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Ranking NFL venues, the Stadium Journey way

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From time to time, you can find in your news feed some article trumping out “the best NFL stadium” or “Ranking the best and worst”. If you’re a stadium enthusiast, these will always make for interesting reads.

But in many cases, they’re also nonsense. And downright embarrassing at times, none more so than an article of this type that actually made it to the pages of USA Today this past October. Look closely and you’ll find that the misinformed writer assigned no actual scoring or metrics to his choices of what he deems to be the best, and the worst, stadium in the NFL, and everything in between. For example, NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, came in at 17th. Why, you wonder? The writer states, “My goodness is that a horrible name for a stadium, though I guess coming from a city that once had Enron Field, it could be worse.” That’s it. That’s all. So there you go.

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Keep an eye on Chemours Closing: Excuse to treat frackwater, hike taxes, water rates

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Niagara Falls -Keep an eye on the Chemours closing.

Chemours plans to close its Niagara Falls plant by the end of this  year, eliminating about 200 jobs at the Buffalo Avenue factory.

The Niagara Falls plant makes reactive metals for specialty chemicals industries such as pharmaceutical, pulp and paper and others. It is a DuPont spin off.

With the loss for both the city in taxes and water board in water fees, expect Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster to cite the loss as an excuse to raise taxes and for the water board to cite the loss as a reason to jack up water rates.

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When was the last time you did it?

January 31, 2016 Anna Howard 2

There was a time when husbands and wives did it frequently.

Lovers thought it was incredibly romantic to do over and over again.

Sometimes they did it all night long and from city to city.

When was the last time you did it?

Ride the train, that is.

Mayor Paul A. Dyster’s nearly completed $45 million train station will be called ” the Niagara Falls International Railway Station & Intermodal Transportation Center.”

That’s a mouthful – in fact it is the longest name for any train station in America.

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Former Security Director of Monroe County Water Authority Pleads Guilty to $212 million Bid-Rigging; gets $5,000 fine, no jail time

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ROCHESTER – Robert Wiesner, the former Security Director for the Monroe County Water Authority, entered a guilty plea before The Honorable Dennis M. Kehoe in Monroe County Court to the class “E” felony charge of Combination in Restraint of Trade and Competition in violation of General Business Law §§ 340 and 341, also known as a violation of New York State’s Donnelly Act.

Wiesner was indicted in November 2013 along with Daniel Lynch and John Maggio, local businessmen, and Nelson Rivera, a former Monroe County public official.  The men were charged with a scheme to rig the bidding process for a number of multi-million dollar public works contracts in Monroe County.

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Keith Raniere (above) advised the Bronfmans to invest in the commodities futures market. He also handled the investments directly with the broker. He lost $65.6 million of their money. Was it legit or was there a scam at play?

Seeds of Prosecution of Raniere/Bronfman may be found in 17 boxes held by Bouchey

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NXIVM/Executive Success Programs (ESP) and Clare and Sara Bronfman have made an effort to get copies of records that fill 17 boxes that are in the possession of Barbara J. Bouchey.

In those boxes [which are copies of original records already in the possession of Clare and Sara Bronfman] are items which might be of interest to enemies of NXIVM/Executive Success Programs (ESP)/Clare and Sara Bronfman and Keith Raniere.

It might also be of interest to law enforcement.

Bouchey is a Registered Investment Adviser since 1990, a Certified Financial Planner since 1990, a Broker Dealer since 1997. She held securities licenses with the FINRA since 1985.

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Comments: Praising and criticizing Dyster $75,000 boundary waters party

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We love comments.

Here are three in response to: 

Niagara Falls Taxpayers will pay to host Great Lakes Conference Dyster given $75,000 blank check to spend as he likes  

Dave:

If you’re going to blast the Niagara Falls City Council and spending, please stop being lazy and actually attend a meeting, instead of using a competitor’s story. This isn’t journalism, it’s simply a rewrite with your own spin on it and a telephone call 10 minutes before deadline.
If you spend like five minutes searching for last year’s conference, you could actually learn some interesting items to report about spending and outcome. The laziness from the Reporter is overwhelming.

