Jay Moran

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When INTERROGATION ROOM premiered in 2003 at Ujima's Theaterloft, it changed the professional trajectory for Scott Behrend and Jon Elston. The co-founders of Road Less Traveled Productions enjoyed a growing interest in their work which sent them on the road to their current home in the Buffalo theater community. Behrend says they are reviving the play because it touches on "current, relevant themes" relating to class, race and stereotypes.


Over the last seven years, Jim Fink of Business First has been tracking business investment in the region with his annual Economic Development Overview. He's monitored an uptick in development activity in recent years and this year he's tabulated over $20 billion in local development investment. That list includes expansion projects at Moog and Rosina Foods which will total over $100 million.

When Corey Lewandowski visited Western New York last week, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump carried a message of confidence the President would be reelected. Lewandowski told Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy that the current impeachment inquiry will energize the Trump base in 2020. McCarthy says Lewandowski, despite losing his job during the 2016 campaign, remains a close Trump confidante.

The Philadelphia Eagles have stumbled to a 3-4 record this season, but they remain a formidable opponent this Sunday for the Buffalo Bills.  As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Eagles won the Super Bowl two seasons ago featuring many of the players on their current roster.  In order to come away with a victory, Sabuda believes quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills offense will need to put together their best performance of the season.


Buffalo Rising

At the corner of Florida Street and Spillman Place are seven row houses. "They're awesome," was the description of the century-old structures offered by Buffalo Rising co-founder George Johnson despite their current, underused condition.


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The polls indicate a close race in today's general election in Canada. That assessment is shared by Professor Munroe Eagles, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University at Buffalo. Conservatives and Liberals will share most of the seats in the House of Commons, but neither is likely to gain a clear majority. With other minor parties winning some seats, Eagles expects a minority government to emerge. Who will have minority control, Eagles says, is anybody's guess.


Many observers believed David Bellavia would win the 27th Congressional seat, if he chose to run. On Sunday, the war hero announced he will not enter the race, opening the door for other interested parties. Buffalo News political reporter Bob McCarthy believes Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw will soon enter the race. Batavia Assemblyman Steve Hawley could also join a heavy Republican field that also includes state senators Rob Ortt and Chris Jacobs, and attorney Beth Parlato.


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Eva Doyle, Cas Rodriguez and Jessica Marinelli share a common trait: they hold a keen interest in local politics. They were quick to volunteer for a panel to review Thursday's debate of the two candidates for Erie County Executive. They offered a variety of perspectives on the candidates' performances. They also highlighted the lack of discussion of one the region's most glaring issues, the number of inmates who have died while in custody at the Erie County Holding Center.


The Miami Dolphins come to New Era Field Sunday without a win. The Bills are 16-point favorites heading into the contest, the largest such spread in over two decades. Still, analyst Matt Sabuda calls it a "must win" game for the Bills. He believes if the Bills were to stumble, the result would extinguish fans' hopes which have reached new heights as the team has rolled to a 4-1 start.


Buffalo News

A special election has yet to be called for Western New York's 27th Congressional District, but a heavy supply of political money is finding its way into the coffers of the declared candidates. While the district only recently lost its representation with the resignation of Chris Collins, Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says campaign treasuries are on the rise for the declared candidates.

The Buffalo Bills haven't started a season at 4-1 since 2011. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, that year slipped away quickly as the team finished at 6-10. Sabuda sees greater possibilities ahead provided the team addresses some inefficiencies. At the top of that list is the decision-making of quarterback Josh Allen.  The Bills are 8-1 in games when Allen throws one or fewer interceptions; when that number rises to two or above, the Bills are 1-6.


Chris Collins' departure from Congress has opened the door to Washington for an aspiring politician. Several have already announced their candidacies for the 27th district, which covers a large, mostly-rural portion of Upstate New York. For those looking to understand the complexities of the district, Batavia may be a good place to start, so says Howard Owens of The Batavian. Owens' message that Batavia sits at "the heart" of the district seems to be making an impact. State Senator Rob Ortt announced his candidacy in front of city hall and two others--State Senator Chris Jacobs and Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray--have sat down for extensive interviews with Owens.


Sunday's game between the Buffalo Bills and the Tennessee Titans features two of the top defensive units at this stage in the NFL season. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Titans are giving up an average of 16 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the league. The Bills are second in the NFL in allowing 281 yards per game. If the Bills can avoid a letdown after last week's close loss to the Patriots, Sabuda believes they can come away with a win on Sunday.


Reporter Kate Kaye brings over two decades of journalism to her role at Investigative Post. By returning to her hometown after 23 years away, she offers a historical understanding of Buffalo's economic development efforts. Waterfront investment has had a positive impact, she says, but some parts of the city continue to be left behind.


