Mike Desmond http://news.wbfo.org en BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical' http://news.wbfo.org/post/btf-leader-says-kindergarten-absolutely-critical <p>There may be hundreds more kindergartners in Buffalo Public Schools when classes start in six weeks. Kindergarten is now mandatory for 5-year-olds in city schools.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:39:30 +0000 Mike Desmond 43826 at http://news.wbfo.org BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical' Former cop gets 18 months for selling pot http://news.wbfo.org/post/former-cop-gets-18-months-selling-pot <p>A former probationary Buffalo police officer is going behind bars for growing and selling marijuana.&nbsp; James Hamilton Senior will do 18 months in a federal prison. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:55:07 +0000 Mike Desmond 43825 at http://news.wbfo.org Urban planning study examines area's future options http://news.wbfo.org/post/urban-planning-study-examines-areas-future-options <p>Looking over future years to 2040 or 2050, what will this region look like? That depends, according to a study being conducted under the name One Region Forward. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:01:17 +0000 Mike Desmond 43799 at http://news.wbfo.org Urban planning study examines area's future options Hochul takes campaign to Tonawanda http://news.wbfo.org/post/hochul-takes-campaign-tonawanda <p>Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul was out meeting with Town of Tonawanda Democratic politicians Tuesday. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 43797 at http://news.wbfo.org Hochul takes campaign to Tonawanda Actor Mike Shara discusses Stratford Festival roles http://news.wbfo.org/post/actor-mike-shara-discusses-stratford-festival-roles <p>At the Stratford Festival this season, veteran actor Mike Shara is keeping busy, performing in three of the big shows. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:43:56 +0000 Mike Desmond 43768 at http://news.wbfo.org Actor Mike Shara discusses Stratford Festival roles Charter school prepares for move to Holy Angels site http://news.wbfo.org/post/charter-school-prepares-move-holy-angels-site <p>The Charter School for Applied Technologies is working through the many preparations needed before classes start at the former site of Holy Angels Academy. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:23:38 +0000 Mike Desmond 43767 at http://news.wbfo.org Charter school prepares for move to Holy Angels site Cartagena found guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter http://news.wbfo.org/post/cartagena-found-guilty-killing-her-8-year-old-daughter <p>A judge has found Candace Cartagena guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter Bianca in their East Amherst home in 2010. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:56:11 +0000 Mike Desmond 43752 at http://news.wbfo.org Cartagena found guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter Niagara-on-the-Lake parking meters go high-tech http://news.wbfo.org/post/niagara-lake-parking-meters-go-high-tech <p>Officials in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario say it's not a case of "Big Brother" that you have to register your car license number to use municipal parking spaces. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:45:58 +0000 Mike Desmond 43744 at http://news.wbfo.org Niagara-on-the-Lake parking meters go high-tech You & The Law: Pregnant working women http://news.wbfo.org/post/you-law-pregnant-working-women <p>On this week's edition of You &amp; The Law, attorney Lindy Korn talks about legal issues and protections relating to pregnant women in the workplace. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 43703 at http://news.wbfo.org You & The Law: Pregnant working women Arctic Edge construction progressing at The Buffalo Zoo http://news.wbfo.org/post/arctic-edge-construction-progressing-buffalo-zoo <p>The Buffalo Zoo's Siberian tigers and polar bears will have to keep sharing their swimming pool for another year until a massive construction project is complete. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:43:01 +0000 Mike Desmond 43691 at http://news.wbfo.org Arctic Edge construction progressing at The Buffalo Zoo Ken-Ton prepares for reorganization http://news.wbfo.org/post/ken-ton-prepares-reorganization <p>The Ken-Ton school district is working through the details as it plans for next year's major reorganization. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:25:04 +0000 Mike Desmond 43690 at http://news.wbfo.org Ken-Ton prepares for reorganization Former police officer awaits drug sentence http://news.wbfo.org/post/former-police-officer-awaits-drug-sentence <p>Sentencing of&nbsp; James Hamilton, the Buffalo police officer fired for marijuana dealing, was delayed as a federal judge considers the case. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:57:04 +0000 Mike Desmond 43663 at http://news.wbfo.org Former police officer awaits drug sentence Author Mike Maccalupo returns with Buffalo murder mystery http://news.wbfo.org/post/author-mike-maccalupo-returns-buffalo-murder-mystery <p>Author Mike Maccalupo draws on some life experiences in his most recent work, "The Allentown Murders." In conversation with WBFO's Mike Desmond, Maccalupo explains that the Allentown recalled in the the murder mystery differs from than the neighborhood's current image. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00:43 +0000 Mike Desmond 43659 at http://news.wbfo.org Author Mike Maccalupo returns with Buffalo murder mystery High-tech job training expands locally http://news.wbfo.org/post/high-tech-job-training-expands-locally <p>With the increasingly high-tech economy developing around here, job training is preparing people for those jobs. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:57:33 +0000 Mike Desmond 43631 at http://news.wbfo.org High-tech job training expands locally Field narrowed in Buffalo business contest http://news.wbfo.org/post/field-narrowed-buffalo-business-contest <p>The state-sponsored contest 43North has reduced its field of contestants from 7,000 to 113 semifinalists. The businesses are looking to win a top prize of $1 million. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:26:59 +0000 Mike Desmond 43630 at http://news.wbfo.org Field narrowed in Buffalo business contest Strike force seeks to stop tobacco smuggling http://news.wbfo.org/post/strike-force-seeks-stop-tobacco-smuggling <p>New York State is fighting back against smugglers seeking to avoid tobacco taxes. