Mike Desmond

Reporter

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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The Erie County Board of Elections is closed today in the wake of a smoky fire in the 134 West Eagle headquarters.

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When Niagara Falls goes to borrow $5 million later this year, the city will do so with an improved credit rating. The Wall Street ratings agency Fitch has improved the city's credit rating from triple-B to Triple-B plus.


A local landmark has a new outpost on Maple Road's restaurant row. A new franchise of the Anchor Bar has opened in the old Fuddruckers building.

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It's an approach that is expanding across the state. A driver who faces a second felony DWI conviction, faces the loss of the car.


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House Speaker Paul Ryan had a successful fund-raiser last night, sponsored by Congressman Chris Collins. While he did not speak publicly during the brief visit, he reportedly raised $250,000.


Work begins today on a $10 million project to build a new bridge to carry Harlem Road over an upstream section of the Buffalo River. But while the bridge will replace the current century-old bridge, that bridge will remain in use until the project is complete.


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The Buffalo Public School District  will have an additional $18 million to spend on rehabilitating school buildings, thanks to the refinancing of older bonds at current, lower interest rates.


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On September 15, the first resident of the Mother Teresa Home in the former Saint Adelbert's rectory on Stanislaus Street will move in. The opening of the home occurs as sainthood is granted to Mother Teresa.


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Thursday's debate among the candidates running for Erie County District Attorney didn't feature the back-and-forth attacks that are so often heard. Instead, the common target was former DA Frank Sedita, who was often accused of allowing politics to influence office policy.


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Following a $7 million investment, the Oscar A. Silverman Library in UB's Capen Hall reopened Wednesday. It's a library without books, but has plenty of the computers and open space that modern students have been seeking.


While child protective services workers spend a lot of time working with troubled families, a new study from the University at Buffalo finds those workers need new tools to spot families in which there is chronic child neglect.


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Last year, the state spent $2 million to cover the funeral costs for over 500 homicide victims. The passage of a new law will allow for more help to mourning families.


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Day 3 of the tire fire at High Tread International in Lockport. Here's a summary of the latest news from Niagara County:

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Environmental experts at the scene of the tire recycling plant fire in Lockport are looking for air or water pollution problems.


A 15-minute flight from Toronto to Niagara-on-the-Lake could be a desirable commuter option. That's why one airline will be offering the flight two times a day out of Billy Bishop Airport. 


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The latest plans to ease parking problems along booming Hertel Avenue aren't going over well.


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After a major negotiations victory, the head of the Buffalo Teachers Federation said there could be a contract in time for a mass meeting of teachers in September.

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The Dignity for All Students Act, or DASA, looks to create a supportive education environment for all students. Some officials in the Buffalo School District believe it can help curb bullying in city schools.


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A state police lab is expected to spend weeks examining evidence from an apparent meth lab discovered deep under a Walmart parking lot at Sheridan Drive and North Bailey Avenue on Monday.

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Half a year ago, Zika was a virus discussed by public health personnel and medical researchers. Now, it is a serious health issue in Puerto Rico and South Florida, where it has apparently being spread by a mosquito which carries some other dangerous bugs. 

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North Tonawanda volunteer firefighter Kenneth Walker and his family saw an outpouring of support from the community on Sunday morning. Donations were dropped off at the Gratwick Hose Company in an effort to help the family rebound from an alleged arson fire started in their home.

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A workshop on school violence provided Buffalo School members a forum to share their perspectives on the issue. Despite their differences, all agreed that something needs to be done.


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Governor Cuomo has outlined a bold initiative that he says will provide New York State with the fastest internet speed anywhere. During a Wednesday visit to Buffalo, he promised that the expanded broadband service will be available in all corners of the state, many of which currently have limited or no access.


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Delaware Park is well known for its running in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. However, for more than a century, people have rowed boats across the lake in the heart of the Olmsted-designed park. That tradition is continuing today, with perhaps a different mix of residents taking advantage of the amenity.

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Hundreds of Mercy Hospital workers picketed the South Buffalo facility on Tuesday. The action comes as  bargaining continues to replace a contract that expired nearly two months ago.


A University at Buffalo Medical School researcher says pioneering work on the human brain offers a clue to how addiction takes control of one segment of the brain and makes recovery difficult. It is a matter of protein, the reward center and genes.

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Buffalo schools open in a month and a large group of clergy, activists, parents and school leaders turned out Monday night in Friendship Baptist Church for an emergency meeting to discuss what they see as an educational crisis.


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It has been almost 40 years since Love Canal seeped into the public consciousness and as local residents know, neither the chemicals nor the story have gone away. In his new book, "Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present," Richard Newman looks back to the days when the canal was dug.


GO Bike Buffalo

With the help of a Buffalo bike group, there may be fewer unlit bicycles being pedaled across the city, a familiar traffic hazard for nighttime drivers who have little advance notice they are there.

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The symbol this year for Buffalo's annual Garden Walk could have been a hose, as exhibitors talked of what they did to keep their plants flourishing during the summer drought.

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