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Online petition supports Orchard Park student’s fight to play football

Community support is mounting for an Orchard Park High School teen with autism who wants to play football. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says an on-line petition has been posted.
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Mayors of 123 American and Canadian cities are challenging a Wisconsin city’s plan to divert water from Lake Michigan. This is in direct opposition to the Great Lakes governors who approved the precedent-setting request in June. 

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It's an approach that is expanding across the state. A driver who faces a second felony DWI conviction, faces the loss of the car.


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House Speaker Paul Ryan had a successful fund-raiser last night, sponsored by Congressman Chris Collins. While he did not speak publicly during the brief visit, he reportedly raised $250,000.


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August usually marks the time for vacations, and cutting back on work in general, but that's not the case for the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission and out of town film producers who’ve come to like what Western New York has to offer.  Film Commissioner Tim Clark discusses ongoing film production in the Buffalo area with WBFO’s Pat Feldballe on this week's edition of Press Pass.  

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Community support is mounting for an Orchard Park High School teen with autism who wants to play football.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says an on-line petition has been posted. 

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Two scares at airports in two of the nation's largest cities in a two-week span has New York Senator Charles Schumer calling for a review of security.


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Some changes are on the way to help avoid a repeat of last weekend's massive traffic jam in downtown Buffalo.


New Era to manufacture NFL hats at Derby factory

Aug 29, 2016
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New Era, the Buffalo-headquartered maker of popular sports caps, is launching its largest line of National Football League hats since securing a license with the league in 2012. The hats will all be made in Western New York by more than 250 employees inside New Era's Derby factory.


Heritage Moments: Mean streets, rock ’n’ roll and the underground genius of Spain Rodriguez

Aug 29, 2016
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Buffalo in the late ’50s and early ’60s: motorcycle gangs, factory jobs, Deco’s all-night coffee shops, rhythm-and-blues clubs on William Street, record hops, tire-iron rumbles, cruising down Fillmore to the howling sounds of WKBW’s Hound Dog Lorenz. The city was a menacing but vibrant place, churchgoing yet beer-soaked, seething with racial antipathies yet alive with more interaction between white and black than at any time before or since.


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Karibu News, a newspaper focused on the immigrant and refugee community, celebrated its one year anniversary this weekend.

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The Physics And Psychology Of 'The Wave' At Sporting Events

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"The wave" has been a popular diversion among spectators at stadium sporting events since at least the early 1980s, and over the years this pastime has caught the attention of physicists.

Illes Farkas, with the statistical and biological physics group of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, first began pondering the phenomenon in 2001.

Tropical Storm Colin ripped across the Gulf of Mexico in June and hit the coast of southwest Florida with 60-mile-an-hour winds. Before it arrived, a team from the U.S. Geological Survey used a new computer model to predict how far inland the waves would invade. When the storm hit, the USGS sent Joe Long out to film it.

Your Gut's Gone Viral, And That Might Be Good For Your Health

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Everywhere you turn, it seems, there's news about the human microbiome. And, more specifically, about the bacteria that live in your gut and help keep you healthy.

Those bacteria, it turns out, are hiding a big secret: their own microbiome.

A study published Monday suggests some viruses in your gut could be beneficial. And these viruses don't just hang out in your intestines naked and homeless. They live inside the bacteria that make their home in your gut.

Baggage Claim Nightmare: Look-Alike Luggage

Aug 29, 2016

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Here in Japan, the buckwheat noodles known as soba are a staple. Nowhere more so than in the mountains of the southern island of Shikoku. The soil there is poor.

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Heritage Moments: Love Canal and the Niagara Falls housewives who shook the world

Some 40 years after chemicals were first observed bubbling from the ground at Love Canal, the health risks resulting from the poisoning of the Niagara Falls, N.Y., neighborhood are still making headlines today. Yet we sometimes forget that the Love Canal disaster might have amounted to little more than a footnote, were it not for the relentless defiance of a group of average citizens. Without the efforts of those citizens – most of them housewives -- the modern environmental movement as we know it today might not exist.
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Testing questions raise concerns about Buffalo's drinking water

Neighborhoods on the city’s East and Lower West Sides are “ground zero” for the worst lead poisoning problems in all of Upstate New York. Lead paint is considered the culprit, but the crisis in Flint, Michigan, has raised questions about the safety of the drinking water in cities like Buffalo.
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