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Although 6-year-old Kevin Carpenter has never set foot in his Brocton home, he would like to before Christmas.What's preventing him from spending his first Christmas with his family is a lack of nurses.Kevin, who was born with central-core myopathy, has been in the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital since his birth. The disease, which causes muscle weakness, r…

If you're inside when an earthquake hits, it's best to take cover under a heavy table or desk, or move to the corners of the building or an inside wall.If you're outside, stay away from buildings and power lines.And wherever you are when the earth moves, stay there. According to information from the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, most people are …

The road to the priesthood for the Rev. John R. Fitzgerald has not been an ordinary path.There were stops along the way: marriage for 41 years and 13 children.But once the Bemus Point resident realized he was called to be a priest, he gave up his job, entered Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass., and began his studies.The grandfather of 30 was ordained a transiti…

Saying that many Buffalo citizens are outraged by the increase in police brutality, the Buffalo Coalition Against Police Brutality has set up a telephone hot line for victims of brutality."We intend to assist the victims of police brutality through litigation and we will lobby for changes in administrative policy," Yusef Alhakk said during a rally Wednesday at the cor…

Angry Metro Bus and Rail riders tried to derail the NFTA proposal for fare increases and service cutbacks at a public hearing Tuesday night."Maybe we should boycott to let the transit service know who is boss," said Kevin Pochedley of All People's Congress. "We're paying for this."The hearing was held at the Erie Community College City Campus."This is not a program th…

The man suspected of pulling the trigger in the killing of former Buffalo Sabre Brian "Spinner" Spencer was arrested Thursday in Riviera Beach, Fla.West Palm Beach, Fla., police received a tip that Larry "Willie" Johnson, who had left the area, was back in Riviera Beach, Sgt. Steve Lobeck of Riviera Beach Police said.The agencies arrested Johnson at a home on Second S…

Even an owl and a hawk showed up in support of the state acquisition of the Great Baehre Swamp in Amherst at a public hearing Wednesday night.The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking to acquire 270 acres of wetlands on both sides of Hopkins Road, known as the Great Baehre Swamp. The state hopes to preserve the land from development and keep it ava…

Today's savvy politician tries to escape the press without saying much, and a White House reporter's most important job is to decode their statements, CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl said Tuesday evening."You've heard of revenue enhancements," she told several hundred gathered in Alumni Arena on the State University of Buffalo Amherst Campus. "The new code word for spe…

The end of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, coupled with the start of the Christmas season, made for some busy highways Sunday.Traffic backups were reported at various times of the day on the Peace, Rainbow and Lewiston-Queenston bridges. Traffic also was heavy on the Thruway, State Police said."It's the normal Sunday traffic conditions, plus people coming back from …

The Buffalo Board of Education took a first step toward addressing a possible asbestos problem Wednesday evening when it hired a New York City firm to inspect all city schools for the substance.ATC Environmental Inc. was awarded the contract for $606,695 over the objections of Member at Large David B. Kelly, who questioned the company's lack of asbestos abatement insu…

The day after Thanksgiving is supposed to be one of the busiest shopping days of the year, but Buffalo merchants already are worn out from victory-hungry Buffalo Bills fans buying anything and everything with the team's logo."I love 'em," Donald J. Howard, vice president and general merchandise manager of Adam Meldrum & Anderson's downtown store, said of the Bills.How…

Some Western New York architects, whose access to Canadian markets has been limited, watched this week's election in Canada as if their business depended on it.For those trying to break into the market across the border, the vote for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and the Free Trade Agreement may indeed mean an increase in their business."We look at this as an opportun…

It may have been the ultimate catbird seat, but Kitty-kid's perch on top of a 60-foot pine tree was a catastrophe-in-waiting, and the frightened feline knew it. The prevailing wisdom on cats stuck in trees is they will climb down when they get hungry, but the 6-month-old kitten spent four days in the tree near her Lackawanna home. Those who know her best say Kitty-…

Peter A. Gulla bought 20.6 acres in the heart of Amherst 35 years ago, hoping to sell it when he got older to have money for his retirement. Gulla, 73, had the misfortune of buying land that later was designated by the state as wetland, severely restricting what he could do with it and making it useless to developers. Now the state is moving to condemn Gulla's prop…

Amherst Town Supervisor Jack Sharpe and Councilman Daniel J. Ward squared off in a congenial discussion of growth in the town Tuesday night. Sponsored by the Audubon Association Inc. in the Audubon community building, the fo rum brought out the familiar stances of the two, who often oppose each other on the issue. "I for one don't want to see Amherst turn into anot…