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The Bachelor Apartments are being torn down to make room for a $75 million dollar hotel, apartment and office complex to be built by Ellicott Development.


The Buffalo Bills defeated the Los Angeles Rams on the road yesterday, 30-19, for their third straight win. Despite the impressive result, commentator Matt Sabuda is not convinced the Bills are a playoff team.

According to a report by ESPN's Adam Shefter, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins will travel to North Carolina this week for a consultation with a doctor who is expected to recommend that he have a second surgery on his foot, effectively ending his season.

LeSean McCoy scored twice and safety Aaron Williams returned a botched field-goal snap 53 yards for a touchdown in leading the Buffalo Bills to a 33-18 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. "It was one of those days when everything, and I mean everything, came together for a Bills win," said analyst Matt Sabuda during WBFO's Beyond the Playbook.

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Two persons were killed and a third was seriously injured when they were struck by a car while walking on Shawnee Road in the town of Wheatfield early this morning.

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The Tragically Hip will perform the final concert in their 15-stop summer tour tonight at 8:00 in their home town of Kingston, Ontario. The concert will be televised by the CBC, and viewing parties are planned across Canada, but Hip fans on this side of the border will also have a chance to see it.

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Two hours before the kickoff of today's preseason game against the New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills announced they have released running back Karlos Williams. An hour later, they announced that defensive tackle Marcel Dareus is entering a rehabilitation facility.

Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy is getting ready to head home after four days of covering the Democratic National Convention. In a conversation with WBFO Friday morning, he talked about his overall impressions of the convention, Governor Andrew Cuomo's primetime address and Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech.

Before Hillary Clinton makes her big speech Thursday night, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is waiting to find out what time he will address the convention, and whether he can live up to the legacy of his father's "Two Cities" speech from 32 years ago. WBFO's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt shared her thoughts from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

As Hillary Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, two former mayors of New York City discussed the merits of the two rival candidates. Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy joined us from Philadelphia this morning with his impressions of Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to New York as a "progressive bellwether for the nation" after speaking to the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention. Is "liberal" no longer a dirty word in politics? That's one of the topics we discussed with Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy, reporting from the DNC in Philadelphia.

Grumblings from Bernie Sanders supporters linger into Day Two of the Democratic National Convention, as New York Democrats enjoy the home state advantage. WBFO's Albany Correspondent Karen DeWitt spoke with WBFO's Howard Riedel from Philadelphia.

The Democratic National Convention is off to a rocky start after leaked emails over the weekend showed the national party showed favoritism toward Hillary Clinton in her primary battle with Sen. Bernie Sanders. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy weighed in on Day One of the closely-watched convention from Philadelphia.

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The resignation of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is setting the tone for a Democratic National Convention where supporters of Bernie Sanders may or may not unite behind Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee. WBFO's Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt weighed in from Philadelphia.

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Many reporters and analysts are expressing their displeasure with the Buffalo Bills' strict new media policy. Among other things, the policy limits what information the media can report during training camp and practices, including plays, strategies and formations. WBFO's "Beyond the Playbook" commentator Matt Sabuda talked with Morning Edition host Howard Riedel about the policy, which has gained national attention.

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Three people escaped an early-morning house fire on Moselle Avenue between East Ferry and Box in Buffalo. One of the three had to be rescued and is in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.

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Western New York may have its first cases of mumps since 2010. Officials at the University at Buffalo say two of their students likely have mumps and another four are suspect cases.

Fans can hold out hope for a Bills playoff run.  Buffalo's 30-21 win over the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium keeps their post season hopes alive.

The Buffalo Bills 33-17 win over the Miami Dolphins provided a much needed boost for fans as the Bills head into Thursday night's game against the New York Jets.

The Buffalo Bills take on the Carolina Panthers in preseason action tonight at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.

Baby boomlet linked to Snowvember

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The Snowvember storm stranded many residents living South and East of downtown Buffalo at home for days last year. Despite what they may have told you, they apparently didn't spend all of their time shoveling. Officials at Mercy Hospital say nine months have passed and they are now experiencing a baby boomlet.

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Two members of the group "Our Ability" took off Monday on a 12-day trek along the Erie Canal Trail in hopes of raising awareness about disabilities. The pair is marking the 25th anniversary of the American with disabilities Act and promoting the work still needed to be done. 

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The manhunt for escaped killers David Sweat and Richard Matt came to and end this weekend with Matt shot and killed on Friday and Sweat wounded Sunday as authorities took him into custody.

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The National Football League officially begins its 2015 season Tuesday, and with it the start of free agent signings.

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You may have seen a recent video of students from the University at Buffalo trying to buy junk food from a vending machine on campus.  Before getting that bag of chips though, the vending machine would say something like, "I'm going to need 20 good jumping jacks."  Yes, a talking vending machine. 

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The Buffalo Zoo hosts Polar Bites 2015 tonight.  Despite our frigid temperatures, organizers say the event will draw 1,200 people to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

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Buffalo trial attorney Terry Connors spoke with WBFO live Friday morning to provide insight into the corruption case against New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and the legal process ahead.

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The Buffalo Bills search for a new coach is the subject of our latest edition of "Beyond the Playbook."  WBFO's Howard Riedel talked with Analyst Matt Sabuda about the candidates.

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The Bills win over the Patriots marked the first time an AFC team has beaten New England at home since the Pittsburgh Steelers toppled the Patriots in Foxboro back in 2008.

EJ Manuel did nothing to appease his critics in Sunday's loss in Houston, but poor offensive line play and numerous dropped balls also contributed to the loss. Matt Sabuda shares his analysis of the game in our weekly installment of Beyond The Playbook.