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It may be illegal for job interviewers to ask about an applicant's age, but the practice is surprisingly common. According to Randy Hoak, Associate State Director for AARP New York, 44 percent  of "older workers looking for jobs" report being asked age-related questions in job interviews.  Few, however, file formal complaints over the practice.


A Flash Flood Warning brought 2"-3" of rain to Erie County within a 60-90 minute period Wednesday morning, with Kenmore, North Buffalo and Amherst getting the worst of it, according to the National Weather Service.

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For Deborah Waldrop, years of helping families cope with terminal illnesses have reinforced her commitment to her work.  The professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work sees advance directives as more than a "check of the box" in making final arrangements. "The end of life is a time when there's still growth and change happening."


With $10 million in state dollars on the way, officials in Niagara Falls are hoping private investment will follow into the city's Bridge neighborhood. As Jim Fink of Business First points out, this move differs from the recent public spending which has been centered on boosting the city's tourist industry. During his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Fink lays out how Niagara Falls appears to be following the development template established over the last decade in Buffalo.


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While "aging in place" is an appealing option over life in a nursing facility, Assemblymember Monica Wallace believes there  is a lack of infrastructure to properly support that hopeful trend.  "Perhaps, they can't drive anymore and let's admit it, in Buffalo you really need a car to get around," Wallace offered as an example. A member of the Assembly Committee on Aging, Wallace says life at home for many seniors is difficult without appropriate support.

"The Lessons of Woodstock" / Associated Press

When Jimi Hendrix was taking the Woodstock stage for his legendary performance, Mike Desmond was driving back to Utica for work on Monday morning. That performance aside, Desmond was on-site covering most of the festival for The Daily Press.


James Faluszczak

More priests affiliated with the Buffalo Catholic Diocese are being publicly accused of sexually abusing children. Five members of the clergy – three living and two deceased – are among those newly named in lawsuits filed Wednesday, as New York’s Child Victims Act one-year lookback window went into effect.


While there is no shortage of bars in Buffalo, some establishments are building reputations by specializing in high-end cocktails.


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While it's only an hour from downtown Buffalo, the Wyoming County Fair in Pike, New York can make visitors feel like they are a long distance from modern-day life. From its historic fairgrounds to the free admission, the event focuses more on agriculture and community and less on commerce.


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The passing of Toni Morrison has prompted recollections from all around the world. In Buffalo, the Nobel Prize-winner is remembered for her appearance here in 2017 as part of Just Buffalo Literary Center's Babel Series. The center's Artistic Director Barbara Cole shared the stage with Morrison that night. According to Cole, Morrison appeared here 50 years to the day from the Buffalo visit of Martin Luther King, Jr. The historic significance, Cole says, added to a memorable evening for those attending Morrison's talk.

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The Niagara County Legislature voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize a lawsuit against New York's controversial Green Light Law.

National Comedy Center

Based on advance ticket sales, visitors from 45 different states will make their way to Jamestown this week for  the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. For Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center, the numbers add to the Center's reputation as a driver of economic development. The festival, which begins today, features a number of events and several nationally-known comedians, including John Mulaney, Sebastian Maniscalco and Lewis Black.  


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It's become a rite of summer along the Buffalo Riverfront: Torn Space Theater using Silo City for one of its massive, site-specific productions. This weekend they'll debut FEAST on the grounds which are home to the rusty and crumbling remains of a once-bustling grain storage operation. Unlike past productions at Silo City, FEAST will focus less on the industrial relics and more on the new ecology that has emerged.


"McMurray for U.S. Congress" website

Grand Island's Nate McMurray is positioning himself for another possible run for Congress.

When the city of Buffalo recently found itself with a cash flow deficit, officials were able to cover the gap by using funds from the Buffalo Public School District. Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post adds this to a growing list of questionable budget practices, notably the use of cash reserves to cover previous budget deficits.

Cat declawing now banned in New York State

Jul 22, 2019
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Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Monday banning the practice of cat declawing.

