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Crime
3:38 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

14-year-old boy pleads not guilty in murder of 16-year-old

A 14-year-old boy from Buffalo pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to an indictment charging he shot and killed a 16-year-old boy during a mass scuffle earlier this month on Northland Avenue.

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Legal
10:26 am
Mon July 22, 2013

State pushes videotaping of police interrogations

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants police interrogations of suspects to be recorded and he's putting up $1 million in state funding to encourage it.

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Legal
4:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

You & The Law: Avoiding foreclosure

There is a word a homeowner never wants to hear is -- foreclosure.  This week on You and the Law, WBFO'S Mike Desmond talks with attorney Sarah Galvan to discuss to save a home from foreclosure.

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Education
10:03 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Buffalo School District address failing schools

Special school board meeting Thursday at the Waterfront School to discuss two failing city high schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The Buffalo Public School District has an August 12th deadline set by the state Education Department to make changes at two failing city high schools.

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Crime
9:38 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Local preacher examines homicide education

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With so much community concern about street violence in the city of Buffalo, a local preacher is taking a close look at  what is happening.  He has determined that homicide education is part of the answer.

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Local
10:29 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Street violence raising concerns throughout the area

City and suburban residents talked about street violence at Merriweather Library Wednesday night.
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The endless violence on local streets is driving people to action, in the city and suburbs. The issue brought a diverse constituency to Merriweather Library Wednesday night.

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Local
8:12 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Gaughan nominated for County Comptroller challenge

Activist Kevin Gaughan will be the Democratic candidate in the race for Erie County Comptroller.
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Erie County Democrats have moved from running an unknown CPA for County Comptroller to running high-profile activist Kevin Gaughan.

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Local
6:58 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Murder charges dropped after DNA samples surface

District Attorney Frank Sedita III says DNA is playing a greater role in criminal investigations.
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Law enforcement officials say DNA tests are refuting an eyewitness account which led to a man being wrongly accused of murder.

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Local
9:42 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Mayor offers critique of city schools

Inside a Buffalo School
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is distancing himself from the school board and its fight with State Education Commissioner John King over poor academic performance and low graduation rates.

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Local
6:46 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Joint police effort targets city crime

State Police are helping at roadside stops in the City of Buffalo.
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Buffalo Police's Strike Force is earning praise.  The city tried the strike force idea twice last year and saw sharp drops in crime; this year it's been made permanent.

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Local
10:24 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Winding down Joint Schools Construction project

North Park Academy in Buffalo, one of the schools that under went reconstruction.
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Buffalo's billion-and-a-half-dollar Joint Schools reconstruction project is winding down with only one-school unfinished after September.  Six-rehabbed buildings re-open with the start of classes. That leaves only School 59 which will be done by January.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Erie County considering local food hub

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the area can move forward with planning for an advanced manufacturing center and help local farmers. The county is looking at the creation of a local food hub.

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Local
9:55 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Buffalo rally protests Zimmerman verdict

Protesters along Bailey Avenue voice their thoughts about the George Zimmerman verdict.
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A small group turned out locally yesterday afternoon to protest the acquittal of the man who killed Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Listen to community members Marsha McGill, William Jamal Richardson and Carol Meadows from Sunday's rally on Bailey Avenue near the E-District police in response to the Trayvon Martin verdict

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30th year is another great success
5:00 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Taste of Buffalo draws thousands to downtown

Taste of Buffalo at Niagara Square Sunday.
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This year's Taste of Buffalo drew thousands as it celebrated its 30th year.

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Art/Theater
5:00 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Actress discusses role in Stratford Festival

Kate Hennig
Credit Photo from Strafford Festival Website

Kate Hennig is one of the long-serving performers at the Stratford Festival.  This season she plays the role of Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Golde in Fiddler on the Roof.  WBFO'S Mike Desmond recently spoke with Henning about her work.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

You & The Law: Brokerage firm investments

This week on an archived edition of You & The Law, attorney Joanne Schultz talks with WBFO's Mike Desmond about what to do if you think something bad has happened to your brokerage house investments.

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Local
9:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

State forcing major changes at two Buffalo schools

Students attending Lafayette High School could see some changes this fall.
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It looks as if students from two troubled Buffalo high schools will be going to the suburbs for their vocational training. Citing their dismal graduation rates, State Education Commissioner John King is calling for drastic change at East and Lafayette high schools.

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Homicide
4:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Fourteen year old arrested in shooting death of fellow teen

Buffalo police have made an arrest in a weekend shooting of a 16-year-old in the city's Hamlin Park neighborhood. 

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Education
10:31 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Lengthy school board meeting, Paladino's first, called 'civil'

Carl Paladino sat at the table for his first full school board meeting Wednesday night.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

After hours of a Buffalo school board meeting last night, Pamela Brown is still schools superintendent and Carl Paladino made his presence known.

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Local
10:09 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Buffalo Zoo opens grand new entrance

New Buffalo Zoo entrance
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

When visitors arrive at The Buffalo Zoo, they will now will enter through a grand new entrance along the main parking lot. It replaces the entrance on Parkside Avenue built when trolleys once rolled by. 

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Education
10:15 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Seeking changes, Paladino takes school board seat

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This afternoon, Carl Paladino goes to his first full meeting of the Buffalo school board as a member and he's bringing a thick stack of paperwork outlining changes he wants to make.

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Education
9:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

School parents turn to Albany in demand for more transfers

Sam Radford is pushing for greater ability for a parent to transfer their child to another school.
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Albany is looking at a Buffalo schools plan to allow parents to transfer their kids out of failing schools and into good ones. The problem is, the city has few schools in good standing.

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Local
6:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Flight 3407 family member says latest air disaster is 'very upsetting'

Victims of Flight 3407
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The details unfolding in the latest air disaster are all too familiar for the families of Continental Connection Flight 3407, which crashed in Clarence in 2009.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley reports on reaction from a Flight 3407 family member.

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Local
10:14 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Ag Department encouraging entrepreneurial 'food hubs'

There are more and more young people getting into farming and Washington is now helping small farmers and the local food movement thrive.

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Health
9:40 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Testing melanoma vaccine at Roswell

Melanoma
Credit Photo from Roswell Park Website

Vaccination is a word usually associated with preventing a disease, measles or polio vaccination. But as WBFO'S  Mike Desmond reports, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute are testing a vaccine to fight melanoma.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on testing of vaccine against Melanoma at Roswell Park.

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You and the Law
10:07 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

You and the Law: Adoption

For many families, adoption is a part of their lives. On this week's You and the Law, attorney Ken Olena joins WBFO's Mike Desmond to talk about how adoption has changed and stayed the same.


 

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Local
2:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

State Police using high profile vehicles to catch texters

With police now having additional penalties to impose for driving and texting, authorities are looking hard for distracted young people on the roads this summer.

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Local
9:17 am
Fri July 5, 2013

A Buffalo tradition: Hot dogs topped with Weber's mustard

Western New York loyalties are keeping that yellow Weber's mustard on top of those Sahlen or Wardynski hot dogs on this holiday weekend.

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Cultural
5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Flat Water Tuesday: West Side Rowing Club

Ron Irwin's Flat Water Tuesday

Local native Ron Irwin has turned his life into the basis of the novel Flat Water Tuesday.  Irwin and his principal character started in Buffalo and took up rowing at the West Side Rowing Club. 

WBFO'S Mike Desmond talks with author Ron Irwin.

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Cultural
12:04 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Stratford actress tackling two roles at once

Actress Sara Topham
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For the Stratford Festival this year, Sara Topham has two of the great stage roles: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Ruth Condomine in Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.

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