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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Advanced Manufacturing hub The Foundry received $100,000 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the winnings from a national competition for creating new opportunities in advanced manufacturing fields.

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A New York State law decriminalizing marijuana went into effect Wednesday, one month after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill.

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A State Supreme Court Judge ruled on Tuesday in favor of over 200 families whose loved one’s remains were moved by a cemetery without their notification. St. Matthew’s Cemetery in West Seneca moved the caskets due to what cemetery officials say was eroding soil that put the caskets in danger of falling into Cayuga Creek.

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A big white Buffalo police van sat at the corner of West Delavan Avenue and Congress Street on Thursday. Police Chief Byron Lockwood and Mayor Byron Brown temporarily moved their offices there for the day to hear concerns from city residents.


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A vote Tuesday went overwhelmingly in favor for the unionization of Spot Coffee workers.

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Health disparities among African Americans in Erie County is a topic which is gaining steam among local leaders. At the second annual Igniting Hope Conference, held this past weekend, one of the main ideas was on how to get disparate groups, all working towards the same goal of improving the social determinants of health among African Americans, all at the table and working cohesively. To that end, Erie County Medical Center Corporation is providing $372,000 to help create the Buffalo Center for African American Health Equity.

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A conference on health disparities among the Western New York’s African American residents is taking place this weekend. The focus is on what direct action can be taken to combat those disparities.

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Tommy Zurhellen has gone through five pairs of shoes, two walking sticks and two toenails to make it to Buffalo. With a little over 300 miles to go before he reaches his destination of Poughkeepsie, the journey is now mind over matter for the Gulf War veteran.

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Drums rang out as young boys made their way up the steps of City Hall on Tuesday. Mayor Byron Brown proclaimed August 6, 2019 as My Brother’s Keeper Entrepreneurship Day in the City of Buffalo.

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Horizon Health Services celebrated the expansion of its Recovery Center on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.

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Twice a month, a group of young black and brown men, all from different parts of Buffalo, come together to learn about themselves and each other.


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Mark Twain’s history in the City of Buffalo is well-documented. From 1869 to 1871, he was an editor at the Buffalo Express newspaper and lived on Delaware Avenue. The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has a room of his manuscripts and letters.

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The City of Buffalo and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy have agreed to further their partnership. Thursday morning, at Delaware Park's Hoyt Lake, Mayor Byron Brown and members of the conservancy signed a new agreement through 2030.

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Shut it down. That’s the message coming from Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw in a letter sent to County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Wednesday regarding county parks playground equipment suspected of having lead paint.

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Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is pushing back against allegations his office has been mismanaging money borrowed for the Department of Parks. The Buffalo News released a report Wednesday detailing a lack of renovations to pavilions, roads and bathrooms within the parks system, most notably at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.

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Doris Cummins Ford is a former military intelligence officer who left Buffalo after high school. She returned in 2007 and bought a house on Highgate Avenue in the University District.


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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to mark the completion of $50 million in renovations to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin Martin House.

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In recent weeks in downtown Buffalo, demonstrators have taken to the streets to protest immigrant detention centers at the southern border of the United States. Among those protestors was 31-year old Orlando Dickson, who has come a long way from abject poverty to becoming an activist and working on social justice reform.

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A contentious public safety hearing of the Erie County Legislature Thursday morning ended up with all parties satisfied and a plan in place for sheriff's deputies to wear body cameras by the end of 2019.

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Fifteen children from New York City are spending this week in the Buffalo area, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund. The program gives urban kids a chance to experience life away from the big city.


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The Buffalo Zoo introduced Indian one-horned rhino Mohan to the public Friday morning.


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Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street Thursday afternoon to demand closure of detention camps on the southern border. 

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As contenders put their hat into the ring and rumors continue to swirl in regard to the 27th Congressional District election in 2020, one candidate rumored to make a run at it is staying pat.

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A man survived after he went over the Horseshoe Falls in Canada early Tuesday morning.

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Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns is looking to prevent New York State from enacting the Green Light law. A federal lawsuit was filed Monday evening against Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others challenging whether county clerks can legally offer licenses to undocumented immigrants. It’s one of many concerns regarding the newly passed legislation.

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The Tall Ships Challenge continued Friday at Canalside and the Outer Harbor. Despite the heat, thousands of people are expected to participate in the Basil Port of Call: Buffalo festival.

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While the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to make headlines, the City of Good Neighbors continues to live up to its nickname.

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On a picturesque Monday morning at Riverside Pool, city officials kicked off Buffalo’s outdoor swimming pool season.

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Wearing flip flops and a black hat with an upraised fist stitched in the front, Jean Michel Jr. is the definition of leisurely. He doesn’t seem in a hurry to get anywhere today.

His path thus far has been amazing in and of itself.

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Seneca One Tower has its first tenant since being purchased three years. M&T Bank announced today they signed a long term lease in the building to create a tech hub to continue to diversify the region’s economy.

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