Ghoulish-looking protestors staged a 'die-in' this morning in downtown Buffalo as part of May Day/International Worker's Day demonstrations across the country.
Die-ins, where participant simulate being dead, became a popular form of protest against the Iraq war. The silent protest with American flags and anti-war signs took place outside the Lafayette Square military recruiter station.
Testimony resumed today in the vehicular manslaughter trial of Dr. James Corasanti, who is accused of fatally striking teenager Alexandria Rice last July and then leaving the scene of the accident.
This morning, residents along Heim Road in Amherst where the collision occurred described hearing an unusual noise. One called it a "loud thump" and the other said it was a "horrific" noise and a "jarring sound," unnatural for the quiet neighborhood. She said it's not unusual for bicyclists and skateboarders to use the bike lane on Heim.
The NFTA's long-vacant property on Buffalo's waterfront should be made into a family play space, according to the group Citizens for a 21st Century Park on the Outer Harbor. The group also wants the new park to be dedicated to Fredrick Law Olmsted, the man who designed much of the city green space.
Former Erie County Legislator Joan Bozer says it's an opportunity to carry out Olmsted's plan for a waterfront park, which had to be moved inland in what became South Park. Bozer points out the Greenway Plan and other waterfront proposals call for extending the "Olmsted legacy."
It's been 150 years since the founding of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and to mark the occasion the public has been invited to help create a special anniversary work for the Gallery's collection.
In all, 150 Western New Yorkers were selected during yesterday's drawing in the Gallery.
"We think it will leave a great legacy and continue the great tradition at the Albright-Knox that we are supportive of new art, supportive of engaging artists in our community and building our collection," said Louis Grachos, Albright-Knox Director.
The New York State Board of Regents today followed a recommendation to close Pinnacle Charter School in June at the end of the current school year.
The Education Department recommended the school closing because of persistent sub-par scores on state tests. There is no appeal process, although school officials were meeting with legal counsel Tuesday about a possible lawsuit to block the closing.
Parents, teachers, and students have been rallying in recent days to keep the school open.
Leaders and staff of Roswell Park Cancer Institute celebrated the opening of the hospital's new state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit this morning.
The $4 million project involved relocating the ICU to the 8th floor and installing additional windows so each room is filled with natural light. The 8,000 square foot unit is 40-percent larger than the old one.
Roswell Park's Chief Nursing Officer Maureen Kelly says it makes a nice environment for patients, their families and staff.
Local members of the state delegation are trying to build support for legislation aimed at cracking down on repeat child abusers.
Senator Timothy Kennedy and Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak are sponsoring Jay J's Law, named for Jay J. Bolvin who suffered nearly a dozen broken bones at the hands of his father, Jeremy Bolvin, before he was two months of age.
Jay J's guardian Kevin Retzer says the abuse caused permanent brain damage and Jay J still does not talk like a normal two-year-old.
Several local sites designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright can now be seen on one day-long tour.
The Darwin Martin House, Graycliff Estate, the Blue Sky Mausoleum and the Fontana Boat House are among the stops on the All Wright All Day tour announced today by Martin House Restoration Corporation Executive Director Mary Roberts.
"This will be one of the most fun-filled architectural educational tours that you can take," Roberts said.
More than 50 billboards are up across Erie County encouraging people to join their local volunteer fire department. It's part of a statewide recruitment drive in conjunction with "National Volunteer Week," which includes an open house at many departments this weekend.
Officials from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society are joining Assemblyman Sean Ryan in calling for a ban on flavored tobacco products aimed at young people.
Assemblyman Sean Ryan says bipartisan legislation that would close a loophole in federal law was overwhelmingly approved by the Assembly in January. The Buffalo Democrat says the bill bans the sale of tobacco products that have been flavored to make them more appealing.
If all goes according to plan, the city of Buffalo should have a new zoning code on the books by the end of the year.
The process of rewriting the antiquated and confusing set of rules got underway in September of 2010.
The public will have a chance to weigh-in on the proposal in the coming weeks.
Brendan Mehaffy, Executive Director of Buffalo's Office of Strategic Planning, says the new guidelines will help investors, residents, and existing businesses have a better set of expectations about what fits in a neighborhood.
The rusting frame of the long-stalled Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino is finally coming down to clear the way for a new, smaller venue.
The Seneca Nation of Indians unveiled redesigned plans today for their property at Michigan Avenue and Perry Street in downtown Buffalo. Construction on the larger $333 million casino-hotel complex stalled in 2008 due to the recession.
Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter says the new facility is about one-fifth the size of the original.
The mistaken release of a man charged with attempted murder landed Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard in the hot seat in County Hall.
The Legislature's Public Safety Committee questioned Howard for nearly an hour about the wrongful release of 32-year-old Awet Gebreyesus who was ordered held without bail after allegedly stabbing his wife in the entrance of the Amherst Street Wegmans in January.
A day-long conference on bullying on the UB North Campus attracted nearly 800 people Wednesday.
The 9th Annual Safe Schools Initiative Seminar was sponsored in part by the Secret Service and the office of U.S. Attorney William Hochul. He said statistics indicate most students will be victimized at some point during elementary school and 35% of 'chronic bullies' end up in prison.
An effort is underway to remake and revitalize the Commodore Perry Public Housing neighborhood downtown.
To qualify for federal funding the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has one year to come up with a plan. If all goes according to plan, the distressed Perry Projects, just off Michigan Avenue near I-190 downtown, will be transformed into the Perry Choice Neighborhood.
The Buffalo School Board could be voting soon on laying off dozens of employees after leaders of the teacher's union approved keeping an attendance clause in the district's teacher evaluation agreement.
Albany insists chronically absent students must count. The dispute is holding up $9 million in funding for six of Buffalo's low-achieving schools.
A new fight is underway to save hundreds of jobs at Niagara County's largest employer.
Niagara Falls Military Affairs Council Vice Chairman John Cooper says the Pentagon's downsizing plan is "one of the most serious threats to the existence of the 107th Airlift Wing to date."
If Congress goes along, 845 positions, including those of nearly 600 part-time Air National Guardsmen would be eliminated. It is part of the Defense Department's plan to save nearly $500 billion over the next decade.
With more than $9 million at risk, Buffalo's Board of Education is appealing to the teachers union for help.
At a special meeting today, the School Board unanimously approved a resolution asking the Buffalo Teachers Federation Council of Delegates to reconsider removing the student attendance clause from its teacher evaluation plan. Interim Superintendent Amber Dixon says state education officials won't accept a plan that excludes students with excessive absences.