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Jonathan Cote

  • Hope dwindled for the return of Getzville native Jonathan Cote this weekend when the bodies of two fellow hostages were discovered in southern Iraq. Cote, a private security contractor with Crescent Security, was captured last November while escorting an Italian supply convoy near the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Last week, the severed fingers of Cote and four other hostages were sent to American authorities in Iraq. The bodies found were those of John R. Young, 45, of Kansas City, Mo. and Ronald J. Withrow, 40, of Roaring Springs, Texas. Cote, 25, has been in captivity for a total of 495 days.
  • Gov. David Paterson is airing out all of his dirty laundry. After announcing last week that he’d had several extramarital affairs, he told reporters yesterday that he used cocaine and marijuana when he was in his 20s.
  • UB student Michael Bliss, 21, is paralyzed from the waist down after being beaten by three other students early Saturday morning in the city’s University District. Bliss was heading home from a bar when he was jumped by fellow students Kevin Rowland, 23, Charles Jordan, 22, and Michael Gunderland, 23, none of whom he reportedly knew. Bliss remains in serious condition in ECMC, and the three suspects are being held on $50,000 bail.