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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."


LarrySharpe.com

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.

ThomasPaquette.com

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.


National Public Radio

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."

Associated Press

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.

Howard Owens/The Batavian

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.


It's best-known for the massive crowds it attracts during the Easter season, but the Broadway Market continues to attract customers throughout the year. The city-owned facility has evolved throughout its history, reflecting Buffalo's changing cultural landscape.

The debate over immigration reveals a wide divide in the national conversation. While some argue foreign-born workers are taking American jobs, others cite economic numbers disputing that rhetoric. An advocate with the organization New American Economy points out how the immigrant work force has been a benefit to the Buffalo region.

Nick Lippa / WBFO News

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone gathered local media members Sunday to read a statement in which he pledged to remain in his post despite widening calls for his resignation. He took no questions while vowing to take corrective measures in dealing with accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members.


Personal attachments---friends, family, spiritual matters--boosted the overall numbers in a survey measuring New Yorkers' life satisfaction. Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute, calls the attachments a "bubble" which provides relief from concerns over politics, finances and global affairs. Seventy percent are less than satsified on the direction the world is going.


Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

When it comes to convenience, Buffalo parks rank well above the national average. According to a new report from The Trust for Public Land., 85 percent of Buffalo residents live within a ten-minute walk of a park. When it comes to spending on parks, Buffalo is behind the norm.  The national median for park spending is $83 per resident; in Buffalo, that number stands at $69 per resident.


From a new bowling alley on Pearl Street to the arcade games popping up on Main Street, recreation is a now a key element of development projects in downtown Buffalo. As Jim Fink of Business First points out during WBFO's Press Pass, the focus on games reflects the growth of the downtown residential population.


James Faluszczak

James Faluszczak brought his story to WBFO. That story was also part of the testimony provided to the Pennsylvania Attorney General as he was building a stunning case that claims widespread sexual abuse conducted by priests who preyed upon young people. The case also claims Bishops worked to cover up the scandal.


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A new poll confirms what most have observed in recent years: many Americans are addicted to their smart phones.

The figures associated with the opioid crisis continue to stagger. According to the National Safety Council, Erie County has experienced a 192-percent jump in the number of deaths due to opioid overdoses over the last six years. To highlight their sense of urgency, Council officials have brought a traveling memorial to Canalside this week.

National Public Radio

As fans and admirers recall Aretha Franklin upon her death at the age of 76, the attention is placing the spotlight on her Buffalo connections. She spent part of her youth here as her father served as pastor at Friendship Baptist Church. That period is at the heart of an appreciation penned by Buffalo News Music Critic Jeff Miers, who discussed how the singer possessed the "Buffalo Spell" with Toney Rhoades of Friendship Baptist. The term, Miers says, sums up the commitment and passion that is common throughout Buffalo's music scene.


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It's an event which seeks to clear out the old to make room for the new. The Used Book Sale at the Central Library in downtown Buffalo runs through Saturday. All items--books, music CDs, audio books--are priced at 50 cents with the proceeds going toward purchasing new reading materials.


buffalomaritimecenter.org

In 1825, New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton made his way from Buffalo to New York City along the Erie Canal on the packet boat Seneca Chief. The event, which marked the opening of the Erie Canal, is being honored nearly 200 years later by the Buffalo Maritime Center. With a combination of private donations and state money, the center will build a replica of Clinton's vessel, a process which will be open to public viewing along Buffalo's waterfront.

Political observers are recalculating their expectations for the race in the 27th Congressional District in light of Chris Collins' legal troubles. Roll Call, the Washington D.C.-based publication, had rated the race as "solidly Republican" before Collins was indicted on charges of insider trading. Roll Call's Bridget Bowman tells WBFO that doors are now opening for Nate McMurray that may give the Democratic challenger the money needed to fund an upset.


Most political observers believed the Republican party would hold New York's 27th Congressional district in the November election. That belief may have wavered yesterday when Congressman Chris Collins was indicted on charges of insider trading. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out how the majority of voters in the district are registered Republican. But he also predicts Democratic challenger Nate McMurray's campaign will receive a substantial financial boost from national interests hoping for an upset in the district.


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