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Barbara O'Brien


Anti-nuclear activists in Allegany County will not win their fight against a nuclear waste facility without media coverage, two activists said in Cheektowaga Wednesday."We need the help of the media to spread the idea, to spread the word and to get support beyond our county. Without that support I don't think we'd be successful," said Howard Appelle of the Concerned C…

Little Valley officials hope to hold a public meeting this month on a proposal to bring a 750-bed medium-security prison to the town."We're very optimistic about it," said Little Valley Supervisor Larry Gross.The Cattaraugus County town is seeking the prison, which would be built on a 160-acre parcel off Route 242. The land, owned by Larry Brol, is in the village and …

Downtown Buffalo hasn't seen a night like New Year's Eve in a long time.Presenting entertainment in 20 locations, First Night Buffalo found the pulse of Western New Yorkers and quickened it with big bands, punk bands, jazz bands, blues bands, rock bands and more.After activities ended at 11:30 p.m., thousands gathered at Washington Street in front of the Niagara Mohaw…

Local health and human-services agencies will receive record allocations next year from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. Officials today announced an assistance package of $12,557,997, the largest in the 72-year history of the local United Way."We stressed during our campaign that this area's needs are greater than ever. And the community responded by surpas…

A group of Grand Island residents is mounting a petition drive against a proposed natural gas pipeline through the town.The petition, which will be circulated next month, is one of several tactics being planned by the Grand Island Citizens Against the Pipeline.The group, organized this month, is opposed to the proposal by Empire State Pipeline to install a 24-inch pip…

Instead of inquiries about tropical vacations, Buffalo travel agents were inundated Tuesday with hundreds of callers wanting to go to Cleveland.Buffalo Bills fans, never ones to watch a playoff game on television when they can ride a bus for four hours and watch it in person, are looking for ways to see the Bills open their American Football Conference playoff drive i…

A Lackawanna man who suffered burns and smoke inhalation was pulled unconscious from his burning apartment by Lackawanna firefighters early Sunday morning.William Murphy, 35, was found on his living room floor after firefighters forced open the door to his apartment at 12 Knowlton St.The apartment was filled with smoke, Firefighter Thomas Mendez said. "It took us a fe…

Not only is this their first Christmas in Buffalo, but for some Hurricane Hugo victims, this is their first taste of the legendary White Christmas."We like the snow," said Lucy Guadalupe. Frowning, she added, "We don't like the cold."Mrs. Guadalupe and her two children and grandson are among the latest to escape the devastation wrought by Hurricane Hugo in Puerto Rico…

Charges that a recent rate request by Blue Shield of Western New York is too low for the company's financial health are untrue, according to Blue Shield officials.The claims, made by Blue Cross of Western New York, are "self-serving and totally without foundation," said John T. Manyon, president and chief executive officer of Blue Shield.Charles E. Rath, president of …

Fifty-five Western New York industries buying special low-cost electricity would be spared a 300 percent increase in rates under a proposal by the chairman of the State Power Authority.Richard M. Flynn is recommending a delay in a portion of the proposed rate increase on so-called "replacement power." Companies using the cheap power employ about 22,000 on the Niagara …

The City of Buffalo does not have the money to help bail out the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Deputy Mayor Samuel Iraci told a City Hall hearing Monday night."The mayor has taken a position, I'm sure you're not happy to hear, that we just can't afford any more money," Iraci said.But Common Council members, who are limited by law in what they can do financially, ple…

The Great Northern Grain Elevator on Ganson Street, which is being considered for landmark status, is in danger of being demolished.The Preservation Coalition of Erie County has learned that the owner of the grain elevator, Pillsbury Co., wants to demolish the structure in the spring.Pillsbury told the coalition that it will oppose its efforts to have the grain elevat…

Unless Christmas comes early for the NFTA, riders will have to come up with other ways to travel when the Metro buses and trains stop running the Friday before Christmas.After the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority announced Thursday it will run out of money at the end of business Dec. 21 and halt transit service Dec. 22, some riders said they will have to get …

A reunited Germany can best be pursued in the framework of a united Europe, the deputy West German ambassador to the United States said Monday night at Canisius College.Stopping short of making predictions, Karl T. Paschke, minister plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany, pointed to a closer association between the two German states in the future."We West …

After being held prisoner in a church compound for a week in Honduras and denied entry into El Salvador, Barbara Smullen of Rochester can't wait to get back to Central America."I'm not suicidal," she said, adding that she wants to go back soon to help the Salvadorans she assisted in returning to their homeland.Dr. Smullen, a nursing professor at Nazareth College in Ro…