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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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Local
8:02 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Actress Fiona Reid takes on two roles at Shaw Festival

Actress Fiona Reid
Credit photo courtesy of Shaw Festival

Fiona Reid is a veteran of the Shaw Festival and Canadian theater. This year, she's in "The Charity that Begins at Home" and will soon be on stage in "The Sea." She spoke recently with WBFO's Mike Desmond.

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Local
8:57 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Study indicates mushrooms may help diabetics

UB researchers were initially studying how Vitamin D may boost muscle strength in older when they stumbled onto indications of how mushrooms may help control sugar in diabetics.

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Focus on Education
8:00 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Final days approaching for Buffalo superintendent

A termination agreement is expected to be reached that will allow for the exit of Buffalo School Superintendent Pamela Brown.
Credit WBFO File Photo

The Buffalo School Board is meeting Wednesday afternoon to find out if a deal has been worked out for the resignation of Buffalo Schools Superintendent Pamela Brown.

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You and the Law
1:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

You and the Law: Not reporting foreign accounts could be expensive

If you admit to the IRS that you have overseas cash or bank accounts which should have been reported, you have choices -- most potentially expensive.  On this week's You and the Law, WBFO's Mike Desmond talks with attorney Tiffany Bell about those choices.

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Local
7:57 am
Fri May 23, 2014

County leaders tangle over roads issue

Officials disagree on how to deal with Erie County's crumbling roads and bridges.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

There's agreement and disagreement inside county government. While all agree that Erie County's vast network of roads is in bad shape, there is disagreement on what to do.

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Local
7:55 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Officials discuss plans for Holy Angels campus

Holy Angels Academy will have new life this fall as part of the Charter School for Applied Technologies.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

A small crowd was on hand Thursday night as developers provided specifics on plans to transform the former Holy Angels Academy into space for the growing Charter School of Applied Technologies.

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Local
6:50 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Bills rookies take tour of WNY

Bills rookies pose at the site of a future memorial to local service personnel who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Buffalo Bills rookies toured the area yesterday, traveling from Niagara Falls to New Era Cap to the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park to the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum.

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Local
4:30 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Complex Peace Bridge project continues

A barge is needed to allow for the necessary digging for soil borings near the Peace Bridge.
Credit Mike Desmond/wbfo news

The digging for soil borings for a bridge seems like a routine process, but that process is not so simple near the Peace Bridge.

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Local
5:55 am
Wed May 21, 2014

School budgets pass across WNY

Despite concerns voters would reject proposed school budgets because almost all of them went up in spending and property taxes, voters across Western New York approved all budgets.

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Local
5:30 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Actress Deborah Hay offers Shaw preview

Credit photo courtesy of Shaw Festival

At the Shaw Festival this year, Deborah Hay has one of the premier roles in musical theater, Sally Bowles in "Cabaret."

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