Browns WR Gordon Facing 1-Year Ban

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test, and will now be facing a one-year suspension, according to league sources.

An earlier report from Pro Football Talk mentioned that Gordon tested positive for alcohol, later confirmed by the source. Gordon was previously arrested for driving while impaired, which led to the NFL prohibiting him from consuming alcohol. This latest setback could cost Gordon his job in Cleveland and quite possibly his NFL career.

Gordon was previously suspended for a failed marijuana test. Both incidents led to the young star’s placement into the NFL’s substance-abuse program.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus could not be reached for comment by multiple media outlets.

“Others Known And Unknown” In Fed’s Complaint Against Silver

NEW YORK-Only Sheldon Silver (D-Manhatten) is named in Thursday’s criminal complaint filed by federal authorities, but the information and remarks by a US Attorney make clear other names will be coming.

The document mentions an unnamed co-conspirator-“CC-1,” and also “others known and unknown,” as it outlines the probable causes for lodging at least five counts against the long-time speaker of the NYS Assembly who was arrested Thursday morning.

“Others known and unknown,” may help explain why the Moreland Commission, tasked with examining alleged corruption in Albany, was abruptly shut down last March by Governor Andrew Cuomo. A month before Silver complained to reporters about the commission, “The commission we believe has exceeded its mandate and has engaged in a fishing expedition to intimidate legislators.”

Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the southern district of New York, was outspokenly critical of Cuomo’s decision to shut down the commission, and Thursday said the action (came) “as a great relief to Mr. Silver.”

Bharara said the charges against Silver, “go to the very core of what ails Albany,” during a Thursday media conference. The US Attorny also advised reporters, “You should stay tuned,” and disclosed his office is conducting a number of other public corruption investigations.

The New York Times Thursday reported (“Complaint Offers Motive for Silver’s Fight Against Corruption Panel”) “it became clear the governor himself had interfered with its investigations.”

There is little doubt that CC-1 is attorney Jay Arthur Goldberg, who previously served as counsel to Silver and is a partner in Goldberg & Iryami PC, a small law firm that allegedly paid about $700,000 to Silver for referrals related to its real estate practice.

Chautauqua Amphitheater: A Video Update

Silver Took “Millions” In Graft, Under Arrest By Feds

NEW YORK-NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver took millions of dollars in bribes and kick backs, according to federal authorities who arrested him Thursday morning.

Feds Expected To Nab NY Assembly Speaker Silver

NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) will likely be arrested by federal authorities today on corruption charges, according to the digital New York Times. (Update: Silver arrested; please see related report.)

Silver was just re-elected speaker, a post he has held for two decades.

He has been the subject of a month’s long investigation reportedly related to large payments from a small specialized law firm. Silver, according to The Times, failed to disclose what work he performed for up to $650,000 in outside income in 2013 as he was required to do.

Hidden Jewels of Jamestown (3 of 7)

Hidden Jewels of Jamestown (3 of 7)
This series spotlights the hidden attractions of our area. Originally a segment that appeared on The Justin Show during the summer of 2014. Now, every Wednesday for the next five weeks we will release an episode for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Good Wednesday Morning!

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Amp Demolition Will Be Reconsidered By Chautauqua Institution

CHAUTAUQUA-Demolition of the 118 year-old Chautauqua Amphitheater will be reassessed by the board of trustees in August, according to Institution President Thomas Becker in a written statement Tuesday.

As a result, demolition of the amphitheater will not start at the end of this season since contracts for the tear down and construction of a new facility were to be sought during the next few weeks.

Here is a part of Becker’s statement: “Following a detailed review of the project to date, it is clear from the public and private communications going back and forth between the institution and various members of the Chautauqua community that meaningful re-engagement of our various constituencies – especially those who are so passionate in their views, both positive or critical, about the Amp and its future – should occur, especially during the summer season and before we move forward”

Former Dunkirk Mayor Frey Faces Federal Charges

BUFFALO—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury has returned a 13-count indictment charging former City of Dunkirk Mayor Richard L. Frey, 83, of Dunkirk, with engaging in a scheme to defraud his mayoral campaign and his supporters by stealing campaign contributions for his personal benefit. Frey faces 12 counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FBI. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski and Department of Justice Trial Attorney Edward P. Sullivan of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section, who are handling the case, said that according to the indictment, from at least January 2003 through June 2012, Frey solicited and received several large campaign contributions from a number of area businesses and businesspeople. Instead of depositing the donations into his campaign accounts, the defendant either cashed the checks for his personal use or deposited the checks into his personal bank accounts. The indictment further alleges that the defendant concealed the existence of these larger campaign contributions by not reporting or disclosing them on his campaign disclosure reports, as was required of local candidates for public office. It is further alleged that Frey provided false information to the FBI when asked about the scheme.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General.

