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How did we get here politically and intellectually? That's the question David Alff is trying to answer as he explores England. Alff, an assistant English professor at the University at Buffalo, is researching the roots of the modern age in English libraries and archives. WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with Alff about his research, his teaching and how they can mix.


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Sunday was a truly nice summer day, maybe a little hot. The blue sky was dappled with some clouds. On some South Buffalo streets, the flowers were colorful, the trees were filled with leaves and everyone was trying to forget the multiple feet of snow that buried those same streets last November.

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This is the slow time of year for Buffalo's Common Council, but not for many others since there are two vacancies and more than two people anxious to fill those green chairs.

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Special Education is legally mandated, a program to help students with problems. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Jeffrey Weiss talks about the laws and the rules for students to get the help they need.


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The Common Council came back from its August recess for a special session Thursday. With uncertainty about the future of Rural Metro with a competitor buying the firm out, members approved a new five-year ambulance agreement.


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The State Legislature and Governor Cuomo have now decreed that Eighteen Mile Creek in the South Towns is an inland waterway, a designation that could reap important benefits.


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A large crowd in the Central Library Downtown Wednesday night told the Public Service Commission the area needs high-speed internet connections and isn't getting them. Among those urging the PSC to take action are members of the Communications Workers of America, who are currently working for Verizon without a contract.


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With a month to go before classes start, supporters of Lafayette High School turned out Wednesday to defend the school, which is slated for closure.


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In a repertory company like the Stratford Festival, a performer can be in two disparate shows. This year, Stratford veteran Lucy Peacock appears in two very different shows, The Diary of Anne Frank and She Stoops To Conquer. Peacock recently spoke with WBFO's Mike Desmond about the roles.


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National Night Out is a symbol of neighborlyness, a chance to meet those who live around you and have some fun.


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Erie County residents have a chance to take a free class on how to use the life-saving drug Narcan against opioid overdoses. The classes start this evening in the county Fire Training Academy in Cheektowaga.


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Washington is putting up money into encouraging Western New York entrepreneurs.


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With the topping off today of the Solar City plant in South Buffalo, attention is shifting from the jobs of construction to the jobs of operations.


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Day care centers across Erie County are suggesting they should be paid through direct deposit into bank accounts instead of checks mailed out which then have to be taken to the bank to be deposited.


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Some city neighborhoods are benefiting from the surge in development in downtown Buffalo. That energy has spun off into University Heights where Tucker Curtin is rebuilding the facade and entrance of The Steer restaurant.


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American industries and health care fields are constantly looking for engineers and scientists and there probably aren't enough who live here to fill all the openings.

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The Erie County Legislature approved a ban on plastic microbeads Thursday. Legislators also wrangled over a state plan to raise the minimum wage in some fast food restaurants and over a demand that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz meet with legislators about the problems in Child Protective Services.


The Buffalo Fire Department has 109 new firefighters after they received their badges Thursday night in a ceremony in Bennett High School, completing the long process of exams, processing and the fire academy in Cheektowaga.


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Joseph Mascia says he isn't going away any time soon and will use his campaign for Fillmore District councilmember to open a community conversation on race and economic injustice.


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Lackawanna is back in the news, with the arrest of a Steel City man on accusations of terrorism support. Peter Ahearn, who led the Buffalo FBI office during the arrest of the Lackawanna Six, offered perspective.

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The Buffalo Public School District may get $36 million being held by Albany in a dispute over how much parent participation is going on in the school system.


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Some members of Congress want Canada to require makers of the painkiller oxycodone to use the same kind used in the United States, which is more difficult to use illegally.


The top local leader of the Boy Scouts says he doesn't see any immediate problems in the wake of the national board lifting a ban on openly gay leaders in the troops.


Thousands of people weaved through way through Buffalo's West Side over the weekend during the annual Garden Walk.


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Across New York State sales tax collections are lagging, part of a long-term trend threatening one of the largest taxes collected on the state and local levels.


Pressure mounting for Mascia to resign BMHA post following racial slurs

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The pressure is growing on Joe Mascia to quit his post as a board member of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority in the wake of released secretly-recorded racist comments.

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Owners of the old Freezer Queen complex say they will move ahead with apartments on the prime site

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A Wheatfield man who caused an explosion in his family's garage earlier this week has been charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device.

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While the higher minimum wage for New York fast-food workers likely won't start kicking in until the end of the year, speaker after speaker in front of Buffalo City Hall Wednesday saw the decision as symbolic.

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City officials hope to have final plans together for redesigning the intersection of Parkside and Florence by the end of next month, with a contractor to be selected by the end of October. 

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