Omar Fetouh

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Local
1:27 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Maid of the Mist remains a worldwide draw

Credit File photo

One of the region's oldest and most popular tourist attractions kicked off its 2015 season Friday morning. Maid of the Mist boats are once again ferrying passengers to the base of Niagara Falls.

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Museum funding
3:07 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Comptroller recommends surplus money be used for science, children's museums

Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw is encouraging county officials to approve a $1 million investment in the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Credit sciencebuff.org

Investing in kid-friendly cultural institutions is good for both families and the economy according to Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, who is proposing $3 million in capital investments for the Buffalo Museum of Science and the future Explore & More Children's Museum at Canalside.

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Cultural
6:29 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Canalside summer concert lineup spans musical genres

One of the biggest draws to downtown Buffalo's waterfront each summer is the Thursday concert series at Canalside.  This year will be no different, with a diverse lineup of 12 acts unveiled Wednesday.

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Second unscheduled landing in two days
12:38 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Delta flight returns to Buffalo airport after engine problem

For the second time in two days, an airplane has made an emergency landing at the Buffalo airport.

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Buffalo Sabres
6:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Mission accomplished?

Bill Hoppe (r.), a Sabres beat writer, is a regular contributor to WBFO.
Credit File photo

On the season finale of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's last place finish and what it will mean for this weekend's draft lottery, the firing of head coach Ted Nolan and some possible coaching candidates, and we look back on a strange season where the goal appeared to be short-term pain for long-term gain.

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Politics
10:23 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Legislator Rath won't run for county executive

Republican legislator Ed Rath III has decided to not run for Erie County executive.
Credit File photo

Erie County legislator Edward Rath III is the latest Republican to announce he will not challenge Democratic incumbent Mark Poloncarz in this year's county executive race.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Two games left

On this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about what the last two games of the season will mean in the closely-watched race for 30th place. Bill also reviews Monday's win against Carolina and talks about the positive impact captain Brian Gionta has had on the last-place club.

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Local
7:41 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Indiana law inspires pastor to hand out cupcakes at gay bars

Credit Drew Ludwig's Facebook page

Indiana's controversial religious freedom law has inspired a tasty response from a Buffalo pastor.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The race for 30th

Draft prospect Connor McDavid has scored 44 goals and tallied 120 points in 47 games with the Erie Otters this season.
Credit ontariohockeyleague.com

On this week's edition of WBFO's 'Behind The Bench,' Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about where the team stands in the closely-watched race for last place in the NHL, a position that will allow that team to draft one of two much-hyped prospects.

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Local
4:44 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

New Darien Lake rides geared toward thrill-seekers

Darien Lake General Manager Christopher Thorpe talked about the two new rides coming to the park this spring.
Credit Tipping Point Communications

Darien Lake theme park on Thursday announced two new rides for the 2015 season. Neither one is for the faint of heart.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu February 12, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Breaking down the big trade

Winger Evander Kane is one of the newest members of the Buffalo Sabres.
Credit nhl.com

On this week's edition of 'Behind The Bench," Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe shares his thoughts on a busy day at First Niagara Center which saw some familiar faces traded away.

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Sports
4:47 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Sabres trade Myers, Stafford, Enroth to Winnipeg, Dallas

Tyler Myers is heading to Winnipeg as part of an eight-player trade.
Credit hhl.com

The Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets pulled off a blockbuster trade Wednesday that sent two of the Sabres' highest-profile players to the Western Conference. Late in the day, the team also traded its starting goaltender.

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Sports
1:57 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Bills sign Incognito, focus of 2013 bullying scandal

Richie Incognito is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills.
Credit nfl.com

The Buffalo Bills have officially signed controversial free agent offensive guard Richie Incognito. Incognito was a central figure in a bullying scandal while he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013. 

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Local
9:47 am
Fri February 6, 2015

After reforms, CPS caseloads cut in half in Erie County

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
Credit WBFO News File Photo

Reforms to Erie County's Child Protective Services have resulted in significantly lower caseloads, according to County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The losing streak ends

Bill Hoppe (r.) talks about the latest developments with the Buffalo Sabres on this week's Behind The Bench
Credit File photo

This week's on WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the end of the team's 14-game losing streak and an eyebrow-raising comment made recently by head coach Ted Nolan.