Sabres Choke On The Wings 6-4

DETROIT-Captain Henrik Zetterberg recorded a hat trick and assist, Danny DeKeyser added two assists and the Detroit Red Wings flew quickly to defeat the depleted Buffalo Sabres in come-from-behind fashion 6-4. Buffalo has now lost 11 consecutive games, one shy of the team record of 12, set in 1991 and matched in 2002. All 11 losses occurred in regulation. [Read more…]

#1 Seeds In XLIX-Hawks vs. Pats

Update @ 11 p.m. Sunday: Early line from select LV sports books is a pick’em or Seattle -1.New England’s blowout 45-7 win over Indy means a Seattle-Patriot Super Bowl match Feb. 1.

The Seahawks needed overtime to whip Green Bay 28-22 in the early game.

Super Bowl 49 will thus feature the number one seeds from both conferences.

Seahawks Snatch NFC Title In OT Win

Jermaine Kearse caught a 35-yard jump ball for the TD, and Seattle pulled an improbable 28-22 overtime victory over Green Bay in Sunday’s early game.

Seattle was down by 16 points before scoring a TD on a fake field goal as well as producing a near miraculous performance in their fourth quarter comeback, one that included an onside kick recovery.

Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers engineered a little comeback of his own late in regulation to send the game into OT. Seattle responded with a quick drive down the field, capped by Kearse’s game-winning catch.

Seattle will face New England  in two weeks at Glendale, Arizona to determine the Super Bowl XLIX champ.

Hawks Win A Classic! 28-22 Over GB

Flyers Defeat Sliding Sabres 4-3

BUFFALO-Chris VandeVelde registered a third-period breakaway score to lift the skidding Flyers over the laboring Buffalo Sabres 4-3. The win snapped a six-game road skid for Philadelphia, while the Sabres dropped their 10th straight regulation loss Saturday. [Read more…]

“Doors Open” to History

Pine Valley v. Randolph-A Budget/Staff Comparison-News/Analysis/Opinion

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Pine Valley School interim superintendent listened to nearly 50 district residents during a four-hour school board public session Thursday night. Speakers were unanimous in either opposing his proposed budget cuts or urging more time to study the proposal and suggest alternatives. Image-TheCAT-permission granted for fair use- Credit chaucat.com.

Note:This report is a small, but important part on what will be a continuing trend in small, rural school districts for the next few years: generally shrinking enrollments, rising property taxes and various mergers among districts.

It cost roughly $5,ooo per pupil less to educate students in the Randolph Central district than in the Pine Valley district for the 2013-14 school year, according to audits completed by the NYS Comptroller’s Office.

Further, Randolph had a reported 180 full-time employees or one for every 5.38 students compared to Pine Valley’s 145 employees or one per 4.24 students, according to the audit report for each district.

If Pine Valley maintained the same ratio of employees to students, it would have only 114 full-time employees, 31 fewer than reported in the state audit.

We chose these districts because they are both predominantly rural and serve a wide area. However, during the period both were audited Randolph served 970 students versus 615 reported for PV. That may indicate Randolph had certain economies of scale not available to smaller Pine Valley.

So we also looked at the audit of a smaller district, Forestville, for the same period of time. Forestville’s enrollment was 540 kids with 107 full-time employees. That small rural district spent $21,296 per pupil, roughly $3,000 per pupil less than Pine Valley. It’s ratio of students to its 107 full timers was 5.05.

Meanwhile, there’s the Bemus Point School District with 745 students and, according to its own website budget information 130 full time employees, that’s 5.73 students per employee. And, no one disputes the quality of the Bemus education, always rated one of the best in the county no matter who is doing the rating. More on Bemus and other districts in upcoming reports.

