The Rural Patriot

September 10, 2006

Weekly News Roundup 9/10/06

Filed under: Weekly News Roundup — theruralpatriot @ 11:02 am

In case you may have missed any of these articles.  Covering mainly Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties, but WNY regional, state, and national topics of interest are also added.

LOCAL

(Local choices were slim this week; it was “all Bucky all of the time”.  Therefore, I will include one Bucky story – the end of the saga that held this area’s attention for the past week.)

N.Y. Manhunt Ends With Surrender
CARROLL, N.Y. (AP) — A fugitive suspected of fatally shooting a New York state trooper and wounding two others while on the run for more than five months surrendered to police who had cornered him in a field just over the Pennsylvania border Friday night.
Ralph “Bucky” Phillips walked out with his hands up, ending the state’s largest manhunt for the 44-year-old career thief who broke out of a Buffalo-area jail in April, New York State Police Investigator Gary Colon said.

Conservancy buying more Zoar parcels
OTTO – While the state Department of Environmental Conservation finalizes a management plan for its nearly 3,000 acres in Zoar Valley, the Nature Conservancy is adding property to its holdings in and around the scenic Cattaraugus Creek gorge.

Monitoring increased for West Nile virus
OLEAN – The Cattaraugus County Health Department says it is stepping up surveillance for suspected West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis.

John announces run for Seneca presidency
Donald N. John, tribal councillor of the Seneca Nation of Indians, has announced his candidacy for president of the Seneca Nation.

Group to push Route 219 expressway
LITTLE VALLEY – A group of Route 219 supporters is looking beyond the recent authorization to extend the four-lane expressway 6.8 miles south of Springville and will push to include the remainder of the project on the next federal and state transportation bills.

Village to apply for $5M grant to help restore the community
WELLSVILLE – The village is looking at a $5 million state grant which will help restore communities across New York state.
The village received notification of the new grant late last week. The application has to be submitted by Sept. 15, with a final list of projects due no later than the end of September. The Alfred Housing Committee Inc., will be writing the grant application for the village.

Centerville looking to build 67 windmills; Farmer wants facts first, group concerned with noise
CENTERVILLE – George Ellis isn’t gung-ho when it comes to energy generated by windpower, but he does believe it’s the way the wind will blow down the road.

STATE

New system to identify educational problems
ALBANY (AP) – What is your child’s most difficult task in each subject at school? And what lesson from your child’s teacher isn’t working for the whole class?
The state Education Department said Thursday that a new $12 million system will identify problems and detail for schools and parents how to improve teaching and learning.

Comptroller candidate urges 401(k) plans
ALBANY – J. Christopher Callaghan, the Republican candidate for state comptroller, said Thursday he wants to replace expensive public pensions with a 401(k) type system for new state, local and school employees.

Cuomo dodges attacks in debating Green, Maloney for Spitzer’s job
NEW YORK – Andrew Cuomo refused Wednesday to directly answer criticism of his record as head of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton, calling rival Mark Green’s attacks in the race for attorney general “distortions.”

New York – and 42 other states – flunk college affordability test
ALBANY – New York’s public and private colleges received an “F” grade for affordability in a study that also failed 42 other states, according to a national report card by an independent group.

Sickness stalking WTC site rescuers
NEW YORK – Nearly 70 percent of the rescue and cleanup workers who toiled in the dust and fumes at ground zero have had trouble breathing, and many will probably be sick for the rest of their lives, doctors said Tuesday in releasing results of the biggest Sept. 11 health study yet.

Upstate tour shows voters are warming to Clinton
SYRACUSE – Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton toured the postcard-perfect tourist towns of the Finger Lakes last week, winning praise from farmers and even the occasional Republican officeholder – and as usual, dodging the inevitable question about running for president in two years.

The price of crude may be on a downward trend, but gasoline prices have yet to subside locally and across the state.
According to the American Automobile Association’s Daily Fuel Gauge report, the national average for a gallon of unleaded sits at $2.68 a gallon. That’s 27 cents less than the New York state average of $2.95. Locally, gas prices range from $2.92 to $2.99. Crude oil prices, meanwhile, have fallen to $67.32 a barrel at the close of trading Thursday. Recently, the price had hovered at more than $70.

Wind profits promised to host communities: Tom Golisano forms Empire State Wind Energy LLC to benefit municipalities
It’s not often a business plan is designed to pay full taxes and send most of a corporation’s money to the community it does business in.
That is, however, what Empire State Wind Energy LLC intends to do.

Village to apply for $5M grant to help restore the community
WELLSVILLE – The village is looking at a $5 million state grant which will help restore communities across New York state.
The village received notification of the new grant late last week. The application has to be submitted by Sept. 15, with a final list of projects due no later than the end of September. The Alfred Housing Committee Inc., will be writing the grant application for the village.

NATIONAL

TV film on 9/11 blasted
NEW YORK – A miniseries about the events leading up to the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 is “terribly wrong,” and ABC should correct it or not broadcast it, a group of officials from the administration of former President Bill Clinton and Senate Democrats said in letters to the head of the network’s parent company.

Rove ‘exorcised’ office, book says
WASHINGTON – Karl Rove says he’s not The Exorcist.
Rove, the Bush political shaman Democrats love to demonize, enlisted a trio of clergymen to exorcise Hillary Rodham Clinton’s left-wing spirit when he moved into her West Wing office in 2001, according to an unflattering new biography.

Ex-Iranian president visits D.C., urges dialogue instead of threats
WASHINGTON – The most senior Iranian to visit Washington in 25 years said Thursday the two nations’ long estrangement should be repaired through dialogue instead of threats, as world powers moved closer to imposing punishments on Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

Lawyers wary of terror courts
WASHINGTON – Top Pentagon lawyers took issue Thursday with key aspects of President Bush’s proposal for a special court system that would limit the legal rights of terrorism suspects and exclude them from parts of their own death-penalty trials.

Armitage admits disclosing Plame’s ID
WASHINGTON – The former No. 2 State Department official said Thursday he inadvertently disclosed the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame in conversations with two reporters in 2003.

Thawing permafrost seen as growing peril
WASHINGTON – Global warming gases trapped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thought and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate time bomb.

Senate GOP kills bid to urge Rumsfeld’s firing
WASHINGTON – Democrat after Democrat took to the Senate floor Wednesday calling for President Bush to fire Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, but Republicans headed off a no-confidence vote.

Study finds steep drop in prosecution of cases linked to terrorism
WASHINGTON – Justice Department prosecutions of international terrorism cases, which surged in number after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have nearly returned to the levels before the hijackings, according to an independent analysis of government data released Sunday.

Poll finds most in U.S. doubt victory in decade
WASHINGTON (Bloomberg News) – Sixty-nine percent of Americans don’t expect the U.S. to win the war against terrorism within the next decade, according to a Time magazine/Discovery Network poll.

IRS faulted on audits of wealthy taxpayers
WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service has been auditing more high-income taxpayers but may not be effectively going after one of the biggest problems – wealthy people who evade taxes by reporting too little business revenue or overstating business expenses.

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