Mike Desmond


Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. He also hosts “You and the Law,” a popular segment that involves interviews with local lawyers. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.

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Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson says he's not identifying the man killed in an encounter with a Fredonia police officer on Monday. The determination was made after a meeting with the man's family yesterday.

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Eight decades ago labor organizations worked to organize Republic Steel in the bloody and violent struggle between steel companies and the Steel Workers Organizing Committee. Union officials were back at the former site of Republic Steel on South Park Avenue last night as they look to organize the workers at Tesla.

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Buffalo schools and the city started a series of public meetings last night, looking for public reaction to proposals for a field house for city schools' indoor sports.

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The Erie County Health Department is dealing with an unusual double-barreled health problem—a measles case and an active case of tuberculosis.

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It's going to be easier to park in Buffalo's Central Business District, although it might cost a buck or two more.

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Buffalo firefighters have a new labor contract, running through 2025. It includes raises but is expected to save the city millions.

The Observer

One man is dead in what is being described as a confrontation between a Fredonia police officer and a man said to have been covered with blood and waving a knife.

Mark Poloncarz

Angry trade unionists and politicians were outside New Era Cap's headquarters on Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo Monday, protesting the company plan to close its plant in Derby and move most production to China.

Elmwood Village Charter School

Test score results are going to the SUNY Board of Trustees Monday, saying SUNY-chartered schools are doing better than regular public schools.

Nature Communications

Cancer research scientists around the world are looking at what might be a revolutionary test for the diseases of cancer. The test is quick, potentially cheap and based on a simple blood test, not some elaborate technical equipment.

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The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority went back to the public Thursday night to show off its latest version of plans for extending Metro Rail north into Amherst.

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While the major issue on Thursday's agenda was next year's budget, the Erie County Legislature also passed two other significant pieces of legislation.

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Majority Democrats passed the Erie County budget they wanted Thursday, with a lot of new spending and a tax cut. That is because the county is awash in cash, particularly because sales tax revenue is so far above expectations.

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Thursday night, members of a Jewish synagogue on Sheridan Drive in Amherst lit another candle for the eight days of Chanukah, while a group of Christians guarded against anti-semitism outside.

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The Buffalo Catholic Diocese has been making wide-ranging compensation offers to survivors of clergy sexual abuse: $10,000-$400,000, according to attorneys. However, one local attorney, representing 12 claimants, says the process is dragging while bankruptcy and a new slew of cases loom for the diocese in 2019.

Campaign for Greater Buffalo

It has been a long time coming, but the New York State Department of Transportation says it has awarded a contract to design and build a new Exchange Street train station in downtown Buffalo.

Maid of the Mist

Albany is putting more money into helping Niagara Falls continue to improve its sewer plant, to prevent a re-run of the "black water" overflow image carried by media outlets around the world in July of last year.

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With Buffalo Police to start wearing body cameras next month, there is a lot of public skepticism about the rules for using the cameras. That was apparent at a community meeting held at the Frank E. Merriweather Library Wednesday night.

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The University at Buffalo and auditors for New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli are in a fight over claimed bad security for hazardous materials, much worse than at Stony Brook and five other SUNY campuses.

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Buffalo's Commission on Citizens' Rights and Community Relations doesn't have an executive director and has several vacant seats. Tuesday morning, the Buffalo Common Council's Civil Service Committee gets a chance to interview two nominees for board vacancies.

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Improvements on the Buffalo waterfront are moving out into open water, to the breakwalls that protect the harbor.

The number of Erie County recipients on Medicaid shows a stabilization. However, that doesn't mean costs will stabilize.

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Two days after losing the MAC Championship game in Detroit, the University at Buffalo's football program learned the team will be playing in the Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, AL on Dec. 22 - bringing back the excitement.

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There wasn't much opposition Thursday evening to a proposed Erie County law that would further restrict smoking and vaping in vehicles and outdoor spaces.

The union representing workers at New Era Cap's plant in Derby says if the company can't make money running it, the union will find someone who can.

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A Niagara Regional Police officer is at Hamilton General Hospital in critical, but stable condition. He was injured Thursday from what the provincial agency suspects was a series of shots fired by another officer.

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Western New York Maritime Charter School wants to build a high school and gym complex on Buffum Street in South Buffalo, partially on what was once a Seneca Nation cemetery. Archeologists hired to investigate are close to finishing the first phase of their study.

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The present structure of the Catholic Church took some real hits Wednesday night, as the sex abuse crisis was scrutinized before a large crowd at Canisius College's Montante Center and in cyberspace.

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority

The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority now has a full board and a permanent executive director. Now Common Council members want to see evidence of a turnaround.

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With a light snow falling outside City Hall on Tuesday - and more to come - the Common Council approved this year's version of a snow plan.