodrum brought in Engelb Vielma for a 5-2 Wings lead.
Buddy Boshers took over for Busenitz with two out and a runner at first base, and a double by Jake Bauers brought in a run to make the score 5-3. Drew Rucinski replaced Boshers, with league leading hitter Patrick Leonard due up. Leonard drilled a single for his first hit of the game, plating a run and pulling the Bulls within a run at 5-4. When Shane Peterson followed with a two-run homer, the Bulls had pulled ahead 6-5. 
The Wings had a great scoring opportunity in their half of the eighth, when they put runners at first and third with none out. But a leaping catch by Leonard took away what would have been a game-tying single by Tommy Field, then Leonard started a double play to keep the lead heading to the ninth inning.
Alex Wimmers worked a scoreless ninth inning for the Wings,
The Red Wings out-hit the Bulls 11-10.

PODCAST: ThinkSoJoe Show for May 24, 2017

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    

It's an all new ThinkSoJoE Show with hosts ThinkSoJoEMuller, and Twist, with special guests The Hovelists! Plus music from Thundercloud KidJorian Holka, and Ritual Walk!

Eugene DeLorenzo -- May 20, 2017

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
Prayers, Mausoleum at Gate of Heaven, Lewiston, Friday, May 26th at 10 am.


Rose A. Adamski -- May 23, 2017

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
Visitation, Holy Spirit Church, 85 Dakota Avenue, Buffalo, NY on Friday, May 26th from 11-12 noon, Mass at 12 noon. Interment St. Stanislaus Cemetery.


John E. Gunsolus -- May 23, 2017

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
GUNSOLUS - John E. Of Tonawanda, entered into rest May 23, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Marceia (nee Reynolds) Gunsolus; devoted father of Roy (Jody), Wade (Dee) Gunsolus, Beth (Michael) Doherty; cherished grandfather of Matthew, Jonathan (Amanda), Michael John, Patrick (Erin), Colin, Brian and Shannon; adored great-grandfather of Ava; loving son of the late Earle and Jane Gunsolus; fond brother of Vera Sharpe and the late Marie Brooks.

Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Friday from 4-7 PM where funeral service will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment Elmlawn Cemetery. Mr. Gunsolus is an Army Veteran of the Korean War, worked at Dunlop for 40 years, was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and enjoyed vacationing with his family at Lime Lake.

Canisius baseball pounds out 11-8 win over Rider

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS


NIAGARA FALLS -- Canisius starter Andrew Sipowicz scattered five hits over 6.2 innings of work, junior Ryan Stekl had three hits and scored three runs and junior Gage Lanning ripped a two-run homer as the Golden Griffins defeated Rider University 11-8 Wednesday afternoon on the first day of the 2017 MAAC LifeStorage Baseball Championship at Sal Maglie Stadium. With the win, Canisius (35-20) moves on to a winner's bracket game Thursday at noon, where the Blue and Gold will take on second-seeded Marist.

Rider scored three times in the top-half of the first inning to jump out to an early 3-0 lead over the Griffs, but Canisius answered with two runs in the bottom of the first thanks to a two-run shot over the fence in left by Lanning, his third home run of the season. Canisius took the lead for good at 4-3 in the third thanks to an RBI-triple by Liam Wilson, who later scored on a wild pitch.

Canisius broke the game open with six runs in the home-half of the seventh to take a 10-3 lead through seven frames. Rider scored in the eighth and pushed four runs across the plate in the ninth to make the score 11-8, but junior reliever Tyler Smith came on in relief and rolled a ground-ball double-play to end the game, earning Smith his 11th save of the season. The victory, the Griffs' fourth over Rider this season, improved the team to 8-0 on the year when scoring 10-or more runs.

Sipowicz moved to 6-3 on the year after he allowed three runs on five hits to go with three strikeouts and two walks in 6.2 innings of work. Four of the five hits Sipowicz allowed came in the first inning where the Broncs scored three times. After that inning, the Orchard Park, N.Y., native did not allow another Rider hit until the seventh, when Christian Estevez led off the frame with a triple to the gap in right-center.

Stekl was one of three Canisius players to record multi-hit days in the win, with 2017 MAAC Player of the Year Jake Lumley and junior Cyrus Senior collecting two hits apiece. Lumley scored twice, while Senior drove in a pair with an RBI-single to right in the seventh.

