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3:47 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Local premiere of controversial film viewed as victory for free speech

Some of the first local moviegoers to screen "The Interview" file into Flix Stadium 10 in Lancaster for the film's premiere.
Credit WBFO

It's a twist-filled plot that sounds like an outlandish tale concocted by a creative Hollywood writer. We're not referring to the script for the film "The Interview." We're talking about the true-to-life path the controversial movie took from the time it was produced until it made its limited debut in theaters.

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MADD's Red Ribbon Campaign encourages safe driving
3:44 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

MADD's Red Ribbon Campaign aims to bring drivers home safely for the holidays

Elizabeth Obad, Erie County Chapter President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), hands out a red ribbon at a toll booth to remind a driver to stay sober on the roads.
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

The holidays are a time to be enjoyed with friends and family, which is why Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off its 28th annual Red Ribbon Campaign, today.

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Local
11:08 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Food pantries battered by storm receive help from Wegmans

Food Bank of Western New York
Credit Food Bank photo

November's historic storm left many food pantries with empty shelves. The Food Bank of Western New York is using some large corporate donations to help more than 30 agencies replenish their pantries.

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Beyond the Playbook
11:07 am
Fri December 26, 2014

'Beyond the Playbook': A holiday wish list for the Bills

With the Buffalo Bills officially eliminated from playoff contention, Sunday's game at New England has little meaning for the team and its followers. With that in mind, Matt Sabuda on WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook" offers a holiday wish list for the team as it prepares for the 2015 season.

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Local
10:20 am
Fri December 26, 2014

NFL problems increase dialogue on domestic abuse

The Associated Press has named the NFL's domestic violence issues as its top sports story of 2014. One local advocate for the victims of domestic violence believes the publicity is helping to place the spotlight on a troubling, often-hidden reality.

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Local
10:08 am
Fri December 26, 2014

The Ice at Canalside: Skating fun downtown

Skating at Canalside in downtown Buffalo.
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Brand new ice rinks at Canalside in downtown Buffalo appear to be a smashing success.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley toured The Ice which is quickly become Buffalo's latest waterfront destination.

Local
9:13 am
Fri December 26, 2014

High-tech option could ease border congestion

CBP officials are working to avoid some of the delays seen at the Peace Bridge in recent years.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Analysts are predicting one of the busiest holiday travel seasons in recent years. Prior to the holiday rush,  officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the "Border Wait Time App," which offers options that could ease some delays.

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Local
5:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Alzheimer's Helpline calls spike over holidays

The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association expects a spike in calls to its 24-hour Helpline during this week as families spend more time together over the holidays.


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Local
2:00 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Last-minute shoppers out in force

Elmwood Avenue was busy with last-minute shoppers on Christmas Eve.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The hours are running down and the plastic is warming up as last-minute shoppers head into the final hours before Christmas.

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Crime
11:25 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Pastor weighs causes of recent city violence

Pastor James Giles says only the public can bring the spate of killings in Buffalo to an end.
Credit Twitter

Two men who were shot Tuesday evening are the latest victims in a recent burst of street violence in the City of Buffalo.

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Local
9:59 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Police seek person of interest in connection with Macy's stabbing

Amherst Police seek Maiya L. Marks as a person of interest
Credit Courtesy Amherst Police Facebook Page

Amherst police are seeking a person of interest in connection with the Monday stabbing of a security guard at the Boulevard Mall Macy's Store.

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Local
8:09 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Council offers show of support for city police

The assembled crowd, including many police officers, gave a standing ovation to the council's support of city police.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

With a large group of police officers sitting in the Common Council Chambers, council members praised the work the cops do and some warned of the risks of putting limits on their actions.

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Local
8:03 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Ice at Canalside draws thousands on opening weekend

Opening night for the Ice at Canalside
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The opening weekend for Buffalo's newest downtown attraction drew thousands of people and it appears many more will visit the Ice at Canalside over the holiday break if warm temperatures don't get in the way.


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Local
7:04 am
Wed December 24, 2014

High winds in the forecast for Christmas Eve

Credit WBFO News File Photo

The National Weather Service is out with a high wind warning beginning at 8pm this evening, just in time for your Christmas Eve travels.

