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Echo Chamber (April 15): News You Could Have Read Anywhere

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 Asian Elephant

  • The Buffalo Zoo’s three Asian elephants have left Buffalo for a summer vacation in Columbus, Ohio. The huge pachyderms were hauled away to the Columbus Zoo in order to make way for an expansion mandated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which decided in 2006 that the Zoo’s 1,050-square-foot house was too cramped (the elephants agreed). The construction, which will soon begin, will add 750 square feet to the space, as well adding other improvements.
  • The new dog park that’s being created in LaSalle Park may get a small-breed sanctuary, following an incident last Thursday where a 4-month-old pug puppy was attacked and killed by a Newfoundland. The current park is to be moved to a new location in LaSalle Park this summer, as it currently sits above a drinking water storage tank. The new park will have separate areas for large- and small-breed dogs to run leash-free. Until the new park is built, however, there will be hours where no large dogs (more than 30 lbs.) will be permitted in the park.
  • The race for Tom Reynolds’s 26th Congressional District continued to take shape yesterday, as Republican Christopher Lee joined the race and Democrat Kathy Hochul dropped out. At this point the race looks like this: Democrats—local teacher and Iraq war veteran Jonathan Powers; Amherst environmental attorney Alice Kryzan, businessman and perennial candidate Jack Davis. Republicans—wealthy former businessman Christopher J. Lee (won backing from Monroe County Republicans); Talking Phone Book President Rick Lewis (who’s got the backing of Erie County Executive Chris Collins); Iraq veteran David Pigott (son of a Court of Appeals judge); rich man Christoper L. Jacobs (who’s currently being asked to resign from the Buffalo Board of Education) and Rochester Iraq war veteran David Bellavia.
  • Hickory Woods homeowners will get the first checks in their $7.2 million compensation deal today. The 22o residents sued City Hall over contaminated soil in the South Buffalo subdivision, located adjacent to Republic Steel. The lawsuit, which was only settled last October, was eight years in the making.