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When it comes to virtual reality and augmented reality, our minds wander to the big names of new entertainment. While “VR” headsets, Google Glass and Pokémon Go dominate headlines, some of the real progress being made is being overshadowed – and some of it is right here in Buffalo.

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights

Santa will be there. More than one million lights will be twinkling. Intricate ice sculptures will be carved.

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Douglas Hahn was diagnosed with depression when he was 9 years old. In subsequent years, he isolated himself from others until he was almost finished with high school. He was in and out of facilities during a difficult era.

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If you plan on traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday, you’ll have plenty of company. This year will mark the eighth consecutive year travel volume is expected to increase.

Niagara University

When we think of a classroom, playing baseball with Havana residents in a Cuba park as a goat roams in the outfield isn’t what usually comes to mind.

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When a fire devastated an East Side building in 2011, the former food storage, distribution and manufacturing facility became a brownfield – property that sat idle for years due to environmental concerns.

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La Divina cook Antonio Robles said it was a typical day at work last Tuesday. He was doing prep work when officers raided the restaurant and ordered him to get on the floor. Now, he wears a 24-hour ankle bracelet to monitor his whereabouts.

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We’ve all heard jolting reports about opioid abuse becoming a growing problem in our region.

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There will be buttons from Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt’s campaigns, items from the 1901 Pan-American Expo, and even materials from the current presidential campaigns. A political memorabilia show is being held this weekend at the Hyatt Place Hotel Buffalo/Amherst.

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There’s good news for Western New Yorkers traveling south – the self-proclaimed “Home of the Original Chicken Wing” is taking its brand to new places.

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The Buffalo chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive Wednesday to benefit the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

To some, Columbus Day is merely a day off from work. Others view it as traditional holiday that commemorates an explorer’s arrival to the Americas. Still others shun it as an inappropriate national holiday that should not be celebrated -- or should be redefined.

Where does authentic German beer and food and Buffalo history meet? Oktoberfest returns to the Central Terminal Saturday night.

Western New York Land Conservancy

A picturesque site in Aurora will be preserved following a successful fundraising effort that was given a huge boost by a local family.

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We all know Buffalo is often called the "Queen City." But how about “Fun City” as a backup name?

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Curtain Up! events hail the official start of the theater season, and many  business leaders view the celebration as a reminder that the theater industry has contributed to the region's resurgence.

Niagara University

For some high school students, continuing their studies after graduation may seem daunting. But with the launch of its new mentorship program, Niagara University is trying to make the transition to college a little easier.

Old Fort Niagara

It’s sometimes called “the forgotten war,” and this weekend, local residents will have a chance to learn more about the War of 1812 in a unique way.