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He came, he saw, he designed. It was 150 years ago this year that Frederick Law Olmsted visited the Queen City and began the process of developing Buffalo's public park system. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, which oversees the parks, has announced plans to celebrate the milestone anniversary in the spring and summer.


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A 10-year-old boy who was in Buffalo last week for a youth hockey tournament has died after contracting the flu, followed by pneumonia and sepsis.

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The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Locked and loaded: pastor encourages guns in church

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When the parishioners at one Oswego County church gather for worship each week, many of them are armed - and it's no secret. The Lighthouse Mexico Church of God even advertises that its not a gun-free zone, a response to the frequent mass shootings in the country that are the subject of some debate.

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The Buffalo Common Council will host Tuesday evening what activists say is a first-ever City Budget Proposal Day. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., members of the community will be welcome to provide input for how to allocate a small fraction of an estimated $500 million spending plan.


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A day after the Buffalo Police Department ordered an end to overtime for special details patrolling Chippewa Street and elsewhere, a fight broke out early Sunday involving a man who fired a gun into the air over the entertainment district. He was arrested late Monday, but the president of the police union says ending the details was a major mistake.

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As Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his budget for the next fiscal year Tuesday, a prospective Republican challenger says legal marijuana is a key way to ease the state's fiscal crisis.

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At a pediatric clinic located in one of the poorest sections of Buffalo, 7-year-old asthmatic Victor Small sits with his mother Laticka. The hood on his winter coat is pulled over his head, and as he fidgets with his black skeleton gloves, he begins to talk about what it’s like when he has trouble breathing.

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Trouble is brewing for iconic Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons. It’s over Ontario’s increase to the minimum wage. The chain has become the target of a public and labor backlash in the fight against the wage increase.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at the annual Martin Luther King Day event at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, mocked Republican senators who said they can’t recall President Donald Trump uttering a vulgarity during a meeting at the White House on immigration.


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An Orchard Park woman is responding to the recent expletive President Trump used to describe African nations. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says eight years ago she adopted her son from Haiti.  

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Leaders at Oracle Charter School in Buffalo will making their plea before SUNY Trustees next week, asking to keep the school open. In this week's Press Pass conversation WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley and Buffalo News Education reporter Jay Rey discuss why the renewal is being denied and also take a look at teacher-duty conflict at City Honors.  

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As the spring semester gets started, University of Rochester Interim President Richard Feldman says he hopes the university community can begin a period of healing and rebuilding.

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Local community activists have formally launched their petition drive to remove and replace a large bronze bust that has stood in Buffalo's Martin Luther King Park since 1983. They demand it be replaced by a sculpture that more accurately portrays the civil rights leader's likeness. But not everyone in the local African-American community wants to see the existing bust removed.


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With increasing numbers of higher-risk older pregnant women, there's a new test available for those concerned about Down syndrome.

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Siena College Research Institute released a race relations poll on this Martin Luther King Day. The poll finds 39 percent of New York voters say race relations in the state are excellent or good. However, it indicates two-thirds of the people polled believe minorities experience racial or ethnic discrimination.

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There wasn't a large crowd at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Sunday for the church's contemporary mass, with a band and traditional services. This is a time when it's hard to get younger people into churches and St. Paul's is reaching out to them.

Heritage Moments: From a cubicle on Swan Street to the presidency of Somalia

Jan 15, 2018
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Three world leaders have called Western New York their home. The first two, the American presidents Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, are well known to people living in the region. The third is less celebrated here.


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Six people were safely rescued from the ice about 150 yards off Sturgeon Point Marina Sunday.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his budget Tuesday, and the news is not expected to be good.


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Five candidates are now competing for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Chris Collins in the 27th congressional district after Grand Island Town Supervisor Nate McMurray and political activist Joan Elizabeth Seamans announced their candidacy this past week.

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It’s not just consumers. Recycling plastic bags for many retailers has proven difficult. To help with this problem, the New York Plastic Bag Task Force has identified eight possible solutions and sent the report to Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for consideration.

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The Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture are now members of the International Rehabilitation Council for Tortured Victims.

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First in a series on environmental justice issues.

The scent of exhaust fumes fill the air on a mid-January afternoon. Cars, trucks and buses zip back and forth from downtown Buffalo on the Kensington Expressway, also known as the Martin Luther King Jr. Expressway.

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A Canisius High School senior has made a remarkable recovery from a severe spinal cord injury.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says he's now using his own experience to help others.

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On this Martin Luther King holiday, a bronze bust depicting Dr. King will take center stage in Buffalo.  WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the activist wants the bust of King in MLK Park replaced.  

The Buffalo Bills have hired their new offensive coordinator.

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A North Tonawanda man has been accused of stabbing a family member in the neck.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says President Trump's use of an expletive to describe some poor nations across the world was ugly, disgusting and repulsive.

With the return of frigid temperatures to Western New York, the threat of flooding resulting from last week's brief thaw has eased. The remaining trouble spot is the Allegany River in Olean.

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