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Five games into the season, the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans each have two wins and three losses. The records, however, don't highlight some of the glaring differences between the teams. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Texans have lost by close margins while the Bills have been blown out in their games. The Houston passing game has been far more prolific with quarterback Deshaun Watson tossing for at least 300 yards in the last four games. By comparison, Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen has yet to have a 300-yard passing game.

The political coattails of Donald Trump should be enough for a Republican candidate to cruise to victory in the 27th Congressional District where the majority of voters enthusiastically support the President. For Congressman Chris Collins that path turned complicated upon his indictment on insider trading charges. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says it's too soon to predict an upset, but he believes Collins faces many hurdles in getting the district's Republican majority out to vote in November. 


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It's a grassroots effort that has grown from a handful of organizers to over 30,000 Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and Palestinians. Women Wage Peace is working to pressure Israeli officials into forging a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Julie Sitcov Bogin, a Buffalo native, will discuss her group's efforts at 7:30 tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Williamsville. The event is presented by Congregation Havurah.


With millions of dollars awarded over five years, the 43North business competition has succeeded in generating excitement and publicity. Its track record in creating local jobs has not been as stellar. Charlotte Keith  has been reporting on their results for Investigative Post. While there have been some notable shortcomings, she says the competition is doing a better job at identifying companies more likely to remain in Buffalo.


In trying to understand the diverse views found across the New York's massive 27th Congressional District, The Batavian is a good place to start.  In 10 years, the website has developed a loyal following of readers who often engage in spirited debate on an array of topics ranging from the philosophical to the parochial. The site has become a must-stop for candidates looking to connect with voters, but the recent silence of embattled Rep. Chris Collins has prompted the Batavian to break from its standard policy. Publisher Howard Owens says they will no longer post Collins' press releases until the congressman agrees to another interview.


It was a sloppy, ugly win, says analyst Matt Sabuda of the Buffalo Bills's 13-12 victory over the Tennessee Titans Sunday, but the result is important for a young team trying to build an identity. In holding the Titans to 221 total yards and forcing three turnovers, the Bills' defense may be exceeding expectations. The other side of the ball is a different story as the offense, including rookie quarterback Josh Allen, is showing few signs of improvement.


Organizers say their event combines two of the region's shared pleasures: eating and giving. The annual Dining Out for Life takes place Tuesday at dozens of area restaurants. Rob Baird of the event's sponsor, Evergreen Health Services, expects over 12,000 people to dine at participating restaurants.


After four regular season games, rookie Josh Allen has given Bills fans reason for hope (two touchdown runs against the Vikings) and for concern (two interceptions, seven sacks at Green Bay). Analyst Matt Sabuda expects fans to be patient for the near future, but a solid performance this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans is needed for the Bills to come away with a victory.


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With eight companies in line to share $5 million in prize money, tonight's final of the 43North business competition has produced enough excitement to sell out Shea's Performing Arts Center. The event arrives as scrutiny builds over the number of jobs produced by the competition. In an interview with WBFO, 43North president Alex Gress says the event has succeeded in creating an "entrepreneurial ecosystem" that is drawing much-needed venture capital to the region.


Almost since its opening four decades ago, there has been debate over the limitations of the Buffalo Convention Center. The conversation moved to another level recently with the release of a feasibility study which identified two potential locations for a much larger convention center.  During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First says the study's results aren't sitting well with some in the local business community.


What a difference a week makes. Heading into last weekend the Buffalo Bills were 17-point underdogs for their game at Minnesota. The Bills responded by blowing up the oddsmakers--and the Minnesota Vikings--with a 27-6 victory. While the outlook has improved, analyst Matt Sabuda says the Bills still face a difficult task when they play on the road Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.


Three months ago, Chris Collins was expected to cruise to reelection in November. That was before the congressman was indicted on insider trading charges and announced he was suspending his campaign. Collins, of course, reversed that decision, stating that he would "actively" campaign in the 27th district. As Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out, that activity has featured some limited public appearances and  heavy spending on political advertising, including one commercial which has raised the ire of ethnic groups and Democratic challenger Nate McMurray.


Following two awful losses to start the season, the Buffalo Bills head into Sunday's road game against the Minnesota Vikings as huge underdogs.  According to analyst Matt Sabuda, as 16-point underdogs the Bills would make oddsmaker history if they were to win Sunday.  In the last decade, only 20 games featured point spreads of 16 or more. Sabuda says the favored team won every time.

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As is the case each year, the Buffalo Humanities Festival is organized around a specific theme. This weekend's event, which begins tonight, is called "Revolutions." According to Professor Elizabeth Otto, Executive Director of the Humanities Institute, finding partners and presenters wasn't difficult. "People are fired up and ready to talk about change. Definitely."


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Amherst Street is enjoying a revitalization. Newell Nussbaumer of Buffalo Rising says some small businesses are relocating to the strip, lured by lower rents and burgeoning commercial opportunities. During their monthly appearance of Press Pass, Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli expanded on what's happening in Black Rock and across the city.


