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8:55 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Designers discuss ECC science facility

The architects and the engineers are meeting this morning to find out about the planned new science building at ECC North.

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Buffalo Waterfront
9:10 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Outer Harbor plans draw wide interest

Those attending Wednesday's meeting at WNED voted on their favorite Outer Harbor proposal.
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Planners are closer to a final design for Buffalo's Outer Harbor. A Wednesday night meeting at the WNED studios gave the public a glimpse of what to expect.

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Local
9:02 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Arrest made in North Tonawanda arsons

Police used this photo to gather tips on the man suspected of setting several Tuesday morning fires.
Credit Photo provided by North Tonawanda Fire Department

Police say public tips after seeing a grainy surveillance photo from a fire scene led to the arrest of a 26-year-old City of Tonawanda man. Authorities say the man has admitted to starting eight fires late Monday night and early Tuesday.

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Local
8:32 am
Wed August 6, 2014

City groups celebrate National Night Out

Buffalo firefighters interacted with kids during National Night Out at Cazenovia Library
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The day started out a little wet but the weather didn't seem to dampen the enthusiasm of city participants in National Night Out.

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Local
8:57 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Leaders keeping watch on Lake Erie water

For years, environmentalists have warned of the damaging effects of agricultural runoff and sewage overflows into the Great Lakes. The intensity of that warning has increased following last weekend's water crisis near Toledo.

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Art/Theater
7:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Stratford actor Jonathan Goad tackles two Shakespeare classics

Jonathan Goad stars in two Shakespeare plays at Stratford this year.
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For the Stratford Festival this season, actor Jonathan Goad is starring as the Earl of Kent in King Lear and Titania/Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Local
6:30 am
Tue August 5, 2014

State program provides bulletproof vests to local police

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Hundreds of police officers in Western New York are to get new body armor under a new state program.

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Environment
3:40 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Erie County testing lake water for toxic algae

Credit File photo

Erie County is conducting special water sampling in Lake Erie along the shoreline to look for the toxic algae that shut down the water in Toledo, Ohio over the weekend.

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Local
9:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Supporters tout benefits of mandatory kindergarten

The new mandatory kindergarten classes in Buffalo are expected to help two academically struggling groups of city students: the poor and those who have English as a second language.

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Local
8:44 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Improvements planned for Statler exterior

Protective scaffolding has been a fixture at the Statler for many years.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

That safety scaffolding might be gone from Delaware Avenue side of Statler City soon, with money finally coming through for some repairs on the building facade.

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Local
7:55 am
Thu July 31, 2014

New stats place focus on city crime spots

A large crowd gathered to hear the results of study of crime data from UB's Regional Institute.
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Buffalo's Promise Neighborhood is fighting back against crime.

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Local
7:35 am
Thu July 31, 2014

D'Youville gets ready for new athletic complex

D'Youville College is spending $5 million on its new fields and facilities.
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Construction workers are racing to get D'Youville College's new athletics field and locker room ready for the start of the fall sports seasons.

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Local
7:46 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New schools superintendent answers parent questions

Interim school superintendent Donald Ogilvie answered questions with a panel of school board members.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo's interim schools superintendent Donald Ogilvie had a chance to meet the public and listen to questions about the system and his plans Tuesday night.

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Business
3:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Planning board approves conversion of Curtiss Building into luxury hotel

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A long-vacant landmark building in downtown Buffalo will soon be converted into a luxury hotel.

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Local
9:14 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Buffalo developing new plan for bikes

The last time City Hall put together a master plan for cycling in Buffalo was in 1998. A kickoff meeting to develop a new plan is set for tonight at 6 at 640 Ellicott Street.

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Local
8:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Astorino blasts Cuomo over ethics investigation

Governor Cuomo's handling of his Moreland Act commission is providing ammunition for his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino.

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Local
8:47 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Canalside hosts "The Story of Buffalo"

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

WBFO's Mike Desmond reports

Two centuries ago, Buffalo began to develop around the Commercial Slip and the mouth of the Buffalo River. That origin is being explored in a play being staged in the same area at Canalside.

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Local
7:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crews continue cleanup of Commercial Slip debris

Debris often accumulates at the Commercial Slip at Canalside.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Visitors to the Commercial Slip at Canalside can look into the slip and see floating logs and branches and boards and timbers floating. It's part of a constant battle between maintenance crews and Mother Nature.

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Local
7:25 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Crowds flock to annual Garden Walk

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The colors exploded far beyond just plain green over the weekend, as crowds filled the West Side for the 20th annual Garden Walk Buffalo.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

You & The Law: Problem-solving courts

Hon. E. Jeannette Ogden talks about problem-solving courts on this week's You & The Law.
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On this week's edition of You & The Law, Buffalo City Court Hon. Judge E. Jeannette Ogden talks about the many problem-solving courts that now exist in the local legal system.

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Focus on Education
8:44 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Pinnacle parents protest Harvey Austin merger

Parents and advocates discussed the merger of School 115 and Harvey Austin School Thursday night.
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A small group of parents and supporters turned out last night, trying to mobilize against the school board closing School 115, what was once Pinnacle Charter School.

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Local
8:32 am
Fri July 25, 2014

New agriculture complex coming to Erie County Fair

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With less than two weeks before the start of the Erie County Fair, construction workers yesterday were swarming across the new Agriculture Discovery Center.

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Focus on Education
9:39 am
Thu July 24, 2014

BTF leader says kindergarten 'absolutely critical'

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There may be hundreds more kindergartners in Buffalo Public Schools when classes start in six weeks. Kindergarten is now mandatory for 5-year-olds in city schools.

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Local
8:55 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Former cop gets 18 months for selling pot

A former probationary Buffalo police officer is going behind bars for growing and selling marijuana.  James Hamilton Senior will do 18 months in a federal prison.

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Local
10:01 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Urban planning study examines area's future options

Looking over future years to 2040 or 2050, what will this region look like? That depends, according to a study being conducted under the name One Region Forward.

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Local
8:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Hochul takes campaign to Tonawanda

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Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate Kathy Hochul was out meeting with Town of Tonawanda Democratic politicians Tuesday.

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Stratford Festival
8:43 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Actor Mike Shara discusses Stratford Festival roles

At the Stratford Festival this season, veteran actor Mike Shara is keeping busy, performing in three of the big shows.

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Focus on Education
8:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Charter school prepares for move to Holy Angels site

The Charter School for Applied Technologies makes the move this fall into the former Holy Angels Academy.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The Charter School for Applied Technologies is working through the many preparations needed before classes start at the former site of Holy Angels Academy.

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Crime
3:56 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Cartagena found guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter

Candance Cartagena was found guilty of murdering her daughter Monday in Erie County Court.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A judge has found Candace Cartagena guilty of killing her 8-year-old daughter Bianca in their East Amherst home in 2010.

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Local
7:45 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Niagara-on-the-Lake parking meters go high-tech

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Officials in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario say it's not a case of "Big Brother" that you have to register your car license number to use municipal parking spaces.

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