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Petition drive beginning to remove school resource officers in Buffalo

There is a petition drive expected soon aimed at getting armed and uniformed Buffalo Police officers out of city schools.

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Amherst high school planned to cancel a class on race. These Amherst students weren’t having it.

Earlier this spring, Amherst Central High School decided not to offer a longtime elective class called “Race in America” during the coming school year. Then came the police killing of George Floyd, nationwide protests over systemic racism, and a group of students that wasn’t having it.

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Tourist attractions are now opening, after closing for 100 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New rules regarding who can be held on bail in New York state took effect Thursday. The new law rolls back some bail reform measures passed in 2019, and criminal justice advocates say it’s the wrong time to do it, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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There is a petition drive expected soon aimed at getting armed and uniformed Buffalo Police officers out of city schools.

A stretch of hot, dry weather will stay in Western New York for at least the rest of this week. That's according to meteorologist Jon Hitchcock of the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service who expects the pattern to remain in place "for the foreseeable future." The high temperature is expected to be 90 or above through Friday. A Heat Advisory will be in effect from Tuesday at 1pm until Friday at 8pm.


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Earlier this spring, Amherst Central High School decided not to offer a longtime elective class called “Race in America” during the coming school year. Then came the police killing of George Floyd, nationwide protests over systemic racism, and a group of students that wasn’t having it.


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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz posted the latest COVID-19 numbers for the county on his Twitter page Saturday. More than 2,500 tests for COVID-19 were reported to the County Health Department Friday, with 54 new confirmed cases. That's a positivity rate of 2.1%, the first time in nearly a month that figure topped 2%.

A shooting on Buffalo's East Side early Sunday morning left two people wounded.

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It was an unusual Independence Day. Because of coronavirus, most public fireworks displays were cancelled this year. But that didn't stop people from buying their own fireworks to set off in neighborhoods throughout Western New York. Tower cameras used by local TV stations showed an amazing array of fireworks doing off around 10:00 Saturday night.

A vehicle crashed into a Niagara Falls home this morning, killing a 27-year-old woman and injuring three others.

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A video released by the group Resign Now Byron Brown is promoting a petition for city residents to call for the resignation of Buffalo’s four-term mayor.

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The iconic score to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: This is the sound of the American West, at least filtered through the ears of an Italian — specifically, composer Ennio Morricone. He was a giant in the world of film scores who wrote the music for more than 500 movies.

Near downtown Mexico City, Cristian Corte sells tacos and gorditas at a makeshift stand outside a metro stop. He pulls down his thin paper mask anxious to vent his anger about the Mexican president's upcoming trip to Washington.

"I want him to tell Trump to stop stepping all over us and to treat everyone as equals," says Corte.

On Friday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appeared to be talking to Mexicans like Corte, skeptical of his visit on Wednesday and Thursday to the White House.

A pre-eminent legal scholar and vocal critic of Chinese leader Xi Jinping was taken from his home early Monday by police, according to close friends, the latest public intellectual to be purged in China as the Communist Party increases its control over civil society.

Add dental visits to the list of services you can book now or shortly, as cities, counties and states continue to modify their months-long stay at home orders aimed at reducing COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.

In an unusually divisive speech for a president on the Fourth of July holiday weekend, President Trump on Friday decried a "growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for."

What is it? Terrorism? Polarization? A lack of trust in institutions?

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Heritage Moments: Land of newcomers, always arriving

Grant Street -- a Buffalo that would have been unthinkable a couple of generations ago: women dressed in head-to-toe robes, men in long shirts, children speaking a Babel of languages. After English and Spanish, the most spoken languages in Buffalo’s public schools are Karen, Arabic, Nepali, Burmese and Somali ; at Lafayette High School, students speak 42 different languages .

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