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Echo Chamber (April 21): News You Could Have Heard Anywhere

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  • OSHA fined six WNY contractors for safety violations on the job site of the Walden Galleria Mall’s recent renovations. The contractors, OSHA said, failed to provide their workers against falling dangers. The contractors cited were CBO Glass of Buffalo ($16,000), Guard Contracting Corp. of Youngstown ($12,000), Alpha Masonry Construction Co. Inc. of Orchard Park ($7,500), E.B. Atlas Steel Corp. of Buffalo ($5,400), S. Federowicz Construction Inc. of West Seneca ($2,500), and Gordon & Zoerb Electrical Contractors Inc. of Buffalo ($1,500). Falling is the leading cause of death in the construction trades, a fact that was highlighted only 13 months ago when 24-year-old construction worker Jonathan Fundalinski fell to his death while renovating Rocco Termini’s Webb Building in downtown Buffalo.
  • The family of local soldier Jonathon Cote was again unnecessarily notified by the military that a body has been found in Iraq that could be his. The body remains unidentified at this point, and it seems like a pointless—not to mention stressful—exercise to alert the Cotes of every Caucasian male body that is discovered in Iraq before it has been identified. Cote, 25, of Amherst, was one of a handful of private security contractors kidnapped and held hostage by militants in November of 2006.