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It’s in the Stars: Your Weekly Horoscope: Jan 28 – Feb 3

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Aries: (March 21 – April 19):
There are only two things people dislike about you  – your face. There is no vaccine against stupidity. You are so ugly when you were born the doctor said, ‘I’m gonna drop it, if it falls it’s a rat, if it flies it’s a bat.’

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Taurus: (April 20 – May 20):

Skeletor called, he wants his face back. The sign of the bull quite literally describes you since you are literally full of bull. To put it in a nutshell, people think you’re nuts.  There was an accident years ago. The accident wasn’t on a highway, but in your mom’s bedroom.

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‘THE RAT’ SPEAKS ABOUT ‘MOLESTER’ NXIVM FOUNDER, KEITH RANIERE

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According to multiple sources, Gina Hutchinson was raped by Keith Raniere when she was 15. She committed suicide. Her sister Heidi says Raniere killed her
According to multiple sources, Gina Hutchinson was raped by Keith Raniere when she was 15. She committed suicide. Her sister Heidi says Raniere killed her

Next week we will feature shocking and lurid tales of people who were inside NXIVM.

Here is an excerpt from comments one person calling herself “the Rat” made about Keith Raniere, founder of NXIM:

“By the time they read this, I will have gone back to Mexico with Edgar. I served as their pawn for too long (like Jim). I see my responsibility in the deaths of [Gina Hutchinson] in the monastery and Esther’s friend in Alaska (Kristen Snyder). … It was suicide, so it could not be linked to me and Keith. But we still encouraged it to happen.

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CULT OF NXIVM SERIES PART 10: THE LOVE CULT OF EL-SICKO

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Sara Bronfman at Necker Island. She rented the entire island for a week to promote the secret teachings of her master, Keith Raniere
Sara Bronfman at Necker Island. She rented the entire island for a week to promote the secret teachings of her master, Keith Raniere

When I was hired as a consultant by NXIVM, in September 2007, the company was embroiled in multiple litigations. In addition, reporters were sniffing around and writing stories about the “life coaching” group–mostly bad stories. Critics claimed NXIVM was a cult. One of my tasks was to explore how to stop the negative publicity and reshape it to something more positive.

At that time, students of NXIVM paid monthly membership fees of about $180 per month, plus another $2,000 to $7,000 several times per year for special training seminars called ‘intensives” that were needed for one to advance in the course (one could also progress by bringing in new students).

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Dyster veto stops Tompkins’ council health insurance cost saving measure

January 28, 2016 Anna Howard 1

Niagara Falls – It didn’t take long for freshman councilman Kenny Tompkins to get a close up look at Mayor Paul Dyster’s veto pen. And from what we’re told Mr. Tompkins is not pleased at seeing the mayor – with a stroke of his seldom seen veto pen – strike down the councilman’s resolution, a resolution ending the health insurance benefit for all future members of the city council.

Tompkins’ resolution ending the taxpayer paid health care had been passed in a 3-2 vote at a council meeting two weeks ago. Tompkins, Chairman Andrew Touma and council member Kristen Grandinetti supported the resolution, while Council members Charles Walker and Ezra Scott opposed passage.

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Trademarking history: Glynn, Jacobs become owners of American heritage

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On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill creating the nation’s first federal park at Yosemite, in northern California.

Now Delaware North owner Jeremy Jacobs Sr., who ran concessions in the park from 1993 to 2016, says a trademark he filed makes him the owner of the words “Yosemite National Park.”

The first boat christened The Maid of the Mist was launched in the waters below Niagara Falls in 1846.

 In 1993, Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. owner Jimmy Glynn, who has run a tour boat concession at Niagara Falls since 1971, filed a trademark on the words “Maid of the Mist.”

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