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A recent investigation by the NY Assembly report found “overwhelming evidence” that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo engaged in sexual harassment.
The 60 page report further accused Cuomo of using state resources to help write his 2020 book and manipulating nursing home death data. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, called the events leading up to Cuomo’s departure “a profoundly sad chapter in New York’s history.” Some lawmakers believe the report’s findings should push for the start of an impeachment process in order to prevent him from ever holding elected office again.
The UB women’s basketball team is preparing to face No. 1 South Carolina in the Bahamas this weekend at the inaugural Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament.
The Bulls will either face Oklahoma or No. 9 Oregon in the second game of the tournament. UB has made it to three NCAA Tournament appearances under the current head coach, Felisha Legette-Jack, who recently became the first woman ever to have her jersey retired by Syracuse University.
At least five people died after a driver plowed into a Wisconsin Christmas parade last weekend.
More than 40 others were injured. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said on Twitter “Our team is in close touch with local officials to offer any support and assistance needed. Our hearts are with the families and the entire community.”
McQuaid Jesuit, a private Catholic high school in Rochester, NY, has taken legal action to ensure its football team can play a quarterfinal game.
The game, originally scheduled for Saturday at Williamsville East, has so far been postponed due to a COVID outbreak amongst the players. Bennett High School, McQuaid’s opponent for the game, had a similar outbreak earlier this year that led to a season-ending forfeit. Local administrators say it bears noting that Bennet is both a public high school and predominantly black, citing these key differences between the schools and the decisions from NYSPHSAA as evidence of racial injustice and inequity.
On Tuesday, November 23, an Erie County mask mandate went into effect at all indoor public locations.
The mandate, announced by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday, was enacted in response to the rise in Covid cases in Erie County. Currently 91 percent of all hospital beds are full and numbers are expected to rise after Thanksgiving. Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says wait times at hospital emergency departments can be 8-12 hours at times, and that the Delta variant is “spreading like wildfire.”
Public radio station 88.7 WBFO, which was formerly a jazz station operated by the University of Buffalo until its sale in 2011, announced a new format this week.
The station rebranded itself The Bridge, with the slogan “College Radio For Adults,” promising quote “groundbreaking, alternative, and occasionally idiosyncratic music of today alongside beloved classics.” Among their playlist, the station listed Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, U2, Black Keys, and other artists that would have been considered too mainstream for college radio in the ‘90s and 2000s. Listeners interested in College Radio For College Students are encouraged to check out Subject Radio’s livestream at subjectmedia.org.