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The City of Good Neighbors is proving it again. Cash, water and food are making the long trip to Puerto Rico to help the island devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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Buffalo Fire crews spent Friday morning at a blaze that caused extensive damage to three homes and sent 11 people to the hospital. 

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A group of local organizations and individuals led by the local chapter of Black Lives Matter is suing the Buffalo Police Department in federal court, charging racial discrimination. The lawsuit is based upon two years of research by law students from the University at Buffalo and Cornell University showing statistical disparities in racial treatment.


Buffalo Police have arrested two people in connection with a fatal beating earlier this month.

Buffalo is trying something different to deal with the terrible parking situation on the city's West Side.

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A house fire lit up the West Side sky early Monday morning, calling Buffalo firefighters into action in frigid weather.

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation is out with the results of its second air quality study for the West Side Buffalo neighborhoods around the Peace Bridge. It says the air quality is consistent with similarly sized metro areas with high traffic. However, the DEC is calling for improved emission standards to protect public health and the environment.

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Ground was broken Wednesday on the Massachusetts Avenue Project's new Farmhouse on Buffalo's West Side. The $2 million Farmhouse at Massachusetts near West Utica Street will include training space, a teaching kitchen, resource library and improved cold storage.

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Increasingly, the people coming into our courts reflect the changing face of America and of Western New York. They include people from across the world, some of whom speak languages which don't even exist in a written form but are in our community and in our schools.


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Five people escaped an overnight fire at a West Side residence.

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The Buffalo Fire Department was called to a blaze this morning on Lafayette Avenue.

Richmond Avenue paving to smooth the road to Kleinhans

Aug 10, 2015
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Mayor Byron Brown and a group of local and state officials met Monday to announce the beginning of a new paving project. The city will pave Richmond Avenue, from West Ferry Street to Symphony Circle, and install new sidewalks and new street lights.

Planned West side power outage delayed until Friday

Jul 30, 2015
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After having planned to shut off power to around 400 customers on Buffalo’s West Side Thursday, National Grid last Wednesday postponed that outage a day.

Thousands of people weaved through way through Buffalo's West Side over the weekend during the annual Garden Walk.


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Police are continuing the search for a missing teen.

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New loan money is being made available to help spur small businesses in and around the growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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The continuing issue about polluted air from the Peace Bridge blowing across Buffalo’s West Side was discussed during a national meeting in Washington this week.

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Washington is sending $169,000 into Buffalo's West Side to help with the improving housing picture.

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An opponent of Peace Bridge expansion says government is working to run more trucks across the bridge and not doing enough to protect the health of West Side residents damaged by diesel truck exhaust.

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Common Council members are upset about back room federal meetings on environmental effects of the Peace Bridge and proposals to move truck traffic to Lewiston.

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The City of Buffalo has given residents living a West Side street the green light to keep the original brick surface recently uncovered by a street crew.

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Residents of Buffalo's West Side want their voices heard when it comes to planned development around the Peace Bridge, which they say is the source of their health issues.

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Buffalo Police continue to investigate an early morning shooting that occurred on Buffalo's West Side today.

A department spokesman states that a male victim was injured after a shooting in the 5 o'clock hour. The injuries do not appear to be serious.

Police responded to calls in the 200 block of Maryland Street after the shots were fired.

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A conviction in a West Side murder was quickly handed down by a jury.

Twenty-nine year old Bangaly Chelley will be sentenced on a second-degree murder charge and weapons possession in the shooting death of 82-year-old Ansumane Kanneh. Kanneh, struck while he was repairing his granddaughter's bicycle, was not the target of the shooting.

Kanneh moved his family to Buffalo to escape the violence in his homeland of Liberia.
 

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Buffalo Police officers are facing accusations of excessive force after an incident on Friday.

A number of bystanders outside of a West Side store claim that officers attacked occupants of a vehicle after the officers were asked to move a cruiser that was blocking the patron's car. More than a dozen officers and police dogs are reported to have inflicted injuries on the occupants of the car, including a pregnant woman.

Witnesses claim that police escalated the confrontation.

The incident is being investigated.
 

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One of Buffalo's oldest parks is getting some substantial renovations.  Broderick Park at the foot of Ferry Street will receive nearly $1.5 million in improvements.

Major renovations for the historic site were unveiled Thursday night at a public meeting at Rich Renaissance Center.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Executive Director Jill Jedlicka says her group has long been involved in planning for the park

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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is hoping to stall the demolition of several West Side buildings to make way for Peace Bridge plaza improvements.

Brown sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday, seeking Cuomo's support in a last ditch effort to stop the demolitions. Brown said there are still valid concerns and unanswered questions surrounding the plaza project.

He accused the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority of a lack of transparency.

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Police and prosecutors are working to ebb the increase of shootings that plague Buffalo's West Side.

Seventeen members of the violent Seventh Street Gang were charged with racketeering on Friday. Some members face additional charges of murder, robbery and other violent offenses. Officials claim that the city has suffered more than 100 shootings this year, a 70 percent increase over the same stretch last year.

A rival Tenth Street Gang is also getting attention by police.

Continued racist taunts and vandalism have force a Lovejoy family to expedite their move from the neighborhood.

A brick was thrown through a bedroom window of Ann Cooper's home early Friday morning. Such attacks have forced the African-American family to plan a move to the West Side. This latest incident forced the move to be made immediately.

Police are investigating the attacks, and three teens were arrested earlier this week on hate crime charges.