Head Coach Mike McRae's Postgame Comments“After a few tough-luck hits early, I think [Sipowicz] settled down and really gave us six great innings today. He went out there and rebounded after giving up three runs to start. That kind of effort from your starter early in a tournament is really key.”

“The team talked after the top-half of the first. And then they went out and scored two runs right away on Lanning's homer. I think that was really important. The other really big play was in the seventh, after they led off with that triple, and then [Zachary] Sloan came on in relief and got us out of a jam. That really gave us a shot of energy.”

Game Notes• The win on Wednesday is Canisius' 23rd MAAC Tournament win since 2007, the most for any baseball program in the MAAC during that time period.
• The Griffs now have a MAAC postseason victory in 10-straight seasons.
• Lumley has 79 hits on the year, which ties him with former Griff Brian Burton for fifth on the school's single-season hit chart.
• Lanning's homer in the first inning was the first home run by a Canisius batter in a MAAC Tournament game since former Griff Brett Siddall had a grand slam in Canisius' 8-7 win over Rider during the 2015 MAAC Baseball Champion
• Wednesday was Sipowicz's third career MAAC Championship appearance, but it was his first career postseason start for the Blue and Gold.


Up NextCanisius will play second-seeded Marist on Thursday, May 25 on the second day of the MAAC LifeStorage Baseball Championship. First pitch at Sal Maglie Stadium is set for noon.

Higgins says CBO score confirms health care bill is bad for those in need

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House of Representatives Committees on Budget and Ways and Means, said the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) reaffirms that the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act fails to provide adequate access to affordable health care for millions of Americans.

"This CBO score tells us what we already knew: that this bill is bad generally and worse for those who need health coverage most," said Higgins.  "The AHCA is an assault on hard-working Americans who play by the rules and simply want to know that when they or their family member gets sick or injured, insurance will be there to cover their needs in a way that keeps access to care affordable."

Today's CBO score:

  • CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the GOP healthcare bill than under current law.
  • The increase in the number of uninsured people relative to the number projected under current law would reach 19 million in 2020 and 23 million in 2026.
  • In 2026, an estimated 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law.
  • The GOP healthcare bill would "increase premiums before 2020, relative to those under current law—by an average of about 20 percent in 2018 and 5 percent in 2019, as the funding provided by the act to reduce premiums had a larger effect on pricing."
  • The AHCA would cut Medicaid and health care subsidy programs by $1.1 trillion, and cut taxes (primarily for the rich) by $900 billion.
Higgins voted against the AHCA and was outspoken about the failings of the bill, including diminished protections for those with pre-existing conditions, outrageous tax breaks for wealthy health insurance executives,  higher costs for older Americans, and the elimination of essential benefits which range from prescription drug costs to hospitalization.

Higgins and Ryan celebrate new investments at Canalside

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
PRESS RELEASE


BUFFALO – Today, May 24, 2017, Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan celebrated the announcement of progress and new investment at the former Aud Block sites at Canalside.

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $2 million in state funding would go toward kick-starting development on the South Aud Block Site. In addition, an RFP will be issued for the South Aud Block in June, and for the North Aud Block this fall. Last month, Higgins and Ryan visited Canalside and urged the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation to move forward with their 2013 Canalside Modified General Project Plan (MGPP) which called for the creation of public amenities at Canalside. Higgins and Ryan said a Buffalo-centric food destination would be an incredible asset for Canalside, and would be complementary to the creation of a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. The funding and RFP process announced today will lay the foundation for private investment, and move the MGPP forward toward reality.

 
Assemblyman Sean Ryan said "I am pleased to see that New York State is moving forward with this investment toward development at the Aud Block sites. Congressman Higgins and I have stressed the importance of following through with the 2013 MGPP at the Aud Block sites, and today we move one step closer to that vision."

Congressman Brian Higgins said "For three and a half years, portions of the Aud block laid dormant and in disrepair. Now the promised public amenities at Canalside featuring iconic, Buffalo-themed restaurants and residential development are finally moving forward. The Canalside Master Plan called for the use of $20 million of NYPA settlement proceeds for the public infrastructure to support new mixed-use space, including exciting local retail and restaurant options."

