Thomas O'Neil-White

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Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.

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Bills Stadium in Orchard Park could see fans in-person for the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game since 1996. That according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who says the NFL is working with the state on a plan to allow 6,700 fans to attend the game.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the a COVID-19 vaccine could be ready and available in the state as soon as this weekend.

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Creating livable communities throughout New York State is a topic which has gained steam over the last five years. A summit hosted by AARP New York on Friday looked at the divergent processes of government and community-run organizations in creating equity in the poorest communities in the state.


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Two members of the Buffalo 5 continue to fight to have their names cleared from a 1976 murder. They were at a court hearing Wednesday morning seeking a motion to vacate their original indictment.


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A fiscal analysis done by the Partnership for the Public Good estimates Erie County would save over $500,000 a year by passing a solitary confinement reform bill. In turn, New York State would save over $100 milion by passing the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement or HALT Act.


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A life-long dream is coming a little closer to reality for India Walton as the activist and former Fruit Belt Land Trust Executive Director has made known her candidacy for next year’s mayoral election in the City of Buffalo.


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November signals the return of college basketball nationwide and for the University at Buffalo’s men’s and women’s basketball teams.


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What was originally planned as a rally to make sure every vote was counted in a tight Presidential race Saturday at Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo, turned into a celebration of the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States. 

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A coalition of community-based organizers has a policy plan they want to see Buffalo implement to ensure the renaissance in the reaches all citizens.


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Where do we go from here is not only on the mind of every American citizen after the presidential election, but was also the title of Monday evening’s speaking engagement hosted by the Western New York Peace Center, featuring world-renown author, activist and American philosopher Dr. Cornel West.

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For two local activists, the results of Tuesday’s Presidential Election has little bearing on the social justice work they continue to do in Western New York. With an eye towards next year’s local races, they see political hope with an emerging party.


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Nearly one month after it passed in the Common Council, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown on Wednesday officially signed the policy known as Cariol’s Law into law. It is worth noting, however, that the Mayor’s Office did not call the measure Cariol's Law in its signing announcement, but instead said the policy had been in use by the police department since June 2019.

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Friday morning, Buffalo artist, singer and songwriter Drea D’Nur released her latest album This Love Thing, which is co-executive produced with Chicago songwriter, Doctor Rami Nashashibi.


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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Common Council President Darius Pridgen on Friday unveiled the first steps in a police reform package. 

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At a public hearing Wednesday afternoon, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown heard from concerned community members regarding Cariol’s Law, named after former Police Officer Cariol Horne. 


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Citing a growing lack of trust between citizens and the police department, a local criminal justice task force is urging Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood to a rescind a policy which allows officers to remove their name tags. 

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An arrest warrant has been issued for the man at the center of a racially-charged incident on Hertel Avenue in August. Michael Cremen, 47, of Franklinville failed to show up for his arraignment for a second time Wednesday morning. 

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With his Griselda brethren Benny and Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine is on top on the Hip Hop world. His September release, From a King to a God, is charting on Billboard and has been hailed by many as a classic.

But as Election Day draws near, the East Side Buffalo native is using his influence to get people to vote through a registration drive Friday, the final day of registering. 


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Protest turned to arrests for five social justice activists Thursday evening when they refused to leave the grounds of an Erie County Republican fundraiser for Donald Trump. 


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A social justice group is calling on Erie County District Attorney John Flynn to charge Buffalo Police officers after the false arrest of a man in March. However, Flynn said it is not his jurisdiction.


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The elderly man who suffered a fractured skull after being shoved to the ground by Buffalo Police this summer told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he is doing fine.

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Several dozen protesters marched from Niagara Square in downtown Buffalo Monday evening to outside of 500 Pearl St., the site of a fundraiser for Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, to decry the lack of accountability by the Mayor’s office regarding police brutality.

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An out-of-town developer is looking to remake a blighted section of downtown Buffalo. Douglas Jemal and his Douglas Development Corporation has been named by Mayor Byron Bown as the designated developer for a city-owned parking lot sitting at the interchange of the of the Skyway and I-190. 

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An East Buffalo church partnered with a Town of Amherst church Saturday for a food drive to help fill gaps in the various food deserts on Buffalo’s East Side. This partnership is led by two women, Pastor Kwame Pitts, an African American who leads the majority white Crossroads Lutheran in Snyder, and Miranda Hammer, a white Pastor at Resurrection Lutheran Church and leader of the Community of Good Neighbors food pantry on Doat Street. 


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Pepper-sprayed, tear-gassed, hit with a baton and ultimately jailed. That was the experience Buffalo man Juan Santos had in Rochester when protests over the death of Daniel Prude began. Santos talks with WBFO about his experience acting as a human shield between protestors and police and why he cannot not afford to be afraid.


Protestors marched from Buffalo's Willert Park neighborhood to gather in front of the Erie County Courthouse Tuesday evening, demanding the resignation of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Police Chief Byron Lockwood and Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

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Protesters gathered in Niagara Square Monday evening to decry the recent shooting of a man by Buffalo Police officers and to call for immediate police reforms, including how officers respond to mental health crises.


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Martin Luther King Park was the scene Wednesday evening of a vigil held in honor of two recent victims of police violence. Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by officers in Kenosha Wisconsin in August, while video of the March death of Daniel Prude in Rochester recently went viral. Both incidents have sparked protests in their respective cities.


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The start of the school year has brought about questions regarding the capability of districts in tracking COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools. 

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Compelled by a need to stand up to injustice, a Buffalo man is heading east to join protests which have touched off in Rochester after video was released of a March arrest which left 41-year old Daniel Prude dead.

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