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It's been a half century but the effects of 1968 are still being felt. The debate, says Professor Victoria Wolcott, Chair of UB's History Department, is often over the "good Sixties" versus "bad Sixties." Wolcott will explore the subject during a panel discussion at this week's Humanities Festival. "I think it's important to see these anniversaries as an opportunity to investigate our assumptions about the past."


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Larry Sharpe claims he never refers to notes during interviews. That assertion was among the many the Libertarian Party candidate shared during an interview with WBFO this morning. The ex-Marine says notes aren't needed when a candidate answers questions truthfully. Sharpe ripped off many answers during a brief conversation.


For the second consecutive game the Buffalo Bills defense offered little resistance. After surrendering 47 points in their season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, the unit was ripped for 28 points in the FIRST HALF of Sunday's game at New Era Field. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 15 of 16 passes to start the game in leading his team to an easy victory, 31-20. Analyst Matt Sabuda expects changes in how the Bills coaching staff leads the defense in coming games.


Initial reports indicate voter turnout Thursday may have doubled the numbers who went to the polls in 2014. That development despite concerns that moving Primary Day from Tuesday would confuse voters. "Maybe we should move it to Thursday every year," joked Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy. While the analysis is just beginning, McCarthy says there's little doubt New York's Democratic voters have been energized by messages countering President Donald Trump's agenda.


The decision to start rookie Josh Allen has sparked hope and concern among Buffalo Bills fans. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, Allen possesses "jaw-dropping athleticism," but his "uneven performance" in relief of Nathan Peterman last week has worked to temper expectations. If the Bills are to contend with the Chargers in Sunday's home opener, Sabuda says the Bills game plan will need to rely upon running back LeSean McCoy.


To look at the polls, there should be runaway victories for the incumbents in today's Primary Day election. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says the numbers can't anticipate voter turnout, notably in the Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor.  Incumbent Kathy Hochul holds a sizable advantage in the polls, but McCarthy points out how her challenger, Jumaane Williams, could benefit from the support of his home borough of Brooklyn where one million registered Democrats reside.


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The troubles continue to mount for Rep. Chris Collins. The House Ethics Committee has established an Investigative Subcommittee to review the charges against Collins outlined in a federal indictment. It's a serious development, so say two Washington observers who follow congressional matters. They also note the Justice Department has requested the Subcommittee delay its investigation until the federal charges are resolved. That conclusion may come after Collins, who has suspended his reelection campaign, is out of office.

As they start the 2018 season, the Buffalo Bills are "like a scratch-off lottery ticket," says analyst Matt Sabuda. "There definitely is a chance that things could go well, but probably not." On the positive side, Sabuda looks to the new additions on the defense, including rookie linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. The biggest concern is the offensive line which Sabuda calls "a reshaped unit on the cheap."


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New York is the first state to make mental health a mandated part of its curriculum. Implementing the initiative is just one of the issues facing school boards this year, says Tim Kremer, executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. Another priority is security. Kremer says many districts are hiring school resource officers to address the situation.

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It's been quite a year for artist Thomas Paquette. Earlier this year, the State Department acquired one of his massive oil paintings and installed it in the new NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. This week, his one-man exhibition begins the second leg of its three-stop tour when "America's River Re-Explored: Paintings of the Mississippi from Source to Gulf" opens at the Watermark Art Center in Minnesota.


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Critics have noted Brett Kavanaugh's work at expanding presidential power during his time with the Bush administration, raising concerns that his confirmation onto the Supreme Court would grant President Donald Trump unchecked authority on a wide range of policies. Peter Yacobucci, Buffalo State professor of political science, offers some perspective. "That just simply goes with the trend that we've seen from the Court for largely its entire history.  The Court has almost always allowed the Presidency to expand, especially in war times."

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His distinguished military career entitled late Senator John McCain an honored burial site at Arlington National Cemetery, the final resting spot for McCain's father and grandfather. Instead, he will be buried Sunday at the Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. The choice prompted Associated Press reporter Laurie Kellman to explore what was behind the decision.


A bill which has passed the state Senate looks to provide oversight of state contracts awarded to development companies. The legislation would allow the state comptroller's office to review each contract. The measure, however, is being blocked in an Assembly committee, and, as Jim Heaney of Investigative Post points out, the bill is unlikley to have the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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A candidates forum at Genesee Community College Monday hosted the Democrats vying for their party's nomination in the race for New York Attorney General. Zephyr Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney, Leecia Eve and Tish James spoke at length about a variety of issues, but, according to Howard Owens of The Batavian,  it often seemed like their was a fifth candidate in the room: President Donald Trump.    


With heat index values expected to reach the mid-90's today, the National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for much of the region. Meteorologust Tony Ansuini says today's heat is the result of a weather pattern that has brought high temperatures and heavy humidity in recent weeks. He expects the trend to continue into September.


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