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U.S. coal’s smog covers Ontario

Ontario is a year away from removing coal-fired power from its grid. But the smog isn’t going away. That’s because half of Ontario’s smog comes from the United States, namely Michigan, where half of its electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. In comparison, about 3 percent of New York’s electricity comes from coal.


NY electric bills second highest in country

New York’s electricity bills are 60 percent higher than the national average. And those bills could be on the rise by as much as 13 percent. A report from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.


Smaller subsidies for Delaware North HQ

Uniland, which has proposed building a new corporate headquarters for Delaware North, is no longer seeking tax breaks beyond the normal package offered to office projects. The developer appears to have miscalculated whether the project was fully eligible for some of the extra incentives it was seeking. Its original plan sparked an outcry.


Ticket prices: Where the Sabres aren’t last

Finally, some numbers about the Sabres to cheer about: Average ticket price of $48 ranks among the more affordable in the NHL and well below the league average of $62. A survey from the Team Marketing Report.


Lake Erie’s “50 and 2 Rule”

Lake Erie holds 2 percent of the water but 50 percent of the fish. That may be a rough estimate, but the director of Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory told Michigan Public Radio that the “50 and 2 Rule” is an example of how each of the five lakes have their own unique characteristics.


Obama’s war on journalism

“The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate.” —Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post


Obamacare: a reality check guide

Politico senior reporter and health care expert David Nather creates an 111-page document that will help anyone understand Obamacare, one of the “least understood social programs of our time.” Perfect timing as Republicans continue to attack the health care law, resulting in a government shutdown.  


Court to decide fate of anti-fracking bans

Can a New York town or city ban hydrofracking? Buffalo and 61 other municipalities already have passed bans. But the state’s highest court will decide if towns and cities have the power to do so. A report from Bloomberg.