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Leaders of the Buffalo Fire Department were joined Wednesday by high-level city officials in welcoming the newest class of firefighter recruits. By adding 66 firefighter recruits, the number of sworn personnel in the department stands at 680.

Nearly four inches of snowfall was recorded at the Buffalo National Weather Service office overnight. With another inch or two of snow on the way, meteorologist Tony Ansuini says a winter weather advisory will continue until 1 p.m. today. Cold weather--wind will be in the single digits-- has accompanied today's precipitation. Ansuini says temperatures will move above freezing over the next two days before they plummet again. The cold spell could last to the middle of February.


State officials and residents don't agree on how to proceed with a town of Wheatfield landfill. The state Department of Environmental Conservation recently tested nearby soil and determined that toxic waste from the landfill was not leaking into adjacent residential properties. On WBFO's Press Pass, Dan Telvock of Investigative Post outlines how homeowners are grouping together to file a lawsuit to challenge the state's findings.


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Kendrick Lamar's rise through the music industry could reach another level during Sunday's 60th annual Grammy Awards. A nominee for Record of the Year and Album of the Year,  Lamar is in line for two of the most prestigious awards. "He is really what the Grammys should be all about," said Jeff Miers, music critic for the Buffalo News.  "He became immensely popular, but he's also doing something that's really bold and new and forward-looking."


For decades, Women and Children's Hospital was central to life in the Elmwood Village.  Though the massive structure currently sits vacant, the property still stands as a key part of the neighborhood's future. During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First outlined developers' plans to transform the site into hundreds of residences.


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The debate continues over the future of Ascension Church, the landmark Linwood Avenue structure which the Episcopal Diocese wants to turn into senior housing. Common Council members on Tuesday heard disparate viewpoints on the $7 million proposal.

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Large development projects like John R. Oishei Children's Hospital helped to change the face of Buffalo in 2017. While big projects continue in 2018, some smaller, niche startups are bringing flavor to city neighborhoods. On WBFO's Press Pass, DeChantell and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising discuss two such efforts: an artisan-tailored butchery on Grant Street and a plant-based cafe and market.


A 10-3 playoff loss at Jacksonville may have disappointed Buffalo Bills fans, but did little to diminish their passion. Analyst Matt Sabuda was among the thousands of locals who made their way to Jacksonville to witness the Bills' first playoff appearance in nearly 18 years. Sabuda said it was great to be at the game and "even greater to be a Buffalonian."


With victories the next two Sundays, the Buffalo Bills would qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the 1999 season. Analyst Matt Sabuda, however, provides some sobriety to the holiday exuberance in highlighting the difficulty of the Bills winning Sunday's road game in New England. Still, for those of us longing for a post-season present, Sabuda lays out a scenario in which the Bills lose Sunday, but still make the playoffs.


Concerns over freezing rain have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory through 4 a.m. Saturday for Buffalo and much of the region. Meteorologist Bob Hamilton sees conditions changing throughout the weekend. "It looks like a higher chance for a white Christmas. Each day, it's looking better and better we're going to get fairly widespread snow later on Christmas Eve."


With assets in excess of $1.1 billion, the UB Foundation has enjoyed great success raising funds in support of the activities at the University at Buffalo. However, a foundation investment in a fund that profits from natural gas and oil industries is raising controversy in some university sectors. As Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post discusses on WBFO's Press Pass, some see the investment as a contradiction to the university's values on sustainability.


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While the history of the Buffalo Bills is well-documented, the complex story of the driving force behind the team is less known. The producers of "Ralph," which airs tonight at 8 on WNED-TV,  explore the unique background and understated business savvy of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the man who purchased the franchise in 1959 for $25,000. His leadership not only kept the team alive in an economically-depressed area, it also successfully built a franchise that would eventually sell for $1.4 billion.


For many Bills fans, the team's rivalry with the Miami Dolphins exists only in ancient history. While the teams battled four times in the playoffs in 1990's, their collective postseason fortunes have faded in recent years. The fire could return this Sunday at New Era Field. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Bills need to beat the Dolphins in order to stay in the playoff race.


The Buffalo Niagara International Airport scored a victory when Frontier Airlines decided to provide service there. According to Jim Fink of Business First, the discount air carrier was also being pursued by airports in Rochester and Syracuse. Fink says Frontier will fill an area need when it begins flying from Buffalo to Denver.


An inch or two of new snow could impact Buffalo and the surrounding area today. That modest snow total, however, could make for treacherous driving conditions as strong winds whip up blowing snow later today. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Northern Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee Counties. Additionally, a lake effect snow warning is in place for Southern Erie, Wyoming, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties.


