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If you’re nervous about where your dog treats come from after reading horror stories on contaminated imports from China, there’s something you can do: Buy Milk-Bone dog biscuits, which are made right here in Buffalo.

At least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have been sickened and 580 dogs have died in the United States in the past six years from eating pet jerky produced in China.

It’s a sad situation that has pet owners scratching their heads over what’s safe to feed their loved ones. It should help them to know that Milk-Bone’s made-in-the-U.S.A. treats actually come from a plant on Urban Street on Buffalo’s East Side.

Southtowns motorists who use the Thruway to get to work downtown are riding a little easier these days with the completion of a couple of Thruway Authority projects.

In an effort to speed traffic flow, the eastbound ramp at Exit 53 to downtown has been restriped to allow easier access for two lanes of traffic at the exit.

But in terms of comfort, the bigger project was getting rid of the washboard effect on the section of the highway between Exits 53 and 54. A five-month concrete rehabilitation project means drivers will no longer experience that bothersome thumping that makes it seem like they have a flat tire.

People everywhere should agree that racial profiling of shoppers is reprehensible. But Western New Yorkers must be shaking their heads over the items that touched off the latest “shop and frisk” controversy at the elite retailer Barneys in New York City.

A new security management team instituted a more aggressive loss prevention strategy that focuses on stopping “suspicious” customers, and that has drawn complaints of race- and class-based discrimination.

In one instance, a young black man was handcuffed and taken to a police station by officers who questioned his ability to pay for a Salvatore Ferragamo belt valued at about $350. In another instance, a young woman described being “stopped, frisked, searched and detained” by police at the store after purchasing a handbag valued at more than $2,000.

Western New Yorkers – most of us, anyway – tend to splurge a little less than our downstate neighbors. We’re more likely to be leaving Target with a $15 belt or a $50 handbag.