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10:01 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Protesters greet Boehner at WNY fundraisers

15 different groups aired their views while protesting Speaker Boehner's fundraiser.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Hundreds of thousands of dollars rolled into political coffers Wednesday night with two local fundraisers featuring House Speaker John Boehner.

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Local
4:06 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

First phase of Peace Bridge plaza work to begin

A rendering of the bridge approach widening, before and after.
Credit peacebridgerenovation.com

A major construction project on the Peace Bridge starts Thursday, following settlement of an Albany feud with Canadian members of the bridge authority.

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Local
9:54 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Anti-crime 'Night Out' includes gun safety advice

Monday was National Night Out, that annual sign of the public's hope to be safe in their homes and neighborhoods, now in it's 30th year of that quest for safety.

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Local
7:25 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Education officials bracing for low test scores

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Albany and Washington are preparing parents, students and advocates in New York's school system for bad test results Wednesday.

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Local
4:14 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Millions returned to Amherst in insurance settlement

Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

The Town of Amherst has won millions of dollars after years fighting the State Insurance Fund over an accident at a town-owned building.

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Local
10:17 am
Tue August 6, 2013

West Side nuns raising funds for facility upgrade

The Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur are determined to stay in Buffalo's West Side where they have been since 1887.

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Art/Theater
2:40 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Shaw Fest actor Peter Krantz discusses roles

Actor Peter Krantz
Credit Photo from Shaw Festival Website

This year at the Shaw Festival, Peter Krantz has a small, but key role in Major Barbara.  Krantz has the lead role in Faith Healer. WBFO'S Mike Desmond recently sat down with Krantz to discuss the plays and how an actor prepares for a role.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond recently sat down with Peter Krantz.

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Legal
1:38 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

You & The Law: Property paperwork

The deed you receive in purchasing your property just seem like a lot of legal papers and a possibly confusing map. But on this week's edition of You & The Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond speaks with local attorney Marc Brown, who says you should pay attention to those papers and what they show about your property.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond on You & The Law.

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Local
7:56 am
Mon July 29, 2013

UB Neurosurgery program gets high marks

Some new numbers reflect favorably upon the UB program that trains neurosurgeons. In the last 21 years, UB students have ranked among the best on a national exam on five occasions.

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You and the Law
9:45 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

You and the Law: Wills

Preparing a will has become much more complicated in this cyber age. On this week's edition of You and the Law, attorney Laura Jabrucki talks with WBFO's Mike Desmond about a will and changing your will when it's necessary.

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Local
9:53 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Teachers union considers lawsuit

Lafayette High School
Credit Buffalo Public Schools website.

The Buffalo Public School system has only weeks to resolve two major problems: requests to transfer students out of failing schools and an order from the State Education Department to let students from Lafayette and East High School take vocational classes from suburban BOCES. While some progress is being made, the teachers union is considering a lawsuit.

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Local
9:50 am
Fri July 26, 2013

New East Side housing project part of neighborhood's rebranding

The former Deaconess Hospital was demolished in November 2012. Plans call for the site to be converted into housing.
Credit File photo

If the Community Action Organization has its way, Buffalo will be getting a new housing project and a new neighborhood name on the city's East Side.

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Education
9:57 am
Thu July 25, 2013

District gathers more public input on two failing city schools

Community members speak at public meeting about two failing city high schools.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The Buffalo school board held the second of its two public meetings over the future of East and Lafayette High Schools Wednesday night at Lafayette.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on another public hearing on the state's mandate to the Buffalo School District.

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Local
5:09 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

City opens new Skate Plaza at LaSalle Park

Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Buffalo has a new skateboard park, formally opened Wednesday afternoon by city officials and several eager young people, many of whom were already using the swirling concrete during the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Local
9:17 am
Wed July 24, 2013

State parks under construction

Niagara Falls State Park
Credit Photo from NYS Parks & Recreation Website

There is a lot of construction going in the region's state parks and more is on the way as the summer season nears its end. 

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Education
9:58 am
Tue July 23, 2013

State's plan for Buffalo high school draws little support

Parents and stakeholders attended a meeting Monday night regarding the future of East High School.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

In a meeting Monday night marked by several hours of technical problems, there was a clear message to Albany: leave East High School alone.

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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

Credit WBFO News photo

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit WBFO File Photo

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.
Credit WBFO File Photo

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
Credit WBFO News file photo

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit WBFO News file photo

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.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

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.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

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

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