The weather earned the headlines for Sunday's game at New Era Field. The Buffalo Bills kept their playoff hopes alive with a 13-7 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts, but most observers are still talking about the heavy snow that fell throughout the game. A Wall Street Journal reporter called the contest "delightfully ugly." Most Bills fans would agree, analyst Matt Sabua points out, provided their team wins.

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While residents of Orchard Park, Lackawanna and Elma dig out of the snow piles left by Sunday's weather, some other locales should keep their shovels and plows at the ready in the coming days. A new weather system follows the lake effect snow that impacted Sunday's Bills game where snow totals near New Era Field approached a foot-and-a-half. A winter storm watch has been issued from tonight through Wednesday afternoon.


The Buffalo Bills find themselves in a familiar spot as the 2017 season winds down. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Bills remain in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. Of course, that "hunt" has come up empty for the Bills, who haven't appeared in a postseason game in almost 18 years. The bottom line, Sabuda says, the Bills have a small chance at the playoffs if they beat the Colts Sunday; almost no shot, if they lose.


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The Friday morning commute around Buffalo was complicated by lake effect snow drifting into the city. Tony Ansuini of the National Weather Service expects two to four inches of snow to fall before 10 a.m. A winter weather advisory has been issued for Northern Erie and Genesee counties.


In modifying its forecast, the National Weather Service is now predicting significant lake effect snow for later this afternoon and tonight.  Buffalo, along with parts of Northern Erie and Genesee counties, will be under a winter weather advisory from 4 pm until 1 am Thursday. A lake effect snow warning begins tonight for areas south of the city.


Early Monday morning, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for much of the area. According to meteorologist John Hitchcock, the watch runs from late Tuesday through late Thursday. Throughout that duration, lake effect snow bands will move throughout the area, leaving solid snow piles from Buffalo to Western New York's ski country.


The New England Patriots dominated the Buffalo Bills in a 23-3 victory Sunday at New Era Field. The performance, however, was tainted by Rob Gronkowski's illegal hit on Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White. Analyst Matt Sabuda called the play "one of the worst cheap shots I've seen in years" and believes Gronkowski deserves a suspension.


The New England Patriots have made themselves at home in Orchard Park in recent years. Analyst Matt Sabuda cites a laundry list  of startling statistics highlighting the Patriots dominance at the home stadium of the Buffalo Bills.  Sabuda points out that Bill Belichick has 15 wins in Orchard Park as the Patriots coach. None of the Bills full-season head coaches of this century--Gregg Williams, Mike Mularkey, Dick Jauron, Chan Gailey, Doug Marrone and Rex Ryan--had as many wins at New Era Field.


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It came with a price tag approaching $1 million. A 6,000 square-foot mansion on Summer Street was purchased and will be rented through Airbnb. DeChantell and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising say the investment is more proof of the continued growth and potential of the Buffalo tourism industry.


Oddsmakers listed the Buffalo Bills as 10-point underdogs heading into Sunday's game against the Chiefs in Kansas City.  The 16-10 victory not only proved many experts wrong, it also renewed hope the Bills could end their record-setting playoff drought. Analyst Matt Sabuda advises cautious optimism, pointing out the Bills' record of 6-5 is a mark they've now reached four times over the last ten years.


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The region's skiers have reasons to be thankful this weekend: Holiday Valley has opened five slopes and two lifts today.

Reeling from three straight losses and a disastrous quarterback change, the Buffalo Bills will try to keep their fading playoff hopes alive on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Analyst Matt Sabuda is consoling hopeful fans against putting too much on the line. "My best advice is to not expect a lot." On the bright side, the Chiefs are also flailing after starting the season with five straight wins.


The history of the Buffalo Bills is scattered with poor seasons. Twice, in 1968 and 1971, the Bills managed to win just one game, but those teams did not sink as low as what fans have seen in recent weeks. According to analyst Matt Sabuda, before yesterday, the Bills had never surrendered 47 or more points in consecutive weeks.  A tough schedule only adds to a gloomy forecast for the rest of the season.


Buffalo Bills officials say rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman gives them their best chance to beat the Chargers on Sunday and revive their fading playoff hopes. Analyst Matt Sabuda, however, sees a longer view. The decision to bench starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor is more about sifting through personnel to find the building blocks for a team that could eventually contend for a championship. The success of that chosen path remains to be seen.  

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From cooks to bartenders to local musical acts, dozens of volunteers have teamed to present Saturday's Punks Against Putin. Proceeds from the day-long music festival at the Ukrainian-American Civic Center will cover the cost of shipping medical supplies to Ukraine.


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