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Local school district makes parent engagement a priority

Inside the JFK Middle School classroom in Cheektowaga.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

School districts look to parent engagement for student success. But with Common Core, it's a major challenge. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports on how the Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District is working more closely with its parents.

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Cultural
4:58 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Lancaster's Flix theater to show 'The Interview'

'The Interview' will be shown locally, after Sony Pictures Entertainment did an about-face Tuesday on the movie's release.

Local moviegoers will get the chance to see "The Interview," after all.

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World War II Veterans
2:57 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Military medals awarded to WWII veteran

Congressman Higgins presents military medals to sons of Norman Blatner
Credit Photo by Mark Scott / WBFO News

The family of a now-deceased World War II veteran was presented with the military medals he earned during his service at a ceremony in North Tonawanda on Tuesday. 

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Local
2:46 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Fisher-Price donates $500,000 to future Canalside children's museum

An artist rendition of the "Tinkering Tank" workshop planned for the Canalside Explore & More children's museum.
Credit Explore & More

Christmas has arrived early for the Explore & More Children's Museum. Fisher-Price has donated $500,000 for a hands-on workshop inside the new museum planned for Canalside.

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Local
9:32 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A windy, not white, Christmas in the forecast

Credit WBFO News File Photo

Forecasters with the National Weather Service are expecting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to be windy rather than white this year. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with Meteorologist Jon Hitchcock about the holiday forecast.

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Local
7:23 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Security guard stabbed at Macy's

Credit Courtesy of YouTube

Amherst Police are looking for a shoplifter who stabbed a security guard at the Macy's Store in the Boulevard Mall.


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Crime
7:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Buffalo Police investigating string of murders

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda discusses recent rash of murders and shootings from Buffalo Police Headquarters.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Buffalo Police continue investigating a string of recent shootings, some of which were deadly. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports police are urging help from the public.

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FEMA funds made available
6:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

'Snovember' storm declared a federal disaster

November's massive winter storm dumped more than seven feet of snow on parts of the region.
Credit File photo

FEMA has officially declared parts of Western New York a "major disaster" following last month's massive snowstorm.

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Local
5:51 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Two-way traffic planned for Pearl Street

Credit Courtesy Google Maps

Downtown Buffalo will have one less confusing one-way street, possibly by the end of next year, when Pearl Street converts to two-way traffic.

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Local
5:50 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Niagara Falls police to wear body cameras

Niagara Falls police will soon wear body cameras.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Late in January, patrol police officers in the city of Niagara Falls should be wearing cameras on the streets, after the City Council voted Monday night to buy 48 of the cameras.

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Press Pass
5:46 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Press Pass: Canalside spending raises questions

A surprising amount of spending on Canalside operations has prompted calls for an audit. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First discusses Global Spectrum, the operator of Canalside, and provides information on a housing complex planned at a former Catholic school building.

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Local
4:15 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Vandals hit fire company in Allegany County

Vandals ruined firefighter gear at the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company
Credit Courtesy Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. Facebook Page

An Allegany County fire department was the target of vandals over the weekend. 

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Local
2:08 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

State to consider bulletproof glass on police cars

Lawmakers are considering retrofitting police vehicles with bulletproof glass.
Credit File photo

Legislation to be introduced next session by four state lawmakers would require all police cars across New York be retrofitted with bulletproof glass. The move comes after two New York City officers were gunned down assassination-style in their patrol car over the weekend.

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Crime
1:26 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Authorities find pot growing operation in home day care

A Buffalo woman has been arrested after sheriff's deputies say she was found to be growing marijuana in a residence that was being used as a day care center. 

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Focus on Education
12:46 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

BFT leader voices blunt feelings about King

BTF President Phil Rumore recently speaking to WBFO News from his office.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The leader of the Buffalo Teachers Federation says he is not disappointed to see State Education Commissioner leave his post. WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked to BTF President Phil Rumore about John King's departure at the end of the month.


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Cultural
10:48 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Local woman's menorah collection spans decades

WBFO news contributor Rich Kellman.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Jews across Western New York are celebrating Hanukkah, which ends at sunset on Wednesday. WBFO special contributor Rich Kellman brings us a story of a local woman who has collected menorahs for a quarter-century.

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