Mike Desmond

Reporter

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. He also hosts “You and the Law,” a popular segment that involves interviews with local lawyers. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.

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In 2007, Anthony Capozzi was cleared after 22 years in prison because long-stored DNA showed he was not the Delaware Park Rapist; it was Altemio Sanchez. The new state budget mandates DNA samples in potential criminal cases be stored for at least 20 years.

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Buffalo Public Schools have added so many immigrants to the student population, the district now has 84 languages spoken in the hallways and 125 teachers have been added to work with these students.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board will be replacing more lead pipe water lines this year than planned. Albany threw in $575,000 to allow more of the potentially dangerous lines to be removed and replaced with safer piping.

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The Pittsburgh law firm representing a company that wants to build a water treatment plant in Coudersport, PA to treat natural gas fracking waste has told the Seneca Nation and President Todd Gates to keep quiet about the plant, saying he is making "false, destructive and defamatory statements." The nation has lashed back, with help from a heavyweight Washington, D.C. law firm.

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As winter melts into spring, thoughts turn to cutting the grass and planting new trees. The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is thinking about that - and also about the buildings in city parks that need repairs - very expensive repairs.

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Downtown Buffalo would have been a very different place if it had been designated as the site of Amazon's second headquarters. That was the message Wednesday as officials unveiled more details of the joint Buffalo-Rochester proposal to secure the tech giant's HQ2.

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An East Side Buffalo landmark will be starting up again this summer, nearly three years after a massive fire.

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One relatively short street in North Buffalo knotted up the Common Council Legislation Committee Tuesday for more than two hours.

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A coalition of community groups wants a voice in what NRG Energy does with its Huntley power station, now that the closed facility is on the market.

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After years of studying, planning and early infrastructure construction work, the Highland Park development is under construction with more buildings to come this spring.

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It's one of those urban jokes: as soon as a street is repaired, someone comes by to dig it up to make some infrastructure repair. The City of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Falls Water Board are in cooperation to make sure that doesn't happen - this time.

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Whether you want to pay to park or not as you roam across Buffalo, there is an increasingly popular alternative to dropping quarters or wandering down the street to the computerized parking ticket vending machine.

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For centuries, religious buildings have been centers of neighborhoods and landmarks in those neighborhoods, providing services beyond prayer. That shows in plans before the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday.

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The Buffalo School Board Wednesday night celebrated East High School's men's basketball team winning a state championship and was praised for taking a big step toward major improvements in district athletic facilities.

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The Buffalo School Board is trying to fire the principal of Discovery School 67, but supporters turned out in large numbers Wednesday night to fight the decision.

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With diabetes becoming an increasing problem, a local expert on the health problem is suggesting a different way to help treat diabetics.

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For Women's History Month, Buffalo's Common Council on Tuesday honored 27 women who own businesses in South Buffalo.

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The Niagara Falls Water Board says things are turning around at its troubled Wastewater Treatment Plant. The plant became internationally infamous in July of last year, when it dumped black material into the middle of a tourist-filled section of the Niagara River.

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So far this year, nearly 500 foreclosure applications have been filed in Erie County. That is why County Clerk Mickey Kearns has been pushing so hard for his program to tell people they do not have to move out and to help local governments deal with the notoriously complicated foreclosure process.


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The weather was a little cold and windy Sunday on Grider Street, but the mood was warm and happy as Erie County Medical Center celebrated its first 100 years.


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This year's St. Patrick's Day celebration in Buffalo had something old - tens of thousands of people lining the parade route - and something new - some police officers wearing body cameras to monitor what was going on.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the county is doing pretty well: jobs are up and county agencies are showing how well they can help members of the public. However, delivering his annual State of the County address Thursday, he said more needs to be done.

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The Buffalo School Board Wednesday talked about trying to change meetings so they work better and end earlier, but it turned into a couple of shouting matches.

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As the fight over transferring teachers out of City Honors slow-walks through the court system, the Buffalo School Board on Wednesday was briefed on why 5.5 teachers being transferred out requires 16 teacher aides to replace them.

Smart Cities Niagara

In a tourist city like Niagara Falls, ON, a full garbage can is unsightly and perhaps something that will be mentioned when a tourist is back home. Mayor Jim Diodati doesn't want that, especially along the busy Victoria Avenue tourist corridor. The city has a high-tech answer for the challenge and senses it can help earn $50 million for other smart innovations.

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Buffalo has a new police commissioner, with the Common Council unanimously approving and then swearing in Byron Lockwood for the department's top job. Lockwood replaces Daniel Derenda, who retired to take a private-sector post.

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Black balloons twisted in the breeze in front of Erie County Hall Tuesday night, in remembrance of those lost to the opioid epidemic.

Amherst is joining local governments that are suing opioid manufacturers. The lawsuit argues the legal drugs are not only costing governments money, but lives.

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Monday night's Amherst Town Board meeting saw two different development struggles over rezonings to develop open land for housing.

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After dealing with nearly 1,500 leaks in its system in 2015, the Erie County Water Authority decided to get serious. It has made progress, but much more needs to be done.

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