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Some 10 prosecutors from around the world are "gravely concerned" about the upsurge in violence against civilians in conflicts across the globe... and, the general lack of accountability for these crimes.  That was part of the "Chautauqua Declaration" issued at yesterday afternoon's conclusion of the eighth-annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogs at Chautauqua Institution.  Syracuse Law Professor and Rober H. Jackson Center Board Member David Crane was founding Chief Prosecutor at the Special Court at Sierra Leone. The prosecutors also said they were "deeply disturbed" by ongoing sexual and gender-gased violence... and, continuing lack of accountability for many of these crimes.  On hand for the first time was Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart of the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.  Stewart... and, Crane agree that terrorist organizations have complicated bringing those responsible for war crimes... and, crimes against Humanity to justice because they pay no attention to international law... and, use "unspeakable violence."  The dialogs were again hosted by the Jackson Center.

 

The man largestly responsible for helping to keep... and, maintain minor league baseball in Jamestown says he's "very optimistic" about the future of baseball at the park named after him.  "Mr. Baseball" Russ Diethrick says the positives outweighed the negatives when he heard the Jamestown Jammers Class-A team was being moved to Morgantown, West Virginia next season.  Speaking with our Jim Roselle and Dennis Webster Tuesday morning... Diethrick expressed gratitude for the 75-years of professional baseball here. Diethrick says he was not completely surprised by the announcement... given the trends of recent years of moving Class-A minor league teams to larger markets.  As for the future... Russ says he looks forward with anticipation.  He says there are a couple of "college brand" leagues that play in the region... and, the level of play is very good.  Diethrick says Olean and Niagara Falls have teams in one of them.  Russ believes Diethrick Park -- the former Municipal Stadium -- is a "very nice stadium" that will attract someone.

 

Federal authorities say two homeless men used a stolen gun to kill a New York City orchestra violinist after gaining entry to her western New York summer home by telling her they had run out of gas.  Local media report that court documents filed in Buffalo say 43-year-old Jonathan Conklin and 30-year-old Charles Sanford stole weapons from an apartment in the town of Sherman before fatally shooting Mary Whitaker at her home in nearby Westfield on Wednesday morning.

 

His humor has spread over several generations... and, that's why legendary comedian Bob Newhart remains a stand-out on the comedy tour.  The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum and Center of Comedy announced Tuesday that Newhart will be the headliner for this October's Lucy-Town Half-Marathon and 5 K Weekend in Jamestown.  Lucy-Desi Center of Comedy Director Journey Gunderson says they're excited to have Newhart performing on Saturday night, October 11th because his show remains highly-rated by Ticketmaster reviews. Gunderson says Newhart's brand of "button-down" humor will be on stage at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 8 PM on October 11th during a "night of comedy" at the center to top a busy second-day of the weekend.  She says Saturday will feature the 5K run... and, a first ever kids run.  Gunderson says there will also be a new world record attempt for number of people stomping grapes.  The current record is 977.  The Half-Marathon will be held Sunday morning, October 12th.  Tickets for Bob Newhart will go on sale today... August 27th... on-line at Lucyrace-dot-COM... or by calling the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts box office at 484-7070.

 

The New York Times editorial board is withholding an endorsement in the Democratic primary for New York governor while delivering a stinging reprimand to Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The paper's editorial board wrote Tuesday that it would not endorse Cuomo or his liberal challenger, Fordham University law professor Zephyr Teachout.  The board wrote that Cuomo ``walked away'' from his goal of ethics reform and hasn't addressed the influence of money in state government.  It faulted his administration for blocking the progress of an anti-corruption commission as it moved to investigate groups tied to the governor, and wrote that Cuomo shouldn't be surprised if many Democrats refuse to support him in next months' primary.  As for Teachout... the board praised her reform proposals but concluded she lacks the experience to govern.

 

A Seneca Nation Council member is running to become the first female president of the western New York tribe.  Darlene Miller announced her candidacy Monday... saying she wants to unify the divided Seneca Nation and get back to traditional ways and values.  The election is November 4th.  So far... the 66-year-old is the only publicly declared candidate for the two-year term.  Current President Barry Snyder cannot seek re-election because the presidency alternates between the Allegany and Cattaraugus territories.  Miller has held numerous positions with the Seneca Nation Health System, including acting chief executive.  The organization provides health care to the 8,000 Seneca members.  The nation operates three casinos.

 

New York state agencies racked up more than 316-million dollars in overtime in the first six months of 2014, continuing a recent trend of sharply higher overtime costs for taxpayers.  The numbers come from a report issued today by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who says the increase is troubling and should be addressed.

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