Focus on Education
5:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Parent leader feels ‘validated’ in Office of Civil Rights resolution for criteria city schools

Sam Radford, president of District Parent Coordinating Council.
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The Buffalo Public School District has agreed to work toward resolving the admission requirements for criteria based-schools.  The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights issued a resolution after three parents filed a complaint. 

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Local
9:25 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Neighborhood opposition to proposed West Side methadone clinic grows

Residents crowd the Los Tainos Senior Center to oppose the placement of a methadone clinic in their neighborhood.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

People living in the Virginia Street area of Buffalo's Lower West Side gathered at the Los Tainos Senior Center on Trenton Avenue Thursday night to fight a proposal to open a methadone clinic in their residential neighborhood.

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Focus on Education
9:23 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Traveling to Brooklyn to find a successful graduation rate among ELL students

International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, NY.

Similar troubles within the Buffalo Public School District are happening in other districts across the country. The Buffalo News has been launching a series of stories that look at how a district in New York City is tackling low-graduation rates at an international school. In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talks with Buffalo News Education reporter Sandra Tan who traveled to Brooklyn to learn about a teaching model for English Language Learners.

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Focus on Education
6:46 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Common Council gets community feedback on Common Core

Associate superintendent Will Keresztes at Thursday night's Common Council Education Committee hearing.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

The Buffalo Common Council Education Committee held a public hearing Thursday evening on Buffalo Public schools, including the Common Core learning standards that have been backed by the Buffalo school system. Community members who spoke at the hearing in Council chambers said parents have to understand the new rules better.

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Art/Theater
6:45 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Actor William Fichtner reflects on career success

Actor William Fichtner with WBFO Blues host Pat Feldballe
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There exists quite a list of people who have called Western New York home and gone on to success in Hollywood. Among them is William Fichtner, who recently played Butch Cavendish, the nasty villain in the 2013 film The Lone Ranger.

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Art/Theater
6:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Theater Talk: The joys of smaller productions

Theater Talk host Anthony Chase & WBFO'S Gabe DiMaio bring you the weekly theater roundup!
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This week on Theater Talk, Gabe and Tony discuss smaller productions and the the role that they play in the theater-going experience.

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Local
5:29 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Smoky two-alarm Buffalo fire called ‘suspicious’

Smokey fire on Moselle Street from the backside on St. Louis
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A two-alarm fire on Buffalo's East Side has left 11 people homeless. The fire broke out earlier this afternoon at a home at 122 Moselle near Genesee Street. It quickly spread to two nearby homes, including a vacant home at 126 Moselle. 

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Local
3:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Plan calls for turning former country club into $238 million 'neighborhood'

Mensch Managing Partner Andrew Shaevel unveiled the proposed Westwood Neighborhood Thursday.
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The Westwood Country Club in Amherst could be the site of what is being called a "new traditional neighborhood."

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Politics
3:17 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

LG candidate Kathy Hochul keeping a low profile

Running mates Andrew Cuomo and Kathy Hochul, from the Democratic State Convention in May
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WBFO's Karen DeWitt reports

Governor Cuomo’s running mate, Lieutenant Governor nominee Kathy Hochul, is keeping an unusually low profile during the first months of the election campaign. The lack of public campaigning by Hochul is starting to raise some questions.

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Cultural
10:45 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Buffalo River boat tour offers history lesson on water

A view from The River Queen
Chris Caya/WBFO News

The sound of cannon fire will mark the arrival of an historic tall ship on the downtown Buffalo waterfront Thursday as the nearly 200-foot-long U.S. Brig Niagara arrives at Canalside. The Niagara helped defeat six British vessels in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. But that's not the only piece of history visitors will find on the city's waterfront. As WBFO's Chris Caya reports, a new boat is providing narrated tours of the Buffalo River.

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Focus on Education
9:40 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Ogilvie approved as interim superintendent

Buffalo school board members meet to vote on the appointment of Donald Ogilvie as interim superintendent.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

The new majority on the Buffalo Public School Board went into special meeting Wednesday afternoon with the five votes needed to make Donald Ogilvie, former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent, the interim city schools superintendent. After two nasty hours of discussion, his appointment was approved.

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Focus on Education
9:36 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Regents Bennett says Ogilvie is an ‘extraordinary’ leader

State Regents Robert Bennett is pleased with the selection of Don Ogilvie as interim Buffalo Schools Superintendent.
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New York State Board of Regents member Robert Bennett is praising the work of newly named interim Buffalo Schools superintendent Don Ogilvie.  In this Focus on Education report WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Bennett is convinced Ogilvie will be able to turn around the trouble city school district.

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Local
5:30 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Weekend's Taste of Buffalo features lawn fete elements

With hundreds of thousands of people attending each year, The Taste of Buffalo remains the area's largest summer festival.

