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She has had 43 Top 40 hits, won 18 Grammy Awards and is adored by presidents, past and present. Who is she? None other than the Queen of Soul who, at 72 years old, found herself being totally dis-R-E-S-P-E-C-T-E-D at a Niagara Falls, Ont., Johnny Rockets following her sold-out concert in Lewiston on July 22.

Reports in The News and other media said she was told by a worker, “You can’t sit here because you ordered takeout.” What? Franklin said in a statement, “The woman was very rude, unprofessional and nasty – certainly not the appropriate face for Johnny Rockets.” Speak!

A company spokesman said the franchise owner was sorry for the actions of “a new and very young employee,” but Franklin was right. That apology should have gone to her and not the media.

Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan has apologized to Senate Intelligence Committee leaders after an internal CIA probe discovered that the agency had, in fact, improperly snooped into computers being used by Senate staffers. Say, what?

Seems an Inspector General report concluded that “some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between” the Senate and the CIA about computer systems used to produce documents in connection with an Intelligence Committee investigation into CIA detention and interrogation practices.

It sounds like a crime. Penalties should follow.

Something is rotten in the Village of Depew and it’s a lot of garbage. Literally. Trash trains have been idling in the village, sending waves of stench into a residential neighborhood. It’s bad enough for that to happen at any time, but in the summer? This is the moment for the sweet scent of flowers, bonfires and food on the grill, not stinking, nauseating garbage.

Depew Trustee Linda Hammer is among the victims and she is making a stink about the stink. So is Mayor Steven P. Hoffman, who has made a federal issue of it by enlisting the aid of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.

We suspect this will be resolved.