Pair from WNY chosen for religious studies honorary society

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS


CANTON -- Two St. Lawrence University students from Western New York have been inducted into the St. Lawrence University chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honorary society for religious studies and theology.

  • Mary Beth H. Benzing of Angola. Benzing is a member of the Class of 2017 and is majoring in statistics and economics. Benzing attended Lake Shore Central Senior High.
  • Elizabeth A. Hayden of Rochester. Hayden is a member of the Class of 2019 and is majoring in sociology and religious studies. Hayden attended Pittsford Sutherland High School.

Students must have completed a minimum of three semesters at St. Lawrence and three units in religious or theological studies, attained a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5 in their religious or theological studies courses, and have earned an overall GPA of at least a 3.0.

Founded in 1856, St. Lawrence University is a private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,500 students located in Canton, New York. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global.

 Visit www.stlawu.edu.


PODCAST: Cory Comments On ... Flooding in Rochester

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    

Cory discusses the flooding situation in Rochester. Who's helping? Who isn't?

House Cancer Caucus co-chairs Kilmer and Higgins push back against funding cuts

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
PRESS RELEASE


Washington D.C. – Two co-chairs of the House Cancer Caucus, Representatives Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) and Brian Higgins (D-NY-26), pushed back against a President Trump budget proposal that includes severe cuts to scientific research into stopping the spread of cancer.

Under the President's budget proposal the National Cancer Institute would face a cut of $1 billion. The White House budget also proposes to reduce the reimbursement rate for NIH grants, potentially costing NCI designated cancer centers around the country millions of dollars.  The National Institutes of Health would see its budget drop from $31.8 billion to $26 billion and the National Science Foundation, that distributes a variety of grants, would be cut 11 percent overall.

"This budget proposal doesn't do right by Americans impacted by cancer," said Kilmer. "Too many folks are grappling with this illness. It cuts across all communities and backgrounds. That's why we are going to fight for a plan that doubles down on cutting-edge research that is key to helping top scientists better stop the spread of cancer."

"The only failure in cancer research is when you quit or are forced to quit due to lack of funding," said Higgins. "Biomedical research is good for the economy and the jobs it supports and it is good for the good it does to provide new clues to cancer, better treatments and hope to those forced to take on this fight for their lives."

The President's budget marks a significant shift from past efforts. Medical research, and cancer research in particular, has received bipartisan support. For example, efforts by President Clinton and a Republican-led Congress prompted a doubling in funding for the National Institutes of Health, from 13.7 billion in fiscal year 1998 to 27.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. The Trump budget would reverse some of those gains.

The World Health Organization reports 1 in 6 deaths worldwide are due to cancer, with 14 million new cancer cases reported in 2012 and that number expected to increase by 70% over the next two decades.  In the U.S. the National Cancer Institute estimates there were more than 1.685 million new cancer cases and over 595,000 deaths due to cancer last year alone.  The cost of cancer care in the United States totaled nearly $125 billion in 2010 and could reach $156 billion by 2020.

North Chili's Raduns named to dean's list at Olivet

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS


BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Emily Raduns of North Chili was named to the dean's list at Olivet Nazarene University during the recently completed spring 2017 semester. To qualify for inclusion on the dean's list, a student must have been enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student and must have attained a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on a 4.00 grading scale.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 140 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet's 275-acre park-like main campus is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, 50 miles south of Chicago.

Bisons to hold meat raffle

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS


Are you in them MOOOOooood for a great night? Don't be chicken! Head to Coca-Cola Field on Friday, June 23 (6 p.m.) for the Bisons' Ballpark Meat Raffle, presented by Consumer's Beverages and to benefit Kids Event Tickets.
Tickets are just $5, so, there really isn't too much at steak! Admission includes unlimited Labatt beer and Coca-Cola soft drinks, one great-tasting Sahlen's hot dog and ticket to see the Bisons in action at a future game.
Not only will you have a chance to win your favorite cuts of meat, special desserts and cheese raffle rounds will be included. There will also be live entertainment and chances to win great non-edible prizes like a Weber Grill, gift cards, Bisons merchandise and more!
Fans should enter the ballpark at the Seneca St. Gate.
We want you to pig out on all there is to do, so ham it up! We'll meat you at the Bisons' Ballpark Meat Raffle on June 23.

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