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Environmental activist Annie Leonard, who created the popular animated documentary "The Story of Stuff," brings her message of sustainability to Buffalo Tuesday night. 

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The National Geographic Live series comes to the stage at Buffalo's Kleinhans Music Hall Tuesday evening at 7:30. with wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen sharing the images he has gathered through years of close natural encounters in some of the most extreme habitats around the globe.

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Former Buffalo Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn announced last week that he will run for the Buffalo School Board, adding to the expanding list of candidates for three at-large seats. "It's a snapshot of the growing frustration" with Buffalo schools, says Jim Fink of Business First.

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The Families of Continental Flight 3407 invited Western New Yorkers to join them in Clarence Center Wednesday  night as they mark the fifth anniversary of the 2009 crash that claimed 51 lives.

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Business First is out with its list of the most influential people in Western New York. Rep. Brian Higgins tops this year's Power 250 list.

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While the name has changed from HSBC Tower to One Seneca Tower, the vacancy problems continue for the city's tallest building. That topic was addressed during WBFO's Press Pass with Jim Fink of Business First.

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From initial public allegations to Sunday's resignation, the story of Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak's fall from public office covered less than a month.

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown was among the elected officials from across New York who made the trip to Albany for Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address. Considering the City is still digging out from a major storm, could Brown's decision to travel to Albany be a hint of things to come?


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New Yorkers resolved to having a healthier new year could get a step ahead Wednesday with a special hiking program at some of the region's state parks. Guided First Day Hikes are planned at 23 state parks and historic sites, including Letchworth, Allegany and Fort Niagara.

Marshall Scholarships are awarded to no more than 40 American college students each year. Recently, a University at Buffalo student became just the second in UB's history to win the prestigious award. WBFO's Jay Moran spoke with both.

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The tax breaks issued for Uniland's plan for a mixed-use complex at Delaware and Chippewa has touched off a community debate over the issue. While some legislators are clamoring for an end to development tax abatements, Business First's Jim Fink doesn't see that happening anytime soon.

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The Buffalo Sabres announced major organizational changes Wednesday, bringing back former Sabre Pat LaFontaine to serve as president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan to be interim head coach. Former coach Ron Rolston and longtime General Manager Darcy Regier have been fired.

As an "off year" election, voting is likely to be sparse today, with some predicting a turnout level as low as 30 percent. According to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, some local candidates view the low totals as an opportunity.

Though the candidates may lack the "proper credentials" to serve as Erie County Comptroller, Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Democrat Kevin Gaughan and Republican incumbent Stefan Mychajliw enjoy the high name recognition sought by every political candidate

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Though Election Day is fast approaching, much of the political news that revolves around speculation on a race for next year: the governor's race. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy talked with WBFO Tuesday morning about the latest political developments and rumors about the lieutenant governor's post.

Buffalo's Tom Fontana, the producer/writer connected to such well-known works as St.Elsewhere, Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, says he hasn't been back to Buffalo recently, but that will change this Columbus Day weekend when he appears at a series of events.

As Election Day approaches, local Democratic Party officials continue to offer a fractured front, says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy.

While planning events for Columbus Day weekend, organizers in Jamestown sought "to promote a healthy lifestyle, a fun lifestyle and a few laughs," said Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy. Those plans have produced the Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K, and a performance by comedian Martin Short.

To open its 2013-2014 season, the Jewish Repertory Theatre has chosen "A Life in the Theatre," written by David Mamet. "His writing, even in this play with a lot of humor, doesn't pull any punches," director Greg Natale said during a conversation with WBFO News.

With Election Day only a month away, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says he believes Republican Mayoral candidate Sergio Rodriguez needs to raise some money "to get his word out" if he is to upset Mayor Byron Brown.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association welcomes former WNED-AM Program Director Al Wallack into its Hall of Fame. A 45-year veteran of local radio, Wallack earned a national reputation for his many years hosting "Jazz in the Nighttime" on Buffalo's WEBR-AM.

"I enjoyed my time learning in all those other formats, but I revere my time in jazz because I got to actually work on the radio, every night, presenting a bona fide art form. Not many people can say that," Wallack said.  

With a significant financial boost from the F. Donald Kenney Foundation, the Southern Tier Biennial offers artists a level of support not found often in juried art competitions, let alone those based in small cities like Jamestown and Olean.

Promoted as both social and intellectual, the Scholars@Hallwalls lecture series begins this week, once again offering audiences a chance to engage with experts on a wide variety of subjects.

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With 68 percent of the vote, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown easily won the Democratic Primary against Bernie Tolbert. But, as Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy points out, only 20 percent of voters cast their ballots on Primary Day.

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"Bringing cars back to Main Street is an absolute must," Business First's Jim Fink said on WBFO's Press Pass. Fink follows the view that believes a mistake was made decades ago when car traffic was routed off Main Street, allowing for the installation of city's rapid transit system.

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"No knockout punch was thrown," says Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy, though he says he believes the three candidates performed well in Tuesday night's mayoral debate at the studios of WNED-TV.

With polls showing incumbent Byron Brown with a sizable lead in the race for Buffalo Mayor, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes tonight's debate on WBFO and WNED-TV could produce some surprises.

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Much of Buffalo, it seems, is falling in love with its grain elevators. That passion will be on display again  this weekend at Silo City when Torn Space Theater presents its performance installation "Motion Picture."

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Once again, students from across North America worked through the summer months conducting research in Buffalo biomedical labs. In early August, their work was displayed for review at Biomedical Research Day.

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It is believed one in 13 children has a food allergy, a ratio that is on the rise. The FARE Walk for Food Allergy at Delaware Park on Saturday morning is looking to raise awareness to the problem.  

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