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The House of Representatives on Tuesday morning formally accepted the resignation of Chris Collins. Now that his political career has come to an end, what is next for the Clarence Republican and the 27th congressional district?

The records are the same, but the quality of their play to this point has been considerably different.  The New England Patriots have been shutting down opponents on their way to a 3-0 record while the Buffalo Bills have survived third-quarter droughts to get to the same record. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Bills have scored only three points in the third quarter this season. It's a trend that can't continue Sunday if the Bills are to knock off the champions at New Era Field.


Buffalo's economic resurgence appears to be passing by a large swath of the region's population. According to the United Way's recent Community Report Card, 41 percent of Erie County households are experiencing "financial hardship." Michael Weiner, President and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, says better-paying jobs are available in the area, but skills and connections are lacking among the region's workforce.

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All roads are open in Amherst following an active morning for police. Capt. Chris Meyer said a complaint of loud music about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday turned into much more.

The winning concept in the competition to re-design the Skyway is prompting widespread conversation. Jim Fink of Business First wonders about the proposal's ambitious timeline. "You cannot flip a switch and take down the Skyway," Fink said during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass. Still, Fink believes the pledge of Howard Zemsky, Chair of Empire State Development, that this "will not be the son of the Peace Bridge where it drags on and on."

With two wins on the road to start their season, the Buffalo Bills will carry an unblemished record to New Era Field for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The home opener should have a "lively atmosphere," said analyst Matt Sabuda with tongue-in-cheek understatement. While he favors the Bills over the winless Bengals, Sabuda warns it's "still a young season where little is really established."


Throughout its brief history, the Buffalo Humanities Festival has explored big ideas. This year's festival, which runs Thursday through Saturday, takes on the theme of "Democracy."  David Castillo, Director of the Humanities Institute, has his concerns. "Democracy is unsustainable. I would even say, unthinkable, without a self-aware, critical citizenship."


Buffalo Rising

In his work for Buffalo Rising, contributing editor Dan Coughlin has placed the spotlight on two unique, local food businesses. Flat #12 Mushrooms has found such a demand for its locally-grown product that it is looking to expand production by almost 400 percent. Meanwhile, a new venture, Protein Responsibly, is gaining accolades and attention for its burgers which use mealworms as a base ingredient. They see it as an environmentally-friendly alternative to using beef.


A first-half offensive surge provided the Buffalo Bills with a 14-point halftime lead, and the team's defense made the margin stand in a, 28-14, victory over the New York Giants Sunday afternoon. Analyst Matt Sabuda believes the Bills defense is again showing that they are among the league's best. Their performance has the team off to a 2-0 start for the first time in five years.


Perceptions of the Buffalo Bills have changed following last week's come-from-behind road victory against the New York Jets. Though they are on the road again Sunday, the Bills are slight favorites over the New York Giants. Analyst Matt Sabuda agrees with the oddsmakers. He thinks quarterback Josh Allen and the Bills offense will be able to move the ball against the Giants poor defense.


September 11, 2001 changed things for the FBI. While agents continue to focus on counterterrorism, the ranks are also dealing with poignant reminders of the attacks.  "Too often, we're notified of FBI employees who are dying of 9/11-related illnesses from the carcinogens at the (Ground Zero) site," said Gary Loeffert, special agent in charge of the FBI's Buffalo Field Office. 

Buffalo Bills fans are pinning their hopes on the development of second-year quarterback Josh Allen. Sunday's opponent, the New York Jets, are also watching the progress of Sam Darnold, their second-year franchise quarterback. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the play of the young quarterbacks will likely determine the winner of Sunday's game.

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With 333 features scheduled over the coming days, the Toronto International Film Festival should have plenty to offer cinema lovers. Peter Howell of the Toronto Star encourages visitors to follow him for information and perspective on what's happening at the sprawling event. "A film festival is challenging you," Howell told WBFO, offering a warning to those in search of happy endings. "It's designed to make you think. That's the primaty mission."


While the move may be saving money in the short term, the city of Buffalo's limited spending on police cars may have a long-term negative impact. At one point this summer, Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post says, some police districts were working with less than half their allotted vehicles because so many were in need of repair. Without available transportation, many officers have been forced to remain at the station while detectives are unable to efficiently pursue investigations.

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The remaining Baby Boomers are on the verge of retiring out of the region's workforce. It's a development that could have devastating consequences. "One of the key issues, if you want to grow your economy, you've got to grow your workforce," said economist John Slenker, who sees hopeful signs that this area is once again attracting younger people.


Erie County Department of Senior Services

From mental health issues to fiscal benefits, it's usually better for seniors to stay in their homes instead of going to nursing facilities.  A program called EISEP looks to help by paying a modest wage to individuals who can assist seniors with certain in-home needs.

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