Mike Desmond

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Legal
7:35 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Pembroke judge facing state charges resigns

Credit townofpembroke.org

A Genesee County town justice has agreed to leave the bench and never to seek another judicial post.

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Local
9:48 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Local firm helps plaintiffs in Johnson & Johnson suit

Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the Johnson & Johnson Press Conference.
Credit Photo from DOJ Website

Now that Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2 billion to settle civil and criminal charges of pushing illegal uses of a drug, it will be paying millions to a pair of whistle-blowers represented by a major local law firm.

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Local
10:22 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Request for Uniland tax breaks delayed

Credit File photo

Some questions are delaying proposals for subsidies to help pay for a new corporate home for Delaware North Companies in downtown Buffalo.  

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Local
5:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

North Park rehab remains on schedule

A new ownership group has invested $500,000 to renovate the North Park Theatre.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The North Park, the landmark theater marquee on Hertel Avenue, is about a month away from being lighted again.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

You & The Law: Town court

If a resident of Erie County winds up in court, it's very likely to be in one of the town courts across the county.

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Local
8:17 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Parent group calls for investigation of Buffalo schools

Members of the DPCC say parent signatures were forged onto key documents.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The District Parent Coordinating Council has become a powerful force within the school system because of laws requiring parent participation. Now, frustrated by a lack of progress, the group wants federal and state authorities to investigate Buffalo schools.


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Local
5:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Erie County responds to ACA rollout

Erie County is moving into the field of helping people who want to sign up for the new national health insurance system and don't know how to do it.

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Cultural
10:16 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Online archive compiles the works of Emily Dickinson

Credit United States public doman

For more than 100 years, studying the writings of poet Emily Dickinson involved combing through books, poems, manuscripts and letters. That has all changed with a new scholarly collaboration between some of the world's great academic institutions.

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Local
9:27 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Delaware North deal raises questions

Assemblyman Sean Ryan is blasting the plan to give Delaware North tax breaks.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Saying the "new Buffalo" doesn't need tax breaks to attract investment, State Assemblyman Sean Ryan is attacking the proposal to subsidize a new corporate headquarters and parking ramp for Delaware North.

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Crime
10:38 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Hoskins awaits sentencing for animal cruelty

Beth Hoskins at past court appearances.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Horse owner Beth Hoskins faces up to two years in jail when sentenced Thursday on dozens of animal cruelty convictions.  

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Local
9:23 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Upstate school spending continues to fluctuate

Business First Upstate School Districts report, 2013
Credit Photo from Business First Website

Business First is out with its school spending report for the 48 counties across Upstate New York.

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Local
10:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Zoo moving ahead on new bear complex

Luna playing at Zoo
Credit WBFO News file photo

Buffalo's polar bears are going to get a new home with the Zoo going ahead with its new bear den complex.

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Local
4:43 am
Mon October 28, 2013

East side incubator providing business opportunities

The Foundry on Northampton Street serves as an incubator for a variety of craft-based businesses.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

While the area's largest business incubator is in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,there's another some blocks away. The Foundry on Northampton Street is experiencing its own level of success.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

You & The Law: Preparing a will

For most people, a will is an important document. This week on You & The Law, attorney Laurie Menzies says you need to know your finances before you prepare your will.

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Education
10:21 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Sweet Home voters to decide capital projects

Sweet Home schools voters are at the voting machines today deciding on nearly $19 million in construction projects across the district.

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Local
9:25 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Metro Rail offers cure to med campus parking problems

Credit wbfo file photo

UB has started the mammoth $375 million project to build its new medical school at Main and Allen, a  plan that will see Metro Rail trains running through the basement during all three years of construction.

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Education
6:11 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Another city school is refurbished

School #18 reopens after reconstruction.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

An architectural landmark school on Buffalo's West Side is officially back in service after a $12 million reconstruction project. Buffalo Public School #18 had a grand reopening Thursday evening. 

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Crime
10:16 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Arrest made in Toys R Us murder

This surveillance camera image was released to the public following the murder.
Credit Hamburg Police

An arrest has been made in the murder of Laurence Wells II, a Hamburg Toys R Us manager who was stabbed to death in June.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on arrest.

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Health
10:02 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Obesity expert says world is picking up America's bad habits

Nutrition lecturer Barry Popkin spoke Wednesday at UB
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Billions of people across the world are joining Americans in obesity, eating too much, too fattening food and not getting enough exercise. That's the message a global obesity expert brought to the University at Buffalo Wednesday.

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Local
10:10 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Peace Bridge plan aims to get traffic off city streets

Work currently underway at the Peace Bridge
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

With some construction work already underway at the Peace Bridge, Albany is pushing hard for another major project.

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Local
4:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Proposed Erie County budget spends more without raising taxes

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz unveiled his budget Tuesday.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he is submitting a budget for next year with a steady property tax rate that cuts a few jobs, puts more money into the arts and library, and sets up an economic development office in Toronto.

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Education
8:27 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Teacher training standards getting tougher

Across the country and in Albany, the push is on to improve the quality of the adult standing in front of a classroom of young people.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

You & The Law: Alimony

In the old days, when there was a divorce, the husband usually had to pay alimony to his wife. Now, often a wife has to pay support to a former husband.

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Local
11:09 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Dismantling of Erie Freight House blocked

Buffalo's Preservation Board voted to stop dismantling of Erie Freight House
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The land marked Erie Freight House on Ohio Street in the City of Buffalo will stay around a little longer. The Preservation Board voted Thursday evening to block knocking it down to allow an apartment building.


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Local
10:02 am
Thu October 10, 2013

CPS workers disciplined for mishandling case of beaten 5-year-old boy

Matthew Kuzdal, 26, charged with second-degree murder.
Credit Buffalo Police photo

Several employees in Erie County's Child Protective Services division have been disciplined over their handling of abuse complaints against a man accused of killing a 5-year-old Buffalo boy. 

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Local
9:20 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Buffalo School Board deals with controversial consultant

The Buffalo School Board met behind closed doors in executive session for nearly three hours.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo Board of Education cleared some major problem issues Wednesday night, as it had a marathon session in  Performing Arts School.

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Local
9:40 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Despite problems, thousands seek health insurance under ACA

D'Youville College hosted a public meeting on the Affordable Care Act Tuesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

More than 40,000 New Yorkers have fought through computer problems to sign up for the new national health care program under the Affordable Care Act.

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Local
8:41 am
Wed October 9, 2013

First stage complete in rehab of Lewiston power plant

Credit nypa.gov

The State Power Authority is making major renovations in the electrical generating plant in Lewiston, investing $460 million to rehabilitate its pump generators.

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Local
9:40 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ontario's Niagara Region reviewing wind power

Wind turbine in Buffalo
Credit WBFO News file photo

There may be debates about the value of generating electricity from the wind, but two major privately financed wind farms are starting a $50 million construction project any day just across the border in Ontario's Niagara Region.

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Local
9:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Millions spent in support of gambling referendum

Credit WBFO News file photo

Updating a 2005 report called "Stacking the Deck," Common Cause New York says gambling interests have raised more than $3 million in less than three years, passing the cash along to elected officials and a series of pro-gambling groups.

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