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Tonawandas applying for $10M to spark $100M in waterfront development

The three Tonawandas met Thursday morning for the first major development since they formed their charter to work together on regional trail systems and waterfront development.

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Buffalo, NY – In the midst of a struggling economy made worse by the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Governor George Pataki faced a difficult challenge in putting together his new state budget. The fact that it's an election year adds to budget's importance, for Pataki and his opponents.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Schools Superintendent warns that Governor Pataki's proposed state budget could mean another shortfall for the district.

Just as the Buffalo school district completed a final round of layoffs to close a $28 million dollar deficit, Superintendent Marion Canedo says Pataki's proposed spending plan means "serious" trouble for the district. Canedo said they could face a shortfall possibly as high as $40 million dollars.

Lewiston, NY – Several environmental groups held a news conference Tuesday at Lewiston Porter Schools to spotlight national efforts to protect children from toxic exposure. The "Childproofing our Communities" campaign seeks legislation that would prevent schools, like Lewiston Porter, from being built near superfund sites.

Williamsville, NY – One of the Beatles early hits was entitled, “Money Can’t Buy Me Love.” In the case of Enron, and its auditor Arthur Andersen, money didn’t seem to buy them special treatment when they needed it most. According to The Wall Street Journal, during the 1999-2000 election cycle, Enron contributed $1,766,000 to both Republican and Democratic causes with their auditor Arthur Andersen contributing a little more than $1 million to political campaigns.

Lewiston, NY – Several environmental groups held a news conference Tuesday at Lewiston Porter Schools to spotlight national efforts to protect children from toxic exposure. The "Childproofing our Communities" campaign seeks legislation that would prevent schools, like Lewiston Porter, from being built near superfund sites.

Buffalo, NY – A Buffalo company has been chosen to head up a major overhaul of the city's school buildings. Ciminelli Construction was selected from among four finalists by the Joint School Construction Board to serve as program manager for the nearly one billion dollar project.

The overhaul is moving ahead despite the school district's financial problems. Ciminelli President and CEO John Giardino said he's sensitive to the district's challenges.

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Common Council approved a new fire commissioner and reconfirmed other city leaders at Tuesday's session.

Calvin Worthy, appointed by the mayor, takes over the Buffalo Fire Department as the city faces some tough fiscal reform decisions. Commissioner Worthy says he's ready for the challenge.

"I will continue to provide and do the best I can for the Buffalo Fire Department and the City of Buffalo," he said.

St. Bonaventure, NY – Yes, yes, I know. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. But what most people don't hear is that in addition to his vision of what this country could be, he had a vision of how this country could get there.

King believed that our country could be great, but only if we re-ordered our spending priorities and approached our problems nonviolently. We have not followed his advice, and we are no closer today to the dream than we were on the day King was gunned down.

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki is proposing an $88.6 billion dollar budget for the state's 2002-03 fiscal year, an increase of 4.7 percent in overall spending from the current year. However, by removing federally-funded programs from the state budget, spending increases by 1.6 percent.

Buffalo, NY – It would seem that the rust belt is getting "up scaled." Western New York now has its own version of Architectural Digest. The new publication, Design Western New York, is a local resource guide to the area's premier design suppliers.

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PHOTOS: The 2019 Artie Awards

The 2019 Artie Awards ceremony was held Monday night at Shea's 710 Theatre. WNED|WBFO photographer Eileen Koteras Elibol captured the glitz and glamour of the night, from the red carpet to the stage.

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Hader co-created and stars as a hitman who enrolls in acting classes in the dark comedy series. In the second season, Barry struggled to express himself as an actor — while keeping his past a secret.

At its heart, "Our Planet," the new eight-part nature series on Netflix, is a celebration of the remarkable biodiversity of life on Earth — and a warning that humanity must act to save it or risk destabilizing the Earth we depend on.

Each of the eight episodes, which are narrated by Sir David Attenborough, explores a different ecosystem and explains the interconnectedness of life in that place. And each ecosystem, from the Arctic tundra to the tropical rainforests, inspires awe and demands action. 

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The leader of NXIVM, a group that espoused a philosophy of self-improvement but was accused of recruiting, grooming and even branding an inner circle of female sex slaves, was found guilty Wednesday by a federal jury in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Keith Raniere, who was known as "Vanguard," was convicted on all charges, including sex trafficking, forced labor conspiracy, human trafficking and multiple counts of racketeering — including sexual exploitation of a child.

Editor's note: This story contains graphic details of the actions leading up to Jamal Khashoggi's death.

A special U.N. investigator says Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi because there is "credible evidence" that he and other senior officials in the kingdom were responsible.

The Philadelphia Police Department has pulled 72 officers off their regular duties as authorities investigate inflammatory social media posts revealed in a database that found thousands of offensive postings by current and former officers, the city's police commissioner said Wednesday.

Police officials in Philadelphia are describing the action as the largest removal of officers from the street in recent memory.

"We are equally as disgusted by many of the posts that you saw and in many cases, the rest of the nation saw," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.

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Detroit Publishing Co., Copyright Claimant, and Publisher Detroit Publishing Co. “River and elevators, Buffalo, foot of Main St.” Buffalo New York, ca. 1900. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.

Heritage Moments: Dart, Dunbar and the colossus in the harbor

For more than 150 years they have loomed over the river, gigantic and monstrous. Silent gray canyons lining the waterway, they form a concrete Atlantis, whispering of the wealth they once generated, the ships, the throngs of workers, the noise and traffic and bustle. Long ago, they were made of wood.

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