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2017-04-19 / Editorial

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Associate Editor

REAL NEWS — As a credible journalist, I am irritated by the recent buzz term “fake news,” as it is as much an oxymoron as “jumbo shrimp.”

For anyone who would like to know more about the fake news phenomenon, veteran journalists Cynthia Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman will take a critical look in a lecture to be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, on the second floor of the Richard E. Winter Student Center at Canisius College, 2001 Main St., Buffalo.

Their lecture, “Confused by the News,” will examine the contemporary news scene and help audience members discern truth from untruth, professional from amateur, and the enduring from the ephemeral. There is no cost to attend.

Skrzycki is a senior lecturer in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was recently selected to receive the 2017 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Skrzycki launched her journalistic career at Canisius College.

Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He came to the paper from The Boston Globe, where he was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington bureau chief. Shribman served as a national correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the U.S. political scene.

UPCOMING MEETING — Amherst Republican Women will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Rizotto Ristorante, 930 Maple Road, Amherst. Networking will begin at 6 p.m., with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Guests and potential members are welcome to attend. For more information or reservations, contact ARW at 839-9220 or email amherstGOPwomen@yahoo.com.

MOTHER’S DAY — Tell your mom why she’s the best with The Bee’s annual Mother’s Day contest.

All children’s submissions will be published in the May 10 and 11 Classified Advertising sections.

Entries must be received by Monday, May 1. One boy’s entry and one girl’s entry will be selected at random, and the winners receive a floral arrangement from Mischler’s Florist.

Additional information can be found in this week’s Classifieds.

Managing Editor

DYNGUS DEER — Would you believe me if I told you that a deer ran into the side of the Amherst Bee building late Monday morning?

It’s true. I heard a loud crash right outside my door on the southeast corner of the office, just a few steps from Main Street.

It was so loud that at first, I thought slate tiles had fallen from the roof, or bricks had tumbled off the outside wall.

A woman from Hunt Real Estate had the answer: a deer had run down the sidewalk in broad daylight, collided with our building, and turned down Rock Street.

Sure enough, I saw it standing in front of the VFW Post before it turned and disappeared into Glen Park.

There was some speculation that the deer was looking for a place to start its Dyngus Day celebration. Na zdrowie!

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