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Buffalo's Bishop Richard Malone says comes away from the meeting of U.S. bishops in Baltimore "astonished, shocked and dismayed" that action was not taken on priest abuse. However, he believes the Vatican's postponement may be because of the global nature of the crisis.


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Since Torn Space Theater made the historic landmark its home, the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle has been central to a number of ambitious site-specific productions. With the support of the UB CAI grant,  the Mickiewicz will host two separate performances for multiple runs this weekend. The group 600 Highwaymen presents Manmade Earth. Torn Space Theater is producing Light/Station, which will lead patrons from the Mickiewicz outside to a massive stone sculpture to an organ concert in St. Stanislaus Church.


A recent study offered two options for the future of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center: the razing of the current facility with new construction on the current site, or a space near KeyBank Center. Jim Fink of Business First has been looking at an option offered by Mark Croce, owner of Statler City, which calls for expansion of the Convention Center. An additional floor would be added and attached across Franklin Street into Statler City. While the proposal isn't perfect, Fink points out how it would avoid the costly expense of land acquisition associated with the other plans.

With 41 points in their win over the New York Jets Sunday, the Bills managed to score more points in four quarters than they scored in their previous four games combined. According to analyst Matt Sabuda, two factors are behind the offensive outburst: the competent play of surprise starting quarterback Matt Barkley and the overall ineptitude of the New York Jets.

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With five new plows added to Erie County's snow-removal fleet and access to 20,000 tons of salt, county officials believe they're ready for the winter season. In a morning interview with WBFO, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz encouraged the public to prepare as well.  He says residents should stock up with food and other necessities, including a 10-day supply of prescription drugs.


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Local residents should expect two bouts of snow over the next 24 hours. Meteorologist David Thomas of the National Weather Service in Buffalo says precipitation arriving during the day today will eventually change to rain later this afternoon. The heaviest snow should come overnight with some areas seeing up to a half-foot of snow.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Buffalo on Saturday from 3 am until 1 pm.


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It's a plan which could change the attitudes of those intimidated by the fast, heavy traffic experienced on the QEW from Niagara Falls to Toronto. Transit officials are reporting great progress in connecting the GO Train from the Falls to Canada's largest city. According to Matt Robinson, Director of GO Implementation office in the Niagara Region, the train will be in "Grimsby in 2021, opening day, and into Niagara Falls and St. Catharines by 2023, if not sooner."


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For Nate McMurray, the Democratic challenger in the 27th Congressional District, the race is not over yet. He told WBFO this morning he will pursue a recount of votes in Tuesday's election which saw incumbent Chris Collins win by a few thousand votes and he will ask national Democratic Party officials for help in that cause. Beyond that issue, McMurray reflected on his long shot campaign in the most heavily Republican District in New York. Despite the results, he called the election "the greatest honor of my life."


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Re-election came easy for Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins, who beat challenger Renee Zeno by 45 percentage points. With his party now in control of the House of Representatives, Higgins expects quick work on legislation addressing improvements to healthcare and major investment in the nation's infrastructure. As for Republican President Donald Trump, Higgins is calling for more Congressional oversight, but doesn't want his colleagues to become obsessed with investigations. He wants special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation before deciding what should be done next.


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For Bob McCarthy, the veteran political reporter for the Buffalo News, Chris Collins' narrow reelection in the 27th Congressional District is one of the memorable sories of the 2018 election. However, he believes the most important development may be the Democratic Party regaining control of the state Senate. As McCarthy points out, with only one Democratic Senator in the region--Buffalo's Tim Kennedy--Upstate's clout in state government may continue to dwindle. 

Election Day in New York's 27th Congressional District should have been a day of celebration for Republican Party officials. With the largest Republican Party enrollment of any district in the state, incumbent Chris Collins was expected to cruise to reelection. That course changed dramatically when legal troubles emerged for Collins. With polls indicating a close race, WBFO went to the district's heart, Batavia, to talk with voters.

Through a series of redistricting efforts, what is now called New York's 27th Congressional District has changed considerably through the years. Remaining at its core are the so-called GLOW counties--Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming. Representing the district for nearly 20 years in Congress was a native son, Barber Conable. Now, with a spotlight on the legal troubles of the district's current Congressman Chris Collins, Conable's esteemed career merits reflection.


While some races have been at the center of attention--the 27th Congressional district, the race for Governor--the battle for control of the state Senate has been overlooked. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy expects many districts to be hotly contested. If a "blue wave" of Democratic voters turns out on Election Day, Republicans could lose control of the Senate and their party would have little influence on the legislative agenda in Albany.   


After the first quarter Sunday at New Era Field, the Buffalo Bills and the Chicago Bears were scoreless. One quarter later, the Bears led by 28 on their way to an easy 41-9 victory. Analyst Matt Sabuda calls the game a "complete disaster and the latest entry in an increasingly disastrous season." At this point, he believes the team needs Josh Allen to return to the lineup. While the rookie quarterback still has much to prove, his play would be a major upgrade over recent starters Nathan Peterman and Derek Anderson.


