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Akron considers boycotting Lancaster lacrosse game over "Redskins" nickname

LANCASTER, NY- The Akron High School lacrosse team is considering boycotting their upcoming game against Lancaster High School over the controversy surrounding Lancaster's "Redskins" nickname.

According to administrators at the Lancaster School District, a boycott for the March 31st game is not finalized. Akron administrators however have held meetings to discuss the idea of boycotting.

Akron High School is located on Bloomingdale Road less than three miles from the Tonawanda Creek Reservation, and a significant percentage of students in the Akron School District are Native American.

Akron also has a Native Studies curriculum at the Elementary and Middle School levels and offers Seneca Language Instruction.

Rally held in support of "Redskins" nickname

LANCASTER, N.Y.- At least 500 people attended a rally Tuesday evening at Lancaster High School in support of the school district's controversial 'Redskins' nickname.

The rally occurred ahead of a Lancaster School Board meeting, which many rally goers attended. Supporters of the nickname put up a banner last month advertising the rally.

The debate in Lancaster mirrors the one going on across the country. Native American groups have spoken out against the nickname, most prominently used by the NFL's Washington Redskins, but also used by many high school districts, calling it offensive. Native Americans in Western New York have spoken out against the nickname.

Lancaster High School alumni however say keeping the name preserves the tradition of Lancaster Athletics. During the meeting, a slideshow of former Lancaster athletes was played for the board.

Spring Break Travel Tips for International Students

Spring Break Travel Tips for International Students


With spring break right around the corner, more than 1.5 million college students in the United States will flock to popular hot-spot destinations like Cancun, Montego Bay, Panama City and more. Among these traveling college students will certainly be international students, as there are currently more than 1.11 million attending college in the United States. In order to make spring break travel a smooth experience, it’s important for international students to keep certain requirements in mind. Here are some helpful tips to remember when leaving and returning to the U.S.:

"Redskins" nickname supporter flown in ahead of rally

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.- Two Native Americans from outside Western New York were flown in Monday ahead of a rally in support of the Lancaster School District's controversial 'Redskins' nickname.

The two Native Americans will voice their support for the nickname. Their presence is seen as a reaction to the backlash over the nickname at recent school board meetings. In January, a group of Native Americans spoke out against the nickname at a school board meeting.

"I just wanted to come out and support the Lancaster Redskins and save the name," Joe Milk, one of the Native American supporters said.

A pro-Redskins donor paid for Milk's flight.

The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day

The Resource Training Center Urges Celebrants to Drive Sober on St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities, according to Monica Farrar, program director of The Resource Training Center in Amherst.

Lancaster Mom Chooses Gerson Therapy

Lancaster, NY - A Lancaster mother of two has decided try a holistic approach to fighting cancer.

Heather Wascak was diagnosed with Stage IIIC fallopian tube cancer when she was pregnant with her daughter last year. After giving birth she did chemo, but the cancer returned.

Wascak is now turning to holistic medicine.

"It's definitely not how I planned her first year to go. I had lots of plans to breastfeed her, and to baby wear, and to cloth diaper. All the stuff that I did with my son, and all the crunchy things that I enjoy, and all that stuff is just not able to happen," says Wascak.

Wascak was 34 weeks pregnant last March when doctors diagnosed her with rare fallopian tube cancer. Many of her cancer symptoms mimicked a normal pregnancy.

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants


Change to reduce economic burdens, personal stresses experienced by many


USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez announced today that effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent residence. DHS has amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.