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'Inexcusable' Assignment at Middle School Spurs Outrage

'Blatant racism,' remarks one parent who's publicizing the Spanish homework at NY school

(Newser) - A Western New York middle school is making headlines for a Spanish homework assignment that's drawing cries of "blatant racism." CNN reports that the assignment distributed last month to sixth graders at the Williamsville Central School District's Mill Middle School, located in a suburb of Buffalo,...

Buffalo Write-In Campaign Could Foil Historic Win

4-term incumbent Byron Brown leads polls against socialist India Walton, who won primary

(Newser) - Tuesday is Election Day in parts of the US, and the Virginia governor's race is the big one on everybody's political radar. But another interesting contest is unfolding in Buffalo, one that could result in the city getting a socialist mayor. The race pits India Walton, a 39-year-old...

After Socialist Stunner, Buffalo Mayor Assessing Write-In Odds

India Walton defeated incumbent Byron Brown in Democratic primary

(Newser) - Pressure is building on Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to mount a write-in campaign in November after his stunning upset loss to democratic socialist India Walton in the city's Democratic primary. The Buffalo News has two stories to that effect— one saying that prominent business leaders are pushing Brown to...

Socialist Scores Upset Win in Buffalo Mayoral Primary

4-term Democratic incumbent Byron Brown refused to debate India Walton

(Newser) - India Walton is on course to become the first socialist mayor of a big US city in decades after defeating Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown in the Democratic primary. Walton—a 38-year-old nurse and community organizer who has never held elected office—defeated the 62-year-old four-term incumbent in what CNN describes...

Vaccine Turnout Was Low, Until the Free Beer Coupons

It's working in the Buffalo area, anyway

(Newser) - Buffalo's Erie County had been struggling to attract people to its first-dose COVID vaccine clinics of late—a grand total of one person showed up to one of them, reports Sandra Tan of the Buffalo News . This weekend, though, health officials appear to have struck upon the secret formula:...

Cops 'Will Not Rest' Till Missing College Student Is Found

Saniyya Dennis, 19, was last seen at Buffalo State College in New York on April 24

(Newser) - A sophomore from the Bronx attending Buffalo State College in New York has been missing for more than a week, and authorities are now trying to get the word out nationally. Per a release from college police, Saniyya Dennis, 19, was last seen leaving her dorm around 11pm on April...

Big Win in Court for Cop Fired for Stopping Chokehold

Cariol Horne can get her pension, NY judge rules

(Newser) - After she intervened to stop a fellow Buffalo police officer who was using excessive force on a suspect, Cariol Horne ended up getting fired just months short of the 20 years of service she needed for a full pension. That decision has now been reversed after a lawsuit that cited...

Radio Host Fired for Racist Remarks in Toast Chat

Rob Lederman likened toaster settings to color of Black women's skin

(Newser) - "I may get into trouble for this," Buffalo radio host Rob Lederman said Wednesday morning before likening his toaster settings to the skin color of Black women he finds attractive. He was correct. By the end of the day, the Morning Bull co-host had been fired by 97...

Martin Gugino, Shoved to Ground by Cops, Files Suit

75-year-old protester who fractured his skull during confrontation is suing Buffalo, 3 officers

(Newser) - Last week, criminal charges were dropped against two police officers who were caught on video pushing 75-year-old protester Martin Gugino to the ground during a June 4 protest in Buffalo, NY, against police brutality and racism. Gugino, who fractured his skull and suffered a concussion as a result of the...

US Cities That Need the Most Vaccine Doses to Start

Detroit, Cleveland top the list

(Newser) - With Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine possibly just days away from being shipped, the next order of business will be starting to divvy it up for distribution across the country. WalletHub looked at more than 90 cities across America to figure out which may need the most initial vaccinations. The site...

Mail Carrier's Wrong Turn Earns Him an Arrest
Mail Carrier's Wrong Turn
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Mail Carrier's Wrong Turn Earns Him an Arrest

CBP agents say 800 pieces of mail were in trunk of Buffalo USPS worker's car

(Newser) - A US Postal Service mail carrier in Buffalo has been arrested after authorities say Customs and Border Protection officials found 813 pieces of mail in the trunk of his car as he drove back to Buffalo from Canada. Per a criminal complaint filed by Brendan Boone, a special agent with...

Cops in This City Don't Have to Show Their Names Anymore

New policy in Buffalo, NY, replaces names with numbers on badges

(Newser) - Back in August, protesters in Buffalo, NY, started noticing that police officers were covering their names on their badges, despite official police department policy noting that "name tags must always be displayed on the outer most garment." That policy has just been modified, and local activists aren't...

Reality Show Helps Turn Up Missing 6-Year-Old

Viewer recognized 6-year-old Talia Jones, who vanished a year ago, from A&E's 'Live PD' program

(Newser) - A now-canceled cable TV show has helped recover a young California girl missing for more than a year. In June, A&E announced it was cutting Live PD, a reality-TV series that shadows cops on their patrols, from its lineup following weeks of demonstrations about the police killing of George...

Man Shoved by Buffalo Cops Shares Last Thing He Recalls

Martin Gugino doesn't remember being pushed

(Newser) - Martin Gugino says he can't remember the incident that landed him in the hospital with a fractured skull and a brain injury—but it was definitely a turning point in his life. The 75-year-old activist, who spent a month in the hospital after being shoved by police at a...

Fox Host Walks Back Praise for Fringe Movement

Jesse Watters first said QAnon has 'uncovered a lot of great stuff'

(Newser) - The fringe conspiracy movement QAnon picked up some praise from a Fox News host over the weekend, who then quickly walked it back. During an interview with Eric Trump on Saturday, Fox's Jesse Watters declared that QAnon has done some "crazy stuff," but "they've also...

Blue Jays Find a Home in Buffalo
Pandemic Creates
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Pandemic Creates Buffalo Blue Jays

Team has been homeless since Canada prohibited games in Toronto

(Newser) - After a couple of rejections, the Toronto Blues Jays have found a place to play their home games this season. Their search ended not all that far away. "We are extremely grateful to have a home in Buffalo this season," the team's president said. Sahlen Field usually...

Buffalo Protester Shoved by Cops Has Fractured Skull

Martin Gugino, 75, remains hospitalized

(Newser) - The 75-year-old protester shoved to the ground by cops in Buffalo, NY, was still hospitalized as of Tuesday. Martin Gugino has a fractured skull and has not yet been able to walk since the June 4 incident, his attorney says, per the AP . However, she added, per CNN , "we...

Kid Who Cleaned Up After Protests Gets Another Reward

Buffalo mayor offers Antonio Gwynn Jr. a job in the city buildings department after his noble gesture

(Newser) - A Buffalo teenager who spent 10 hours cleaning up glass and garbage following protests in his city got a job offer Saturday from the mayor. It was the latest honor for Antonio Gwynn Jr. since word of his actions began circulating a week ago. The 18-year-old high school senior already...

Protester Shoved by Buffalo Police Has Brain Injury

Friend says Gugino 'had a good chuckle' at Trump tweet

(Newser) - Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old protester shoved to the ground by police in Buffalo last week, suffered a brain injury, his lawyer says. Gugino was hospitalized in serious but stable condition after the incident, which led to two officers being charged with assault . After he was shoved, he hit his head...

'Oh Lord': How GOP Senators Responded to Trump Tweet

Many Republicans simply say they haven't seen it, continue on their way

(Newser) - What do Republicans think of President Trump's most controversial tweets? Conveniently enough, they apparently haven't read them. The New York Times reports that journalists printed out copies of the most recent example— Trump's suggestion that the man pushed to the ground by police in Buffalo was actually...

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