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:31:46 +0000 Mike Desmond 43606 at http://news.wbfo.org Strike force seeks to stop tobacco smuggling Niagara Falls helping homeless vets http://news.wbfo.org/post/niagara-falls-helping-homeless-vets <p>Niagara Falls is joining the the push to end homelessness of veterans. It's part of a national push from the Federal Housing and Urban Development Department. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:58:43 +0000 Mike Desmond 43605 at http://news.wbfo.org Niagara Falls helping homeless vets Tantalizing tastes tempt throngs http://news.wbfo.org/post/tantalizing-tastes-tempt-throngs <p>Rainy weather on Sunday didn't keep the crowds away from&nbsp; Niagara Square for the 31st annual Taste of Buffalo. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 14:47:40 +0000 Mike Desmond & Chris Jamele 43559 at http://news.wbfo.org Tantalizing tastes tempt throngs You & The Law: Muslim women at Seneca Falls http://news.wbfo.org/post/you-law-muslim-women-seneca-falls <p>Seneca Falls in the Finger Lakes has become a symbol for women in this country, the start of a long push for legal equality and the right to vote. Attorney Nadia Shahram is leading a march to Seneca Falls next weekend of American Muslim women pushing for that same equality. On this week's You &amp; The Law, Shahran talks about why. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 43577 at http://news.wbfo.org You & The Law: Muslim women at Seneca Falls Neighborhood opposition to proposed West Side methadone clinic grows http://news.wbfo.org/post/neighborhood-opposition-proposed-west-side-methadone-clinic-grows <p>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.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:25:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 43527 at http://news.wbfo.org Neighborhood opposition to proposed West Side methadone clinic grows Common Council gets community feedback on Common Core http://news.wbfo.org/post/common-council-gets-community-feedback-common-core <p>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.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:46:45 +0000 Mike Desmond 43522 at http://news.wbfo.org Common Council gets community feedback on Common Core Ogilvie approved as interim superintendent http://news.wbfo.org/post/ogilvie-approved-interim-superintendent <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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.<br /> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Mike Desmond 43491 at http://news.wbfo.org Ogilvie approved as interim superintendent City Hall hosts Islamic dinner marking end of Ramadan fast http://news.wbfo.org/post/city-hall-hosts-islamic-dinner-marking-end-ramadan-fast <p>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. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:15:50 +0000 Mike Desmond 43492 at http://news.wbfo.org City Hall hosts Islamic dinner marking end of Ramadan fast Construction begins on monument to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans http://news.wbfo.org/post/construction-begins-monument-iraq-and-afghanistan-war-veterans <p></p><p></p><p>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.<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:16:13 +0000 Mike Desmond 43457 at http://news.wbfo.org Construction begins on monument to Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans New market-rate apartments planned for the Hertel-Starin neighborhood http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-market-rate-apartments-planned-hertel-starin-neighborhood <p>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.<br /> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:00:07 +0000 Mike Desmond 43460 at http://news.wbfo.org New market-rate apartments planned for the Hertel-Starin neighborhood Substance abuse counselors applaud final version of medical marijuana bill http://news.wbfo.org/post/substance-abuse-counselors-applaud-final-version-medical-marijuana-bill <p>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.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:16:35 +0000 Mike Desmond 43432 at http://news.wbfo.org Substance abuse counselors applaud final version of medical marijuana bill New state funding aims to improve adult literacy skills http://news.wbfo.org/post/new-state-funding-aims-improve-adult-literacy-skills <p>How do you get a good job today if you can't read? You can't, which is why two local lawmakers are pushing to increate the money going into efforts to improve adult literacy.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:41:01 +0000 Mike Desmond 43431 at http://news.wbfo.org New state funding aims to improve adult literacy skills Green Party candidate for governor visits Buffalo http://news.wbfo.org/post/green-party-candidate-governor-visits-buffalo <p>The Green Party candidate for governor says Western New York would be better off using the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station as a solar panel manufacturing plant with a giant solar power array, rather than turning it into a base for drones.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:41:46 +0000 Mike Desmond 43403 at http://news.wbfo.org Green Party candidate for governor visits Buffalo Waterfront Vietnam Memorial rededicated on its 30th anniversary http://news.wbfo.org/post/waterfront-vietnam-memorial-rededicated-its-30th-anniversary <p>With the sound of volleys of rifle fire and a mournful rendition of Taps, local veterans on Sunday rededicated the Vietnam Memorial along the Buffalo River on the city's waterfront.<br /> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:56:40 +0000 Mike Desmond 43399 at http://news.wbfo.org Waterfront Vietnam Memorial rededicated on its 30th anniversary Farmers' markets give small producers a new outlet http://news.wbfo.org/post/farmers-markets-give-small-producers-new-outlet <p>Farmers' markets are a familiar and growing part of the summer scene in Western New York. WBFO's Mike Desmond visited a North Buffalo market on Thursday that featured organic products from a farm once owned by Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 13:46:35 +0000 Mike Desmond 43361 at http://news.wbfo.org Farmers' markets give small producers a new outlet