Despite his previous poor play, Nathan Peterman will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills Sunday when they host the Chicago Bears. Analyst Matt Sabuda points out how Peterman and his recently-signed backup Matt Barkley have had little success during their NFL careers. While he's not giving up on the potential of injured rookie Josh Allen, Sabuda believes the team would be better served in trying out Colin Kaepernick, the controversial figure whose professional accomplishments easily exceed those of the Bills' current quarterbacks.

Congressman Chris Collins has kept a low profile since he was indicted on charges of insider trading. While silence may be a preferred legal strategy, it's not the standard approach for a congressman seeking reelection. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy was able to make contact last week and sought answers on a number of issues.  Collins said he decided to stay in the race because he didn't believe he could get his name off the ballot, but McCarthy says Republican Party officials are refuting that claim.


The stark design of the Downtown Central Library likely reflected the spirit of the times when classic old buildings were torn away to make room for public facilities. As Newell Nussbaumer and Jessica Marinelli of Buffalo Rising point out, the high outside walls of the structure have worked to separate the institution from the surrounding neighborhood. The plans for an outdoor reading park, they believe, could create a town square, attracting cultural activity and more visitors.

Through eight games this season the Buffalo Bills have scored only 87 points. That failure to produce points doomed the team again in last night's 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots.  Analyst Matt Sabuda says the offensive failure ruined another fine performance by the Bills' defense.

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The exodus of residents from New York State is having a crushing impact on the rural schools of the Southern Tier. With student enrollment down 14 percent over the last decade in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, districts with limited resources are struggling to provide high-level courses. Reporter Tom Dinki of the Olean Times Herald spent eight months analyzing and researching the issues in producing the series "The state of New York rural schools: Left behind."


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Despite repeated calls that he resign, Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone appears ready to ride out the building crisis regarding the sexual abuse of minors at the hands of clergy members. However, pressure will surely mount following Sunday night's explosive "60 Minutes" story, which heard from a key whistleblower who said the Diocese has been more focused on covering up the allegations than helping victims.

The New England Patriots have made themselves at home when visiting New Era Field. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Patriots have won nine of their last 10 games in Orchard Park, enjoying large margins of victory in most cases. Unless the Bills can improve upon their recent stumbling efforts, that dominance is likely to continue.

Prior to his appearance in Elma Wednesday night, Steve Bannon provided access to Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy. During the ride from the airport to the Jamison Road Volunteer Fire Hall, Bannon embarked on a "stream of consciousness" in sharing his political vision with McCarthy. The reporter says he encountered an "intense, loyal" thinker who sees the approaching midterm elections as "crucial to the future of the Trump presidency."


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After nine months of harried negotiations, planning and construction, Road Less Traveled Theater will open its new home Friday at 456 Main Street in downtown Buffalo.


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Abusive relationships involving youth are shockingly common: one in three teenagers will experience some form of abuse. It's also stunning how often the issue can be overlooked. Only one-third of the teens involved in abusive relationships seek any kind of help. WNED-TV and the Family Justice Center have partnered on Reach Out: Recognize Relationship Abuse to raise awareness of the issue.


In throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble, Derek Anderson lived up to the low expectations which accompanied his first appearance as the quarterback of the Buffalo Bills. Equally notable for analyst Matt Sabuda was  the crumbling of the team's defense in the 37-5 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. In recent games, the unit helped to keep the Bills competitive, but Sunday's performance only adds to the concerns the 2019 season may be heading for disaster.


As the Buffalo Bills stumble through the process of establishing a starting quarterback capable of playing at an NFL level, one aspect of the team has been performing above expectations. Analyst Matt Sabuda points out the defense has been among the league's best over the last four games. Heading into Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Sabuda wonders if the unit will be strong enough to support newcomer Derek Anderson, the Bills' fourth starting quarterback in their last eight regular-season games. 

A new poll showing a close race between challenger Nate McMurray and incumbent Chris Collins is adding to the intrigue in the 27th Congressional District. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy believes the poll will prompt national Democrats to infuse new funding into McMurray's upstart campaign. Meanwhile, few of Collins' political allies are standing up for the troubled incumbent. McCarthy points out how most of the big names, notably President Donald Trump, are remaining quiet, at least for the time being.

When Sunday's mistakes are recounted---a blocked punt, two late-game interceptions, 12 penalties--it's hard to believe the Buffalo Bills held a fourth-quarter lead against the Houston Texans. The Bills eventually lost, 20-13.  In summing up the game, analyst Matt Sabuda says the biggest mistake may have been made by team management in keeping Nathan Peterman as their backup quarterback.

Five games into the season, the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans each have two wins and three losses. The records, however, don't highlight some of the glaring differences between the teams. As analyst Matt Sabuda points out, the Texans have lost by close margins while the Bills have been blown out in their games. The Houston passing game has been far more prolific with quarterback Deshaun Watson tossing for at least 300 yards in the last four games. By comparison, Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen has yet to have a 300-yard passing game.

The political coattails of Donald Trump should be enough for a Republican candidate to cruise to victory in the 27th Congressional District where the majority of voters enthusiastically support the President. For Congressman Chris Collins that path turned complicated upon his indictment on insider trading charges. Buffalo News Political Reporter Bob McCarthy says it's too soon to predict an upset, but he believes Collins faces many hurdles in getting the district's Republican majority out to vote in November. 


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