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An old labor song from acoustic duo Meet the Bacons mixed with the mournful sound of "Taps" across Holy Cross Cemetery Monday. It was the 100th anniversary of immigrant and World War I veteran Casimer Mazurek being gunned down by Lackawanna Steel Company police.

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Activists were back before the Lackawanna City Council Monday night, protesting the Sept. 9 shooting death of a canine in Holy Cross Cemetery by the city's animal control officer.

Village of Springville

Across much of Erie County, town and village officials are deciding if they want a small piece of the federal dollars flowing through the Erie County Urban County Consortium. A meeting in Springville Tuesday evening was the first of three to talk about the 2020 grant program.

City of Lackawanna

Driving down Abbott Road in Lackawanna is a trip down memory lane, as red, white and blue banners proudly proclaim the names and pictures of local veterans. Tuesday evening, a third round of Lackawanna Hometown Hero banners was presented at the American Legion Matthew Glab Post 1477.

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An era is coming to a close in Lackawanna. Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski's term limits end Dec. 31 and he is looking for a new job. However, Szymanski will be much happier when he leaves office, now that a site has been chosen to relocate City Hall administrative offices from the "big orange milk crate on stilts" on Ridge Road.

A Lackawanna man has been sentenced for a a violent attack in 2017 on his then-pregnant wife.

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A former Lackawanna councilman has avoided jail time for lying about his residency.

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Lackawanna's Veterans Stadium is getting nearly a half-million dollars in upgrades to turn the Steel City landmark from a spring-through-fall facility into a year-round recreational destination.

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Authorities have identified the body of a man found floating in the water at Woodlawn Beach in Hamburg. Town of Evans Police say the man is Mark Pelgrin, 65, of Derby.

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A couple hundred people showed up to Wednesday’s conservative rally in Elma, featuring former Trump Administration chief strategist Steve Bannon. For most Western New Yorkers, it was their first time seeing Bannon in person.

A Buffalo man was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison Tuesday for setting a fire on April 22, 2017 that seriously injured a family of five on Ingham Avenue in Lackawanna.

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As the lawsuit for the death of India Cummings enters the discovery phase, more details are expected to become public about what a state Commission of Correction report calls a "homicide due to medical neglect."

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Residents of a Lackawanna neighborhood are demanding a regional railroad company remove the empty rail cars it has parked near their homes. Neighbors and elected officials alike say the rail cars are an eyesore and pose a safety hazard. 

Every rentable bounce house in the area must have been in use Tuesday night, as blocks, housing projects and neighborhoods celebrated National Night Out - more than symbolic in a summer of violence.

Two Buffalo men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that became the subject of a Southtowns manhunt last week.

Four men who were the subject of a police manhunt Tuesday night are believed to have left the Southtowns and there is no longer any imminent danger to residents, according to police.

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The government is recommending a 15-year sentence for a Lackawanna man who traveled to Turkey to try to join the Islamic State group.

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An overnight shooting brought Buffalo Police to the 700 block of Bailey Avenue.

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Development projects in Buffalo have become increasingly noisy as they move through the city review process. On almost every project there is a group of opponents who point out the many Green Code exemptions being approved to allow a project to move forward. A charter school expansion in South Buffalo is now facing those complaints, plus concerns over a Native American burial ground.

Erie County's deputy commissioner of buildings and grounds has been found dead. The Erie County Sheriff's Department says they are treating it as a suicide.

A Lockport man is facing 5-40 years in prison for selling fentanyl-laced heroin, while a Buffalo is also facing up to 40 years in prison for beating a witness in a public housing drug-related case.

Erie County

Erie County is doing some significant planning on its sewer system, aided by hard computer data showing where the system is doing well and where work is needed.

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Construction will begin at the end of this month on the $29 million rehabilitation of Buffalo's Route 5 Skyway, leaving the question of how much impact there will be to commuters and those who rely on them.

Heritage Moments: Father Baker’s miracle at Our Lady of Victory

Apr 9, 2018
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Father Nelson Baker — the “padre of the poor,” the man who built the Our Lady of Victory complex in Lackawanna into an astonishing city of charity that featured an orphanage, a boys’ protectory, a home for unwed mothers and their infants, a hospital, a grade school and high school, a nurses’ home, a farm to help feed the hungry, a soup kitchen that served more 450,000 meals during the first three years of the Great Depression, and finally the great basilica that has become a national shrine and pilgrimage site.


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Buffalo Sabres fans know him most for his hockey broadcasts, but play-by-play icon Rick Jeanneret will be honored by another sport this summer.

Nagi pleads guilty to attempting to support ISIS

Jan 22, 2018
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Two and a half years after he was arrested by federal authorities, a Lackawanna man has admitted he attempted to travel abroad and join the efforts of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS. On Monday, Arafat Nagi entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in downtown Buffalo.


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A Buffalo man has been charged in the Lackawanna fire that seriously injured a family and endangered three other families.

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Even with the passage of 35 years, Noel Varela has all-too-vivid memories of December 27, 1982. On this day, Bethlehem Steel announced plans to shut down nearly all steelmaking operations at its Lackawanna Plant within six months.

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Buffalo officially has a state park, with Wednesday's ribbon cutting for Buffalo Harbor State Park, a multi-million-dollar rebuilding of the decrepit relics of the city's industrial past into a major recreation area.

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The second phase of investment from the state's Buffalo Billion initiative will be directed downtown. However, Buffalo won't be the beneficiary; instead, the money will provide a boost to the downtowns of Gowanda, North Tonawanda, Lackawanna and Dunkirk. 


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