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Gay student cut off from family gets outpouring of community support

The story of a local college student who says she was disowned by her parents when they learned she is gay is getting nationwide attention. Out Sports first reported last week that Emily Scheck of Webster was cut off by her family in August when Scheck's mother spotted pictures of Emily and her girlfriend on social media. Scheck's parents reportedly told her they would no longer support her unless she returned home to undergo counseling and give up her athletic scholarship. Scheck decided to...

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The story of a local college student who says she was disowned by her parents when they learned she is gay is getting nationwide attention.

Out Sports first reported last week that Emily Scheck of Webster was cut off by her family in August when Scheck's mother spotted pictures of Emily and her girlfriend on social media.

Leave it to the bye week to build optimism among Bills' fans, even when their team has a 3-7 record. In looking to the future, analyst Matt Sabuda sees some positive developments. While he's guarded in his mixed assessment of rookie quarterback Josh Allen, he points to how the team can add a surge of talent to their depleted roster. Sabuda says the Bills will have $91 million in salary cap space to spend on players next year. 


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Art educators from across the state wrapped up a three-day conference in downtown Buffalo Sunday. The New York State Art Teachers Association Conference (NYSATA) celebrated their 70th anniversary. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley talked with some of the art educators about challenges and their work in the classroom. 

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Buffalo's theater scene is ever entertaining and constantly shifting. A number of theaters are closing and opening and renovating and looking ahead.

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Snowplow drivers in Niagara Falls, ON will have another eye this winter - a dashboard camera to record everything the plow does on the street.

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New York State's Health Department is launching a pilot program expanding Medicaid coverage to doula services in an effort to reduce childbirth complications for women and babies.

Authorities in California have added a fatality to the death toll of the Camp Fire, bringing its total number of deaths to at least 77.

The number of those unaccounted for decreased to 993 — about 300 fewer than Saturday's count, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said on Sunday.

At least 80 people have died throughout the state since wildfires broke out earlier this month. Three of the fatalities were from the Woolsey Fire in the southern part of California.

Authorities have not yet declared an official cause of the fires and are investigating their origins.

Thanksgiving is upon us and the holiday season is just around the corner. That means an increase in the number of travelers across the country. What that also means is an increase in gas prices.

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The AARP, in partnership with several agencies representing various ethnic and racial interests, has collected and relayed local feedback on concerns within their respective communities, specifically involving people ages 50 and older. The localized follow-up to the AARP's statewide study is being passed on to local elected officials with the hopes it will spark policy change.


There was a change in command over the weekend at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station.

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The story of a local college student who says she was disowned by her parents when they learned she is gay is getting nationwide attention.

Out Sports first reported last week that Emily Scheck of Webster was cut off by her family in August when Scheck's mother spotted pictures of Emily and her girlfriend on social media.

After an exciting revival, diplomatic relations between North Korea and the United States are sputtering to a standstill — and it’s largely because the US won’t budge on sanctions, some experts say.

Pharmaceutical and chemical giant Bayer has shed some $20 billion in market value in the weeks since a California court ordered it to pay $289 million in damages to plaintiff Dewayne Lee Johnson, related to his use of the herbicide Roundup.

Jurors found that Monsanto, now owned by Bayer in a $66 billion merger, had acted with malice and negligence in failing to warn Johnson, a former school groundskeeper, about the cancer risks associated with Roundup and its key ingredient, glyphosate. Johnson is now suffering from late-stage non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Dorcas Reilly was a home economist for Campbell’s when she concocted the iconic green bean casserole as a way for the company to sell more canned cream of mushroom soup. 

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Library of Congress; c. 1838 lithograph, based on a c. 1828 painting by Charles King Bird

Heritage Moments: Red Jacket vows ‘While I live, you will get no more lands of the Indians’

During the American Revolution, the Seneca Nation’s lands covered practically the entire Niagara Frontier. But by 1819, their territory had dwindled to five tracts covering only about 130 square miles. All along, the Seneca clan chief Red Jacket opposed the sales, as well as what he saw as other encroachments on Indian self-determination.

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