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City plans to meet One Seneca's new owner

The new owners of Buffalo's tallest building are expected to meet with local officials soon. One of the largest developers in Washington, D.C. announced its acquisition last week of the largely vacant One Seneca Tower.
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After going nearly a year without a contract, some local nurses and their union continue to work on bargaining for a new agreement. But while representatives are at the table, others are practicing their picketing.

Asian beetle poses new threat to New York trees

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With New York's population of ash trees under siege against an invasive species, environmental officials are working to stop the invasion of another wood-eating pest.

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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The new owners of Buffalo's tallest building are expected to meet with local officials soon. One of the largest developers in Washington, D.C. announced its acquisition last week of the largely vacant One Seneca Tower.

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SUNY Buffalo State welcomed another large class of freshman for 'move-in-day' on Tuesday.  It is the third largest class in 25 years with 1,700 freshman are enrolled. The campus was buzzing as everyone moved into the dorms, but not all of the students were from out-of-town.

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Several new offerings will be available at this year's National Buffalo Wing Festival.

The 15th annual event includes a new and improved KidZone, covered on-field seating, and the inaugural Chicken Wing 5k. Race organizer Anne Horan, with Eclipse Multi-Sport said over 200 people have already signed up.

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The Buffalo Bisons are still in the final weeks of their 2016 baseball season, but already making plans for the off-season and next season. This includes capital improvements at Coca Cola Field, most notably the replacement of more original red seats with new, wider green units like the ones installed last year.

Depending on perspective, some of the programs funded by Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion are either ambitious or fanciful. During WBFO's Press Pass, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post provided details of one initiative that is falling short on its promise of job creation.


If you find a present on your doorstep, it may be from the University at Buffalo. “Doorhanger” kits containing safety reminders, tips on how to be a good neighbor and other useful information will be distributed to about 1,900 homes surrounding the UB South Campus from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday.

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra musicians are responding to what it says is a "highly crafted email" from the Chautauqua Institution that implies musicians are "overreaching" and "greedy" in their request for a pay raise.


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Early mornings are routine for 69-year-old Hiroyuko Yamamoto. He's typically at a busy intersection in the city of Matsudo, near Tokyo, where he volunteers as a school crossing guard. But one rainy morning a little over a year ago, an old woman caught his attention.

She was pushing a bicycle. She was kind of disheveled. Despite the rain, she didn't have an umbrella. When Yamamoto spoke to the woman, she said she was trying to get to the city of Kamisuwa. That's about four hours away by train.

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It was a tragic turning point.

On July 11, South Sudanese soldiers invaded a hotel in the capital city of Juba and gang-raped foreign aid workers.

"The soldiers just came to the bathroom where all the girls were hiding and they just picked us out of the bathroom one by one," says one of the women who was in the hotel. She asked that her name not be used.

Despite calls for help to the U.N. compound a mile down the road, no one came.

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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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Investigative Post: Beach bar customers ignore swimming bans

Authorities steered swimmers away from a Southtowns beach more than 30 days last summer year because of unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water. But adjacent beaches owned by two popular waterfront bars remained open to patrons because the businesses lack permits that require testing of the water and closure when fecal matter and other bacteria are detected at dangerous levels.
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