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3:13 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Large crowd attends hearing on the future of School 63

School 63 is showing signs of neglect and vandalism
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Buffalo's University Heights community is grappling with a problem familiar to most city residents: What to do with a vacant landmark school right in the middle of a residential area?

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Local
5:18 am
Fri April 4, 2014

MusicalFare Theatre unveils cabaret space tonight

The finishing touches are bring applied to MusicalFare Theatre's new cabaret space at Daemen College.
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The area's cultural scene is expanding Friday evening, as MusicalFare Theatre opens its new cabaret space with "A Tribute to the Music of Louis Prima."

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Local
9:36 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Researchers examine museum mummy

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Using a C-T scan, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute had a chance Wednesday to examine a mummy from the Buffalo Museum of Science.

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Focus on Education
9:56 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Ken-Ton board votes to close three schools

A small crowd of community members gathered at Kenmore East High School Tuesday night to hear the school board's decision to close three schools.
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Two years into a study about the Kenmore-Tonawanda Public school system, and the school board voted Tuesday night to close three schools. The closings are scheduled for the fall of 2016.

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Local
7:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

HarborCenter Tim Hortons honors late Sabre

A massive portrait of Tim Horton as a Buffalo Sabre will adorn the new HarborCenter restaurant.
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There was a special resonance yesterday as the Sabres announced a new addition to the HarborCenter complex coming to the Waterfront.

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Focus on Education
10:09 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Protesters rally against Common Core tests

Parents, students and teachers protested against Common Core-based state testing outside Williamsville North High School.
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Opponents of New York's standardized tests were picketing outside Williamsville North High School Monday, attacking a district policy that students who don't take the tests are required to "sit and stare."

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Local
5:01 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Tailgating fans honor Ralph Wilson

A special tailgate party paid honor to Ralph Wilson, the late owner of the Buffalo Bills.
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The music rocked and the hotdogs grilled as hard-core Bills fans remembered team owner Ralph Wilson yesterday during a party within sight of the football stadium.

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Local
10:45 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Buffalo Bills sale expected to take two years or more

It may be more than two years before the Buffalo Bills are formally on the auction block, as the estate of owner Ralph Wilson goes through the legal process.

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Focus on Education
8:42 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Reorganization decision approaching for Ken-Ton District

Ken-Ton Superintendent Mark Mondanaro has been discussing possible changes with district stakeholders.
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It looks like the Ken-Ton school board will vote on Tuesday on a reorganization plan which will close some schools in the district.

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Environment
3:43 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Peace Bridge pollution discussed at Washington conference

The Peace Bridge
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The continuing issue about polluted air from the Peace Bridge blowing across Buffalo’s West Side was discussed during a national meeting in Washington this week.

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Focus on Education
8:18 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Some city teachers failing at taking attendance

Distinguished Educator Judy Elliott informed the Buffalo School Board Wednesday night on attendance issues in city schools.
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Buffalo Public School principals and teachers are going to be notified they have to take classroom attendance, once the memo completes its path through the City Hall bureaucracy.

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Local
10:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Bills players, alums mourn Wilson's passing

Former Bill Thurman Thomas was emotional in talking about Ralph Wilson's death.
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Current and former Buffalo Bills mourned team owner Ralph Wilson yesterday, some tearfully.

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Focus on Education
10:25 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Rally shows support for Bennett High School

Supporters, including former State Senator Antoine Thompson, rallied in front of Bennett High School Monday.
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Bennett High School supporters turned out Monday in front of the North Buffalo landmark.

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Local
5:02 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Bisons pitch new features for 2014 season

Bisons GM Mike Buczkowski says new food items reflect "trends across others stadiums."
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The Buffalo Bisons open the new baseball season in a little more than a week, with new food options ready to go for fans.

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Local
5:15 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Prospects improving for Tonawanda Street neighborhood

Like many revitalized urban areas,  volunteers are leading the effort to return Tonawanda Street to its former heights.

