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The Olmsted Park Conservancy crossed off the "interim" in Stephanie Crockatt's title Thursday and made her the organization's executive director.

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Armed with search warrants, investigators are conducting raids at the homes of three key political figures in Western New York.

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Buffalo has some great schools and would have even more, under proposals from a UCLA education researcher presented to the school board Wednesday night.


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Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore and school board member Carl Paladino don't always agree on very much, but both see new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia as a positive sign of change in the Board of Regents.

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Led by Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore, there were teacher pickets in front of the South Buffalo home of School Board member Carl Paladino on Tuesday. The developer reacted by ordering in pizza and pop for the picketers.

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After months of debate over a new name, the island in the Niagara River off Ferry Street will apparently be called Unity Island.


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Construction workers have resumed building The Buffalo Zoo's $14 million Arctic Edge exhibit.


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The long search has started for a new president for D'Youville College, with current President Sister Denise Roche planning to retire next summer.


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With little time left in the State Legislature session, it's not clear if there is time for any action on Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes' proposal to shut down the elected city school board and replace it with one appointed by the mayor.


 

Once, most people simply had their lawyer write a will and that was it.

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For many taxpayers across New York State, the worst nuisances on their blocks are the decaying buildings which no one appears to own. The  buildings are often referred to as "Zombie houses."


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As you move around the area and see company and construction signs, it's not uncommon to see the letters LLC. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Andrew Olek talks about what those letters mean.

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The U.S. ambassador to Canada says the two countries are getting along well, in North America and around the world. Ambassador Bruce Heyman was at Niagara University last night to speak to the graduate commencement.


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What's probably going to be a very long fight over the financing system for New York charter schools went into State Supreme Court Thursday.


The Buffalo school board kept busy Wednesday night, fighting through rancor and angry disputes to pass a budget while continuing the battle over how to find a new superintendent.


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With Paramount Pictures spending millions of dollars here on the making of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 a lot of money is being spent, providing a business surge for some local companies.


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After 36 years as president of D'Youville College, Sister Denise Roche announced her retirement, saying it's time for her to figure out what to do with the rest of her life.


Buffalo has several firehouses which are well over a century old. Councilmember Chris Scanlon is arguing 14 out of 20 fire houses don't have the facilities for the increasing number of women in the Fire Department.


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New State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan may be from Long Island but two local senators say he has been a frequent visitor to Western New York.


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The annual fight over who will do the borrowing for Erie County is surfacing again, as the county plans to sell tens of millions of dollars in bonds.


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After nights of the Kensington Expressway being filled with the vehicles and road traffic for filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, action shifted to the air.


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The question in Albany is, will Dean Skelos still be Senate majority leader by noon Monday? Republicans are meeting at 11 a.m. to decide his fate.


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The Buffalo Public School District and the District Parent Coordinating Council agree that student suspensions remain a problem in city schools.


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As Buffalo Police District Chief Brian Patterson talked to a group in the West Side Community Center yesterday, he stopped frequently to allow interpreters in both Karen and Burmese to speak. The moment showed the growing influence of immigrants in the city.


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Members of the public and of the Common Council had a chance to sound off Thursday night about perceived problems in the city school system and in the proposed budget for next school year.


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Buffalo School Board members decided Wednesday night on a quick national search for a new superintendent, expecting there may be yet another interim superintendent with current Interim Superintendent Donald Ogilvie leaving June 30.


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The Niagara Falls High School football team practiced and played in mud last year. On Thursday, football players and athletes from all of the other teams at the school came out for the formal dedication of the new $18 million sports complex.


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From one expert's point of view, parks are an essential part of a city, serving people across the age and income categories, and there are great opportunities in Buffalo's parks.


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The Buffalo school system's largest parents group says the proposed budget fails. During a meeting in Makowski School, the District Parent Coordinating Council voted "no confidence" regarding the budget slated to be approved a week from today.

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Hundreds of people interested in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 found out Monday night movie making can be an exercise in boredom if you aren't involved. 

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