 

Drowned: Kyle Chimera, 31, Sherman

SHERMAN-Kyle Chimera, 31, 3215 Marks Rd, Sherman, drowned in a creek along  snowmobile corridor trail #4, according to the Chautauqua County Coronor’s investigation and report issued Friday morning.

Chimera had been reported missing when he did not return from a snowmobile ride he started Thursday night.

Investigation showed he was traveling west on the trail, but then left the trail and struck a bush. While attempting to get free, investigators believe Chimera fell into the creek.

PINE VALLEY BOARD TABLES STAFF CUTS!

An estimated 250 teachers, staff, students and residents of the Pine Valley School district met Thursday night at the board of education meeting

An estimated 250 teachers, staff, students and residents of the Pine Valley School district met Thursday night at the board of education meeting

SOUTH DAYTON-Amid cheers of about 250 district residents against proposed teacher and staff cuts Pine Valley’s board of education tabled action on the matter late Thursday night.
Disappointed board president Rex Butcher said the move means the district will continue “to operate at a deficit until we make the cuts.” Butcher said Pine Valley faces “increasing financial difficulties” if the reductions are postponed for more than a short time, but did not say if the same resolution will be considered Jan. 29, when the board has its next public session.

Pine Valley’s difficulty largely results from a swift enrollment decline during the past ten years, dropping from about 900 students to some 600. That decline has not been matched by downsizing teaching and service personnel.

A state comptroller’s office audit last August was critical of recent district spending plans which, according to the audit, raised more tax revenue than required for the shrinking enrollment. Auditors said this practice led to a district surplus fund nearly twice as big as the legal limit.

 

Minnesota Goes Wild In 7-0 Onslaught Of Sabres

BUFFALO-Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 shots in his Minnesota debut, ex-Sabre Jason Pominville had three assists, and the Minnesota Wild snapped a six-game skid with a 7-0 onslaught over the Buffalo Sabres. [Read more…]

PINE VALLEY TEACHERS: CUTS ARE “DRASTIC”

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PINE VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD-PACKED HOUSE

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Comet “Lovejoy” Now Visible

OUTER SPACE-Comet “Lovejoy” is visiting us, and is brightest this week, thru January 17.

Comet image provided by AMAZINGSKY.COM.

Comet image provided by AMAZINGSKY.COM.

The three stars in Orien’s “belt” point up to the comet. Binoculars will help find the 3.8 magnitude object. Look sharp. Lovejoy won’t be back for another 11,000 years.

Here’s a sky map:

Comet "Lovejoy"-

How to find Comet “Lovejoy”- Image from SKYSAFARI.

Buddy Press-chaucat’s First Try-Not Good

We really like the idea behind Buddy Press, a place where groups can be formed and moderated. We installed it a few months ago with the expectation it would be a valuable resource for you, our readers and viewers.

Whew! The spammers came by the thousands-no joke, the thousands. In spite of various blocking programs the more clever of these folks managed to get through. We are still cleaning out the cyber mess.

We’re not done, but our “comment” feature is up and running again. The site is more responsive. We continue to examine every line of code and other stuff I don’t fully understand, but others do and they are working.

Sorry, if you’ve had a problem with chaucat.com. We haven’t given up on Buddy Press, but going forward we will “road test” our plug-in features more throughly.

Apparently there are fairly sophisticated sabotage/spam/hack programs available on line for free, and they are much loved by passive-agressive types. Since there is generally no remuneration involved I don’t know why any sane person…oh wait. Just answered my own questions.

Ever onward!

Hidden Jewels of Jamestown (2 of 7)

Hidden Jewels of Jamestown (2 of 7)

This series spotlights the hidden attractions of our area. Originally a segment that appeared on The Justin Show during the summer of 2014. Now, every Wednesday for the next six weeks we will release an a hidden jewel. Enjoy!

Home Shopping Net-Jamestown Connection News/Opinion

“Bud” Paxson gave me my first full-time employment back in 1964, a radio gig on WKSN. I wouldn’t turn 19 until October so I was 18 when I quit UB after my freshman year to climb on board at “Kissin” Radio for the next eighteen months until Uncle Sam sent me a letter demanding my company for two years.

