The people with knowledge of the decision insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.
Spicer’s decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. The people with knowledge of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.
Spicer’s daily press briefings had become must-see television until recent weeks when he took on a more behind-the-scenes role. Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has largely taken over the briefings, turning them into an off-camera event.
Spicer spent several years leading communications at the Republican National Committee before helping Trump’s campaign in the general election. He is close to White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the former RNC chair, and several of the lower-ranking aides in the White House communications shop.
Scaramucci is expected to play a visible role as one of Trump’s defenders on television. But Spicer and other officials questioned his hiring as communications director ahead of the president’s push to overhaul the tax system and other policy issues. One of the officials said Spicer objected to Trump’s vision for the future of the press operation.
Spicer’s tenure got off to a rocky start. On Trump’s first full day in office, Spicer lambasted journalists over coverage of the crowd size at the inauguration and stormed out of the briefing room without answering questions.
His fiery demeanor and tense on-camera exchanges were mocked on Saturday Night Live, with the role of Spicerbeing played by actress Melissa McCarthy.
Tranquil, but very humid weather on tap Friday. More severe thunderstorms possible across the Twin Tiers this weekend.
…Slight risk of severe thunderstorms portions of the Western New York Southern Tier and Northern Tier of Pennsylvania Saturday…and again Sunday…
In the wake of a chaotic weather day, much more tranquil weather returns today. After some pesky morning clouds, sunshine increases this afternoon, and skies stay mostly clear tonight.
This weekend, the first in a series of two disturbances will start to impact parts of the region Saturday. Right now, it appears much of the morning stays dry, but showers and a few thunderstorms develop and move in from west to east during the afternoon. The heaviest of this activity is expected to pass south, with some strong thunderstorms and heavy downpours possible in the Southern Tier and Northern Pennsylvania. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted areas close to the Pennsylvania border for a slight chance of severe thunderstorms. Strong potentially damaging wind gusts, and hail, may accompany some of the storms, along with some heavy downpours. Those localized downpours could produce some ponding of water in poor drainage areas. The showers and storms will diminish overnight Saturday evening. Sunday may actually begin dry with even some breaks of sun, however another batch of showers and a few thunderstorms should spread into the area during the afternoon.
Improvement may be slow early next week with still a few light rain showers or drizzle Monday morning. Sunnier weather builds in Tuesday-Wednesday with temperatures a little cooler than normal.
FRIDAY: Lots of Sun, Very Humid, High: 77 waterfront, 85 inland, Wind: W 5-12
SATURDAY: Quite Humid, Increasing Clouds early, Showers a few Thunderstorms develop south of the metro during afternoon, heaviest passes south of Buffalo. Few storms may turn strong/severe in the Southern Tier, High: 78-81, Wind: Light S/E 6-12, Low: 67.
SUNDAY: Clouds Thicken AM, more Showers and Thunderstorms start to develop during the afternoon. some strong, High: 80, Low: 66.
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Several Hamburg homeowners are left cleaning the damage after two tornado’s touched down in Erie County. Residents wh…
HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Several Hamburg homeowners are left cleaning the damage after two tornado’s touched down in Erie County.
Residents who live on Marie Drive suffered immense property damage after the storm.
Raymond Dziedzic has lived in his Hamburg home since 1984. He was sitting in his kitchen around Noon when he says he heard winds coming and shortly after three big oak trees in his backyard uprooted and fell on his home.
Fortunatley, Dziedzic was not injured, he told News 4 if he was in any other room in the house he would have been hurt. His house suffered extensive damage to the roof which will most likely need replaced. The walls are also severely damaged.
Other neighbors in the area felt the effects of the tornado. Many could be seen picking up debris in their yards, some homes lost power or gas, cars were damaged and trees could be found lying all over the roadway.
Crews spent most of Thursday night restoring power and clearing trees.
There were no injuries to anyone in the Hamburg area according to authorities.
National Weather Service confirmed F2 tornado that touched down in Hamburg moved through Orchard Park
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The sun set to the sound of dozens of chainsaws in the Best Street neighborhood of Orchard Park, and on what had been a long, terrifying and destructive day. And despite all the damage, no lives were lost; just a tremendous amount of property.
Thursday’s twister — an estimated EF2 tornado packing maximum winds of 105 mph — tore through the neighborhood off South Abbot Street, ripping roofs from their trusses, and leaving trees strewn like matchsticks.
