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9:02 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Market Arcade screens to go dark

City officials are optimistic they can find a new operator for the Market Arcade Cinema.
Credit WBFO File Photo

With the Market Arcade Cinema closing Thursday night, City Hall is rushing to appoint a new operator.

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Focus on Education
8:24 am
Wed June 18, 2014

City schools working on improvement plan

Interim Superintendent Will Keresztes was at Makowski School to discuss the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Widespread frustration with sagging graduation rates has prompted city school officials to develop the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan. But little public interest was on display Tuesday night at a meeting at Makowski School.

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Buffalo Schools Superintendent
8:36 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Associate Superintendent Will Keresztes named interim leader of city schools

Interim Superintendent Will Keresztes meets with reporters following his appointment.
Credit Photo by Mike Desmond / WBFO News

The Buffalo Board of Education met in special session Monday afternoon to select an interim superintendent.  The board named Will Keresztes as the temporary successor to Superintendent Pamela Brown.

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Local
8:19 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Cable merger meeting draws small crowd

The Public Service Commission is holding meetings on the Comcast/Time Warner merger, including Monday night at UB.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The $45 billion purchase of Time-Warner Cable by Comcast circled through the heavily wired UB North Campus for a public hearing Monday night, as the Public Service Commission considers the New York piece of the deal.

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Local
8:02 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Weekend festivals draw large crowds

With 360 exhibitors the Allentown Art Festival offered a wide variety of arts and crafts to visitors.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Large crowds turned out for two big weekend festivals: Juneteenth and Allentown.

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Developing
4:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Board expected to replace superintendent Monday

Two years after she was sworn in as Buffalo Schools Superintendent, Dr. Pamela Brown is expected to depart today.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The Buffalo Board of Education has been talking for weeks about what to do if Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown takes a buyout to leave the district.  Brown is expected to leave Monday and the board will be meeting in special session to discuss their next steps.

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Focus on Education
1:05 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Teacher reveals absenteeism at Riverside

The steps of Riverside High School.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Absenteeism in Buffalo public schools has been an issue for years, with teachers saying they can't teach students who don't show. The school district says the rate is getting better with attendance on the rise.  But one city school teacher is releasing statistics on his missing students.

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Local
10:03 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Fighting for minimum wage high on city’s West Side

Minimum wage fight outside the McDonald's on Niagara Street in Buffalo Thursday.
Credit WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

The fight in Albany over a raise in the state's minimum wage was accompanied by a protest on Buffalo's West Side Thursday. It was staged in front of a McDonald's on Niagara Street.

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Focus on Education
10:34 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Buffalo School Board votes to close MLK

Only a small audience remained at Waterfront School during Wednesday's marathon school board meeting.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo School Board voted Wednesday night to Martin Luther King School 39 and convert it into the Martin Luther King Junior Medical Campus High School.

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Local
10:30 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Local homeless population is increasing

The study sponsored by the Wilson Foundation shows the increasing numbers of homeless in Western New York.

The number of homeless continues to rise in Western New York.  A new study suggests a corresponding rise in the number of families who have fallen into poverty.

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Art/Theater
11:12 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Shakespeare in Delaware Park prepares for 39th season!

Preparing for teh 39th season of Shakespeare at Delaware Park
WBFO News photo by Mike Desmond

Preparations for a brand new season of Shakespeare in Delaware Park were underway Tuesday night. Actors were on stage preparing to open Shakespeare's Henry V in eight days and soon another summer of free theater will be underway in Buffalo.

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Local
9:00 am
Wed June 11, 2014

WBFO welcomes humorist David Sedaris

WBFO's Mike Desmond interviewed David Sedaris during his recent stop in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO File Photo

Best-selling author David Sedaris stopped in Buffalo Friday as part of a national book tour. He provided a reading at Talking Leaves Books and made an appearance at the WBFO studios where he spoke with Mike Desmond.

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Local
9:40 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Developer releases plans for Gates Circle site

Credit Rendering courtesy of TM Montante

While details are still in flux, T.M. Montante is moving forward with its $63 million development of the old Millard Fillmore Hospital site on Gates Circle. The public was invited to talk about it Monday night at the Burchfield Penney Art Gallery.

