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 A Pavilion man who was an inmate at the Genesee County jail has died. 36 year old Wallace Urf, Junior of the Telephone Road in Pavilion was pronounced dead on Wednesday morning. Genesee County Sheriff’s officials say Urf collapsed at about 7am on Wednesday in his general housing unit at the Genesee County Jail.
He was taken to UMMC where he died about an hour later.  The exact cause of death will be determined by an autopsy. Sheron says there is no sign of foul play.  Wallace Urf had been in jail since November 27th on a charge of a parole violation.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying the "Open Doors" report for 2013 ranked New York State first in the northeast and second in the nation for attracting and hosting international students in higher education. Cuomo made the announcement in a written statement yesterday. New York universities and colleges hosted more than 88-thousand international students last year, an increase of seven-point-one-percent from the previous year. This top ranking for attracting international talent underscores the important role that New York’s colleges and universities play in fostering and supporting innovative business growth through the Governor’s START-UP NY program. Three New York State universities, New York University, Columbia University and University at Buffalo-SUNY rank in the top 20 of U.S. institutions for attracting international students. This impressive level matches first ranked California, and exceeds all other states. International students contributed over two-point-eight-billion dollars to New York State’s economy in 2012 and 2013, and with their families, created or supported more than 35-thousand net jobs.

Buffalo is exploring its options as it tries to keep the city's only movie theater open. The Market Arcade Film and Arts Centre is facing possible closure because movie studios are switching from film reels to all digital, and the transition to digital will cost the theater 250-thousand-dollars. The Buffalo Common Council is considering whether to allocate the funds to purchase new projectors for the city owned theater.

Governor Andrew Cuomo heads to Washington DC Monday for a major fund raiser as he prepares to run for reelection next year. Cuomo is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars with the event, with donors paying up to 25-thousand-dollars a seat to attend. Cuomo raised more big money this week with a fund raiser in Manhattan, where Billy Joel sung Happy Birthday to the governor. In his last campaign finance filing, Cuomo had over 28-million-dollars in his campaign war chest.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued a statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela. The Governor also directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff today in honor of President Mandela.
Cuomo said:
“Nelson Mandela refused to accept injustice, fought relentlessly for what was right, and showed that a dedicated person of courage actually can change the course of history. His struggle to end racism, poverty and inequality began with his fight against apartheid, continued through his service as the first black President of South Africa and is now passed on for the world to continue. We will not soon see again, nor should we ever forget the profound example of humanity that Nelson Mandela embodied. While President Mandala is no longer with us, here in New York and all around the globe, his legacy lives on. His family and friends, and the people of South Africa, are in my thoughts and prayers along with those of all New Yorkers.”


The Metro North engineer who told cops he was in a daze when his train derailed on Sunday killing four people, may suffer from a condition that causes someone sleeping to stop breathing. Sleep apnea interrupts sleep and when people do wake up they feel exhausted. The "Daily News" reports Bill Rockefeller is expected to be evaluated for the sleep disorder which includes being monitored overnight at a sleep center.



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