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Business
12:15 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Supermarkets ready for Super Bowl rush

Credit File photo

Local grocery stores are expecting heavy traffic through Sunday as shoppers stock up for their Super Bowl parties.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

'Behind The Bench': The second half begins

Omar Fetouh and Bill Hoppe talk Sabres each Thursday morning on WBFO.
Credit File photo

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat reporter Bill Hoppe talks about the team's return from an extended All-Star break and the return of the team's captain Brian Gionta.

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Behind The Bench
6:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Nolan on the hot seat?

Is Ted Nolan's job on the line?
Credit http://sabres.nhl.com/

On this week's edition of WBFO's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe talks about the team's extended losing streak, now at 11 games, and how it might affect the future of head coach Ted Nolan.

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Local
7:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Pastor's food truck to cater to the homeless

The custom-built food truck arrived at True Bethel Baptist Church on Tuesday.
Credit Facebook

The City of Buffalo's newest food truck will hit the road in the coming weeks, but you won't be able to buy food from it. 

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Local
6:30 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Taylor Swift inspires local girl to 'shake off' her cancer

Stella Usiak (c.) and her mother Jennifer (r.) say meeting Taylor Swift will be a dream come true.
Credit Avery Schneider/WBFO News

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for a young cancer patient from Western New York. Eleven-year-old Stella Usiak of North Tonawanda has won a national contest that will allow her to meet her idol, singer Taylor Swift.

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Sports
6:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

'Behind The Bench': Struggling Sabres

Credit File photo

In this week's Behind The Bench, Buffalo Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe talks about the team's continuing struggles and the retirement of Dominik Hasek's #39 jersey.

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Sports
1:15 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hasek joining Sabres immortals in the rafters

Credit File photo

A former Buffalo Sabre whose excellence on the ice earned him the nickname "The Dominator" will receive the team's highest honor Tuesday night.

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Sports
11:06 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Bills hire Rex Ryan as new head coach

Rex Ryan first look in Bills apparel
Credit Courtesy of the Buffalo Bills Official Twitter Page

The Buffalo Bills have formally announced that Rex Ryan has been named the 18th head coach in team history.

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Sports
6:56 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Bills coach Doug Marrone opts out of contract

Marrone (r.) and General Manager Doug Whaley spoke with reporters Monday following the end of the season.
Credit File photo

Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone surprisingly opted out of his contract Wednesday after two years with the team.

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Sports
11:25 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Bills QB Kyle Orton announces his retirement

Kyle Orton is calling it a career.
Credit buffalobills.com

After a season guiding the Buffalo Bills to their first winning record since 2004, the team announced Monday morning that quarterback Kyle Orton has informed the front office of his plans to retire from the NFL.

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Crime
1:26 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Authorities find pot growing operation in home day care

A Buffalo woman has been arrested after sheriff's deputies say she was found to be growing marijuana in a residence that was being used as a day care center. 

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Focus on Education
7:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Buffalo graduation rate dips slightly

Students in their classroom at the Stanley Makowski School in Buffalo.
Credit WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The graduation rate in Buffalo's public schools is down slightly, according to numbers released Thursday by the State Education Department.

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Local
2:42 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Regional tourism agency moves to Lafayette Square

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Visit Buffalo Niagara President and CEO Patrick Kaler and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown cut the ribbon on the new visitor center.
Credit Ashley Hirtzel/WBFO News

Visit Buffalo Niagara, Western New York's primary tourism agency, opened its new downtown visitor center Tuesday, right in the heart of Lafayette Square.

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Local
4:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Snowstorm death toll up to 10

Ten people have now died as a result of the major lake-effect snowstorm that has pounded the region over the past three days.

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Local
5:27 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

National Guard called in to deal with massive snowstorm

Police have blocked off sections of South Buffalo, which has been slammed with three feet of snow.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

A state of emergency remains in effect in Erie County and the National Guard is being deployed to the region to deal with a snowstorm that has paralyzed parts of Western New York.

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