Bud was about ten years older than me, and very enthusiastic about Top 40 Radio done his way-earning a nice profit and having some fun along the way. This was before FM was a serious competitor so the battle for advertising money in Jamestown was waged with Si Goldman’s WJTN, the establishment station.

Si related to me some years later that he had laughed when he saw Paxson filed for a call letter change from WXYJ to WKSN, but admitted he didn’t laugh long. ‘KSN Radio quickly built an audience with top tunes, zany on-air stunts (and off-air for that matter) and a sales department led by Paxson himself.

Si Goldman was a very bright fellow-I learned a great deal from him when I later sat behind the mic at WJTN. Paxson too was a high IQ type, but the two were as different as could be. Even physically, Si was a small man, Paxson about 6″6′.  Si waited for good hands; Bud was what is termed a loose player, never afraid to go all in even if his cards might be second best.

Bud and Si were also both alert to future developments, not just in radio, but in what we now term the media. Si snapped up the best FM frequency and power combination available in Chautauqua County (Now SE-93) and for years merely simulcasted WJTN AM’s programming. Si also get local rights for what was then called Community Antenna TV, now just plain “cable.”

Bud managed to get on the FM band in 1965, and he did not simulcast. He installed a schmaltzy format of “good music,” and the entire operation was automated. That’s standard now, but not then. Our engineer Burt Waterman literally built the system with available parts and his own imagination. We DJ’s thoroughly hated that little ten by ten room that housed giant AMPEX tape decks, numerous cartridge machines and a crude “brain” that ran it all, most of the time anyway-there were frequent screw ups and perhaps some sabotage. My lips are sealed.

Paxson never made a secret that his ideal broadcast operation would be one-hundred percent commercials, nothing but revenue producing items 24/7. That sounded dreary to me, but the first time I saw Home Shopping Network, I bowed to the TV in homage to Lowell White “Bud” Paxson, and laughed out load. “J****! Bud, you did it!” or something like that was my response.

So long Bud. It was fun. Thank you.

“Bud” Paxson-‘KSN Radio Founder Dead At 79

Lowell “Bud” Paxson, 79, the man who bought WXYJ-AM 1340 and changed the call letters to WKSN or ‘KSN, died Jan. 9 at his Montana home.

Paxson is best known for co-founding Home Shopping Network.

 

Good Jobs-No Takers

Rex Ryan? It Seems So-Sports/Opinion

UPDATE: It’s official. Ryan is coming to One Bills Drive.

ORCHARD PARK (Sort of…)-No word officially as of early Sunday night, but multiple media sources report the Bill’s will hire Rex Ryan as head coach. Those sources indicate Ryan will get a $27-million, five-year deal.

Not bad, not bad at all for a coach who just went 4-12, and has a losing record with the New York Jets (46-50 regular season, but 4-2 in post season.)

And so, new owners Terry and Kim Pegula, make their first major decision since purchasing the Bills.

So far, on various Bills blogs the media comments from upstate news sports types is generally positive.

Here at chaucat.com we are less enthused. Ryan just staggered through a miserable season, and more to the point he is regarded as a defensive coach, and that is not where the Bills need help. Ryan will need to address the team’s offense, and in particular the quarterback situation.

And how about the team’s defensive staff? They did a very credible job last campaign. Update: That question has been answered as of Tuesday. Jim Schwartz quit as defensive coordinator and likely will be replaced with Dennis Thurman, also from the Jets.

Reportedly 14 candidates were interviewed by the Bills. Count us as surprised that Ryan was judged best.

We’ll see, and very sincerely, best of luck Coach Ryan.

Heroin Bust In Jstn Nabs Ohio Man

JAMETOWN-An Ohio man is facing charges related to alleged Heroin dealing. Full details plus video on chaucat.com’s Facebook page.

Hidden Jewels of Jamestown (1 of 7)

Hidden Jewels of Jamestown (1 of 7)
This series spotlights the hidden attractions of our area. Originally a segment that appeared on The Justin Show during the summer of 2014. Now, every Wednesday for the next seven weeks we will release an a hidden jewel. Enjoy!