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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Around 900 University at Buffalo students participated in a forum addressing opioid addiction at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences on Thursday. The forum has hosted nearly 3,000 students, across 12 different health profession disciplines over its four years.

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Democrat Robert Restaino will be the next mayor of Niagara Falls, easily defeating three other candidates in Tuesday's election.

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Election Day is around the corner and for the City of Buffalo’s Common Council, five of the eight seats are up for grabs. Though some of the faces will change, the chamber will remain under Democratic control.

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A combative day in the chambers of the Erie County Legislature regarding inmate care in county jails. Four inmates have died in county jails in the past 6 weeks and Sheriff Timothy Howard believes his office is being unfairly attacked by the public despite the Sheriff’s office being in compliance with recommendations from the Department of Justice.

As Election Day nears, this week WBFO looks at what’s at stake when Western New York goes to the polls. This morning, Batavia News Associate Editor Matt Surtel has an interesting story coming out of the Town of Gainesville in Wyoming County.

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Taking the stand for his murder trial Thursday afternoon, Johnathon White said his motive was to kill himself on Dec. 17, 2018. White was charged with murder in the second degree for pouring gasoline on ex-girlfriend Jessica Cameron and lighting her on fire, according to prosecutors.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo was at Fort Niagara State Wednesday to announce funding for flood prevention development along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

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Feelings of anger and abandonment rang out across the auditorium of the Buffalo Museum of Science Tuesday evening, as representatives the New York State Department of Health held a public meeting to discuss their report on cancer levels across the state.

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A D’Youville College alumna has accused the school of discriminatory practices relating to her wedding.

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On the heels of another inmate death at an Erie County jail, County Legislature Chairwoman April Baskin requested by letter, the attendance of County Sheriff Timothy Howard at the next Public Safety meeting on October 31st, which will center on continued improvements of county jails. Four inmates have died in the custody of the county in the last month. Since 2005, when Howard became Sheriff, 28 inmates have died.

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Despite torrential downpour conditions, striking General Motors workers were in good spirits standing outside of union headquarters on River Road in the Town of Tonawanda Wednesday afternoon with news that GM and the United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative agreement to end the strike.

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October 11 marks the 31st anniversary of National Coming Out Day for members of the LGBTQ+ community. For the first time on the campus of D’Youville College on Buffalo’s West Side, faculty and students celebrated with an unveiling of a mural by the steps of its College Center building. The event dubbed "From the Closet to the Sidewalk" encourages inddividuals to come out of the closet in a environment which is safe and friendly.

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For nearly 30 years Valentino Dixon sat in prison, having been found guilty of a murder he did not commit. He had his conviction overturned and was granted release in September of 2018. While in prison, Dixon gained renown for his art, most notably his depictions of famous golf courses.

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The sounds of hammers and falling debris echoed along Woodlawn Avenue in the Cold Springs neighborhood on Buffalo's East Side Wednesday morning.

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The Niagara River Corridor joined some elite company on Thursday at a ceremony on Goat Island in Niagara Falls. The corridor was recognized as an international wetland of importance by the Ramsar Convention, an independent, intergovernmental environmental group dedicated to wetlands conservation.

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As part of our Mental Health Inititative, WBFO held a Facebook Live discussion at the Merriweather Library on Jefferson Avenue Tuesday night. The topic of discussion was mental health in the African American community. Why is mental stigmatized in the Black community?


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The University at Buffalo is going to revitalize the University District. One way they are doing it is by encouraging home ownership around their South Campus. Since 2016, UB’s Home Ownership Made Easy (H.O.M.E) Program aids full-time faculty and staff at the university to buy homes in the district. The loans are interest-free.

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The pipeline concept is that out-of-school suspensions can lead to negative outcomes and that dropping out of school can send some students, mostly people of color, spiraling toward arrest and jail.


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Concerned parents of students in city schools are calling on the Buffalo Public School district to provide a more comprehensive approach to sex education in the schools.

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David Wright is well aware of the negative outcomes associated with dropping out of school.

“I always had problems in school growing up,” Wright said. “Just acting out. Getting into arguments and fights with the teacher and everything.”


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Expand the Outer Harbor into a full state park is the message coming from the Partnership for the Public Good and a dozen other local groups who make up the Our Harbor Coalition. The Partnership released a report Monday, detailing a full analysis of the why a state park is best for the land.

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The Erie County District Attorney’s Office has confirmed it has opened a criminal investigation based on allegations made by a former seminarian in the Buffalo Catholic Diocese.

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A discussion of a proposed wind farm in Lake Erie took center stage in the Erie County Legislature chamber on Thursday. The request was made by legislators Lynne Dixon and John Mills, both of whom oppose the installation of wind turbines off the shore of the lake in the Town of Evans.

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Leaders from across the City of Buffalo celebrated the dedication of the African-American Heritage Corridor Archway on Michigan Avenue on Monday. The archway is located between William Street and Broadway, a significant stretch of African American history in Buffalo.

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Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off Friday at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. A soaring rendition of the National Anthem by Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy Assistant Principal Maria Cala was followed by remarks by local leaders including Congressman Brian Higgins.

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Former Donald Trump political consultant Roger Stone touched down in Buffalo Thursday for a speaking engagement Friday evening. The Republican is speaking at the Forbes Theater to raise money for his legal defense.

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A campaign advocating for a more equitable way to pay driving tickets and avoiding license suspensions kicked off Tuesday all across the country. The Free to Drive Campaign began with an event in Washington, D.C. while similar events happened across New York State.

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Standing at the foot of West Ferry Street with the Peace Bridge in the background, on Thursday Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer announced he will introduce a bill requiring a minimum number of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agents along the U.S. border with Canada.

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Imagine wanting to have the American Dream—the family, the house, the car, the financial stability to live the life you want to live. But also imagine working full time and still not being able to make ends meet.


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Being poor is expensive. A 2016 United Way report found 26% of families in Erie County earned income above the federal poverty level, yet could not afford basic necessities to survive.

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