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Local
8:46 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Falls bridges adding E-ZPass

It's going to be a little easier to cross the three highway bridges around Niagara Falls later this summer, with the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission adding E-ZPass.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

You & The Law: Taxes and bankruptcy

On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Gary Bluestein talks with WBFO's Mike Desmond about taxes and bankruptcy.

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Local
9:02 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Silo City hosts Urbanism event

Thursday's event at Silo City drew hundreds, many of whom were first-time visitors to the industrial section of Buffalo.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Hundreds of people were in on hand at Silo City Thursday night as part of the Congress for a New Urbanism. The event was surrounded by the city's past and present.

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Focus on Education
9:24 am
Thu June 5, 2014

School Board makes no progress on superintendent

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo Board of Education has now had two one-hour long discussions about how to pick a replacement for the departing Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown. On Wednesday, they decided another meeting was necessary. 

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Local
9:13 am
Thu June 5, 2014

PUSH Buffalo bringing new housing to city neighborhood

Credit photo courtesy of PUSH Buffalo

Buffalo's changing West Side is getting new housing. The 46 housing units will eventually cost more than $12 million when completed in late summer of next year.

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Local
9:01 am
Wed June 4, 2014

County calls for additional child protection staff

A large crowd attended Tuesday's legislative committee meeting.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Erie County's child protection issues may get even more workers, even as new hires from last September are starting to carry full work-loads.  

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Local
8:53 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Buffalo Bills find new partner for fitness initiative

Independent Health is teaming with the Buffalo Bills in spreading the message of healthy lifestyles to area students.

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Local
4:58 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Parents continue call for change in city schools

Parents with children in Buffalo schools continue to pressure city school administrators.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

With the coming end of the school year, thousands of Buffalo students don't know what school they will be entering in September.

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Crime
5:08 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Buffalo cops accused of brutality plead not guilty

A retired Buffalo police lieutenant and two suspended cops pleaded innocent Monday afternoon to federal charges of civil rights violations stemming from a 2009 case allegedly involving police brutality.

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Local
9:34 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Stars rally around Kelly at fundraiser

Another large crowd gathered at the Adam's Mark for the 28th annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Classic.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Jim Kelly couldn't make his own charity event Sunday, as he continues to recover in ECMC from radiation and chemotherapy for cancer.

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Local
8:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Greek Festival benefits from sunny weekend

Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Under a perfect summer sky, the annual Greek Festival enjoyed large crowds throughout the weekend in Buffalo.

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You and the Law
4:00 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

You and the Law: Legal help for troubled companies

When a business goes bad, the owners may need a lawyer.  That's what attorney Dan Brown talks about on today's edition of You and the Law with host Mike Desmond.

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Local
4:28 am
Fri May 30, 2014

New Family Court slots proposed for WNY

State Senator Patrick Gallivan

State lawmakers have a heavy agenda as they work to end the legislative session by June 19.  One item, a fight over family court seats, has the attention of some local members of the state delegation.

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Crime
5:28 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Former Buffalo cop pleads guilty to beating handcuffed suspect

After quitting his job as a Buffalo cop earlier in the day, John Cirulli pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of misdemeanor civil rights violations for attacking a handcuffed man who had been arrested April 19.

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Focus on Education
8:54 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Board members disagree on superintendent process

The Buffalo School Board met Wednesday but could not agree on how to replace Superintendent Pamela Brown.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The Buffalo School Board showed Wednesday that its members don't share the same view when trying to decide what to do about the impending departure of Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown.

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Local
8:48 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Landscaping work continues at Darwin Martin House

Credit WBFO File Photo

As the painstaking restoration progresses at the Darwin Martin House, planners are now focused on the grand landscaping that once adorned the property.

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Local
8:08 am
Wed May 28, 2014

City officials reviewing publicly financed campaigns

Common Cause New York has made campaign financing a key issue in Albany.

Buffalo's Common Council is drawing some praise for looking into public financing of political campaigns.

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