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Local
5:15 am
Thu July 10, 2014

City Hall hosts Islamic dinner marking end of Ramadan fast

An example of the traditional foods served at an Iftar dinner.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

In the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, daytime fasting ends at sunset with an Iftar dinner. On Wednesday night, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown hosted such a dinner in the lobby of City Hall.

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Breaking
6:28 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Ogilvie appointed interim Buffalo schools superintendent

Donald Ogilvie is now interim superintendent of the Buffalo Public Schools.
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Buffalo's Board of Education appointed former Erie 1 BOCES Superintendent Donald Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent in a contentious board meeting Wednesday evening. 

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Focus on Education
4:42 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Larry Quinn says it's time to do things 'differently' in city schools

Buffalo at-large school board member Larry Quinn.
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Larry Quinn is one of the new Buffalo Board of Education members and makes up the new majority on the board. Quinn said Wednesday he is ready to support former Erie 1 BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie as the district's new interim superintendent. 

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Focus on Education
2:13 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Buffalo parent group encouraged with Ogilvie’s solutions

Buffalo School Board.
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An effort to turn around a troubled Buffalo School District, the new school board majority is poised to select a new interim leader Wednesday night. The board is expected to select former Erie 1-BOCES superintendent Don Ogilvie to serve as interim schools superintendent. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley has reaction from one of the parent organizations seeking change.

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Cultural
1:20 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Wide-ranging Infringement Festival celebrating its 10th year

Vanessa Webb's "The Regina Monologues" are part of this year's Infringement Festival.
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The lineup for 10th annual Buffalo Infringement Festival was announced Tuesday evening. The festival is a free, non-profit event that allows people to perform in all art forms, including visual, musical, and media arts.

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Local
11:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Residents to help shape plan for Outer Harbor

Buffalo's undeveloped Outer Harbor

WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The first of three public meetings this week on the future of Buffalo's Outer Harbor is being held Wednesday night. A master plan for the long-vacant property along Fuhrmann Boulevard is scheduled to be released this fall.

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Local
10:57 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Report says Toronto a 'hub' for human trafficking

The logo for the Alliance Against Modern Slavery
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WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk reports

A recent study on modern slavery finds Toronto has become one of the most common destinations of human trafficking in Ontario. The report looked at more than 500 cases in the province between 2011 and 2013.

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Environment
10:34 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Author of Great Lakes books examines Buffalo’s waterfront renaissance

Downtown waterfront at Canalside.
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As part of our ongoing If Our Water Could Talk reporting, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with author Edward McClelland. McClelland, who wrote Nothing But Blue Skies about the Great Lakes industrial past of Rust Belt cities like Buffalo, has been keeping a close watch on Buffalo's waterfront renaissance.

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Local
7:16 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Construction begins on monument to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans

The first shovelfuls of dirt are ceremoniously removed from the site of a future monument to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Tuesday night for another war memorial coming to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park at the downtown waterfront.

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Local
7:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New market-rate apartments planned for the Hertel-Starin neighborhood

Proposed location for two nine-unit apartment buildings in the Hertel-Starin neighborhood.
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WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

A decrepit parking lot on Hertel Avenue may soon be replaced by two large apartment buildings, reflecting the shift to rental housing in that neighborhood.

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Crime
6:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Fourth city employee admits to stealing from parking meters

Parking meters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.
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Another city worker has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from Buffalo parking meters.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Local leaders collaborate to promote safety in parks

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announces collaborative effort to maintain family-friendly atmosphere in county parks.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Erie County leaders are collaborating to promote safety and maintain a family-friendly atmosphere in county parks.

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Severe Storms
6:53 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Heavy rains drench region, strong winds bring down trees

Heavy rains and strong winds battered the Buffalo area during the afternoon commute Tuesday.

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Crime
4:43 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Tow truck manager admits to ‘pay to play’ scheme in bribing Buffalo cops

U.S. Attorney William Hochul (center), joined by Brian P. Boetig,special agent in charge of the FBI’s Buffalo Division (left) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr. during a news conference on the tow truck case.
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A 30-year-old tow truck manager has admitted to taking part in a 'pay to play' scheme of bribing Buffalo Police officers.

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Crime
11:03 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Orchard Park man charged with murdering his father

21-year-old Sean Keenan arrested in the murder of his father in Orchard Park
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Orchard Park Police say a 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the murder of his father.

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Crime
10:44 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Tonawanda woman, 83, charged in death of 89-year-old husband

Phylis Eson, 83, faces a murder charge in the death of her husband.
Credit Town of Tonawanda Police

Town of Tonawanda Police have arrested an 83-year-old woman and charged her with the murder of her 89-year-old husband. 

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Local
8:16 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Substance abuse counselors applaud final version of medical marijuana bill

Governor Andrew Cuomo signing Medical Marijuana bill.
Credit Photo from NYS Governor Website

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports.

A local leader in substance abuse treatment says the new medical marijuana bill Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law is much less a path to legalization than earlier proposals.

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