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Local
5:01 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Tourism group gives high marks to hoops tourney

Fans head to the First Niagara Center during the NCAA tournament.
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While some NCAA fans left disappointed because their teams didn't advance past Buffalo, Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler says he's happy because things went well and the visitors left behind more than $5 million.

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Local
9:52 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Ken-Ton explores school closings

Ken-Ton Superintendent Mark Mondanaro and School Board President Bob Dana provide overviews of four district reorganization plans.
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The Kenmore-Tonawanda School District released four reorganization plans, all of which would close one or more school buildings.

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Cultural
10:37 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Shea's hosting 'Kinky Boots,' 'Book of Mormon' in '14-'15 season

Tony winner Kinky Boots is part of the 2014-2015 Shea's schedule.
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Shea's unveiled its 2014-2015 season Wednesday night, in a schedule that mixes recent Broadway hits with old favorites.

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Focus on Education
8:53 am
Thu March 20, 2014

School board deals with closings, struggling finances

CFO Barbara Smith delivered bad financial news at Wednesday's School Board meeting.
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The Buffalo Public School finances are bleak and drastic measures are being taken to deal with academic troubles.

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Local
8:45 am
Thu March 20, 2014

West Side housing program receives federal funds

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Washington is sending $169,000 into Buffalo's West Side to help with the improving housing picture.

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Local
10:00 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Council approves new operator for Hatch restaurant

Credit File photo

City Hall is working to make sure the Erie Basin Marina is fully operational this summer with new operators for some popular attractions.

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Focus on Education
9:53 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Tumultuous transfer period expected in Buffalo schools

DPCC President Sam Radford is pushing for 10,000 student transfers in Buffalo schools.
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With so many failing schools in the city of Buffalo, the District Parent Coordinating Council is pushing for 10,000 students to file for transfers.

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Local
4:36 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

County unveils upgrades to 9-1-1 system

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Erie County is upgrading the technology in its 9-1-1 system to keep up with increasingly high-tech cell phones.

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Local
5:06 am
Mon March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Parade brings crowds downtown

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The crowds were clearly thinned by the cold weather, but under a clear blue sky the Saint Patrick's Parade marched up Delaware Avenue Sunday.

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Focus on Education
9:48 am
Mon March 10, 2014

City schools looking to build on college admission success

Last year was good and this year will be even better. That's the promise from the Buffalo school system which helped the college admission rate jump nine points, from 57 percent of graduates in 2012 to 66 percent last year.

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Legal
5:26 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

You & The Law: Intellectual property

This week edition of You & The Law examines the topic of  intellectual property.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond talks with attorney Josef Mejido about trademarks

WBFO'S Mike Desmond with You & The Law

Local
5:30 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Collins endorses Astorino's gubernatorial campaign

Rob Astorino started his run for governor in Buffalo with a key endorsement from Congressman Chris Collins.
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In his first campaign stop of his fledgling gubernatorial campaign, Rob Astorino appeared at Zeptometrix in Buffalo, the medical supplies company that is co-owned by Congressman Chris Collins.

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Local
12:14 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Superintendent Brown offers job assessment

Superintendent Pamela Brown offered a lengthy assessment of her job performance on Wednesday night.
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Though the approaching School Board elections will likely determine her future as Buffalo Schools Superintendent, Dr. Pamela Brown took a proactive approach Wednesday night during a review of her job performance.

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Local
12:14 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Paladino quick to criticize Astorino candidacy

Carl Paladino supports a Donald Trump candidacy over Rob Astorino.
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A day after he announced that he will seek the GOP nod in the 2014 governor's race, Rob Astorino will make his way to Buffalo. His candidacy, however, is not getting the endorsement of one notable area Republican, Carl Paladino.

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Local
8:51 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Council chooses new management for marina, Hatch restaurant

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City Hall moving quickly to put in place a new operator at the Erie Basin Marina, with a new company to manage The Hatch restaurant.

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