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Millions in private investment dollars are on the way to Niagara Falls, NY. As Jim Fink of Business First points out during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Niagara Falls, ON has enjoyed years of growth while its American counterpart has decayed and declined. The  recent change, Fink maintains, can be traced to a new attitude among city leaders.


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From sensory deprivation tanks to working out on trapeze equipment, the alternatives are expanding in Buffalo for those seeking new paths toward fitness. During her appearance on WBFO's Press Pass, Holly Metz Doyle of Buffalo Rising discussed her exploratory work for a new series called "Budding New York." Doyle has been writing about the options, starting with her visit to The Flo on Allen Street.


A downtown developer has filed suit to stop a nearby parking lot from being used as a site for new apartments and a grocery store.

MusicIsArt.org

Now heading into 17th year, Music Is Art is preparing to put on, perhaps, its most ambitious festival to date. "I think the most thrilling part about the festival to me is the amount of different stimuli that happens," said Robby Takac, founder of Music Is Art. The festival, which takes place on Saturday, September 7th at Riverworks and River Fest Park, plans to host over 800 musicians and dozens of performance artists appearing on 21 stages throughout the one-day event.  


Center for Inquiry

A new lawsuit accuses Walmart of misleading customers seeking treatments for a variety of ailments from colds to asthma. The Amherst- headquartered Center for Inquiry is suing the retail giant over how it markets homeopathic products. "There's no scientific evidence whatsoever that homeopathic products work for any disease," said Nick Little, Center for Inquiry's Vice President and General Counsel.


The Toronto Raptors may have fallen one point shy of their first NBA championship Monday night, but the setback is not cooling off the team's passionate, expanding fan base. Jack Armstrong, the former Niagara University basketball coach who now serves as the Raptors' broadcast analyst, says the team's run to the NBA Finals is connecting throughout Canada. "I've been with the Raptors now 21 years, to see where it was and where it is now is absolutely remarkable," Armstrong told WBFO. He says the fan parties outside Raptors' games in "Jurassic Park" are being emulated elsewhere, including in Mississauga where 20,000 people gathered to watch Game Five.  


The economic news continues to be promising for Buffalo. According to Jim Fink of Business First, three ventures will bring 1,300 jobs to downtown. The job surge can be credited to M&T Bank's development of a high-tech hub, the new office of London Stock Exchange and the downtown relocation of Canon Design. "Plus, there's been a smattering of (other) companies hiring," Fink said during his monthly appearance on WBFO's Press Pass.

Buffalo Rising

Buffalo's Fruit Belt neighborhood is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. It could also be one the most misunderstood. As Buffalo Rising contributor Bradley Bethel points out during WBFO's Press Pass, residents are coalescing around a shared narrative, one which may offer a promising future.


Thomas O'Neil-White

University at Buffalo officials are moving aggressively in ending SBI's role in campus affairs after 49 years. The student-run corporation has served as the fiscal agent for millions of dollars in mandatory student activity fees. Last week, the university demanded SBI relinquish all student government accounts and transfer the funds directly to the university.


Joe Cascio

Though the units at Willert Park Courts have been vacant for a decade, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is taking steps which could restore the 1938 housing project. It's been placed among  the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States." According to Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Trust has placed over 300 sites on the list in 32 years. Only five percent of the sites have been lost.

Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo says its clergy abuse compensation program rejected more than half the claims filed by alleged victims while awarding 127 people an average of $160,000.

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The fan group Bills Mafia is leading the charge on another impressive philanthropic effort. In honor of fellow fan "Pancho Billa," who died this week after a battle with cancer, fans have been encouraged to donate to the Teacher's Desk. As of Friday morning, the Buffalo-based charity has received over $70,000 in donations.


When Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown announced the city's budget for the approaching fiscal year, much of the discussion centered on a lower property tax rate and the ambitious set of goals outlined in the $508 million spending plan. After reviewing the proposal, Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post has raised several questions about some projected revenues. At the top of the list:  $11 million in casino revenue from the Seneca Nation of Indians, a funding line that is unlikely to be realized anytime soon.


Reaction continues to President Trump's decision to raise tariffs on thousands of Chinese imports.


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