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The Federal Helium Program dates back to the days after World War I, when the United States was concerned about Germany building airships. Nearly 90 years later, it’s safe to say that kind of arms race is over.

But not the helium program. In this age of budget cuts and sequestration, Congress can’t seem to get rid of the nation’s helium reserve, with the House voting 394 to 1 to keep it going, according to the Washington Post.

For anyone who didn’t already know it, Washington proved again that it’s full of gas. Literally. Well, helium at least.

The Buffalo Common Council is once again considering a policy to “ban the box” – the job application question that asks job seekers if they have a criminal history. The idea, which is plausible, is that the question unfairly tars applicants before they have a chance to make their case for employment. The law includes exceptions for certain employers – police departments and schools among them – but given the events of the past several weeks, we are thinking that perhaps there should be an exception for a certain class of criminal, as well.

To that end, we propose that the city allow this pertinent question: “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the New York State Legislature?”

What is it with athletes from the Sabres and Bills? For years they haven’t managed to win enough games to make the playoffs, and now they can’t even hang on to a fiancee.

First retired Sabre Matthew Barnaby had to sue his former fiancee to recover an engagement ring worth $50,000. That seemed like an impressive rock, well worth the effort to get it back, until we read this week that Bills star Mario Williams was suing to get back a $785,000 ring from his former fiancee.

Coaches often stress the need for players to make better decisions during games. Maybe there’s a need for a talk about better decisions in love.