Because the ground was saturated and the winds so fierce, a tree that stood for more than 100 years off Holly Place was pushed over by its roots in just seconds.
George and Donna Griffey have called Holly Place home for 50 years. Donna was playing golf Thursday afternoon. George was enjoying his day.
“I was eating lunch and I heard three big booms, just like someone’s hitting a big bass drum,” he said. “I looked out the window, my kitchen window, and the trees were going all which ways. And I looked in my backyard, and I had a backyard full of branches.”
George has appreciated the trees in his yard since he planted them by hand 40 years ago, trees that offered privacy suddenly turned into weapons.
“The front yard is the total shambles,” he said. “I have my two big beautiful maples, and they’re now totally twisted and laying in my yard. They also landed on top of my RV, and my RV is destroyed. I also had branches through my living room window and ripped right through the ceiling.”
George prides himself on an immaculate yard. His neighbors appreciate it, too. While he was talking with News 4 late Thursday, they offered their condolences, and several noted it was the “nicest yard on the street.”
“It’s sickening. It hits you in the stomach. You could cry,” he said.
It’s enough to make anyone wondering why. But in George’s case, that mentality doesn’t last long.
“Even at my age, I’ll rebuild it and bring it back,” he said.
That determination will be needed, especially in these early, painful days.
“It’s tough, because a lot of my special things are destroyed, that you can’t get back,” Donna added, tearing up and leaning into her husband for a kiss. “They can be replaced, but lives can’t so that’s the main thing. Right?”
Although there were some rightful tears amid the damage, Best, Holly and surrounding streets were alive Thursday evening, with neighbors helping each other, at times sharing a brief laugh, and like George Griffey, all determined to rebuild.
Cancer patients’ gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads.
CHICAGO (AP) — Cancer patients’ gray hair unexpectedly turned youthfully dark while taking novel drugs, and it has doctors scratching their heads.
Chemotherapy is notorious for making hair fall out, but the 14 patients involved were all being treated with new immunotherapy drugs that work differently and have different side effects. A Spanish study suggests that may include restoring hair pigment, at least in patients with lung cancer.
With the first patient, “we thought it could be an isolated case,” said Dr. Noelia Rivera, a dermatologist at Autonomous University of Barcelona.
But she said the research team found the same thing when they asked other patients for photos from before treatment.
The 14 cases were among 52 lung cancer patients being followed to see whether they developed bad side effects from the drugs — Keytruda, Opdivo and Tecentriq.
While most patients did not have a color change, the 14 cases suggest it’s not an isolated finding. In 13 patients, hair turned darkish brown or black. In one patient, it turned black in patches.
In another odd twist, the same drugs have been linked previously with hair losing color in patients with another cancer, melanoma.
All but one of the 14 patients in the Spanish study had at least stable disease and responded better to treatment than other patients, suggesting that hair darkening might be an indication that the drugs are working, the researchers said.
Rivera said they are continuing the study to search for an explanation and to see if the cases are just a fluke.
“It’s a fascinating report — one of those things that comes out of the blue,” said Dr. June Robinson, a Northwestern University research professor in dermatology. Robinson is also editor of the medical journal JAMA Dermatology, which published the study online this month.
She said the results deserve a deeper look but cautioned that it’s way too soon to suggest that they might lead to new treatments for gray hair.
Rivera noted that the study drugs have serious side effects that make them unsafe for healthy people. But if it’s confirmed that they do change hair color, a different drug could be developed to treat gray hair, she said.
The pharmaceutical industry has previously capitalized on unexpected drug side effects; examples include the male pattern baldness drug Propecia, the eyelash growing drug Latisse, and Botox anti-wrinkle injections. Active ingredients in these drugs were initially approved to treat enlarged prostates, eye pressure problems, and eye muscle spasms.
The bridge underwent a $1.3 million repair project that kept it closed since mid-March.
ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Bullis Road Bridge in Elma will reopen at 2 p.m. on Friday.
The bridge underwent a $1.3 million repair project that kept it closed since mid-March.
“I want to thank everyone who was extremely patient while this major bridge in Elma was closed for repairs,” Majority Leader Jospeh Lorigo said. “I know it was frustrating and inconvenient, especially when the project ran longer than first expected. The weather hasn’t been in our favor this season, but I am glad that the bridge is finally open to traffic. I want to thank the County DPW and contractor for their work to rehabilitate Bullis Road Bridge to ensure it is safe for all to use.”