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UB holds second annual Internship Day

The UB SUNY Works Committee sponsored the second annual Internship Day on Tuesday. The event featured several workshops that focused on career related skills, such as resume building and interviewing techniques. UB alumnus Stefan Doyno ‘11 was the keynote speaker for the event. Doyno, a producer for ABC’s “Nightline,” said internships are important because it gives students an idea what an actual workplace environment is like, according to UB Now.

HIV blood test creator visits UB

Robert Gallo, creator of the HIV blood test, visited UB on Thursday and Friday to commemorate the launch of UB’s Global Virus Network Center of Excellence. Gallo co-discovered that HIV was the cause of AIDS.

Gallo co-founded The Global Virus Network (GVN).

GVN is an international coalition comprised of the world’s leading virologists from over 20 countries who collaborate to figure out why viruses cause illness and to work develop prevention drugs and vaccines, according to a UB news release.


Police discover text messages of Buffalo man who died in police custody

Buffalo Police discovered a series of “I can’t breathe” text messages on Sunday from Wardel Davis, a Buffalo man who died in police custody last month, according to The Buffalo News. Davis, who was 20-years-old texted his friend for 30 minutes, stating he was having trouble breathing. The texts are now a part of the state attorney general’s separate investigation into Davis’ death.

Davis was arrested for drug possession and prison contraband last month. He was supposed to be sent to jail on Wednesday morning for the charges, but never made it to court.

He died on Hoyt Street after engaging in a scuffle with two Buffalo police officers, Todd C. McAlister and Nicholas J. Parisi. He tried to flee from the fight, and the officers handcuffed him. Buffalo Police said Davis suffered from “medical distress” after being handcuffed.

Underage drinking raid at Town of Niagara bar leads to arrest, several tows

Authorities raided Cruisers Bar in the Town of Niagara on Saturday night in response to complaints of underage customers being served alcohol, loud music and property damage. The raid was conducted by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office along with New York State Police, Town of Niagara Police Department, New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Malik Waite, 20-years-old was charged with underage drinking and is scheduled to appear in the Town of Niagara court. Additionally, several cars illegally parked on both sides of 98th Street outside of the bar were towed.


Obama representative says Trump’s wiretap claims are 'simply false'

Obama representative Kevin Lewis said Saturday that President Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential election are “simply false.”

"A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice," Lewis said. "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false."

Pro-Trump rallies spread out across the country

President Trump tweeted last weekend that those who voted for him should organize rallies to show their support.

"Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally," Trump tweeted. "It would be the biggest of them all!"

His supporters responded organizing "Spirit of America" rallies across the country which, spread out in 28 different states with hundreds of protesters participating. Counter-protests arose in Minnesota and California with some growing violent.


Governor Andrew Cuomo visits Israel

Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived in Israel early Sunday morning to bring a “message of solidarity” to the Israeli people. Cuomo’s visit is scheduled to include meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Cuomo is also set to meet with Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem, as well as several Israeli business leaders. He plans to visit the Western Wall and Yad Vashem, the Holocaust remembrance museum, according to The New York Time.

Cuomo’s trip comes after incidents of anti-Semitic threats and vandalism occurring in New York and nationwide.

“There has been a wave of anti-Semitism, and it has been very disturbing to members of the Jewish community,” Cuomo said in an interview with The New York Times. “Yeah, you could go down the block to a temple, but if you’re really sincere, you do more, you act more boldly. And the actions should be commensurate to the grievances.”

Northern Ireland’s Catholic nationalist party celebrates biggest victory ever

Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland’s republican Catholic nationalist party, won its largest number of legislative seats in history on Thursday, according to NPR. Sinn Fein secured 27 of 90 available seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly. The opposing Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) lost 10 seats, leaving them with 28. This is the first time the DUP has been without a firm majority since Ireland was partitioned in 1921.

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