Niagara Gazette

Opinion

November 3, 2012

GLYNN: Ex-NU president under fire at St. John's

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Niagara Gazette — It wasn't long after Harrington left Monteagle Ridge and arrived at his new assignment that he met Chang for the first time. It was disclosed in court that she presented him with a gift-wrapped box filled with money. 'It was 100 dollar bills and I just didn't feel real comfortable with that now," the priest said. When he returned the gift to Chang, she became upset, somewhat emotional and even appeared embarrassed, he recalled.

Harrington said he kept declining her monetary gifts until she lableled them as money to be given to the poor. He told the court that he then accepted those contributions as a priest and distributed them accordingly.

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OUT OF TOUCH: Why in the world did Mayor Michael Bloomberg insist that the New York Marathon go on as scheduled while much of that city was virtually paralyzed from Hurricane Sandy? Fortunately, wiser minds prevailed Friday and the event was cancelled. 

Bloomberg's insensitive and bullheaded actions left countless marathon runners holding the bag. Instead of cancelling it days ago, he let the decision hang until many of the would-be race entrants (a number from Western New York) had gone to tremendous expense to reach the Big Apple. One young man from Europe said Saturday he had invested nearly $6,000 to make the trip.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Niagara Falls native Tom ("Sully") Sullivan, an artist, sailor and adventurer, who has divided his time in recent years between Youngstown and Ireland, has an exhibit of his works at the Dana Tillou Fine Arts Gallery, 417 Franklin St., Buffalo. It includes impressive scenes such "Working Waterfront, Buffalo"; "Steamer, Lower Niagara, Lewiston," part of the storied fleet that operated across Lake Ontario to Toronto; and numerous scenes from Maine, where Sully has spent many days. The exhibit will be open Wednesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday (the closing day) 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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