Stephen Barnes, Partner in Law Firm With Cellino, Dies at 61

“Deeper Understanding. Better Solutions,” one venerable law firm promises. “A Broader Perspective,” another pledges. “Character Comes Through,” still another avows.

In less than a generation, though, Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes transformed their two-partner outpost in Buffalo into perhaps the most famous personal injury law firm in America not by invoking lofty slogans but by blitzing the airwaves with visceral advertising — “Injury? Head-on? T-bone? Rear-end?” — an indelible callback phone number and, as one publication described it, an “earworm” of a jingle.

All of it together made the two lawyers’ names and faces (Mr. Barnes was the bald one) familiar to almost anyone in New York and California who for years heard Cellino & Barnes radio spots, watched their television commercials or encountered their billboards.

It didn’t last, however. In 2017, continuing grumbling between the partners about nepotism and mismanagement finally boiled over bitterly in court.

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Caller-Times, Gulf Coast Humane Society partner for Adopt-a-Pet series


The Gulf Coast Humane Society has partnered with the Caller-Times to show adoptable pets each month, perfect for a quarantining buddy. 

These cats and dogs are looking for their forever homes. 

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J. Cash is a three-year-old Bloodhound mix. He is a little shy at first, but does well with other dogs. J. Cash is heart worm positive and has been at the Gulf Coast Humane Society since April 2020. Wanna meet J. Cash? Call the Gulf Coast Humane Society at 361-225-0845 or visit (Photo: Annie Rice/Caller-Times)


J. Cash is a three-year-old, heart worm positive Bloodhound mix. He is shy, but does well with other dogs.

“J. Cash is a special pup who needs special care. He’s very shy and anxious. He came to us with his brother,”  shelter employee Sonny Rosales said. “Once his brother left, he got very sad and stopped eating. He needs 

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Australia partner visas to require English test under new law

Couples will now need to prove their English proficiency to gain a partner visa
Couples will now need to prove their English proficiency to gain a partner visa

Foreigners seeking a permanent partner visa in Australia will have to pass an English test, the country’s government plans.

The controversial prerequisite, if approved by parliament, would apply to applicants from mid-2021.

It would require them and their partners – who must be permanent residents – to reach a certain level.

Critics have called the change “discriminatory”, but the government says it will build “social cohesion”.

“We will require an applicant and a sponsor to have met functional level English or to have at least made reasonable efforts to learn English,” Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said.

In recent years, Australia’s conservative government has called for prospective migrants to face mandatory, rigorous testing on their English language skills.

More than one-fifth of Australia’s population speaks a language other than English at home, with the figure above 35%

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Words With Friends and the American Cancer Society Partner for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Social Initiative, #WordsWithHope

Popular Mobile Game Kicks-off Month-long Campaign Magnifying the Power of Words and Allyship in the Battle Against Breast Cancer

Today, Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA), a global leader in interactive entertainment, announced that its iconic game Words With Friends, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is kicking off its second annual #WordsWithHope initiative: a month-long campaign supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout October, a word of hope will be shared on Zynga’s social channels and in Words With Friends as the ‘Word of the Day’. The word’s definition will be a statement shared by influential people whose lives have been changed by breast cancer, illustrating the significance of screening and early detection, and celebrating the heroes that have faced this diagnosis head on.

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Words With Friends and the American Cancer Society Partner for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with

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